LARA, the Low Aspect Ratio Annular parachute.
The LARA is a higher performance alternative to conventional Conical and PDA (Pulled Down Apex) configurations. The aerodynamically efficient shape produces a higher drag coefficient and corresponding lower descent rate during an emergency deployment. It also offers the best value (price/performance) available today. The LARA Gold utilizes a Kevlar bridle and Spectra lines to reduce weight and pack volume. The “Gold” designation was chosen because the use of these materials increases the cost rather significantly.
Some things to consider:
- Maximum pilot/pilots weight 175 pounds
- Integrated paraswivel
- 24 foot kevlar bridle
- Durable deployment bag
- Exceptional descent rate: when tested with payloads 25% above nominal weight, at 90 knots. No canopies were damaged