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Everything posted by aOwl

  1. I'd say you should review your technique, your suit movement range and (perhaps) your flexibility... you shouldn't have an issue with a V308 or any other Vector for that matter, they are well established and very popular in the wingsuit community. You could also have an appropriate rigger look at your particular container, there is always the possibility that your harness is not sized properly to you. I take that you have reached out to UPT already to no avail?
  2. Irina Sinitsina - died shortly after the 2012 100-way in Perris
  3. I chose the winX because in terms of openings and landings I found it to be marginally better than the Pilot7. Though I would have been happy (as happy as one can be flying a 7-cell) with the Pilot7. I demoed the regular WinX, this was last summer. The regular winX 150 packed pretty much the same as the Storm 150, the hybrid Pilot7 packs smaller and so does the light weight winX, I understand.
  4. I demoed both canopies last summer during the same event, managed to put about a dozen jumps on each, on both 150 and 135. The Pilot7 was the hybrid type. I personally found both to have short and better openings than my Storm 150, on which I had about 400 jumps. Landings are fine with either, they all fly slightly different but all three canopies recover from a dive very fast and need varied degrees of robust input. I ended up buying the WinX 135 and selling my Storm.
  5. Actually, I'm kinda curious to see how it flies. Unfortunately it is too big for me.
  6. Thank you guys, after I looked carefully at the Nitro Rigging website I can see that some of their suits have the same peculiar leg wing construction, attachment to the legs and inlets on the knees as on the suit I inherited. Oz
  7. Hello peeps, I just bought a Birdman Classic II from an old rigger and he threw this wingsuit (see pic) for free on the deal. Can anyone tell me what it is and who made it? Cheers! Oz
  8. you are missing verstas, don't forget the Russians!
  9. Agreed. Either way it makes for a pretty cool visual.
  10. A step stack provides more tolerance for the combined effect of the position adjustments everyone makes once flying in slot. It reduces the risk of burbling the person above you or getting burbled by the one below when say, a formation is breathing and everyone is moving as there is more tolerance for forward/backward movement. One positive consequence of this it that it also allows for a smaller vertical separation between rows.
  11. Something for normal, 176-cm tall people?
  12. I haven't noticed that either, can't see why it's necessary
  13. and remember the proper breakfast back then was three raw eggs right before the triumphant run...
  14. A healthy disclaimer in this forum...
  15. aOwl


    I like the magnets on my old S-Wing but I reckon you might need to work on your flexibility, bro... ;)
  16. Whatever you do, my advice would be to complete all your after-opening actions (including slider collapse/stowage) above your hard deck. This may sound obvious but, since the subject is on the table, consider that with a wingsuit you are adding steps to your after-opening procedures and therefore under certain scenarios (such as a lower-than-usual opening) it is not impossible to forget about the slider while you put your attention on other things thinking you can stow it (if this is something you do) just before setting up to land. It could be too late. Have a look at this example: this gentleman decided to touch his slider only when he was about to line-up for landing. He got himself into a spinning malfunction and ended up cutting away too low. Now, let’s not get caught up on how much better you believe you can deal with the situation in the video, what is important is to avoid getting into this scenario in the first place. Complete all your after-opening actions above your hard deck, if you cross it and you haven’t stowed your slider, then leave it un-stowed. One thing which you can do to reinforce this is to get into the habit of looking at your alti under canopy at the point where you cross your hard deck. +O
  17. Try before you buy, as Jeff says, is the best advice you will get. Test drive/rent a T-bird from Wickey or find yourself a P2 which fits you, there are plenty around, they are very popular. If you can't find any in North America contact someone like Jarno or someone else at PF, they surely know of one which fits you. I'll keep my eye out for one. Regarding intermediate suits, the question is not whether you are able to fly it now or not but whether it is the right suit for you at the moment. I know many Phantom pilots who are not the lightest in the sky (myself included) who would likely all agree you will benefit a lot more on the long run by mastering a small suit first, learn how to fly it efficiently, get all the performance out of it, learning how to handle it at its extreme ranges, backfly it, etc. and then transferring these skills onto a larger (read intermediate) suit. Although some people find themselves at ease right away on an intermediate suit the approach I just explained will ensure you get a proper foundation.
  18. Now that you mention the lack of back vents on the larger suits, may I ask that you post some pics on how the back of the swift looks like? Cheers
  19. You will get one thousand opinions, all right, and all bias. They are very different suits, though you are looking at them from the point of view of a suit you can will be able to "handle" in the next few dozen jumps. Talk fafe to face with people who own each and ask why they like their suit, take that and your own preferences - which will evolve in the next fifty to a hundred jumps - and decide where to put your money. Ultimately, make sure you continue to develop your skills to get the best of either suit.
  20. I beleive the mod on Denis' SM-1 amounts to the arm wings of an S
  21. Andrew, Blair, Scott, and the rest of the people who participated: very well done! That is a sweet, crisp diamond. I am sure this is the starting point of other, larger pan-Canadian efforts, logistical challenges notwithstanding.
  22. Hello Luke, I am trying to download the flyblind 1.1e (is this the latest which allow for hight longitude locations?). I clicked on your dropbox but it seems it is not valid any more. Could you provide the .hex file for it? Thanks, O
  23. I had a problem with my P2 last year which resembles your description: no issues during flight but would find that one of the shoulder zippers would open whilst under canopy. I assumed the weak zipper would open when crimped under canopy, whatever the problem was I sent it back to Robi and he replaced both zippers and put a velcro tab on them (my model predates this practice). Never again had any issues. O