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  1. The Swedish tunnel is currently quite a 'rough' setup. It's a full horizontal tunnel from 1935 (used to test cars, airplanes etc) that's been converted to an angled tunnel, after a testing phase in 2017. It's functional, but at the same time is missing a lot of the luxury and practical modifications that could be done to speed up customer flow. Currently, they operate with a fantime of around 40 minutes per hour when dealing with first timers, and around 45 to max 50 minutes per hour for proflyers with rotation. In case of proflyers, that can be pushed more towards 55 minutes per hour, with a change in the door system (as currently its normal doors that manually need to be opened/closer. But for sure it's a bit more time consuming for the first-time/tourist-trap customers. We do see most of the first timers are already so excited to wear 'a real wingsuit' that the added time, and slightly higher price-point for a first time experience do not seem to be to much of a negative thing. Though the cable-assist system is there for the full experience with regard to first timers, it doesn't really limit or take away from the flying experience. Mainly because its something not in your own field of view, and it really only limits a person at the point where it would have been a wall-hit or fall on the floor. The 'disconnect' from the ropes, is for first timers (in feedback) not really an essential element from what I've seen/heard. I've been involved in the prototype phase, and setting up the coaching in 2017/2018 and from there on been working as a freelance coach, organizing camps together with my teammate. We travel once a month from Switzerland (home) to Sweden (tunnel) to coach. The comments/feedback I've written here comes from coaching in the WS tunnel around 1500 hours, together with around 80 to 100 hours of own flying/training. Sweden...
  2. I hope you do realize there are other disciplines next to flying in straight line with a GPS shouting in your ear. If performance is your thing, 100% you will get more out of a skydive, as you can't really train the dive/flare in a tunnel. That could not be more incorrect, but understandable coming from judging based on videos alone, which provide little to no sense of angle or reference. It also mirrors exactly the same critique with regards to how tunnels would be 'bad' for freefly and FS when those initially started becoming more of a regular thing. If I was overseas and the tunnel was not within reach without already needing to spend a good 1K on travel and hotel alone, Id probably be equally skeptic. The speeds flown at in the tunnel are identical to the speeds outdoors. Only steep angle flight (where you do fly higher speeds in the sky) are not really doable, mainly due to safety concerns (a 250 kmh headbut into a wall headfirst is potentially suicidal). But all the high AoA and other urban legends about indoor ws flying seem to mostly come from people who have not been there. There I hope (for fun's sake) you get to experience it at some point yourself. There is not a single reality in this world where a bigger understanding in terms of control, maneuverability, precision and learning the the upper and lower ranges in flying speed while maintaining glide, are a bad thing. It's always going to be easy to try and find some argument against a new thing, but in the end, I would say...give it a try yourself, and you'll see its indeed a valuable addition (not a replacement) I personally way prefer skydiving over tunnel. More space, better views, fresher air. But looking at the feedback the actual tunnel itself provides with regards to level, movement, and (for people coming as a customer) getting 1 on 1 coaching for every minute of flight, and being able to get a good 60 acro flights worth of airtime per day, there is no real replacement. Training as an acro team for worlds, looking at doing a good 500 to 1000 jumps worth or airtime, there the tunnel definitely tilts financially in favor of indoor training, if you look at the time and number of trips needed to the DZ. Also for those in the learning stages, or coaching on a DZ, the tunnel is an incredible tool with regards to creating more understanding for movement, inputs and relative flight to others. We've seen many people who spent 100's of jumps trying to backfly, get it within 15 to 20 minutes in the tunnel, and seemlessly translate that to outdoors. Looking at acro, there is already quite a bit gap, and last world cup, there was not a single team present who were not using the tunnel for training. And the events where you see 'skydive only' teams flying mixed/against teams with tunnel training, especially in compulsory rounds, you see a bigger and bigger difference. The WS tunnel is here to stay, and how big or small it will become in future, time will tell. The USA tunnel project currently in early planning stages in Florida is a step forward to making it more accessible for those overseas, and aiding in the further growth of the discipline.
  3. Quite the opposite Most customers with only 1,5 to 2 hours of flying are doing a lot more, when compared to the rate of progression in vertical tunnel. Do not let the visual of cables fool one in thinking the person is not flying, learning or having a good time. They merely stop the most extreme movement towards the walls (as the force behind it is a lot bigger compared to normal freefall/vertical). But customers are learning from the first second. Regardless if its pro-flyers or intros. With around 10 to 30 minutes, 90% of the customers are flying fully free/unassisted. Ignoring the rare vlogger with no talent for physical sports. Indoor Wingsuit charges 105 USD for 3 minutes of flying. That not too far from (actually a tad cheaper) in terms of price per minute. The tunnel does similar intro (and even VR) packages as vertical tunnels, with people who do both the same day (as there is a vertical tunnel next door) often proclaiming liking the wingsuit tunnel most of the two. So there, the market is quite similar. There are several vertical tunnels in the world charging similar prices per hour, while having no issue filling the time slots. Also realize a large part of that pricing comes from a company being in the luxury position of being the only tunnel of it's kind. That price per hour will start dropping, once you see more similar tunnels in more economical locations / in a more competitive market. There are currently multiple locations worldwide that are in either funding, and in one case planning/soon building stage. It's a slow and long road, but for sure its a thing you will see growing steady with time. It's mainly a lot of fun, and (same as vertical) allows for a lot of learning that goes way beyond what's possible in a single lifetime doing only skydives. Especially with regards to competitive flying/training.
