Hello everybody from prospeedflying team Today is quite windy on the mountain, so we finally decided to shoot a video-lesson about speedwing packing techniques – both the tight way and the fast way to handle the wing on the mountain. To begin with you line the wing up along the chord. Untangle the wing if you need to and get the front edge out to the side. The wing should be lined up from tail to nose like this. Now you can put it down After that you can get the harness off. Here’s an important thing: get the harness off the same way you’re putting it on before the flight. After landing I turn to the canopy (like I do for the reverse launch), get the shoulder straps off and step out from between the risers, putting the harness down. Next time before the flying I do completely the same: step in between the risers and put the harness on. This way you avoid any twists on the risers. Once the wing is ready for packing, I put all the lines inside and leave the risers on the side of the canopy. Once more I straighten the wing along the rib. Now I find the center of the wing – normally you have a logo in the middle or some stickers on the central ribs I take the middle rib and start stacking the rigid parts together from the center to the wingtip Basically the purpose is to get all the rigid part in one stack in order to keep them straight Should look like a fan You may even put the top skin out if you have a note of perfectionism some people say that this way the top skins stays up for better inflation Which is hardly true Now I put my rib stack sideways If the wing is small – 8 or 9 – you can hold the stack with one hand and handle the tail with the other The central cell is normally marked also on the tail (black spot of the color scheme) The tail is stacked in the same way: you fold it in a stack every other seam Lines stay inside. Stacking the tail like this… No need to do that perfectly, the wing will slide apart anyways If you have a bigger wing, ask your friend to hold the nose part for you or put something heavy on the rib stack a helmet or a backpack Now I make sure all the lines go inside and also shove inside all the fabric that sticks out, making the pack smaller Make sure rigid parts stay in a stack The less volume you have, the more perfectly you need to put all the fabric inside Okay, one half is done. Let’s get to the second Same way I stack the rigid parts here… the main thing is to keep them straight so that they keep the nose open and make your inflations easier Here there are different ways to put it together I prefer the easiest one: put the second stack overlapping the first one Probably they won’t stack perfectly, especially if the cells are small as with my Rapi-Dos On a Spitfire, for example, the cells are wider and you’ll get them perfectly on top of each other Again, press it here with your hand of a helmet and start stacking the tail Find the first cell of the second half (or maybe the next one if it doesn’t overlap properly on a small wing) and start stacking it every other seam At first it doesn’t look very tight but after you put all the slack fabric inside… also here on the nose You might hold it with your knee – but carefully, don’t press; if you’re not packing on a nice carpet some stones or sharp things can make a hole or two in your wing Slowly press the air out of the wing, putting slack fabric inside Now after you have this nice sausage you can start folding it from the tail ize of these folds should approximately match the size of the rigid parts in your nose Fold the half of the wing, hold it with your knee. Then gently press the air out of the rest make some final perfections… lines and slack go inside…. and fold the rib stack inside omewhere here is the end of the rigid parts, so that’s the perfect size Here you can adjust your folds if necessary maybe slide it a bit backwards and make one more fold – and then put it on top of your rib stack Now you have a tight pack. If you have a long way ahead, use your packing belt to fix it; it comes with a wing In an everyday mode I just put it in a packbag sideways Leave all the metal parts and risers out so they don’t press into wing fabric Done. Your tight pack is ready Now I’ll show how to quickly pack the wing if you’re flying at a ski resort not very tight but comfortable for getting around the lifts or hiking some bunny hills like we do on the beginner courses So, fast pack for lifts or little hikes. Let’s imagine you’ve just landed and the wing is behind your back Turn to it like you would for a reverse launch and start coiling the lines in your hand all the way to the fabric Hold the lines firmly and again get the nose out sideways (for me usually to the left) Then flip the cells together and get the tail slightly out, elongating the wing by the ribs After you have the wing nicely lined out you press the nose part to yourself shove the lines inside under your hand and start folding the wing, nose first Ribs cover the lines coils, more or less, the rest goes over forming something like a brick Fold anything that sticks out This method is good for anything size of 11 and below. With some practice you’ll do that even to bigger wings But with 11 and less within a resort I use a packbag instead of a fast bag this way the wing stays tight for you to go around Risers also go inside – make sure they stay above the wing fabric or me all the way up to the trims. You may do that more or less so Now I tie a knot here – plastic fixers usually break fast and get a loop that holds the risers by the weight of the wing This way your lines and risers don’t fall out catching your legs or skis This loop goes high up your shoulder to a carabiner – you can buy that in any outdoor store. Done You’re are ready to ski to the cable or to hike a small hill On skis I normally hold it under that arm so it doesn’t dangle around A couple of words about handling the wing. After the flight shake the wing by the tail (nose down) so that snow or some dust fell out Otherwise you’ll pack it inside, which is not good Always check your lines – especially if you mess up a ski launch, as it’s easy to cut a line with an edge or partially cut it and get into trouble on the next flight When back home, take your wing out and put it somewhere far from any heaters or heated floors Here it will slowly dry if necessary or just spread out after tight pack In case you don’t fly for a long time – a couple of months, get your wing out for storage I like to put it freely in a fastbag. This way your wing will stay sweet for a long time That’s all for now. See you in the mountains. Bye!