Learn how to pack an elliptical parachute while in the field
This method is typical for rocketry where you are packing in the field. Wrapping the lines around the Z-folded canopy will compress the parachute so that it fits without binding. If done carefully, it will give you a tight pack and a reliable deployment. However, it is critical to wrap the lines carefully!
Also see: How To Fold a Parachute - Use this pictorial to see the best practices for folding and preparing the Iris Parachute for packing into any type of vehicle.
IMPORTANT: UNDERSTAND THAT WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THIS IS THE BEST WAY OR THAT IT WILL WORK IN YOUR CASE. AS ALWAYS, YOU TAKE FULL RESONSIBILITY TO ENSURE YOUR PARACHUTE IS PROPERLY PACKED AND THAT A SUTABLE DEPLOYMENT METHOD IS PROVIDED! Now that this is out of the way, we can begin!
In this Pictorial, I show how I like to pack a 42" elliptical parachute to fit my EVE rocket. The EVE is a 2.6" diameter rocket, so the parachute needs to be packed tight. This method works well on parachutes up to about 84". For parachutes at 96" and larger, we recommend a deployment bag. It is the same as how I fold the Iris Ultra parachute in the video once the shroud lines are shaken so the lines are fully extended.