mccordia

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    Wing Suit Flying
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    4000
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    Freeflying
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  1. For judges, grips are much less visible when using suits with grippers. Especially with figures where on flyer is on the back, and the other on the belly, the actual dock tends to be occluded by the gripper. In our experience, the added 5 to 10 seconds freefall a bigger suit gets in comparison to Havok-sized suits, is not worth the almost 50% working speed in docks/maneuvers you when compared to small/mid sized suits. Tight fit, and clean lines are important on acro suits. Loose fit around hips/arms tends to result in more sloppy flying, especially when it comes to lateral motion. Regardless of brand, make sure you get a suit with a good tailor-made fit. Havok/Magister is the combo our team flies (weight related difference, dress for succes)
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    Zippers

    On any suit with the dual zipper/innie-outie setup you can also just fix/close the bottom zipper permanent with a few stitches. This means only the top zipper is able to move. This severely deminishes the chance of the zipper (even with connected string or elastic) opening up and swallowing handles. As that is quite easy when both zippers are able to move, but happens a lot less with only one moving freefly. I've got my PF Strix setup with a 'classic' single zipper (ordered as such), as its much less fuss in skydiving use with gearup and general use, as well as a bit more comfortable in fit.
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    Wingsuit-specific boogies/skills camps?

    There's also monthly (indoor) skills camps in the wingsuit tunnel, next the the aforementioned March of the Penguins (July) and 'mini March of the Penguins' (April). Both those events work with small groups / skilled/knowledgable organizers with jumps set up to repeat/same group size. Not doing 'random boogie jumping' but really trying to push skills.
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    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    Note that on any canopy, you'll find people with anecdotal examples of them being shit or absolutely amazing. I also have a friend who keeps swearing a vengeance 89 is the best WS canopy ever due to not having had chops. Ive jumped a Stiletto with wingsuit without any issue as well. There I think there is a few vocal people hating the canopy, but in the same way many people jump sponsored gear performing sub-par, while staying quiet about the results. I know the few individuals unhappy, but think on a whole, Ive met a double dozen happy people per negative one with nothing buy glowing reviews on a Storm. As said before, I am sponsored by Atair, jump a WinX. But think I could wholeheartedly recommend a storm based on my own experiences and what Ive seen around the globe
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    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    I did a good 2000+ jumps on a Storm (150/135/120) without a single cutaway or twist. Including many big suit jumps. And always jumped with a big crew in NL/BE on similar sizes Storms, and in my travels around the globe saw many wingsuit pilots fly the same, All with similar (happy) results. Ive switched to the WinX as I liked the openings on that one better (softer, less aggressive) but would not say a single bad about the storm in what Ive seen everywhere. Surely when talking about Stiletto, Merit etc you are in the 'many cutaways' target group, but talking about the Storm like its a black death for WS does not ring well with what I've seen. Ive seen more bruised ankles on some WS specific canopies due to poor flare, than Ive seen cutaways on Storms But also have to say, Im mostly jumping a 170 (WinX) now, and loving that size. I think for many people, a bit of an upsize would not hurt...regardless of canopy choice..
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    Strix vs Freak 2 vs ATC

    The rafale is quite a step up in comparison. Several people Ive seen fly the suit reporting the same: having power/glide left in comparison with noticeable ease also flying flatter glide and/or slower speeds on the back, while still able to throw the suit around a lot, and not instantly getting punished for less than perfect transitions. It may take a few jumps adjusting, coming of something else, but the power is there..
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    360 Vid Cameras

    Insta OneX More pixels, less money Direct review/copy without stitching needed. Nice app / software Well worth the money, and a lot less than the Fusion. JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    360 Video for Watching Deployments Recommendation

    I almost never use mounts, and mostly just put it straight on the helmet. JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    360 Video for Watching Deployments Recommendation

    Most serious online reviews there dont agree with you there. Also resolution wise, OneX is a step up. Fusion - 5228 x 2624 One X - 5760 x 2880 Size wise you can fit 2x OneX in a fusion. JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    360 Video for Watching Deployments Recommendation

    Its half the price, and shoots higher resolution, and HDR, and much nicer format/size for wingsuit flying. I know the brandname makes a lot of people pick the Fusion, but on the Insta OneX you can actually watch a file without needing to stitch first, and upload videos/photos in 3 minutes vs 1 hr stitching. Insta OneX is well worth the money... JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    Pilot 7 vs WinX pack volume?

    Winx ZP Compared to a Storm, about 1/2 to 1/4 size smaller in pack volume WinX Hybrid Compared to a Storm, about a full size to 1,5 size smaller WinX UltrLight Compared to a Storm, a good 3 sizes smaller My container used to have a Storm 120 in full fit (tight) and a WinX ZP 120 fits in that same container with a bit of space left. The same container normally having a 120 as biggest size it can fit, also fits a 190 UL WinX (tight) and 170 UL Winx (normal, almost loose fit) JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    Aerodynamic Helmets

    Aside from 'dorky' being a nice term 'reserve snagging' also applies to most of those aerodynamic helmets... JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    Wingsuit Cypres

    When jumping a bigger canopy you dont need to use the audio device either. Ive never had it not signal deployment correctly. Though on smaller canopies, it would be recommendable to use, as you could potentially fire it (like a student AAD), should the mode switch not have detected the opening. I actually have 2 of the dytters (in camera and non camera helmet), which helps with that as well. Its not that pricey to have a second audio unit. Incorrect as well. Its just a normal AAD, that on deployment switches to normal AAD function. Only during freefall, it uses a different value for activation. So in freefall you technically have a student cypres, but on opening it reverts to normal mode. There is zero difference in how it functions on a WS or normal freefall jump. With more and more people jumping bigger wingsuits, chances of 'freefall' descend rates under those of AAD activation speeds are a lot bigger. In my view its worth the extra added safety for anyone who sees wingsuit as their main discipline. Seeing how many people, ws and non ws, are always in search of AADs, I dont think resell vallue is ever an issue. JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    Swift to ATC Step-up?

    That's incorrect. Transitions without any loss of altitude require good technique. Using the bad technique open wing 'throwing' transitions some people do, indeed you need the full speed to fix/remedy that. But flying transitions with correct technique, you can do them at any speed, slow or fast, near stall or ballistic forward. Having the ability to fly slow or fast while maintaining the same glide angle is also of value. For base you do want to always fly at max speed, but that's more about having margin. In skydiving its not at all a thing you need, and flying in a comfortable range with margin on both ends, works quite well. Though for sure flying too slow is not good, and for many people 'comfortable' is actually way too slow, max speed is not at all what you need for precise control. And it actually punishes mistakes and instability worse when (lesser experienced) people try new things at high speeds. That said, legs should always be straight, flying slow or fast, the range in speed should come from the angle of attack, and that is all in chest/head/shoulders/arms, and not in bending legs. Bent legs distort the full body 'wing' and will lead to instability and control issues esp. when overdone. Bent legs are a technique we should leave behind in 2005. JC FlyLikeBrick I'm an Athlete?
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    Wingsuit research

    For someone claiming to be expert on research you’re quite far behind on developments...we’re not wanking on someone flying 60 seconds of Kjerag anymore...most people live in 2018