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While there are many fine companies selling decent parasails there are some companies that don't want to give you all the facts. They don't want you to know the full truth about the materials and the construction methods used in making their parasails. They would rather sell you their products based on misinformation and sales hype. Some companies won't even answer a direct question; they attempt to skirt the issue or even change the subject. If you're comparison shopping don't be mislead by sales hype--demand the facts--not double talk! The last thing you want while you're hundreds of feet in the air is a parasail that has been made by cutting corners! When shopping for a parasail, check the following facts...

Each Cloud Hopper is 100% Made in the United States.

Some cheap and cheaply made parasails are being imported from Taiwan, South Africa, Mexico, Britain and other places. If you're looking at buying a parasail be sure to find out where it's made!

Every Cloud Hopper Canopy is Manufactured From the Finest Material Available in the World Today. 1.9 Ounce, 70 Denier, Urethane Coated, Zero Porosity, UV Inhibited 6.6 Ripstop Nylon.

Cloud Hopper canopy material weighs 1.9 ounces per square yard. Some cheaply made parasails use 1.5 ounce per square yard (or even thinner) nylon and try to hide the fact by referring to it as simply "6.6" nylon. The 6.6 designation does not refer to the weight or strength of the fabric, but is a type of nylon filament, first made by Dupont, used to produce nylon fabrics. Every Cloud Hopper canopy ever manufactured has used fabric made from 6.6 nylon in the 1.9 ounce weight.Instead of using the universally accepted method of referring to their fabric by weight, the competition tries to confuse you by referring to their fabric as just "6.6".

1.5 ounce nylon is used on these cheap parasails for two reasons. The first is that 1.5 ounce is cheaper. Bulk nylon used to produce nylon fabric is sold to the fabric mills by the pound. Less nylon is used to make 1.5 ounce and the mills sell it for less. The second reason is that 1.9 ounce 6.6 ripstop nylon, due to it's expense, is not made domestically in many of the countries these cheap parasails are coming from. 1.9 ounce 6.6 ripstop nylon is more expensive, stronger, and more tear resistant, puncture resistant, abrasion resistant and durable than cheaper and thinner 1.5 ounce nylon. Don't let the competition pull the wool over your eyes!

All Seams on a Cloud Hopper are of the 'Flat-Fell' Variety, Somewhat Like the Outside Seam on a Pair of LevisŪ, With No Raw Edges of Material Exposed

Why don't all parasails use the Cloud Hopper type of seam? Because it's more time consuming and expensive to produce than the weaker and simpler seams they use.

Each and Every Seam is Reinforced With Heavy Duty Reinforcement Webbing.

Not just some of the seams, but all of the seams. Every seam in a parasail canopy undergoes constant stress while being pulled through the air. Why do some chutes reinforce only some seams? Once again, the answer is cost--it's cheaper and less time consuming.

Each Seam on a Cloud Hopper is Double Stitched With a True Locking Stitch.

Some parasails have seams which are single stitched or use a stitch which is not a locking stitch because it's cheaper. A single stitched seam is simply not as strong as one that is double stitched.

All Cloud Hoppers Have 16 Truly Independant Suspension Lines, Each Care fully Measured and Marked.

This suspension line method makes for the most durable, trouble free, and "true" flying, parasail possible. Some chutes have eight lines, which are tied to look like 16. This method is vastly inferior, but is used, once again, because it's cheaper.

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The Suspension Lines on a Cloud Hopper are Attached to the Risers Via Stainless Steel Rings.

Suspension Lines attached directly to the risers can abraid against the riser and wear out. Why don't all parasails use the Cloud Hopper method? It's just too expensive to use on a cheaply made chute.

All Suspension Lines on a Cloud Hopper are Made from the Finest Braided Dacron.

Some parasails use suspension lines made from nylon. Dacron lines are superior to nylon because they absorb less water, retain more strength while wet and stretch less than nylon.

All Hardware on the Cloud Hopper Including Buckles, Rings, and Snaps are Made from Polished Stainless Steel.

Stainless Steel resists corrosion better, lasts longer and is nicer looking than other commonly used metals. Why don't all parasails use stainless steel? It's too expensive!

The Stabilizer Panels on a Cloud Hopper are Reinforced with a Heavy Duty Reinforcement Webbing Around Their Entire Outside Edge.

This prevents the panels from ripping and blowing out during flight. Do other chutes do this? Once again, sadly the answer is, "no".

The Risers, Towing Yoke, and Body Harness of a Cloud Hopper are Constructed of Heavy Duty Military Specification Nylon Webbing.

Some parasails use cheaper and inferior polypropylene webbing or a combination of nylon and polypropylene.

The Main Webbing Strap of the Body Harness on All Cloud Hoppers is One Continuous Piece, Not Sewn Together from Different Short Pieces.

This ensures that the flyer's weight is borne by the webbing itself and not by the stitching. Do other chutes do this? Just ask them!

Adjustable Turn Slots* are Available as an Option on All Cloud Hoppers--A Cloud Hopper Exclusive!

Using a webbing and slide arrangement, the six turn slots, or vents in the sides of the canopy can quickly be adjusted to three different settings. This allows the canopy to be 'custom tuned' to different weight flyers and various wind conditions. Other chutes offer NO adjustability, and they would try to have you think that's better!

A Convertible Vortex Panel* is an Option on All Cloud Hoppers--Once Again, a Cloud Hopper Exclusive!

This option allows a panel in the rear of the canopy to be quickly removed for flights in higher winds (10-15 mph). It can also be taken out to reduce canopy lift for lighter weight flyers. Once again Cloud Hoppers, unlike other chutes, offer you full adjustability.

For No Additional Charge We Will Custom Build You a Cloud Hopper in Any Color Combination You Want.

Or you can choose from one of the gorgeous Cloud Hoppers we have in stock. Why do other companies not give you a choice, but try to force you to choose from what they have in stock? Perhaps they feel it's too much bother and expense to custom build a parasail just for you.

We Specialize in Custom Work Such as Lettering and Logos.

Your name, a boat name, a company name, a logo or design, or almost anything you want can by put on a Cloud Hopper. We can match virtually any style, size, or color of letter. Some customers have called our Cloud Hoppers "a work of art".

* Patents Pending

Ascending Parachutes International is commited to quality Your total and complete satisfaction is our goal at Ascending Parachutes International. We know you want the best possible parasail, but don't want to pay more than you need to. We've compared our Cloud Hoppers with parasails throughout the world in the quality of materials, construction and performance. Some parasails may have a few of the features found on a Cloud Hopper, but none comes close to matching the total quality built into each and every Cloud Hopper! If you compare you'll agree that Cloud Hoppers are truly the world's finest parasail.