The G4 is certainly a more comfortable (and expensive) rig, and so I do most of my dives on it. The cost difference between my G4 and G3 for me was nearly $500, and for me, worth saving on a second rig while retaining all the Mirage features I like.
I also found that hooking up my suit to the G4 with it's elasticated waist support made the process more complicated and time consuming. This elasticated support also experiences significant wear as a result of the velcro on the suit from the BASE Pilot chute pouch dispite using mating velcro for the section not in use. Since this is not standard on the G3 it seemed a more practical choice.
My G4 has done nearly 100 Birdman dives though, and apart from the suit hookup workload served well in that roll. I cetrtainly don't think that either one is better than the other in flight.
(This post was edited by Tonto on Jul 25, 2005, 4:53 AM)
I am sure you are aware of it Tonto but for the other posters on here, the elastic lumbar support is easily removable on the g4 if the jumper chooses to do so. And let me know if your elastic is getting worn as i will replace it for you. I have put over 600 jumps on mine and its still in perfect shape but I would love to get some feedback because as of yet, no one has given any on the elastic, other than good. And we have yet to replace any so I was just wondering.