During the development of the G4, Mirage Systems looked at every minute aspect of the G3 with a skeptical eye. Their goal, as always, was to present customers a product of uncompromising quality, functionality and value. The results are major advances in comfort, safety, ease of use, aerodynamics, fit and rigger-friendliness.
The most obvious feature of the G4 is its new shape. They tapered the main container to improve aerodynamics and ease of packing. They also shortened the reserve container, and made it slightly thicker at the shoulders. The result is a more streamlined and integrated shape which also provides some subtle functional improvements. The tapered main is easier to pack because the bag rotates more easily into the pack tray than it does into a flat main container. The tapered semi-split deployment bag also makes it easier to control the main while packing.
G3 and G4 profiles:
The shortened reserve offers a smaller reserve pin cover flap that is very easy to preflight yet stays in place just like the G3 reserve pin cover flap. Inside the reserve, the G4 adds a Parapak molar bag for ease and consistency of packing. The G4 retains the well-respected Mirage reserve pilot chute.
At the top of the reserve, a new yoke/pin cover design provides a simpler structure over the shoulders, resulting in a more flexible and comfortable fit. The yoke is narrower and the outside edge of the yoke has been softened, for comfort and flexibility. The new ring covers are redesigned for easy field replacement.
Standard G4 backpad (lumbar support removed):
Down the side of the G4, Mirage Systems has made their secondary riser covers even more complete by designing them to actually tuck into the backpad underneath the reserve, for the most secure riser stowage ever offered. The backpad itself has been redesigned with an attractive look and better padding. The deluxe backpad option is therefore not offered on the G4.
Elastic lumbar support has been added at the hip to comfortably snug the rig to your lower back without cutting into you. The optional new Fancypants elastic legstrap retainers keep the legstraps from slipping down your legs while bending at the waist. All elastic components are easily field-replaceable.
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