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Everything posted by skydave89

  1. Well that’s what I get for drunk posting. Misread your post.
  2. Wait, you’re claiming the suits sewn in Vietnam are AMERICAN MADE? Lol. The most American wingsuit is Tony.
  3. Spectres are alright, very square and stable, but they tend to snivel longer than you want in a wingsuit canopy. Longer snivel = more chance for line twists. Personally I think the 9 cell Pilot is the best all around WS canopy. Short snivels, flat glide for getting back from long spots, and stable in twists. Of the wingsuit-specific canopies on the market I’ve heard the best reviews (from non-sponsored jumpers) about the WinX from Atair. In regard to size, wingloading isn’t the biggest factor, but rather the smaller the canopy the shorter the line set and it puts the canopy more into the wingsuit burble than with a larger canopy.
  4. lol @ the guy trashing the Havok. It may very well be the best all around wingsuit ever made. But anyway, you’ll just have to decide if price is enough of a consideration to possibly have a suit you don’t like as much/ can’t fly as well with. That said - a very prominent Phoenix Fly person has told me they think Intrudair is actually a pretty decent substitute for PF if money is a big concern and you don’t wanna spend more.
  5. I’ve been using this and really liking it
  6. You had 3 chops on a 169 Pilot 7 and an ATC? Yeah I’m not so sure I’ll be listening to your canopy advice lmao
  7. Disadvantage: Without sounding sexist (even though it still might) I think the biggest issue women face flying wingsuits is the comparative lack of upper body strength in regards to men. Obviously there are some badass women out there flying the largest, most highly pressurized race suits, but I’ve seen a whole lot of women mention how hard it is to fly even small or medium-sized suits and how tired their arms get. I don’t think too many women see a lack of cute designs as the biggest hurdle. Advantage: many women are smaller framed and can get similar performance from a smaller suit than many men can.
  8. I’ve got a Jav and I’m not worried, but if you are, Racer says they have the strongest spring on the market ;p
  9. Oh I’ll also add: there was a guy at Summerfest last year that went straight reserve on his ATC that I think was quite new to him at the time and he’d just arrived after driving like 18hrs from Canada so I’m assuming fatigue played a role in that one on top of the inexperience.
  10. It was beyond stupid. After he asked me what I thought he didn’t like my answer so he asked the other experienced flyer at the DZ the next weekend and that guy said the same thing. Clearly he was shopping around for somebody to tell him he’d be ok. Then he bought the Funk anyway and said “I just wanted it now, but I won’t fly it yet”. I knew that was BS, but I wasn’t as firm about it as I will be in the future for those cases. Now after all that imagine my horror when I saw him comment on a sale post about an ATC and he gave the same “I wasn’t gonna fly it yet I just wanted to buy it and hold onto it” *eye roll*. Some people are bound and determined to kill themselves it seems.
  11. Personally I never have, but a jumper at my DZ started in a P2 and reported having occasional trouble finding his handle, so when he had 25 jumps and asked my opinion on upsizing to a Funk told him it wasn’t smart. So did the other experienced flyer. What did he do? Bought the Funk, jumped it, and wasn’t able to find his PC (never did a practice touch up high). Tumbled from 5,000ft down until his AAD saved his life, because on top of all that he’d hooked up the suit wrong and had reserve handle inside.
  12. You’re joking, right? The only thing you can give Squirrel the edge on is customer service. Their products aren’t any higher quality than PF or Tony.
  13. I jumped a 120 Storm for about 15 jumps. 14 of those were the best wingsuit openings I’ve ever had. The other one convinced me it was only a matter of time until I chopped it. The friend I sold the Storm to chopped it within 20 jumps. Most of the time they’re great, but every once in a while they open with a significant turn that took a substantial rear riser input to stop. I thought I was crazy until I read a thread here on the forums of people reporting the same thing. I went to a smaller 9 cell and I’ve never had the same issue.
  14. Because Squirrel has always done that. It really seems to be part of their business/marketing strategy. Also I think there’s a bit of forgetfulness of what it’s like to be a new flyer. A Squirrel team pilot with 3,000 wingsuit jumps is going to, obviously, say a suit like an ATC is easy for them to control. For somebody coming from 70 jumps on small suits I don’t think they would say the same. I’ve seen several cutaways, flat spins, and even no pulls on ATCs by people that upsized into them with hardly any experience. Jump number recommendations are another debate, but we have to at least try and set a recommendation, and I think more than 70 jumps is logical for suits of this power.
