HAYDUKE takes modern performance features to the next level, in a more agile, lightweight, and efficient design. The result: Tight handling and improved glide & flare performance, while retaining the ability to sink steep approaches into technical BASE LZs.

HAYDUKE is an ultralite & low-bulk parachute.

Tech Features:

  • ULTRALITE PN9 with ZP leading edge
  • FLOAT FLAPS at rear-chord
  • Expanded SLAT System at center span
  • 5 Vents & Advanced Crossports for rapid inflation
  • Staggered Brake Cascade
  • Low-freefall to terminal performance

Balance, Compromise, & Passive Safety: HAYDUKE represents what we think is an ideal balance of performance and passive safety. HAYDUKE offers improved glide, yet retains the benefit of slow forward speed in DBS. The result: more time for object avoidance in the case of an off-heading, with agile handling that allows for fast, easy, and efficient (low sink rate) turns using risers or brakes.

Science & Observation: HAYDUKE is the result of three years of R&D. Equally important, it is the result of three years of focusing on customer and team jumper feedback. You tell, we listen. The result is progression that can be felt and experienced.



Inspired by a paraglider design, this key innovation has been an important part of the OUTLAW’s slow stall speed and forgiving deep-brake characteristics. We have tuned the concept and applied a widened and lower-volume Float-Flap array to HAYDUKE. This feeds a wider portion of the span with a lower volume of air.



The slat system helps to increase airflow over the top surface of the canopy. HAYDUKE’s slat spans three center cells instead of one, and combined with the the Float-Flap system, a large portion of the top surface is fed with laminar flow at high angles of attack (deep brakes applied).



HAYDUKE’s upper brake cascade is constructed without loop to loop junctions. Finger-trapped lines allow a more consistent flex and prevent the acute-angle "kinks" that can lead to tension knots in the brake cascade. The benefits of the OUTLAW's smooth brake fan are apparent when stowing the lines – the brake line junction curves more smoothly in concert with the rest of your lines, reducing the chances of tension knots. Always use a tailgate, slider-gate, or tail-restricting device in conjunction with packing methods that properly stage tail expansion.



In parachute design, Aspect Ratio is one factor that cannot be cheated. The easiest way to improve glide and flare performance is to increase Aspect Ratio, but there are significant costs to doing so - heading performance suffers significantly, to start. HAYDUKE employs a moderate-to-low Aspect Ratio, to ensure heading performance. Glide and flare performance have been improved through refining the profile, trim, and leading edge construction.



HAYDUKE is constructed using mainly lightweight Porcher PN9, combined with a ZP leading edge and some PN1 at high-wear locations.


Longevity: Non-coated (permeable) cloth degrades more quickly, and the porosity increases. As porosity at the leading edge increases, all things suffer: Glide worsens, flare weakens, and openings change. It is a simple fact that a BASE canopy with a ZP LE performs better and lasts longer than one without.

Flare: A majority of lift is created at the leading edge of the airfoil – it is the most critical part of the chord. As permeable cloth degrades, lift and performance degrade. ZP nose canopies, all other factors being equal, flare better over a longer lifespan.

Glide performance: Air that permeates the leading edge decreases the pressure difference right where, again, most of the lift is generated. Less lift = less glide.

Openings: Any air that flows through the parachute does not aid in expansion or inflation. While permeable cloth is overall a benefit to opening characteristics, adding some ZP is a benefit to early span and chord expansion. In short, ZP nose canopies open faster.

Packing: You’re a grown-up (sort of) and we believe in you. You can figure out how to pack a parachute that has a few centimeters of ZP on the leading edge. It takes most people about five packjobs to dial it in.


There are many benefits to light-weight canopies. Checkout our Light Fabrics Article to learn more about the benefits.

Reduced canopy inertia during the extraction and expansion phase means better openings, better heading performance.

Faster extraction: A lighter parachute can be extracted more efficiently and has an advantage over standard weight canopies in the first seconds of deployment.

Easier to pack: Porcher PN9 lies flatter, has less tendency to expand or squirm, and is easier to fold.

Easier to carry: Everyone likes arriving at the exit point with a bit more energy.

The lower pack volume of PN9 allows a slimmer, more aerodynamic container.

Size (ft2) m2 Chord (ft) Span (ft) Recommended Loading Load Test (kg)
190 17.65 3.05 5.65 0.69 - 0.75 145
200 18.58 3.13 5.79 0.69 - 0.75 145
210 19.51 3.21 5.93 0.69 - 0.75 145
220 20.44 3.29 6.06 0.69 - 0.75 145
230 21.37 3.36 6.2 0.69 - 0.75 145
240 22.3 3.43 6.33 0.69 - 0.75 145
250 23.23 3.5 6.45 0.69 - 0.75 145
260 24.15 3.57 6.58 0.69 - 0.75 145
270 25.08 3.64 6.7 0.69 - 0.75 145
280 26.01 3.71 6.82 0.69 - 0.75 145
290 26.94 3.77 6.94 0.69 - 0.75 145
305 28.34 3.84 7.06 0.69 - 0.75 145


*If you are unsure of your Exit Weight, you can add 8kg/18lbs to your naked weight as an estimate.



  • "This canopy has everything I was hoping for, and everything that I felt was lacking from some previous designs. It’s fun to fly without being too sporty, it feels dependable and solid. The slow forward speed with brakes stowed is a major plus, and it feels like an accuracy machine without being sluggish."

    -Matt Laj
  • "We worked really hard to get Hayduke to perform in a wide range of applications. From 160 feet at Rubidoux to terminal slider up in the Alps, Hayduke has treated us very well during the development process. We’re excited to hear what everyone else thinks."

    -Will Kitto
  • "This thing is solid. The Outlaw has been good to me and it’s a great canopy because of its slow forward flight - new BASE jumpers really need something as forgiving as the Outlaw. But the Hayduke is overall more fun and still super reliable for technical jumps."

    -Scotty Bob
  • "Coming from hundreds of jumps on the Outlaw, I was excited to see how the float-flaps and slat system could improve on other airfoils. The Hayduke behaves much like an Outlaw in deep brakes and while performing off-heading correction, but he Hayduke has great glide and responsiveness which provides confidence when trying reach a long spot or while trying maneuver between obstacles. It’s my go-to for all-around performance. Fun to fly at its top speed, but quickly recovers back to slow and controlled flight."

    -James Yaru
  • "I am absolutely loving the HAYDUKE, it is opening like a dream and flies like an absolute animal at high altitude. It has better glide performance than my last canopy but sinks into tight spots better and more comfortably than anything I have ever seen or flown, thank you! "

    -Max Fanning