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Average Rating = 4.30/5 Average Rating : 4.30 out of 5
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Fusion
Fusion
Main
Elliptical
9
ZP

Description
The Fusion is Precision's entry range 9-cell elliptical main. This canopy has been developed for the skydiver who wants a little more kick and excitement than might be found in a 7-cell, but is still relatively docile when compared to our upper end 9-cell design, the Nitron. Wing loading is truly the key to the flight performance envelope of the Fusion. Depending on wing loading, the flight characteristics of the Fusion will grow from being docile and tame at the low end to exciting and zippy on the upper end, but the Fusion will always remember who is boss, and respond accordingly. The Fusion could serve a first time buyer very well for their first thousand jumps, and with the High Modulus Aramid fiber suspension lines there will be little worry about having to change out the lineset between seasons. This high-lift low-drag airfoil will always get you back from those questionable spots (or at least get you closer to the DZ than those other guys). For the more experienced skydivers flying at higher wing loadings, the Fusion can still kick up enough attitude to even satisfy those old-timers who used to fly the blade courses with their pocket rockets.

Added: 2004-04-20 | Last Modified: 2006-04-15 | Views: 3686 | Item ID: 467

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theplummeter

Fusion 150 at 1.2-1.7 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: theplummeter, 2014-06-03


I have now put a couple hundred jumps on my Fusion 150. I started jumping this canopy at 155 pounds, gained a ton of weight after a surgery (up to 210) and am now down to 175 and losing, so I've jumped the canopy at various wingloadings.

Previous canopies have been a Manta 288, Pulse 190, Batwing 171, Safire2 169, Sabre2 170, Fusion 175, Stiletto 150, Safire2 149 and a handful of other demos or borrowed canopies. I went from the Stiletto to the Fusion after HiPer failed to deliver a Nitro seven months after the order was placed.

I called Precision directly and talked to Barb prior to ordering the canopy through my dealer. She offered a couple unused demo canopies at a large discount and then put me on the phone with George who answered a bunch of questions and recommended brass grommets with Technora lines to make the openings nicer.

I ended up placing the order that day and received the canopy less than five weeks later, exactly as ordered. The lines to collapse the slider stick out further than any other canopy I have ever seen, but with no cascades to deal with I guess a potential hangup is unlikely, and collapsing the slider is easier than with other canopies. I was also concerned about the line size but a broken line is only one line with this configuration so it's less likely to lead to a cutaway. Even after a couple hundred jumps the lines aren't showing any signs of wear, and I am loving the black.

For the first couple dozen jumps the canopy hunted for a heading, as mentioned in the previous reviews. I started psycho packing into a semi stowless bag and have seen a drastic improvement in on heading performance. I use the canopy for wingsuit jumps with a Phantom3 and it doesn't seem to change the opening characteristics at all. I've had line twists twice on wingsuit jumps but the canopy flies straight and doesn't dive so they haven't been an issue. The openings are the most consistent of any canopy I have ever jumped in terms of altitude used and how long it takes to open. I have never had a long snivel or a hard opening. It reminds me of a Pulse in that respect.

The Fusion flies very similar to a Sabre2 or Safire2. Riser pressure is comparable on all three canopies, although maybe slightly lower on the Fusion, but the selling point of this canopy in my opinion is the flare. I did some canopy coaching and can't believe how much surf you can get out of this thing. Even downwind on a hot day at higher altitudes you can usually bring the canopy to a stop, or at least slow enough for a few steps before you stop. To me the flare feels stronger on the Fusion than on the Sabre2 or Safire2 I jumped.

Overall I am enjoying the canopy a great deal, and feel like this thing is frequently overlooked in the tapered intermediate class when people are canopy shopping.

Precision's website sucks, and they haven't put the effort into marketing that PD and Icarus have, but if you talk to owners or call the company directly they have been receptive and easy to deal with, and produce a great product at a low price.


wazdiver

Fusion 175 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: wazdiver, 2011-10-04


I had acquired a Fusion 175 in a used system which I purchased this spring. Used as in the entire system, canopy included had a total of 27 jumps on it. I had been jumping a Pilot 168 so this was in the same class. The snivel was long and the canopy opened softly but immediately upon opening it would turn, a hard and immediate turn, to the right. This turn would be anywhere from 180 to 360 degrees. I first thought it was me or packing or container issues. I worked with an experienced jumper ( over 3,000 skydives ) who also happened to be a master rigger and we tried everything. He even jumped it and it did the same thing. I refused to continue jumping it and sold it. I had called the manufacturer and they wouldn't return my calls and refused to help in any way. It's a shame because once it straightened out it had great flight characteristics and a fantastic flare. However based on the off heading openings I would not recommend this canopy to anyone nor would I recommend Precision Aerodynamic Products. I have also jumped Sabre 2 170's and 150's and currently jump a Safire 2 149 which I absolutely love!


Not 1 safe opening. 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: wyattoil, 2011-09-12


I've put 20+ jumps on a brand new demo Fusion 120 at 1.12 wing loading. Previously, I was jumping a Sabre1 135 which always slammed open but at least stayed straight.

On the Fusion, every opening has been absolutely terrifying. It always starts with a nice snivel, then as it finishes inflation, it dives and whips 180-270 degrees, sometimes throwing me into chop-worthy line twists (whether I grab the risers or not, whether I pro-pack or shake it).
I've discussed packing techniques and body position with many different riggers. We troubleshooted the entire thing from top to bottom, untwisted the brake lines, adjusted stows, made sure the lines were not catching the edges of my reserve container, nothing helped. Finally, a rigger told me to deploy and drop my arms to my sides, in order to rule out uneven shoulder position as a cause. When I tried that, the canopy dove and went into at least 6 line twists.

Wacky openings aside, the handling is fun and fast. Landings are swoopy and the flare is very powerful. Too bad I'll be sending this demo back and trying something else...


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