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As a more robustly built jumper looking to buy (actually I need to buy) a slow falling FS suit can I get some opinions on which is best? I'm currently looking at Symbiosis' Slopo but I'm sure there's plenty of others that are as good or better? I fall so fast that I have to de-arch almost constantly whilst everyone else has to arch hard to keep up, I know going on a diet will help etc but I still need a suit that falls slow as I'm going to struggle to get below 200lbs ever!

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You obviously want a high drag suit without having so much fabric that it looks like you're going early 80s retro. Tony offers a double layer of fabric for the arms, but it is not on their list of options. Other mfgs should be willing to do that also. It is a good way of adding drag without so much loose fabric. Cordura booties and cordura/padded knees will also add drag. I never used the continuous swoop cords on my old Tony suit - not worth getting. Even the extra large 2 in. grippers all around (definitely get leg inseam grips) can add a bit of drag compared to the wimpy size grips that were standard in decades past. I don't know about vented booties. Tony and some other mfgs can do a good job matching you to a suit that will give a proper fall rate if you let them know it is a challenge for you.
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JBR

As a more robustly built jumper looking to buy (actually I need to buy) a slow falling FS suit can I get some opinions on which is best? I'm currently looking at Symbiosis' Slopo but I'm sure there's plenty of others that are as good or better? I fall so fast that I have to de-arch almost constantly whilst everyone else has to arch hard to keep up, I know going on a diet will help etc but I still need a suit that falls slow as I'm going to struggle to get below 200lbs ever!





I'm down some but I'm still pushing 230 out the door. About a year ago I was well over 250.

I was having big guy problems and called Tony Suits. They made me a suit with a layer of 0-P sewn in between thick fabric. It made a huge difference. I had to learn to fly the suit but it really helped. They have this process down!

Get a suit with booties. With some technique and practice, they can be excellent anchors and slow you waaay down.

Later I got into the tunnel and asked them to work with me on slow flight. Now I fly a much slimmer suit and don't need the big baggy suit. I had to learn to fly my body. I still keep the slow suit around for working with smaller students but for everyday jumping I'm in a Vertical suit with cordura arms and legs.

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If you're in the UK then I'd suggest you go for a Symbi suit. Give Rob a call and explain what you're looking for and he'll sort you out.
When I was jumping I was around 215lbs plus gear and have worn Symbi suits on the outside of 300 ways without any problems.

I'd suggest you go for sleeves with a baggy forearm (bloused) and order spandex over sleeves to kill the baggyness if needed.

Pete.

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Really Big Boy Answer:

It sounds as though you're doing RW (arch/de-arch).

I have to tell you that I know nothing about the Symbiosis' Slopo suit. I also think that there's something not only wrong with your suit, but with your flying. You don't tell us your height, but if your weight & height are somewhat proportional; then its really more about your flying. If you're still using the boxman method; learn the mantis position.

The only two suits I have used have been Tonysuits and Flitesuit. Both probably have the longest duration in this industry and are used to varying sizes of skydivers. In both cases, I either spoke directly to them at a boogie (Tony) or called them on the phone (Flitesuit). One of the guys at Flitesuit was 6' 250# and an AFF/I - he helped design their "big boy" suit.

Both companies can add additional drag in the legs and enhance a small wing between your waist and elbow. This combined with the mantis allowed my 6'6" 250# avg to range my fall rate from 86 MPH to 125 MPH. TallGuy at 6'8"265# could do the same.

By flying in the mantis, all I had to do to slow down a bit was press my elbows out a little more for the wing to get taught, bring my legs in closer to create more surface drag and fly flat rather than de-arch. Feel free to PM me if I can be of additional assistance.

ETA: If you are or are thinking of vertical flying, I can't help you much there. About the best that I could master was a good sit fly that allowed me to remain relative to others; but heads-down and I might as well compete in the "lawn dart" speed contests. :D
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Thanks for the in depth reply, I get exactly what you're saying. I'm 6"1, I've ordered a symbiosis slopo suit today as I've got the chance to get on a 8 way speed team in a couple of weeks and will need it for that. The guy I spoke to at symbiosis knew his onions and I now have a suit made for my needs. At 80 jumps I need as much help from the suit as possible, next purchase is a freefly suit as I have got my sitflying sorted wearing shorts but my baggy ff-pants make it harder to hold the sit.
Thanks for the help, I'll let you know what the suits like when it arrives!

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I loved the speed competitions.
Baggy pants did the same to me and I thought I was never gonna learn to sit.
On an evening HnP; I was wearing shorts and on the ride up a guy asks if I want to sitfly with him.
Told him upfront, I SUCK at sitflying and you better be off to my side not above me.
Right out the door I stuck it and held till wave off.
After that, it was like finding the "hover button" on a helicopter.

Good luck in your skydiving. Enjoy.
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