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!
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Drag Chute Accessories
All Stroud parts for individual purchase are designed to replace only parts on Stroud equipment.