Forums: Skydiving Disciplines: Wing Suit Flying: Body Comp & Ideal/Max Performance Relationship? (Range Suits Specific): Edit Log

Lance_Brown  (C 40381)

Jan 22, 2013, 3:55 PM

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Body Comp & Ideal/Max Performance Relationship? (Range Suits Specific)

Hey everyone, been a member for a few years, but never posted anything since I always got answers at the DZ by just asking in person. But now I seem to have stumped myself, not to mention others.

So here's what I got (Sorry if this has been asked before):

Is there a way to [pre-] determine your [theoretical] maximum/ideal suit size for RANGE/ Forward SPEED based flying determined by body composition ALONE?

My question is based on what PF wrote on their web site (Other's have said the same):

"Your body type and weight are large determining factors in choosing a wingsuit.
Someone with a heavy frame may require a bit more wing to keep up with formations of different speeds. At the same time, someone with a small, light frame may not have the wingload to fly a bigger suit at the speeds his or her heavier buddies are. It's important to know that bigger isnt always better."

Aside form just buying a ton of different suits and trying them (When my skill level will allow it) I can't figure out how else to EFFICIENTLY and accurately, and feasibly answer this question. Sure, in theory I could borrow or even buy all the larger suit when I get some more WS jumps in, but in the case of borrowing, most people I now just are way bigger than myself so this option is out the window. So consequently going on data is the only feasible and practicle option I can see.

5' 8.5"
145 lbs
Athletic build (i.e. runner)

I'm not ready for a big suit yet, but I'd like to know where my maximum/ideal is so that I don't end up blowing $2k someday just to realize I made a mistake, and that I was better with what I had all along. Selling a suit used for a guy my size isn't easy and I don't ever want to be forced into that position if possible.

For those of you who will need/want more info about myself in order to answer this question a bit better, just let me know. I'm not going to post more details unless necessary because I'm trying not to muck this post up.

Thanks everyone!!!

(This post was edited by Lance_Brown on Jan 22, 2013, 4:20 PM)

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