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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.

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paulo.enrique

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  • 5
docile
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After looking for a canopy that takes me safely to the dark side of canopy piloting my coach recommended Nitron. So I got my Nitron 150 loaded it at 1.5 and flew great.
Very similar to safire2 o Sabre2, always soft and on head openings the HMA lines let the canopy to display the full area. one advantage over the sabre is that if it is well packed it never turns, it will open exactlly in the same direction that you are looking at the moment you deploy.
The surf, OMG!!! the surf, it goes way further than Sabre2 in no wind days, just a slow consistent input on the breaks and it will take you further, recovery arc could not be any better, it response at every single input and goes back to neutral as you stop.
Great canopy, but as another review states, Precission Aerodynamics marketing department sucks!!!
you want to go fast and safe this is the canopy.

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skyfox2007

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  • 1
Great Flight Characteristics and Landings
Scary Openings and Poor Customer Service

I recently purchased a used PA Fusion 210 main and have made approximately 65 jumps with this canopy. Its primary flight characteristics couldn't be better. It's stable - even in high winds - is capable of sporty turns even when loaded at 1:1, and has a powerful landing flare that can't be matched by any other canopy I've jumped previously. The openings - however - are scary and dangerous in my opinion. The initial phase of deployment is smooth - exhibiting a long, comfortable snivel of approximately 800 feet. The second phase of the deployment - when the chute begins to inflate along its long axis - is characterized by uneven inflation of the cells and violent 90-270 degree turns to my left that almost always produce line twists. In 65 jumps, I have yet to witness a single, on-heading opening. My primary concern is running into another jumper up or down the jump run. Soft pressure on the right riser during deployment will sometimes inhibit the turn or reduce the violent yaw I almost always experience, but this doesn't always work. I've also been very careful to halt my tracks, flatten my body position to slow down, and maintain a constant heading with a fixed object on the ground for at least 4-5 seconds prior to deployment. Several of my pack jobs have been supervised by packers and riggers and are proper and safe to the best of their knowledge.

I've attempted to contact Precision Aerodynamics with respect to this issue several times: 4 times via email and 9 times via phone - at different times of the workday - over the past two weeks. I successfully connected with a receptionist only once and she gave me another email address to forward my previous messages to - but to no avail.

Between the scary openings and the lousy customer service, I do NOT recommend this canopy or PA products to anyone - particularly newer jumpers. Their website is also poorly maintained and outdated. Many of its links no longer work and very little information - other than a vague, hyped-up description - is available on its products.

I should've listened to my AFF instructors when they told me to "buy a PD." Only a few hours after emailing them the other day, I received a phone call to organize a for a two-week demo on one of their silhouettes.

Skyfox

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fx2001

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i buyed a Fusion 150 and I confirm many rewiew . Openings are terrifics it turn systematicly you must catch immediatly risers to control!I precise I am experienced jumpers ant tried many and many methods packing and positionat opening§ It is impredictible because canopy inflation is always disymetric!
Tired I sold this canopy and return to PD!
I confirm the no responsive customer from Precision aero.

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Skyjeff03

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  • 2
Good canopy flight
Dives to the right after opening

I had purchased my Fusion 150 and have 3 jumps on it. Canopy flight is good but just after the canopy opens, it immediately turns in the right. I have to grab the rear risers to contained the turn.

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theplummeter

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  • 5
Cheaper than comparable tapered canopies, great construction, incredible flare
Slider stowing system, resale value

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.

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wazdiver

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  • 2
Great Flare, fun to fly
Will absolutely not open on heading

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!

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wyattoil

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Nice snivel
Off-heading openings, chop-worthy line twists

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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gassanjaffal

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  • 5
Responsive and great openings
A liitle bit of off heading

I recently acquired a fusion 175 and weigh around 200 pounds. the canopy will always open softly and no line twists no matter how shitty your pack job is. I moved down from a saber 2-190 to the fusion and the fusion is equally as fun as a saber, but unlike the fusion I always had occasional line twists and hard openings with my saber, of course due to my pack jobs, but the same pack jobs has a much better outcome with the fusion; trust me!!!

Canopy flight is very similar to saber 2, so if you tried one, you know what I mean. overall great canopy with good flare.

Definitely recommend this canopy, but I also recommend that higher wing loading can help better the experience when your starting to get board.

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woppyvac

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  • 5
Great handling and glide!
Off heading openings

I'm 175lbs in my jumpsuit and about 195lbs out the plane fully rigged putting me close to a 1.1 wing loading on my Fusion 175. I have her packed in a Mirage G4 M4 and it's a perfect fit.

Openings: SOFT! My first 10 jumps with it I was experiencing 1,000-1,500 ft. snivels. Spooked me something awful on my first jump which was a hop n' pop. I've altered my packing technique by favoring the slider more towards the tail and not pushing the nose into the middle. I'm not constantly having openings at 1,000ft. HOWEVER - almost ever opening is off heading! After 35 jumps I haven't figured what it is that is causing this but will continue to tweek both pack jobs and body position.

Flight: Simply excellent! She does it all. I truly enjoy how much ground I can cover if need be from bad spots or if I just need more room to set up good landing patterns.

