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    The Crossfire 2 has set the standard for high performance elliptical 9 cell canopies… until now. The X-Fire is completely redesigned to excel in all areas important to you- the pilot: openings, harness input, swooping, and packing while remaining your ultimate “everyday canopy.” The X-Fire openings are smooth and consistent as ever. Through the application of our Shape Correlation for Inlet Distribution (SCID) recently debuted in the S-Fire and the TX2, the result are fluid on-heading openings. At terminal speeds the X-Fire takes between 800-900 feet to give you that perfect opening every single time. And the best part? It doesn’t need to be packed with meticulous skill! This wing wants to give you soft on-heading openings effortlessly. The X-Fire has adopted the Schuemann Planform (elliptical on the leading edge and less so on the trailing edge) that allows for great lift and reactivity, which is why this planform has been used in paragliders, speed wings and other high performance wings. When this planform is adopted the stall speed is lowered; therefore you can swoop further than with the Crossfire 2. This is also why the X-Fire has a minimum requirement of 400 total jumps and 200 jumps annually.Currency is mandatory. However, at this level of reactivity and performance 800 jumps is what we believe to be the benchmark to really experience the caliber of performance the X-Fire can offer. The X-Fire is above and beyond the Crossfire 2 when it comes to harness inputs, so flying with leg pad input alone is done with ease. The recovery arc has been lengthened, but remains shorter than cross braced canopies- which is exactly why this is the ultimate gateway canopy. The reactivity of the X-Fire translates to awesome front riser pressure, and dramatically easier rear riser control than the Crossfire 2. It takes little effort to land on your rears and experience a powerful flare. Toggle control is improved as the X-Fire has a much stronger low end flare than the Crossfire 2, which results in the ability to shut it down on no wind days even in a tight landing area. Now let’s talk innovation: SCID gives the openings but the performance of the X-Fire demanded elevated Parabolic Reinforcement Tapes (PRT). A full parabola of reinforcement is visible on load bearing ribs, a great deal more than the S-Fire or TX2. A canopy like the X-Fire needs absolutely no drag from distortion of the top skin, so even though it is more time consuming in the production line, the end product is worth it, and when you swoop the X-fire you will understand.
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    The vampire sukhoi 3 (SU3) has been designed for pilots who want the maximum proximity flying performance combined with high powered glide and speed. The SU-3 is a high performance continuation of the tried and tested vampire series. The wing profile on the SU3 has been optimized to allow maximum glide, while still having the same free range of movement and agility vampire users are used to. Its a suit purpose built for basejumping and proximity flying. The leading edge has been further refined to allow for maximum control, with a new airlocked inlet on all wing surfaces, and a newly designed method for pressurizing the tail deflector. The wingroot has been altered in location to allow for better low drag characteristics and handling, without any changes in the actual size of the overall size of the wing, compared to previous models. A change in the design of the inner ribs in the wing optimizes the wing shape to form the cleanest profile possible. In terms of ease of use, the suit has also seen a change in zipper layout and length, allowing for easier gearup, together with new optional storage pouches on the suit, for the more demanding Alpine jumps. Also see our more specific Alpine model for even more tailored climb and fly solutions. For BASE jumping, the suit is designed for short starts, with great glide, also making it the ideal choice for performance and agility races. It also offers optional added storage space for those more demanding alpine jumps. The smooth leading edge, thin wing profile, and low drag optimization make the suit easy to fly, with a level of agility not before seen in big surface wingsuits. The addition of the exclusive Phoenix-Fly Fins give the suit a real edge for jumps demanding the highest levels of control with steep banking and carving turns. The arm wing and tapered sleeve design allow for a good accessible pull, making it suitable for use with normal BOC deployment. Meaning you can deploy at any speed, angle or dive, with or without a flare. The SU3 is the follow up in the successful Vampire line. The suit features a unique rigid, 3D shaped leading edge, unlike any suit currently on the market. Specially designed booties and fins, formed with a special low drag profile, enhancing maneuverability. The special inlet hole creates an improved lateral stability that allows for sharp carving turns, flying the suit like its on tracks. The suit has a fine tuned balance, optimized for glide and speed. Setting various records as well as winning various BASE races across the globe in both speed and precision, the SU3 is currently the fastest and most agile terrain flying suit on the market, and can be found roaming the forests and mountains near you. Due to the large wing surface area the SU3 is not suitable for low experience pilots. We recommend a MINIMUM of 250 wingsuit jumps before trying the SU3 and experience on intermediate class suits.
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    The Dragon is a state of the art tapered 7-cell canopy that has been designed for a range of experience levels. With a light wing loading the Dragon makes a great first canopy, with a higher wing loading the Dragon will satisfy experienced jumpers, especially professional skydivers and video men. The Dragon is easy to fly & pack, with soft openings, good speed range, low front riser pressure and long powerful flare. The Dragon can be flown conservatively and lands easily even on straight in approaches but it can also be flown aggressively and offers nice swoops.The Dragon was created using specialised computer software for designing and analysing low speed airfoils and wings. The 3D wing design is transfered into 2D top and bottom panels and ribs. Using Advanced Technology AIR foil shaping methods, it is possible to obtain a parachute wing which has desired airfoil shape over the whole wing span not only at the ribs. High grade zero porosity fabric and top class manufacturing guarantee a canopy that performs excellently and will keep doing so for many hundreds of flights.
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