Mar 16, 2020, 12:19 PM
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Tilley Fold - Symmetric vs Asymmetric
In 2012 there was a thread with mentions of the Asymmetric Tilley Fold and since then one or two mentions about it from HJ33 and perhaps a few others but very little.
I’ve always used the Jessie Hall method which is Symmetric but am really interested in reducing the bulk on my pack jobs but still retain the benefits of the Tilley Fold i.e. promoting Nose First inflation thru inhibiting the tail from inflating and inverting and thus significantly reducing the chance of line overs.
With all that said I can’t find a description or diagram of the Asymmetric folds other than someone saying it’s folded in thirds rather than quarters. I can of course take a guess, trial and error but would prefer and appreciate if someone can better describe the Asymmetric bit or better still post a diagram or video
I haven't played with it but I think what he's saying is the three main folded stacks of fabric on each side of your packjob, once you've cleaned up your tail, alternate folding those across the pack job left, then right all the way down. Does that make sense?
Ive been doing the asymmetrical tilley fold for 400+ jumps. Slider up and slider off. Once the tail is neat and tailpocket pulled down, i fold the entire left side over the middle, then the entire right side on top of that.. ive never tried with alternating method. I still have on headings 90% of the time, and have never had more than a 90 in the other 10%..
Ill take a picture the next time I do a pack job, but yes its just as described by Jay above. I do the right fold first and then the left, but I dont think it matters at all. I use a single clamp to hold the folds together, but the folds themselves are pretty much in line with the tail pocket edges. Its funny that you mention Jesse because he is the one who first showed me the asymmetric fold many years ago as well.
I've done both. Now only doing the All_one_side/All_the_other_side. I do not think that the little asymetric thing is changing something significant in the chaos that is a parachute getting out of the container, but it does not look as nice as the symetrical technic, and it is good for beginner to have something looking nice, it makes people feel more confident in the packjob and it helps for focusing on the other parts of the jumps. I just chose this method first for slider down thinking that less folding is easier to unfold, and so, better for faster openings (this is also very probably more for my own confidence than it really does something).