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Vector Measuring Guide

Thirty years of manufacturing custom skydiving gear has taught us the importance of accurate customer measurements. If we have accurate measurements, we can build a harness that fits as comfortably as only a Vector can.

Carefully read the following guide and fill in the corresponding blanks on the order form. You should have the help of a friend to take these measurements, and we encourage you to take each one twice. If, after reading the explanation, you are still unsure about a measurement, give us a call. Here is the information we need:

Height  Weight  Waist  Torso  Leg Pad  Inseam  Chest

Measuring Illustration

Standing up straight, without shoes.
Your weight without clothes.
While standing erect, measure your waist over your navel. Measure over any appropriate clothing and pull tape measure snug before taking measurement.
Be very careful when taking this measurement. Stand up straight, and put your hands around the sides of your waist (for most people, this is approximately inline with the belly button). Now press down firmly and you will feel the top of your hipbones. Use the very top of the hip bone slightly forward of center where the hip bone flares out and forms a point as one of the measuring points for the torso length. The second point is the hollow spot at the base of the neck. To find this, follow the collarbone to where it takes a deep dip BELOW your Adam's apple. Measure from the lowest part of the dip, diagonally across your chest to the side of your body at the top of the hipbone.

For men, the prominent hipbone is usually just below the waistband of the trousers, close to the side of the body. For women, the measurement is a little more below the waistband than for men (about 3" to 4").

The average male, 5'7" to 5'11" with an inseam measurement of 31" to 34", will usually have a torso length measurement of about 17" to 19". This is equivalent to a medium harness.

The average female, 5'2" to 5'6" with an inseam measurement of 28" to 31", will usually have a torso length measurement of 15" to 17". This is equivalent to a small harness.

These averages should give you a general idea about your measurements. If you come up with something that is entirely different from these, then you may be taking the measurement incorrectly. If, after reading these directions carefully, you still have a measurement that seems odd, give us a call.

Leg Pad
Place the end of the tape measure on the curve of the hipbone that you previously located for the torso measurement. Thread the tape measure around the top of the thigh, across the buttocks and back to the starting point. Imagine this is a leg pad and adjust accordingly.

For the average male, 5'7" to 5'11", the leg strap measurement will usually be about 30" to 33".

For the average female, 5'2" to 5'6", the leg strap measurement will usually be about 28" to 31".

When taking the leg strap and torso length measurements, keep in mind that they both use the point at the side top of the hipbone as a common measuring point. This means it's important to locate this point properly by following these directions. If you have any questions, please give us a call; we want your harness to fit perfectly as much as you do!

Stand up straight when taking this measurement and don't wear shoes. Having your feet shoulder-width apart, start the tape high in the crotch and measure straight down to the floor. Don't use the middle seam of the pants as reference, since some pants are looser than others. Be sure to start the tape measure high in the crotch. This measurement is important: The accuracy of the inseam measurement determines the proper fit of your harness.
This is the standard measurement around the chest over the nipples. For women do one additional measurement above the breast.
Other Gear
Relative Workshop can supply you with your choice of main or reserve canopies as well as other equipment items such as jumpsuits, instruments and automatic activation devices. Our FAA-certificated riggers are available to assemble your new system, so it can be delivered to your door, ready to jump- by ordering your canopies and AADs from us, you can be sure the entire assembly will be properly integrated and configured.
Rigging Services
Parachute Shop has full time FAA-certificated Master Riggers and complete loft facilities. We're set up to perform alterations and major repairs, and we also offer assemblies and reserve repacks. 

We at Parachute Shop are committed to building you a rig that will be the best you've ever jumped. If you have any questions about your rig at any time before or after the sale, feel free to give us a call. We think you'll see for yourself why we've earned a reputation of unsurpassed workmanship, performance, comfort and customer satisfaction.


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