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Product code: PD16


The Optimum Reserve is now offered in sizes ranging from 99 to 253 square feet. It is made from a new low permeability, low bulk fabric available exclusively from Performance Designs.

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The lowest price in last 30 days: 2,374.49

The Optimum Reserve is now offered in sizes ranging from 99 to 253 square feet. It is made from a new low permeability, low bulk fabric available exclusively from Performance Designs. 

Performance Designs combined this fabric with special aerodynamics and extensive reinforcing to create great strength, better performance, and a far smaller pack volume for a given size. The Optimums are rated for maximum exit weights ranging from 220 pound to as much as 300 pounds!

The Optimum has successfully been drop-tested at weights and speeds considerably higher than those required for FAA certification according to TSO C23d, the highest standard to date. The Optimum flies and lands far more like a main parachute too. All this and also provides a more powerful flare, by a wide margin, of any reserve we have ever tried.

Technical Information:
  • Sizes 99, 106, 113, 126, 143, 160, 176, 193, 218, 235, 253
  • 7-cell reserve canopy
  • PD’s proprietary low bulk 30 denier fabric
  • Microline
  • Packs one size smaller than most traditional fabric reserves
  • Available only in Orange
  • Incredible flare and stopping power
  • More forgiveness on landing
  • Prompt, yet smooth openings even at terminal deployment speeds
  • Enhanced aerodynamics for reduced opening forces
  • Great flight characteristics, flies more like a main
Great for:
  • Anyone!
  • Individuals seeking a low pack volume reserve
  • Individuals looking for a docile, predictable reserve with outstanding flight characters and a powerful, easy flare


Canopy ModelArea (Sq.Ft.)Min Exit Wt.Student*Novice*Intermediate*Advanced*Expert*Max*Span (FT.)Chord (FT.)Aspect Ratio
Optimum – 099099VLCN/RN/RN/S119 (54)149 (68)220 (100)14.426.872.1:1
Optimum – 106106VLCN/RN/RN/S127 (58)159 (72)220 (100)14.927.102.1:1
Optimum – 113113VLCN/RN/R113 (51)130 (59)169 (77)254 (115)15.407.302.1:1
Optimum – 126126VLCN/RN/R126 (57)145 (66)176 (80)254 (115)16.277.752.1:1
Optimum – 143143VLCN/R122 (55)143 (65)165 (75)200 (91)254 (115)17.338.252.1:1
Optimum – 160160VLCN/R148 (67)170 (77)190 (86)225 (102)265 (120)18.338.732.1:1
Optimum – 176176VLC160 (73)180 (82)195 (89)220 (100)250 (113)270 (122)
Optimum – 193193VLC187 (85)200 (91)215 (98)250 (113)275 (125)275 (125)20.139.592.1:1
Optimum – 218218VLC216 (98)225 (102)240 (109)260 (118)280 (127)280 (127)21.4010.192.1:1
Optimum – 235235VLC235 (107)240 (109)255 (116)270 (122)285 (129)285 (129)22.2110.582.1:1
Optimum – 253253VLC255 (116)265 (120)275 (125)280 (127)290 (132)290 (132)23.0510.982.1:1

*Numbers are the Recommended Maximum Exit Weight in pounds / (KG) for that skillset

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European Union 1-4 days, Rest of the world 1-7 weeks
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