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  1. Bluhdow

    Best full-face for instructors?

    Cookie G3 gives good visual range so you can still see your three rings, RSL, etc. well. I like the full face. Protects me from passenger fluids. =)
  2. Bluhdow

    Wingsuits For Women

    Adding that Phoenix-Fly also offers custom designs via WngMrk. =)
  3. Bluhdow

    Canopy options for wingsuiting?

    NZ just released the Kraken. They know a thing or two about canopies. Wouldn't surprise me if it became the "go-to" for WS. Especially with the low-bulk ZP construction.
  4. I think it's way, way overkill in skydiving, to RiggerLee's point. In BASE, I think there's some merit in the terminal arena. But these PCs are still a bit controversial in the sub-terminal arena with mixed results being reported all the time. Mostly related to hesitation issues. Won't see that in a marketing video. (Disclaimer: I work for Apex BASE - therefore, conflict of interest.)
  5. Not necessarily. PCs have been built that way for a long time because they work reliably and consistently. Traditional PC designs have been used in sky and BASE for decades with a clear record of success. All that said, it's already been proven that you don't even need a PC, so whatever.
  6. Bluhdow

    Beginner wingsuit recommendations?

    Anyone flown a Phantom Edge 2 yet? Looks like a little more power out of a great platform.
  7. Bluhdow

    Ever been unable to find PC?

    I have a friend that went straight to reserve on a Freak 2 after he got spun up out of a Sky Van. Pulled pretty high. Just got into some spins and had trouble getting to the PC...perhaps due to the rate of spin. Straight to reserve, long canopy ride home, soft landing. It was only his second jump on the container, so that may have been a factor. He is an experienced wingsuiter and had made a handful of jumps on the suit before this.
  8. 100% agree. Having moved from a Freak to a Rafale I'm finding that Squirrel is able to get more performance per square inch of fabric (hence more fabric on the Rafale compared to the Freak), but the trade-off with PF is in favor of a more forgiving design. My Rafale is a lot nicer to me when my transitions are imperfect and, for me, that trade off is well worth it. I had a great experience working with Robi and Edo at PF so I would definitely not short them on the service side either. All that said, my Rafale is "the best suit in the world" and nothing can be said to change my view.
  9. That's the nice thing about opinions. We all get to have them, and we're all right. =) I've ordered from most, and flown from all. I personally like what Phoenix Fly offers. And when I talk to people, that's the opinion I provide. I would never say something like "noticeably superior," because that's a subjective opinion and not based on fact. There is no single unit to measure which piece of equipment is the best, overall. They all make compromises to find a balance of factors (performance, comfort, extra features, price, build quality, lead time, etc.) which best represents what they feel adds up to the best product. But guess what? Not every jumper prioritizes these factors in the same way. Some people like less pressure, some people prefer lighter weight, some people are willing to wait longer than others, some people etc. etc. etc. If you've found something that you like and meets your needs, then by all means let people know that. Fly what makes you happy, and when someone else likes something else just remember that they aren't wrong. =)
  10. At this point all of the "big" competitors are offering quality gear, solid customer service, and easy ordering systems. It's chocolate or vanilla folks, everyone has a favorite but it all tastes good. PF, Tony, Sq...all will provide you with a wingsuit with more performance than you're (probably) capable of using, and all will answer the questions needed in order for you to give them money. The biggest difference at this point is marketing budgets. Fly whatever flavor makes you happy. =)
  11. Bluhdow

    Strix vs Freak 2 vs ATC

    In related news, Tony Suits is doing a lot of work it looks like. New website, new suits coming out in this category (R-Bird Pro 2, Hog). It's really cool to see them making a comeback (at least here on the west coast, I'm sure they've always been present in FL). The USA has re-entered the wingsuit World Brand Wars!
  12. Bluhdow

    Strix vs Freak 2 vs ATC

    If you follow the Sq "Paths of Progression" by the minimums they can be quick. For example: Freestyle: Gus/S3 (0-5 WS jumps), Funk 3 (50 jumps), ATC 2 (75 jumps), Freak 3 (175 jumps) Obviously they are minimums, and most jumpers are likely being encouraged to spend as much time as possible on a suit before upsizing, but if you follow this recommendation you've bought 4 new suits inside 175 jumps. From what I've seen though, most jumpers move a bit slower than this for a variety of reasons.
  13. Bluhdow

    Wings W13 and canopy options

    I would find a cheap Sabre1 170 and put a pocket slider on it. I've been wingsuiting a Sabre1 135 at about 1.4 for a few years now. No cutaways, no issues, lands like a real ZP sky canopy. Love it!
  14. Bluhdow

    Strix vs Freak 2 vs ATC

    I have owned/own a Freak 1/Rafale, and flown with Freak2s, ATCs, and Strixes. My observations: The Strix 1 is really more on level with an ATC in terms of performance. I would imagine that those two are pretty comparable in terms of performance and acro ability. The Rafale is far ahead of where my Freak 1 was, but appears to be very similar to Freak 2 in performance based on my experience flying with these suits. I think that PF and Sq get to the same level of performance and acro ability with their suits in different ways: PF will ask you to deal with a little more fabric, but in return provides a wing with less pressure and a little smoother handling. My Rafale is more forgiving of a sloppy transition than my F1 was. Sq gives you a wing with less fabric, but asks you to deal with a little more pressure and a little more tendency to smack you when you aren't transitioning smoothly. I think it's personal preference. All are good suits and all (ATC/Strix 1 and 2/F series/Rafale) fly together comfortably. If you can get a sweet deal on a Strix, it's probably worth it. And there are likely to be more available since the Strix 2 is now being delivered.
  15. Bluhdow

    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    You might consider looking for a used Epicene then. The used market is always pretty flush with inexpensive sq gear, and might be worth trying for the right price. I'd guess that most people getting a sponsored Epicene Pro will be looking to unload their old canopy.