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  1. I've noticed this as well packing a friend's Curv one time. One of the reasons I don't jump a Curv :)
  2. I was told by their reps that the new containers are the ones that end in "-1" on their size chart, indicating they are 1 inch longer than their original forms (which also correlates to their stated sizes). The 34X vectors have been around for ages now...
  3. Spectre does a reasonable job as a canopy. There are, of course, more ideal options, but most cost a lot more money (and a few alternatives in the same ballpark - Sabre1, Triathlon, Pilot9). Certainly plenty of people wingsuitting with spectres out there. The question of size boils down more to wingloading - most don't recommend > 1-1.2ish to start (you can work your way up from there once you get the opening technique down more, or choose to stay there as many professional wingsuitters do). A lot of people are higher wingloaded, many substantially (i.e. me), but for the first couple hundred jumps while you fine tune openings you risk higher probability of spinning line twists if you get too happy with the wingloading.
  4. Not sure if skydiving wings can maintain the energy of the wing well enough - they're made pretty inefficient so they can open well - but other wings can do a pretty good job... Try this at the end of a swoop and you are sure to break yourself...
  5. I don't think there is a reason to use a cypres in student mode. Wingsuit cypres exists. In my opinion, after the introduction of wingsuit cypres, the reasons to use an AAD in 45 MPH mode ("student" on vigil, "intermediate" on mars) is if you a) trust either of those more than cypres, b) you already own one and don't want to sell/buy cypres or c) don't want to pay the 2x as much that cypres charges. If you want to decrease your AAD activation vertical velocity, you should probably do the homework and using a flysight or similar figure out what the maximum vertical velocity in a deep toggle spiral would be. This will tell you how near/far you are from your intended AAD firing threshold. Ever since I suggested the idea on here 4-5 years ago (before WS cypres existed), a few people have reached out to me and said they use vigil in student mode without incident. This having been said, skydiving is a game for all the marbles. Be certain. Make sure you do the legwork. All the hypotheticals about what may or may not happen are not constructive without measurements. You can indeed go below 78 MPH unconscious. Far below. There was a fatality where the horizontal speed of an unconscious wingsuitter hit much less (~50 MPH if I remember correctly). In my opinion, "just increase the activation altitude" is bad advice advice in the age of large highly pressurized wingsuits. Reach out to your local master rigger or canopy coach for more information.
  6. ... I think I get > 2'10" on my Shadow...
  7. This is taught in paragliding, where "line overs" (or as they are called, "cravats") result from large collapses with some frequency (unlike skydiving where they happen almost never) and must be cleared during SIV (canopy course). You have to stall out the part of the wing that the line is over for it to slide down, and in general, a full stall is a "reset button" for your paraglider. It will work just as well with a parachute to clear the lineover, but realize that paragliders are MUCH better behaved wings with regards to stall recovery and maneuverability in an impeded state (i.e. the "canopy course" you take as a PG pilot will have you intentionally collapse 50% of your wing by pulling on front risers, and then fly controlled - straight, make turn one direction, turn opposite direction... you just can't do that with a skydiving wing very well...), so unless you are comfortable recovering your wing from a stall and have done it a bunch of times, a line over is not the time to experiment because poor stall recovery can make everything much worse very quickly in all kinds of creative ways.
  8. I don't really keep tabs on what other companies do. I've seen at least one non-Grellfab one that looked like it had a reasonable design... but not sure which mounts you are looking at. I've been using my Grellfab for five years or so (I was an early adopter) and they've worked great for my wife and I. That having been said, among their mounts, those that keep the camera closer to the face seem to work better than the ones that can "change angle" or that work with a number of different cameras.
  9. Depends on the particulars, but in general chin is safer. How many times have lines been caught around someone's neck? The below is specifically in relation to a mount on a Cookie G3 helmet: If the chin mount is a grellfab mount, it's held on by two rubber bands. if anything gets entangled with them, it will cut through them. Furthermore, Grellfab mounts have a cutaway. Most "top of head" mounts do not. Some helmets do though, but some do not. Finally, should anything get caught on the mount, you have the rubber bands to act as a shock absorption, whereas if the mount is screwed onto your helmet, you'll get the full whiplash. I was an early adopter of Grellfab mounts and they are just safer. Kind of common sense when you think about it.
  10. 6'5" here. It depends. Ask manufacturers about back length. Currently I jump an infinity I-45 and it's nice and long. Vectors also do well depending on size.
  11. I've grabbed fabric at pull time a couple of jumps in my havoc over the years. Just not paying enough attention to technique at pull time. Both were non events - reset, paid a little more conscious attention to what I was doing, no issues. Chalk it up to complacency. I know a number of experienced people who could not pull at all after switching wingsuits and ended up going to reserve, in at least one case really low due to ego making the candidate try extra hard to avoid embarrassment of going to reserve on the first jump with a brand new extra shiny ATC.
  12. Phoenix Fly shadow or phantom if you're going to buy (recommended). Whatever you can generate your hands on if you're renting. Not sure what a hornet is, but typically beginner and medium sized suits do fine with standard gear setup. If you want to rush to a larger size like an rbird3 or ATC you may consider upgrading your gear. Of all the gear to upgrade, a semi stowless bag should be first. The added benefit of a skysnatch is much less in my experience.
  13. My experience with people flying Swifts is they have a pretty high stall speed for a small suit (so fly it fast or else). I think intro suits from competitors are better. Also never seen anyone in a funk1 have trouble getting into flocks. Just sayin'...
  14. If soft openings are your goal, F111 should not be in consideration. All modern canopies made from F111 all open harder than their pure zp counterparts. That's why people like them for wingsuitting. I have a pilot 9 right now and openings are always great thus far(about 100 jumps on it). Haven't heard of anyone getting slammed by one. I'm not a pilot fanboy by any means, my favorite canopy to date was my sabre2... but it did open uncomfortably on occasion. I'm a guy that switches canopies every 100 or so jumps just to try something new. I've also put a bunch of jumps on a Sabre1 with a pocket slider. I wouldn't put one on a pilot. I already get 1000 foot snivels out of it on occasion. Any more and it will be ridiculous... Both of the instances where a canopy opened hard enough to damage itself, the canopy was a safire2. Haven't come across similar from a pilot yet, but could also be that sample size is too small and events too uncommon. But if you're trying to avoid the tail cases to the point of paranoia... In my jumps on it it behaved fine. Hope this helps.