Mar 5, 2002, 3:54 PM
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Freeflying with a RW Suit
This is a new to freeflying question but I want to begin practing freeflying but all I have is a RW suit and I do not have the $ to get a new suit yet plus it is too cold up here right now to fly without one. Even with two layers on. Would sitflying with a RW suit on make it harder to learn because of the grips or would it not make much of a difference.
I have anew freefly suit on the way and have been doing the sweats things, works like a charm. Give consistant drag like the freefly suit I demo's in Eloy. I tuck the sweatshirt into the sweats so it doesn't cover my handles and pull the drawstring on the sweats snug. Have seen others do the same, seems to work.
The grips aren't really an issue. The thing about RW suits is that they're generally more form-fitting than a freefly suit. You really need the bagginess (especially when starting) to catch air. If the RW suit has booties it'll be especially tough.
airdrew's suggesting of using sweats is a good one. I wore sweats for quite some time before I finally got a freefly suit.
If you're just starting out with freefly you'll be wanting to learn to sitfly first. That means find a *really* baggy sweatshirt and something a little tighter... maybe jeans... for pants. That will place the drag up higher and make learning to sitfly a little easier.
When you start playing with head down just reverse it. Tighter up top and baggy bottoms.
At some point, if you decide you want to be serious about freeflying, you'll want to invest in a suit. It really makes a huge difference, but in the meantime the above will get you going.
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Go to GoodWill or something like that and you'll find all kinds of FF type pants and tops. Not the most stylish, but heh? Bell Bottoms w/ pull-up cords sewn in like stirrups work good for FF pants, etc. Sort of like my current FF setup: real baggy pants I found cheap with a BDU top. (Although I got a call from Karen today and my Freedom Means Choice suit is in the mail! Whoop!).
Sweats are a great, cheap way to start. I even know of someone jumping mechanics overalls. When learning the sit I recomend not just baggy top but also baggy bottoms to help you "feel your legs". When learning head down I recomend proper freefly pants and a light weight shirt, be it long or short sleeves, so you can "feel the air on your arms and upper body". Very helpful. Once you get the feel it wont matter what you wear. You will be able to fly in shorts and a Tee or naked.