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    Squirrel Epicene 210

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    45799
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    396
  • Years in Sport
    5
  • First Choice Discipline
    Wing Suit Flying
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    195
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    Style and Accuracy
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    50

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  1. Don’t listen to Jerry McGee here. The Havok is a great suit, and the only people that bash them are ones that have no experience flying them. if you can’t keep up with a swift, you probably just don’t know how to fly a wingsuit. The Havok is a great suit, but 500 is steep for that old of technology.
  2. Elaborate. I have a Carve 2 and its the best suit ive ever flown. Easy to try new stuff, and decently lofty for a suit its size.
  3. The WinX is completely suitable for jumps without prom dresses!
  4. I jumped a Squirrel Epicene for 300ish jumps, and the last 100 have been on an Atair WinX (both in a 210). I cannot emphasize how much better the WinX is. It has super soft buttery openings like the Epicene, yet the toggle pressure is higher and the bottom end flare is so much stronger. I skidded in half of my landings on the Epicene, and I have yet to slide in a single one on my WinX. I use it for all types of jumps, from wingsuiting to RW, and it always feels right at home. WINX all the way!
  5. 1.11 Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  6. I have 350 jumps on my Epicene. It opens great, but it flares like dog shit. Giving it a little fronts helps, but its still no where near the flare power of a Horizon or WinX. The Epicene is a great canopy for someone who wants really nice openings, and to just get to the ground safely. If you enjoy canopy piloting even in the slightest though, the WinX is a wayyy better canopy. Will be interested to see if the Epicene Pro actually flies any different than the original. Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  7. It's my personal belief that EP's are EPs. There is no reason that wingsuiting should change this tried and true process. Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  8. I would say less than 5%. Up at Lost Prairie (2018) there were a few hundred fun jumpers, and less than 10 people who were consistently donning wingsuits. Those 10 people were definitely the most fun ones though :) Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  9. I've personally found that the way you deploy totally depends on your suit and experience level. Early in your progression you should be fully collapsing your suit and falling into deployments. As you get better at understanding airspeed and AOA, you will build the necessary skills to be able to execute a true flare. This is when you should start experimenting with the timing of your deployments. I've personally found that on my PF C2RVE, deploying at the apex of the flare results in the most consistent, on heading openings. As a general rule of thumb though, it really doesn't matter whether you fully collapse or fly into your deployments. What does matter is SYMMETRY! As long as your symmetrical from the moment your D-bag leaves the tray to line stretch, then you're probably going to have a decent opening. LASTLY! - Deploying too late in the flare is better than deploying too early! The worst time you could pitch is when your AOA and airspeed are high. When in doubt, do a big ol' flare, enjoy the quiet air and soft squishy feeling of your suit, then pitch. Tossing your PC on a normal skydive is usually the "end" of your jump. In wingsuiting, deployment is just the beginning Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  10. I agree with billvon on this one. I've never liked having one hand on each handle. I think that makes a jumper more prone to potentially pulling the reserve before cutting away, but to each their own on this one. In regards to the OP's question, I think that looking up at your malfunctioning main is an unnecessary step. You already know you have a bad canopy, spend the time visually confirming that you have a good grip on your cutaway/deployment handle. Lastly, just because you have a MARD or RSL doesn't mean you should assume its going to work. Those are luxury items, and just like an AAD you should never assume its going to save you. Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  11. It totally depends on the tracksuit. Some are easier to fly than others. The Sumo from Squirrel is the easiest one I've flown, where as the PTS from Phoenix Fly is definitely a bit touchier. Go out and track with a coach first though, they'll tell you if you're ready to hop in a tracksuit and if you are they can advise you more on specifics. Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  12. My first WS jump I only had 106 skydives, and looking back on it I think it was a foolish decision. Flying wingsuits is exceptionally easy, however when it goes wrong it can be a shitshow. My early jumps were riddled with potato chipping, flat spins, and lots of landing off the DZ. Enjoy your first 200, and do as many different things as possible. RW, freeflying, atmonati, etc. Get good at being unstable because its guaranteed to happen once you start flying wingsuits on a regular basis. Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!
  13. Should add an option for less than 200. Seems much more common than most people realize. Fly slow, pull low . . I'm the best skydiver on the mountain!