Removable Slider Skydiving

RDS System

Ordering and Prices

This removable slider was designed and built in 1989 and since then it has done many thousands of jumps. It’s proven itself to be the simplest, easiest and quickest removable slider ever used. It’s also quick and easy to install after use. Pulling the centre handle releases all four attachments at the same time and the skydiver is left holding the centre handle and slider.

€345 for a standard removable slider.

To order: e-mail your slider size, canopy type, canopy size and colour choice to Skydive Espana.
Measure the slider across the centre in both directions making sure to remove any slack material when measuring.

Things to consider before buying a removable slider

The design has to be 100% secure during deployment and easy to remove with one swift movement after deployment. This is not the case with all removable sliders so be careful which design you choose.

The person packing it needs to understand how it can be installed incorrectly so they can make sure they don’t make the mistakes that some people have made.

If you use packers then I recommend that you install the slider before giving them the rig for packing.

It must pack like any normal slider, don’t use cable release sliders that don’t bend or fold easily as they can cause packing problems.

The tolerance during the manufacture is extremely tight to ensure that the slider can’t release prematurely, and to ensure that it does release easily when you need it. If you use a center handle that releases all four grommets at the same time then the tolerance is about five millimeters. This is one of the reasons why manufacturers don’t want to put them into production and one of the reasons why they are expensive.

The slider needs to be used in conjunction with slider stops at your connector links, this is best done with a small solid plastic ring as a slider stop.
Packing shouldn’t take much longer than un cocking a draw cord slider, once you’ve had a little bit of practice.

Ask yourself why you need a removable slider. If you’re happy with a collapsible slider and you don’t have any problems with it then why would you want to change? If you have less than 500 jumps then don’t even consider it unless you have a good reason for wanting one.


The following are comments from different skydive forums

I can’t believe this thread. No one has any reason to jump a removable slider with only 300 jumps. I find the removable slider easier to deal with. I’ll also add that I don’t like the ideal of connecting my main parachute to my rig, in any way. I used a rubber band and ball for a while. I always cut the rubber band half way through. There are other options like magnets, tabs on the risers etc.

My main concern is performance, does being able to remove remove it affect performance vs stowing it?
You have some restrictions when you stow the slider. There is a noticeable difference when you remove the slider completely.

I’m looking at getting one but for increased visibility. I don’t think I’ll ever need to worry about drag enough to need a removable slider.

For increased visibility a removable slider is perfect. I bought mine for this reason and also because I sometimes got stuck with my side mount in the stock slider. It’s the best thing I bought in years. Stowing it takes less time then collapsing it and trying to get it under the skytie. When you’re used to it it only takes about 1 to 1,5 min to put it back on.

The performance isn’t really the big deal. I just want the slider out of the way. and to have my wing reach its optimum shape.. I have a wings container and Wings wont endorse any type of stowing system on container, So my rigger wont put anything on for me. It seems like my options are either removable slider, or stay with collapsing it.

I’ll also add that I don’t like the ideal of connecting my main parachute to my rig, in any way.
There’s an easy way to mod the ball and band set-up so it’s not ‘connected’ (by much). Or use magnets instead of the ball and rubber band setup. You can even sew it on the collar of your suit.

Please do not forget that you have to reconnect each jump the slider correctly to its 4 rings. If you flip one ring, you can practice your EP’s.

A removable slider can be beneficial for non-competitive swoopers as well as for non-swoopers in some cases. I agree, and not necessarily for swooping. I’m not going to see any noticeable improvement in my swoops, but if I went back jumping my full camera setup on a regular basis I would consider a removable slider. One less thing to snag.

I don’t like skyties on my rig as my shoulder movement is limited in that direction and it’s difficult to reach. I haven’t got round to trying one out on my jumpsuit collar. I’ve found that the couple of times I have used it, the sides of the slider still inflate and cause even more of a blind spot than a collapsed slider. Or the slider pops out of the skytie on a riser turn.

My last 1400 jumps have been with a removable slider, and less than 50 of them have been sub terminal. Removing the slider does allow you to look around more and it feels so much better than having something behind your neck, it also allows the risers to open up more as there is no longer something pulling them together, this means your canopy can flatten out more and fly better .
Reattaching my slider isn’t actually that tricky, I think it takes me just as long as it would un collapsing a slider.

I think pulling a cord and stuffing the slider in a pocket would be less distracting than collapsing a slider, ensuring the tabs are hooked properly, then sliding it down the risers and reaching behind my head to find a rubber band or magnetic flap.

Stowing a collapsible slider behind my head takes me all of about 5 seconds, and requires no rigging back on the ground. For me that is a much better solution than a removable slider.

I hate collapsing sliders or trying to pull them past my toggles, or having to deal with the slider before releasing the toggles. It can all get too messy when your job during and after deployment is to keep an eye out for other skydivers. The removable slider takes away all the hassle when it matters.

To me, there’s two reasons one would want to remove their slider: (A) For high performance canopy pilots looking to reduce drag and optimise wing shape/performance. (B) For any jumper who’s looking to increase their visibility range and circle of awareness while under canopy.

Just remember that a removable slider that fails for some reason can cause a hard opening which may kill you.

Keep in mind that the highest percentage of skydiving injuries/incidents occur under functioning canopies and are mostly all related to poor awareness of surroundings, leading to canopy collisions. This is especially true when people take a long time to sort out their collapsible slider or pull it past the control toggles. A removable slider solves this problem.

You can get your gear packed by almost anyone with stock slider. Would you still use a packer with your removable slider or RDS? My conclusion after 150 jumps on it, is that it is worth it. I don’t use a packer, and if I did, I would stow the brakes and re connect the slider before I gave it to them.

At 200 jumps I installed a removable slider and it is one of the best investments to my gear yet. It requires less time to stow in the air, and provides a greater field of view while scanning for other traffic. It is no more complicated to reattach than stowing your brakes. Yes it takes a little more time on the ground but I think it’s worth it. I also seems more likely that someone would forget to uncolapse their slider, than forget to put the whole thing back on. The problem is that most skydivers perceive “new” as “dangerous” when in fact it is the “old” and “complacent” that kills us most often.

With a removable slider the first thing I do is release my toggles and head towards the drop zone after looking around for others. I then reach up with one hand pull the slider and stick it down my jumpsuit. To me this is far safer than a lot of collapsible slider systems. The added safety in the air is balanced out by having to assemble your slider again when packing which can be done incorrectly. However, it’s a very easy task to learn and after a little practice it’s just like stowing your brakes. no hassle at all.

I have been looking into fitting a removable slider to my Sabre 2 135, not so much as to reduce drag but more to give me a better field of view and so the slider doesn’t interfere with my gopro. I am cautious about using a skytie due to its proximity to the reserve pin etc, and also because my vision is still partially blocked by the slider. Also, removing a slider looks to be quicker than collapsing it then trying to stick it in the skytie. As I always pack myself, re-attaching the slider shouldn’t be a problem, I am happy to spend the extra minute re-attaching it….