  4. There is always this to give a go if you like (almost) horizontal windtunnels...
  5. Seeing for first time customers the attraction be a lot bigger compared to vertical tunnel, due to the media/exposure of wingsuit flying (youtube etc) it has at least equal market value if not bigger, when combined with good marketing/advertising and (for pro-flyers) good coaching availability.
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    The bottom of the 2 zipper runners never needs to move or be undone. Only the top one. Attaching both zippers together (instead of to the suit) still allows the zipper itself to run through, and create a bigger hole (even with the zipper heads close together). Stitching the bottom zipper head to the zipper, locks one of the two zippers, making it impossible to create a large hole (through bending down, while wearing)
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    All manufacturers currently use similar zipper system. A simple solution is to fix the bottom zipper permanently with a few stitches. This is not advice from any manufacturer. Just a solution I've used on my own purchased suits.
  8. I've only flown it briefly indoors (tunnel), no skydive or base jumps on it. But in side/performance it seems to now sit in between the Shadow and the Havok. Where previously the Phantom was more like the Shadow in size/performance, mainly differing in flying style (hands free on Shadow) the Phantom now has slightly increased in size/performance.
  9. I'm currently at 4500 Wingsuit Jumps and skydiving doing around 3/4 of my jumps in a Havok. An intermediate suit is never a bad thing to have, and will always be a fun thing to fly for either acro or learning purposes. Even when owning a bigger suit, a lot of things like backflying, transitions etc are easier mastered in a small suit with correct technique, to then apply to your larger wings with more ease. A lot of people seem to only measure glide as a thing that matters, where agility and ease of flight are also huge factors to take into account, especially when linked to currency and experience.
  10. The original Havok is a good suit, but in flying you do notice the difference between the older model and the steps up toward the current 2020 release. Though $500 is less than half of a new/current model, I do think you can probably find something more recent (Carve or Carve 2) for a similar price...
  11. The tunnel is about ‘control’ and part of that is knowing how to fly a multitude of speeds. The avg speed results (including wind and steep dive beforehand) on the last world cup are 240/260 kmh, in a steep steep dive. During distance rounds, the top pilots fly on avg 160/180 kmh, with the aid of a dive and flare. So 310 kmh during normal/sustained glide, seems for sure way beyond realistic in numbers. Its very naive thinking having more control of your suit, and sense of speed is not helping in safety. Indeed, speed is your friend, so when flying base or acro or otherwise, you can fly fast. Thats part of having that control. Much like freefly and FS you will have a small group of people thinking its no good. But there thankfully the sport is not at a standstill, and progress is skill and teaching is made everyday still with enough practical proof showing in the skies of its effectiveness..
  12. Precision, control, solid basics on belly and back with correct technique. Quite similar to vertical tunnel, where a good 10 to 15 years ago, people also said it was useless and wouldn't do to much for skill. The airspeed is quite similar to what most formation/acro jumps are doing. A good 145 to 180 kmh. The only jumps you really see being faster in the sky is speed rounds for performance, or super steep flocks. But comparing it to normal skydiving, its mostly similar speeds. Coming from around 900 hours teaching/flying in the Wingsuit Tunnel and a good 4500 Wingsuit Skydives: Transitions in the tunnel feel exactly the same as in the sky. And changing to a more or less optimal glide, be in tunnel or sky, does not change the technique. Training with the right technique, it translates to any suit, angle or brand. Most people who have flown in the tunnel come away with exactly the same, and so far the few negatives Ive seen, where usually people who had a bit of a reality check, and noticed their technique and skill where not up to the precision they thought they had. Again, quite similar to freeflying and vertical tunnels. The tunnel is an amazing, not essential, but revolutionary tool when it comes to skill and precision. The tunnel training translated into flying the best glide and times at various acro competition outdoors. Even there, the results not mesh with the negatives people are writing here. If interested in Acro..a Havok (or similar sized choice) is never a bad investment. Even at the current jump numbers and experience, its still the suit I fly most, both in skydive and base. You can't really go wrong with an intermediate size suit in your gearbag, and even if lateron you get into bigger suits, it will always be a suit size you can end up grabbing again for fun formations and acro dives.
  13. Note that these kind of jumps near terrain are 'a skydive' but when combined with impulsive decisions can quite quickly turn into proximity flights that do demand other gear choice and a more seasoned/trained background for making those (close to terrain) flights. Especially on the Eiger jumps, some people tend to fly towards vs away from the mountain, and end up flying a lot lower than their choice of gear and experience should allow for. Its an incredible visual, but always respect the safety and training standards from skydiving and don't put yourself lower or closer to terrain than you should be...
  14. Here you see a V306 and V314-1 next to eachother, both with +- same size in main/reserve inside. The 314-1 is flatter and longer. Not sure if anyone wants to jumps this (esp. reserve size) if you're really into big suits, but it shows a good size comparison of two rigs and what the vector -1 series is.
  15. 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)