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  1. “Performance Designs has once again raised the bar. The flight characteristics seem even sharper than my standard Valkyrie. The canopy has amazing acceleration with complete confidence in the power of the rears or toggles to change directions or level out if needed. If you are serious about your chosen discipline and serious about canopy choice, for me, there is no better swoop machine to allow you to maximize both freefall and canopy time.” - Brian Vacher You love your Valkyrie. You've been jumping her for the past two years. She gives you the buttery smooth openings, with the responsiveness and power you crave! Now you're wanting more...and we're ready to give it to you! Introducing the Hybrid Valkyrie - everything you love about the Valkyrie but more. We incorporated sail fabric into the Valkyrie's ribs to give her more power, more responsiveness and longer swoops than an all ZP constructed Valkyrie. Think of her as a "Valkyrie on steroids" with more sensitivity in the harness and more stopping power than ever before. Available as an option when purchasing your next custom wing, the sail ribs are a great addition for the seasoned Valkyrie owner. And it gets even better, the Hybrid Valkyrie option is only $100. When choosing between the all ZP and Hybrid Valkyrie, keep in mind that the sail ribs will increase pack volume by about a half size in comparison to the all ZP Valkyrie. The overall lifespan of the canopy is similar to that of an all ZP wing. Photo by: Wolfgang LienbacherThe Hybrid Valkyrie is available to order now, contact your dealer and get your custom Hybrid Valkyrie ordered. Demos and stock canopies will be available in the coming weeks. Flight Characteristics and FAQs available here.
  2. The wait is over! No one is more excited than we are here at Performance Designs. After years of development, hard work, and dedication we are delighted to announce our first wingsuit specific canopy, Horizon, is ready to order. In 2013 Performance Designs began development on a wing with emphasis on eliminating deployment problems caused by the large burble of wingsuits without sacrificing a great flare or responsive handling. When you have been making canopies as long as we have here at Performance Designs, this process is always evolving. The one thing that never changes is our high standard for quality, performance, and our focus on providing excellent products to everyone in our skydiving community. The result, we think the Horizon has the best openings and the best landing power of any canopy in its class! Best of all the Horizon gives you the ability to upsize as many as two full sizes compared to a non-crossbraced ZP main. This means you can fit a larger canopy in your existing rig for wingsuit jumps. No need for a new container! The Horizon features 7 cell construction Hybrid ZP and low-bulk 30 denier fabric consistent and reliable openings efficient glide when it counts responsive handling and a powerful flare slider presentation snaps HMA or Vectran Lines packs 1-2 sizes smaller than a similar ZP main Introductory Retail Price- $2100 Available in sizes 120-135-150-170-190 Horizon’s openings are stress free and comfortable, but they don't eat up a lot of altitude. Although this canopy was not designed to win any swoop meets, the response in flight is quite a pleasant surprise. With its agile response to control inputs, the Horizon is a joy to fly. It has a fairly long control range with excellent slow flight characteristics. Its dynamic response to braked flight turning inputs makes it an excellent canopy to conserve altitude as you fly back home from a long spot. The Horizon continues to uphold the landing performance that Performance Designs customers have come to expect. With a quick response to proper flare input it is easy to predict the “sweet spot” for a nice easy shutdown no matter what the wind is doing. Pack volume has been reduced significantly by combining our proprietary low-bulk fabric technology with our well known Zero-P fabric. In fact, the Horizon typically packs two(2) sizes smaller than a similar non-cross braced ZP main. The incredibly small pack volume easily facilitates easy upsizing for safety. In short, the Horizon is an easy off button to transition from wingsuit flight to canopy flight stress free. Pablo Hernandez landing at Skydive Dubai. Photo by: Ivan Semenyaka Do you have any questions? We might have some answers below! When can I get one? A: We will be accepting orders from PD’s Authorized Dealers as of today! (May 10th 2017). Standard production time will apply to the Horizon. These lead times are posted on the PD website at www.performancedesigns.com How do I buy one? The Horizon will be sold through PD’s Authorized dealer network. Interested customers should contact their local dealer to discuss if this canopy is right for them. Can I jump this without my wingsuit? We can’t tell you what to do with your canopy. Most people like the way the Horizon opens in freefall at terminal speeds when properly configured and packed. However, in order to get the most bang from your buck we recommend saving the Horizon for its intended wingsuiting purpose. How long will this canopy last? Putting a specific number on the lifespan of any canopy is quite difficult as it is impossible to consider all of the ever-changing variables that affect that canopy. A person who does 1000 jumps a year will go through equipment a lot faster than a person who does 100 jumps a year…and that is just one small piece of the puzzle. Our proprietary low-permeability, low-bulk