The British X-type troop parachute was a highly successful design resulting from the cooperation of two competing firms, GQ and Irvin Air Chutes. Adopted late in 1940 as the MkI (15A/475), it continued in service with several modifications through the end of the war. Unlike US parachutes, the X-type did not have a reserve parachute, but instead was provided with an internal deployment bag. The original MkI pattern is identified by the external static line stowage under two vertical pockets, and bungee loops for suspension lines hidden inside the deployment bag. Although slowly phased out by the MkII beginning in 1944, the original MkI continued in use throughout the war. Ideal for 1940 through Normandy.
This replica features an impressive array of period materials. The harness is built with double layered Type VIII black dot webbing and sewn with ultra heavy Irish linen 7-cord. The harness features the rare wartime style fully-circular quick release box, and is equipped with the characteristic square hip rings and chrome adjustment adapters. The pack tray, built with period cotton duck, features the 6mm thick textile base plate which provides stiffness and body to the pack. The 3 retainer webs in the characteristic "Y" fashion of the MkI hold the harness to the pack. A thoughtful grommet and Lift-The-Dot snap arrangement permits the pack to be detached from the harness. The 3.6 meter static line stows under the characteristic vertical pockets, and terminates with a heavy stainless steel V-ring with triple box-x stitching.
Available in the standard version with "display" internal deployment bag, or the premium with all the internal flaps, loops, and webs (all hidden when packed).
Standard Model: $695 ( Email to purchase)
Premium Version: +$225