My boots rarely catch fire when I untie them, but then again, I don't often pull 30' of laces out tight in a 1/10th of second either.
I used the chain stitched shock cord thing (mainly for organisational purposes) for both of my successful L1 and L2 flights.
My L2 main chute deployed at 700' and remained a (moderatly) tightly packed chute even when the redundant charge fired at 500'...It finally inflated somewheres around the 350~450' neighborhood.
Just speculating here, but I wonder if all the little happy loops in my shock cord turned it into a nice and draggy pseudo-streamer before (a lucky/low alt. /heart-stopper) chute inflation?
Kevin and Eric, Thanks for the good advise on this subject. You guys have any archived shots of well organised / banded-up-taped-up shock cord installs that could be posted here that could be used as a good example?
-TRA 11694 L2-
"...look around you, can you fabricate some sort of rudimentary lathe?..." Guy, from Galaxy Quest