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Zephyr Vest with bigger arm and sled

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Hey Everyone!

 

I've done some looking around, but didn't find what I was looking for.

 

I was wondering how far you can upgrade arms and sleds while still using the zephyr vest? I understand you'd probably have to get a larger socket block.

 

Could you pair the vest with a G-50x/G-70x/pro arm and a Shadow/Archer/pro sled?

 

Thanks!

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Hello Kevin, I have a friend who had the zephyr vest, g70x, and a zephyr sled that worked very well. I am not one hundred percent about a bigger sled, but I imagine you would be fine!

Hey Everyone!

 

I've done some looking around, but didn't find what I was looking for.

 

I was wondering how far you can upgrade arms and sleds while still using the zephyr vest? I understand you'd probably have to get a larger socket block.

 

Could you pair the vest with a G-50x/G-70x/pro arm and a Shadow/Archer/pro sled?

 

Thanks!

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Thanks! Yeah, like, I'd like to start looking down the road for upgrades! And picking a place to start, and if the arms/sled don't work with the vest, then I know I'd have to start at the vest. but if I could get a new/used arm and sled that could fly over 23lbs, that the zephyr is rated for, then I'd do that and upgrade the vest later.

 

I just don't know if flying a G-70x arm and shadow sled with a zephyr vest would be a bit ridiculous? And could cause failure from the vest... is that a thing?

 

I might have answered my own question. I might just start with the vest.

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Kevin,

 

The Zephyr vest is very capable. You'll find that with heavier loads, it will tend to flex more than a more robust vest, but as long as that doesn't feel uncomfortable, it will be OK until you can upgrade.

 

All the best,

 

Chris

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Ya know, for not a lot of money, you can add cross back straps to a Zephyr vest. I did it to mine, and it helps a lot with its side to side stability.

 

Probably would help even more with bigger payloads...

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On 1/17/2019 at 2:37 PM, Kevin Kisling said:

I've been thinking about cross back straps more, where do you find these and how do you attach them? Any links?

Thanks!

Get 'em straight from Tiffen, I think they were on the accessories page

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Hi Kevin,

I'll echo Chris in that the Zephyr vest is very capable, though a word of caution - do make sure you're not extending the capacity of the vest. I witnessed the plastic waistband on a lighter-weight vest snap at a workshop under a heavy load (M-1, G-70x arm, at least 25lb camera payload). Not only is that unfortunate because it's a broken vest, but, more concernedly, it could also hurt your body due to the sudden, unexpected shift in weight distribution across your body. 

Be safe!

Lisa

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Lisa, thank you very much for the words of caution! I really appreciate it. 

Maybe I'll look into buying an exo vest first. Is it compatible with the a30 arm? I know the post on the a30 is 1/2in.

Thanks for all the help!

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Hi Kevin,

You'll need the smaller socket block to use your A30 arm on an Exovest. There is a smaller version of the Exovest, the Exolite, though you're better off getting the regular Exovest. It will be future-proof if you upgrade your sled and arm, and you'll never have to worry about stressing the parts under heavier loads. 

That said, make sure you try it first and have someone fit it to you if you aren't familiar with the Exovest. The fit is very specific, and it can be uncomfortable if it's not sitting on your body correctly. You'll also walk a bit differently than you do in a traditional-style vest, as you must let your pelvic bones rise and fall (as they do naturally when you walk without a rig). In a traditional-style vest, you work to hold your pelvis level so your footsteps don't translate to the sled. There are pivot points in the Exovest that compensate for the rise and fall of your pelvic bones, allowing you to walk more normally.

The Exovest is also much more unforgiving if you are not standing up straight because of those same pivot points. Not a bad thing in my opinion, as you should be in good form anyway!

Happy flying!

Lisa

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