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  1. ok. Got approx 50 jumps on the Pelican now, and I also let others try it out to get their feedback. First of all it's very easy to fly, intuitive and stable - and not the least it's very comfortable. It can feel a bit nervous, but it is not. It just reacts quickly directly to input. It has some serious power and it is in the same league as the SQ Freaks / TS Hog. It has a natural flatter glide due to high up arm sweep design and so at first it feels slower, but if you know how to change angle of attack efficiently it can fly as fast as Freak's. However, naturally it wants to just hang up there which it certainly can do. It's just a glide thing out of the box. Transitions to backflying is very forgiving like a Havok and easy to learn. Flying it well/fast on the back is a bit more demanding than similar suits due to the high up arm sweep design again, but once you find out how to do this its is ok fine. It excels at XRW not more to say about that! It has a very beefy abrupt flare and pulling is totally easy. So in short; it does what it is supposed to do and excels at XRW. It has way more power than it is said to have on the website and to be quite clear it seems to have slightly more power than the TS Hog (flocking with friends its obvious) even though it is advertised to be less powerfull which I find is odd. I could need some heavy duty reinforcements on the booties to minimize wear and tear. I certainly recommend the suit to people that are not too lightweight; if you are skinny you will float up there for ever and flocking might be hard work coming down.
  2. I repeatedly find this on people's gear: main trays to tightly packed (solution: loosening the loop "a tiny bit" can improve on that, but as explained the parts Rig, Canopies must fit together), all the bridle packed into the PC roll (solution: taking some of that out stuffing it under flaps with slack in both ends), PC not formed good enough and just stuffed into the BOC (solution: taking the extra time to pack it neatly tapping it to fill out the entire pouch provides lighter pull, and yes I also use Brian's way of packing). Those are the main culprits and I have solved severe issues for people just focusing on those. I just recently nailed that bug down with a highly experienced wingsuiter that kept getting linetwists and a lot of cutt's. All 3 mistakes above was in play. He thought it was improper deployment technique or sloppiness at that. Anyway I solved the problem completely. Sometimes the problem has simple solutions
  3. 200 is fine and most of my first flights are with 201 people and it is a great "number" to be at starting ones wingsuit journey and that is universally accepted as the minimum - and it is a minimum. As stated above, its not so much the numbers other than that minimum, its how your skills really are at what at you current freefall discipline you do now plus how current you are right before the wingsuit flight. I also usually ensure that the student I am about to train, is deemed good at what he/she does at present. For older / more experienced skydivers that wants to join the flock, I focus on some things a bit differently than for the youngster. Experienced / youngsters it all good and same'ish. Numbers... current skills... but gear matters A LOT. I ensure that the students gear is actually adaptable for wingsuit use and do not compromise. If its no good, its no wingsuit jump. Bridle length (if its way too short I have a PC with bridle/bag they can use), proper PC size and that they are at an acceptable wingload below 1.4 having a docile compatible canopy. If they borough'ed it for wingsuit use, I make sure it fits not too tight in the main tray but actually fits as it should, and sometimes I repack their main if I am in doubt it will work well just to get a feel for it myself. I always repack their PC to ensure it is done optimally. I am serious about gear and I find zero reason to jump with a guy who will probably be having crazy deployments and guaranteed linetwists
  4. oh well, since you posted the best advice here now, we are all good
  5. I loved the old Havok, so if price is right...
  6. Listen carefully when briefed as the Heli is a bit fragile here and there, door etc. We are sitting a bit cramped in there, so make sure all your handles are securely in place both when boarding the Heli and climbing out at exit. Briefing is thorough, and coach will plan exit point according to your skills. Enjoy the views and focus on that instead of doing multipoint flocks, you are there for the views.
  7. We have some Hog's at our dz, general consensus is that it is easier to use for back/acro flying than the Freak's even though it is has more surface area. When it comes to performance, its sort of in the same area with Freak2's, Rafale's but the Freak3 is more powerful. I have flown all. Hog is a good flawless suit and you would not be let down if buying it. Btw I demoed the Hog's little brother the Pelican and flocked with the Hog's and Freak's. Everyone was impressed with its performance and it was top dog in the flock. I just got one myself - it is a formidable weapon. So never mind whats described on the website, how it is classified, the Pelican has them all easily
  8. Once a year me and some buddies travel to Swiss for the "Eiger Scenic Tours", so yeah Heli to the top of Eiger mountain. Northside of Eiger is pretty vertical, and so you get out, and have like a normal skydive, right next to the wall of that Eiger and you end up deploying like in a normal skydive (so no BASE gear required). Check this out: Jumps are ~140 EUR each For more info go here (Patrick Reuter is the organizer):
  9. you should probably upsize your canopies especially the reserve, to become safer anyway - unless you are just 50kgs I will never forget that video of this very competent wingsuit pilot at training in Dubai Desert, having linetwists on his op126 spining wildly, and almost going in. The fact is that size does matter and small canopies are not what wingsuiters should use
  10. There was no Barracuda available back then :-) So yeah, back then, I did take all of the available suits in that class. Today yes you have that Barracuda and I guess the russian one also. Would I have bought 5 suits? No I would not! I am not suggesting this approach, I just mentioned it because it was interesting to actually test the competitors up against each other and it also turned out to be okay cost effective maybe that part was pure luck however ;-)
  11. its difficult to demo.... so some years ago I actually said F it and actually bought 3 wingsuits of same class with the intent of keeping the one I liked the most and sell off the other two. I purchased the Carve, the Hawk and the Funk. Offcourse its only something you can do if you are willing to accept some loss, but then again, my body size is sort of "standard" and the suits are in that class that normally would sell easely... In the end, I got the suit I wanted and it served me well for years. If I had not done this, I would have chosen a suit based on biased opinions which are very often not useable, which I probably would have sold of sooner.... I am not sure I would do this again, but looking back, I do not think it actually cost me that much when I consider I got a suit that was as perfect for me as could be. If I had not done it I would have probably switched suit much sooner. One comment on grippers and the Tony models, lately the R3 suit as an example has gotten the PIGS system, so grippers are "inside". Could that be used for Acro comp's? I flew the R3 model with grippers and I did not need to hold the small grippers if I did not want to. so I think that their dedicated acro models would behave like this. Grippers are there if you want to grab them, otherwise just forget about them and they are not in the way you wont notice them. I am not into acro so much, but if I where I would probably consider one of the Tony models, they do look acro crisp in the different vid's out there and I know they have some pretty good acro testpilots in their team.