Drag Chutes & Launchers

Stroud Drag Chutes

Stroud Safety is the leader in the non-rigid aerodynamic decelerator field (i.e. drag chutes). These chutes were designed from the start to be user friendly. Stroud Safety has nearly 50 years experience in parachute design and manufacture. After much exhaustive testing and refinement, the Stroud system was developed.

The Stroud drag chute is designed to open very reliably and softly, pull straight, stop sooner and pack very easily by one person in 4 or 5 minutes. The Stroud system does not pull the car off the ground. It pulls low and straight back. With its special deployment system, this chute will open much softer and much more reliably, stopping your car in much less distance than conventional chutes.

Stroud Safety has a chute for every need, with over 50 styles available.

Remember, we re-certify all Stroud Safety products!

Rip-Stop Chute Fabric

New Stroud Safety drag chute fabric features a UV and heat protected high-tenacity nylon with rip-stop construction that increases tear resistance without increasing weight. A low coefficient friction finish improves abrasion / wear resistance and water repellency. Available in all sizes. All of our colors, any combination, at no additional charge!


Standard pilot chute system

Stroud chutes feature a tab on the top line to help facilitate packing

Available colors

Black, White, Red, Orange, Yellow Gold, Lime Green, Blue, Purple, and Hot Pink.


All of our chute colors available in any combination at no additional charge.

Special Notes:

  1. Washing your Stroud parachute:

    • Remove the pilot chute and deployment bag (or launcher bag if you are using a launcher). You can leave the bridal cord attached to the chute if you are using a pilot chute.

    • Using a front-loading NON-AGITATOR type washing machine, load the chute inside.

    • Add 1/4 cup liquid detergent (Tide, Cheer, etc.) plus 1/4 cup of Castrol Super Clean (original purple bottle only!) and wash.

    • Do not machine dry! Hang up out of the sun and air dry the chute.

  2. DO NOT USE the TUBE type parachute mount where the chute attachment loop goes inside a tube and a bolt goes through the tube and loop. This will almost always cut the loop after a few uses. We will NOT warranty any of these repairs!

Drag Chute Sizing

Determining Drag Chute Size


Stroud chutes are specifically designed based on vehicle weight and speed. Stroud recommends that customers consult a qualified technician to confirm the size required for their particular specifications. Use these charts to help determine what your drag chute needs are going to be.

Stroud Drag Chute Repair

We service and repair all of our own chutes. There is no charge for us to look at your chute and estimate the cost of repair, or if it is repairable at all. However, all freight is the responsibility of the customer. Stroud Safety offers custom design and engineering for numerous applications. If you need something not listed, do not hesitate to call us.

Stroud Launcher Systems

Mechanical and/or Spring Launcher Upgrade with Chute Kit

Black shroud line now standard on all Stroud chutes.

Pneumatic and/or Air Launcher Upgrade with Chute Kit

Air Launcher Upgrade Kit: #4901

Spring Launcher Upgrade Kit: #4903

Stroud parachute launchers are the most advanced parachute deployment system on the market. Available in either mechanical or pneumatic styles, the chute launcher completely does away with pilot chutes and their inherent problems. Patented by Stroud Safety, the chute launcher was over 8 years in development. The chute launcher can be used from the slowest bracket car to Top Fuel cars. It is especially effective on 1/8 mile courses, as it is not speed dependent like a pilot chute system.

The mechanical system is spring deployed using a regular pull handle. It is ideal for cars that do not have an onboard air system. For those cars that have onboard air, or wish to, then the Stroud pneumatic chute launcher is ideal! It is lighter and easier to use than the spring launcher. Both systems work equally well and the parachute does not know the difference.

If weight is a problem, then the new carbon fiber air launcher is for you. It weighs LESS than a standard Stroud chute with a pilot chute! All Stroud chute launchers come complete with all required mounting and operational equipment. The Stroud parachute launchers work ONLY with Stroud chutes. Using other type chutes is VERY dangerous! Call Stroud Safety for your specific needs.

Installation Instructions

  Stroud Chute Launcher Installation Instruction   Use  this chart  for installation and operation of spring and air launchers.

Stroud Chute Launcher Installation Instruction

Use this chart for installation and operation of spring and air launchers.

  Stroud Safety Parachute Cable Kit Installation Instructions   Use  this chart  for the installation and operation of the parachute cable kit.

Stroud Safety Parachute Cable Kit Installation Instructions

Use this chart for the installation and operation of the parachute cable kit.

Drag Chute Accessories

All Stroud parts for individual purchase are designed to replace only parts on Stroud equipment.

Small Chute Bag (for model number 410 and under): #4061

Large Chute Bag (for model number 420 and larger): #4063

Chute Pack: #473

Chute Pack (Fireproof): #474

Small Launcher Chute Bag: #4051

Large Launcher Chute Bag: #4053

Spring: #020

Pilot Chute

Stroud pilot chutes will fit all parachute packs.

Small Pilot Chute: #471

Large Pilot Chute: #472

Chute Pack Plates

Aluminum replacement plates for chute pack.

Small Plate: #40567.5X7.5SQ

Large Plate: #4056875SQUARE

Chute Loop Cord

Replace your cord regularly.

Loop Kit: #477LOP

Remove Before Flight Tags

Remove before flight tags are available as red flags with pins for all safety needs.

Flight Tags: #475

Aluminum Launcher Discs

Air Launcher Disc (small and large): #6ROUND1HOLE

Spring Launcher Replacement Disc (small 2-hole): #4035

Spring Launcher Replacement Disc (large 2-hole): #4055

Single Chute Mount Kit

Stroud single chute mount kits for you to mount on your cars.

Single Chute Mount Kit: #1995

Dual Chute Mount Kit

Stroud dual mount kits for you to mount on your cars.

Dual Chute Mount Kit: #2001DUALCHUTE

Parachute Release Kit

A complete cable kit for your car to activate your parachute system. Comes with either the 17 foot standard black heavy duty cable or the light weight 15 foot gray cable. Kit comes complete with all necessary fittings and instructions.

Cable Kit: #541

Dual Cable Kit: #544

Cable Only: #542

Billet Release Handle Only: #543

T-Fitting: #89212210

Toggle Valve: #MJTV3

Pivot Bracket: #NRGPB2

Small Air Cylinder: #RP075X400DAPSS

Large Air Cylinder: #RP125X900DANSS

10 oz. Air Bottle: #48003

2.25 lb. Air Bottle: #48002

Clamps: #48004