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.

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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

400 Chute with Small Spring Launcher
Part #4004801 — $714

410 Chute with Small Spring Launcher
Part #4104801 — $745

420 Chute with Large Spring Launcher
Part #4204803 — $787

430 Chute with Large Spring Launcher
Part #4304804 — $808

Pneumatic and/or Air Launcher Upgrade with Chute Kit

400 Chute with Small Air Launcher
Part #4004802 — $714

410 Chute with Small Air Launcher
Part #4104802 — $745

420 Chute with Large Air Launcher
Part #4204804 — $787

430 Chute with Large Air Launcher
Part #4304804 — $808

Small Air Launcher Upgrade w/o
Part #4902 — $400

Large Air Launcher Upgrade w/o
Part #4904 — $400

Small Spring Launcher Upgrade
Part #4901 — $400

Large Spring Launcher Upgrade
Part #4903 — $400

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)
Part #4061 — $52

Large Chute Bag
(for model number 420 and larger)
Part #4063 — $52

Chute Pack
Part #473 — $65

Chute Pack (Fireproof)
Part #474 — $105

Small Launcher Chute Bag
Part #4051 — $85

Large Launcher Chute Bag
Part #4053 — $85

Spring
Part #020 — $125

Pilot Chute

Stroud pilot chutes will fit all parachute packs.

Small Pilot Chute
Part #471 — $85

Large Pilot Chute
Part #472 — $90

Chute Pack Plates

Aluminum replacement plates for chute pack.

Small Plate
Part #40567.5X7.5SQ — $26

Large Plate
Part #4056875SQUARE — $26

Chute Loop Cord

Replace your cord regularly. Includes three loop cords.

Loop Kit
Part #477LOP — $9

Remove Before Flight Tags

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

Flight Tags
Part #475 — $18

Aluminum Launcher Discs

Air Launcher Disc (small and large)
Part #6ROUND1HOLE — $27

Spring Launcher Replacement Disc (small 2-hole)
Part #4035 — $26

Spring Launcher Replacement Disc (large 2-hole)
Part #4055 — $28

Single Chute Mount Kit

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

Single Chute Mount Kit
Part #1995 — $160

Dual Chute Mount Kit

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

Dual Chute Mount Kit
Part #2001DUALCHUTE — $320

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
Part #541 — $93

Dual Cable Kit
Part #544 — $175

15 Foot Cable Only
Part #542 — $60

Billet Release Handle Only
Part #543 — $26

Motorcycle 6 Feet
Part #545 — $45

T-Fitting
Part #89212210 — $25

Toggle Valve
Part #MJTV3 — $42

Pivot Bracket
Part #NRGPB2 — $9

Small Air Cylinder
Part #RP075X400DAPSS — $62

Large Air Cylinder
Part #RP125X900DANSS — $88

Clamps
Part #48004 — Was $42
Now $28 (while supplies last)

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