fabric has proven to be more forgiving when subjected to the wake turbulence of a wingsuit deployment. We have added ZP to the center top skin and across the leading edge to enhance the performance and longevity of the Horizon. However, it does not possess the same durability that a canopy constructed of all ZP material would have. Following our recommendations for wing loading and taking the proper care of your equipment will go a long way toward getting the most out of your wing. With proper care the Horizon should bring you joy and happiness for several hundred jumps. What size should I buy? The fabrics utilized in the Horizon’s construction are part of what make this canopy so well suited for wingsuit skydiving. Because the characteristics of this fabric combination are different from traditional ZP, jumping a Horizon that is too small or loaded too high could demand a little more from the canopy pilot to ensure comfortable landings (when compared to an all ZP canopy in a similar size and design). Size your Horizon one (1) or 2 (two) sizes BIGGER than the smallest ZP canopy you are comfortable with. Roberta Mancino flying over Perris Valley Skydiving. Photo by: Sebastian Alvarez Your Wing Loading is also a critical factor in the performance of your Horizon canopy. Check out our Wing Loading chart on the Horizon page of our website. When considering what size wing is best for you, the size of the reserve in the container that you intend to use should also be strongly considered. It is always advisable to consult a certified wingsuit coach/ instructor when selecting a canopy to optimize your wingsuiting experience. For more information visit the Horizon page on our website www.performancedesigns.com Additional Information: Horizon Packing Manual Horizon Flight Characteristics Horizon FAQs
  3. Most dz now also have a FB page for the local jumpers or State, AZ has a few and it's a good networking, shuttle etc system. Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  4. Without a doubt I'd hit up Zhills, great DZ location and you will jump as much as you can, may be a little cool at altitude, but hey it's winter in FL, 60F. There is always a great group of ziperbags (wingsuiters) jumping out there, and I'd suggest calling the dz and getting the info on a first flight course. They also have a greta bar on site, and kick off with a great NYE party Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  5. B n M Makes them, here is a link to the site, you can buy them as singles or bulk. https://www.bnmpoles.com/p-119-black-widow.aspx 16.5 foot is the size you properly looking at. Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  6. www.change.org Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  7. This is like saying my apple tasted different to my banana .... All canopies are different, to compare one canopy to another canopy built by a different manufacturer is just another sign of the inadequate education and information jumpers have on their choices of gear in the sport. The days of the bonfire talks about gear are long gone, there is a world of information and direct access to demo canopies and customer service and field reps. The Pulse is a very flat trimmed versatile canopy, the opening sequence is short, yet comfortable. The Pilot, is trimmed a bit more than the Pulse, and the openings are longer with more seeking. Glad to hear PD set you right with a new Pulse. Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  8. I've seen this product, and it's a great idea, the big difference between the Pro-On and the TurnedOn, is the Pro-On only indicated that the device is in record mode (and thats important), the TurnedOn, has three indicators: Blue for “standby,” Red for “record” Yellow for “warning/error Both good products, one just does more than the other. Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  9. Hands down has to be this thread from a few years back .... Walkmonauti AKA Angled Walking http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?do=post_view_flat;post=3149277;page=1;mh=-1;;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  10. Don't you think you should have waited till end of the work day Monday to see if they responded, no skydiving manufacturing company works on weekends ..... Most in the Fl area, work Mon-Thurs and take Friday off. Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  11. Seems to be a very wide range then, as all the three canopies listed are very very different in the flight characteristics, performance, recovery arch, deployment dynamics ..... And by very different, I mean, NOT EVEN CLOSE TO EACH OTHER. ;) Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  12. I've been to all these DZ and I'm sure you'll get the same warm welcome I did. each has it's own vibe and social antics. DZ Moorsele - Great DZ, find Ronny the rigger, he's good people DZ Schaffen Skydive Center Spa - Find Jimmy & Muad in the gear store, the'll look after you Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  13. Porter Otter 206 182 Pac 750 Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  14. I'd kiss everyone of those girls on the lips Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
  15. Just two quick things ;) 1. BUMP (cause you know his is the best thread ondz.com) 2. Ladies, I appreciate your willingness to send in pics, unlike the dribbling men on here who bicker, argue and debate the quality of the puppies. I for one say you all have boobs like I like 'em .... One on the left and one on the right ;) Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.