Landings: In docile winds you have to give her a good full flare jerk and then your set. If not your gonna come in a smidge fast on low wind days. But overall - I love em.

Packing: Packs like every other new chute... pain in the rear! But after your first 10 pack jobs you should be able to have her pretty well figured out. She uses HMA lines - I learnt that using a mixture of large rubber bands for the Dbag flap and small rubber bands for the remainder of the stows gave me quicker openings.

Customer Service: They've been good to me when I've called - each and every time.

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cejump

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  • 5
Good speed, Soft opening, great flare
Off heading openings

I bought a Fusion 170 when I had around 250 jumps. Im wing loaded at 1.54 and it is very responsive. When I talked to the owner he made a very true statement, "It is a jazzier version of the saber2." He's right, recovery arch is a little bit longer and the responsiveness compared to a Saber2 is much more as well. Canopy is great when loaded and also for getting used to the higher speeds when landing, but is also pretty forgiving like the Saber2.

Great canopy for up and coning pilots who are looking for the little extra punch and excitement after their free fall.

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jumper1986

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  • 5
Incredibly soft openings.... Good canopy for novice.
Usually opened off heading.

My first canopy was a new Fusion 170 loaded at about 1:1. It has a very short recovery arc, and glided well from those bad spots. I had long snivels with soft openings, but I found myself constantly on the rears trying to keep it from turning during the snivel. Could have been body position or pack job. Overall I think it is a great canopy for beginners who don't mind steering sniveling canopies.

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grue

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  • 5
Flare, openings, glide ratio, overall performance.
The HMA lines aren't exactly pretty, but...

Having finally put 50 jumps on this canopy, I feel I can review it.

I bought a Fusion 210 (loading around a 1.2) for my first canopy. The one I got was gently used with about 110 jumps on it, and my first impression of it was that I thought I had a streamer when I threw the PC. Coming from a canopy that opened like a bomb going off, I was surprised to look up and actually watch the canopy open.

The canopy is very responsive to both toggle and riser input, without a lot of oversteer. The glide ratio is staggering, getting me back from questionable spots with minimal drama.

When it comes to landings, this is where the canopy still impresses me: The flare power is very strong all through the flare. Especially with the slider collapsed/stowed and the chest strap loosened, this canopy doesn't require much of a stroke to get the flare started, really just a few inches.

I don't think it'd be fair to comment on the packing too much, because my container is very aggressively sized and bagging anything this size is horrifyingly difficult.

I've demoed other canopies in the same class, and there's no doubt in my mind that my next canopy will be another Fusion, just a bit smaller next time around.

The only change I'd make would be to change the colour of the HMA lines. I know they're available in black, and I think using these would be more aesthetically pleasing, but of course that has nothing to do with performance.

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filioque

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  • 5
Very Predictable, powerful endless flare!
None noticed

Experience: I have jumped a Sharpshooter, Cruislite, Manta, Falcon 235, PD 9 cell (210), and Sabre (210).

Canopy: Fusion 210, loaded at about 1.43, demo for 10 jumps.
Excellent first canopy, or as a second canopy using a higher wing loading.

Packing: My demo was as new as it gets. The theme song was "Slip sliding away". I used a simple PRO-Pack with the nose exposed normally..I was getting openings in the 500 to 600 foot range. For all jumps I deployed at 4K and was under canopy performing a control check by 3,000.

Openings:
Slow and smooth. Not once did I have line twists. Predictable without having to worry about getting slam dunked or wound-up one way or the other.

Glide: The glide was phenomenal, you could hear the wind noise pick up when
you let off the brakes. It helped me make it back from some long spots
downwind.

Landings: Swinging forward and planning out was easy. I had the chance to land in 0 mph, and 15-20 mph winds some turbulence, - I did not feel any problems with the canopy. Every landing was extremely consistent and low speed. Plenty of manageable energy at the bottom end of the flight.

Turns:
Responsive smooth and "snappy" turns. Predictable and easy front riser control.

Customer Service:
What can I say other than, wow! I called Precision on a Wednesday about possible
getting a demo, on the following Wednesday - it's arrives at my house. George Galloway himself answered my questions about the canopies' flight characteristics.

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koz2000

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Very Very soft openings, when loaded a quick responding canopy
HMA lines might be a bit much for novice packer

I've jumped two Fusion's a 170 and a 120. At a lower wing loading the Fusion is docile and forgiving. It has a good flare and light pressure on the fronts and toggles (I haven't tried rear riser landings with either) The Fusion 120 is an excellent choice for wingsuit or camera flying. It has very good carry for AFF-I's getting back from long spots. At the 1.85 wing load it is very snappy and a fun "easy" canopy to fly. Front riser pressure is heavy after a 360, but it then responds well to harness input. Give this canopy a try, it's worth it

My experience
1000+ Velocity 90-103, 500+ Stiletto 120-150, 400 Xaos 27 88-103, then a few on Xaos 21, Fusion, Nitron, Katana, Blade, Cobalt, VX, Crossfire2, Safire, FC Rage, FC Pro-series, Sabre2, Spectre.

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