  15. I owned Sabres for years. Went from a 170 to 150 to 135 to 120. Even with a pocket on it, the 135 and 120 would slam the shit out of me on wingsuit jumps occasionally. The pocket helps reduce the frequency of slammers but doesn’t negate them entirely. Went to a Spectre and found it opened too slow. Swapped for a Pilot and have never been happier.
  16. It doesn’t take a ‘madly skilled swooper’ to understand that canopies, especially non-ZP canopies, land better when they’ve got a little speed. Not like you’ve gotta do a 720*, just do double fronts or a 90 and it’ll land much nicer. Also - he said it was a 1.3 WL, that’s not exactly excessive.
  17. Swoop it. It’s essentially just a reserve. I’m over the weight limit on my 120 reserve and it lands like shit if you fly it straight in so I grab the fronts on it. Build up some speed and I don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about on a 190 .
  18. I have about 350 jumps on my Strix and I’ve put 1 jump on a Freak 2. Flown my Strix with a lot of people that have ATCs. The Freak2 is the most powerful of the 3. The Strix and ATC seem to be pretty equal in the hands of similarly skilled pilots. I’d say the Rafale and Freak2/3 are the ones to compare more fairly. The Strix does feel much more agile and acrobatic than the Freak 2, but then again the Strix is an acro suit with power while the Freak is a powerful suit with acro ability secondary. It’s up to what you wanna focus on.
  19. Lots of speed in a big suit + a head high angle of attack = flare. Pretty simple, really. The fine tuning comes from how you build up speed prior to the flare, how smoothly you transition from dive to flare, and your ability to maintain a flat and solid wing throughout the climb. It’s easy to try to initiate the flare too quickly and you just plow air. Or once you begin the flare your body breaks into an arch shape. Take your max flight, fastest you can go position and then try to hold that same position with a head high attitude and you should be climbing.
  20. On my last trip to the bridge, Miles D and another guy were using Rylos and they seemed to be easy to use and the footage was good. Also the Insta360 camera is quite user friendly and takes good video as well.
  21. I too am a little doubtful of this claim. I feel like the only way it could happen is a light wing loading and mostly landing in decent winds. There’s just no way that thing would still be flaring with the same power after than many jumps. Maybe a super oblivious canopy pilot? Haha Hell my wingsuit with 500 jumps on it has noticeably less performance lol
  22. Once you start flying big suits the wave off kinda becomes the entire deployment process. When I see someone start a bit of a dive or start their flare that’s as good as a wave off for me and the people I usually jump with. With newer people, small suits, and large groups of randoms I think it’s still prudent to either wave the hands or do a few quick motions with the legs.
  23. It’s not jump numbers, it’s about how you’re flying the smaller suit. I’ve seen someone make a very reasonable step up from a Phantom 3 to a Havok and cutaway first jump because they weren’t ready, because they weren’t flying their P3 all that well even though they had close to 100 jumps on it. And then I had a tunnel instructor buddy who only had about 40 jumps on a Hatch that I recommend he go for a Hunter over a Havok because he was flying the Hatch like an absolute boss and wanted a suit that would have a slightly wider range than a Havok. . Skipping the next step up isn’t a death sentence, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly and you should make sure you’re really making your current suit your bitch before considering upsizing at all, let alone a significant upsize.
  24. The original Pilot is an amazing wingsuit canopy. And if you’re jumping giant canopies like a 170 it basically shouldn’t matter what you’ve got, any canopy should be ok at that size. If you’re having issues it’s definitely just your technique. The wingsuit-specific canopies are nice but you’re most likely going to be buying new and spending lots of money, and quite a few are F111 which I don’t think you should ever have in a skydiving main canopy. Spectres are nice but they snivel too much. Storms have a great short opening but are too prone to turns. Sabre2s and Safires are more fun to fly but also have long snivels and aren’t as stable on opening. Sabre 1s are decent but you have to accept the random slammer even with a modified slider