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Alborne

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I had a Lotus Max 136. I was quite happy with the way it flew. For some time I had shitty openings, but I tracked that down to a fully magnetic bag that was a tad too small or whose magnets were not strong enough for that canopy. Once I replaced the bag with a normal bag the openings were fine.

It is comparable to a Sabre 2. But honestly I am not sure the airlocks make a big difference. A bit for sure, but if the airlocks are deciding factor between jumping or staying on the ground, then you should stay on the ground regardless of the airlocks.

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On 10/17/2020 at 5:04 PM, Alborne said:

Ok thanks. I had read a few articles that indicated that air lock canopies were superior to conventional ones, and was wondering if it was legitimate or hype.

It was a solution of sorts for the problem of canopy collapses and wing rigidity, and both of those issues have been eventually solved with crossbracing and overall better canopy design. In this day and age, airlocks belong in a museum. 

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I put about 350 jumps on one. As far as the flying goes, it's kind of like a Sabre 2. Okay to fly, good glide and good flare. The airlocks are a major PIA on the ground to deal with if the winds are high which is why I ultimately sold mine, but if you have some serious concerns about turbulence they may help alleviate some of those.

7 hours ago, Kenzdik96 said:

 have been eventually solved with crossbracing and overall better canopy design. In this day and age, airlocks belong in a museum. 

I have seen crossbrassed canopies collapse. Crossbracing is used in paragliders and paragliding wings collapse very easily under some conditions. An airlocked canopy will still provide superior collapse resistance compared to any crossbraased canopy will, assuming similar WL of course. Wingsuits use airlocks extensively, although that is more for maintaining internal pressure to improve performance. 

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