Of course, the most important part of the bungee equipment is the
cord. But the importance of harnesses and other factors (such as
place of jumping) should not be underestimated.
Harnesses are several types according to what they are tightened.
Most common is the leg harness - it bounded to the ankles. Special
covers are put over both of the ankles and are tightened with straps.
There is a way of attaching the jumper to the rope, which involves
no special materials but requires special technique. Usually a towel
is wrapped around the ankles and then a sling is tied over the towel
ensuring the safety of the jumper by tightening more during the
Another type of harness is the body harness - a combination of chest
and waistharness. It is tightened to the body and may be used withthe
leg harness for safety and comfort.
Many clubs produce cords on their own. Usually cords consist of
many rubber strands, which are covered by protective sheaths protecting
them from sunlight, wind and dirt.
There is also a static-line, which is used as a back up.
Cords have one very important characteristic concerning the change
in the length of the cord- their elongation. For example elongation
of 200% in 50m cord indicates that it streches with 100m more resulting
in 150m total length -three times its original size.
There are no special clothes required for bungee jumping.
After the jump
There are clubs that doesn't have special equipment for taking the
jumper off the cord. After the jump the man is lowered and taken
manually by boat or something similar. An air bag is also used in
such cases providing both safety and easily take-off for the jumper.
But almost every club has a special device for taking the jumper
back to his starting point. In most cases a helping rope is dropped
and the jumper catches it in order not to be with he head downwards,
and that way he is pulled up.
The most common platform for jumping are bridges usually over water
due to psychological reason (people think it is much easier to jump
in water then over some rocks or something). In some countries there
are specially build high towers or high steel bridges for this purpose
offering great comfort to the performers (such as cafes at the top
where you can drink your last coffee). Some people even jump from
hot-air balloons and there are always new ideas.