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  1. Chris-Ottawa

    Aura

    In order to give everyone the option of reading the lengthy post below, the paragraph directly below this sentence is a very condensed summary of the the rest of this post. There's a lot of hype around Squirrel wingsuits right now. People are saying that they're the highest performing suit, the best built suit etc. The point is, if you're in the market for a new wingsuit, DO NOT exclude Squirrel from your choices. Their customer service is matched by no one (except maybe L&B). The entire process was very easy and I cannot begin to recommend them enough. Simply put...Squirrel should be at the top of your list if you're in the market. Because the summary above does not fully complement the effort Mike/Matt and the rest of the Squirrel team put in, here's the detailed version. First of all, I want to assure you that I am just some random guy that recently ordered a Squirrel suit. I have absolutely no affiliation with Squirrel, I am not being paid or getting a discount from them for posting this, and I am doing this of my own free will. This is simply me expressing my genuine satisfaction for a company that has earned the recognition. Pre-Purchase/Exploratory Questions: Prior to considering sending my money over to Squirrel, I had a bunch of questions. I used Facebook as a medium since I find companies are pretty responsive to Facebook. To my surprise, the responses were coming directly from Mike Steen & Matt Gerdes and this was nice to see. They were responding to my many questions very quickly. Since they are a new company (publicly anyways), I wanted to know more about the suit's material and available (or hidden) options. I also asked about performance in specific disciplines of interest, why this, or why that etc. All of my questions were answered fully, quickly and to my complete satisfaction . During the Order process First of all, I wanted to say that their ordering process is quick and simple. Just a couple measurements, a couple clicks and your credit card company love you! Haha. During the measuring process, I once again had questions. Mike Steen was there again to respond. Simple questions like when measuring my crotch, do I lift my pants up to my dangly bits, do I push the dangly bits to the side, or do I measure it right from where my pants hang. It's these simple questions that can be the difference between getting a suit that fits, and having something that simply doesn't fit. So, the suit was now ordered and Christmas was fast approaching, along with new years...why do I mention this? Because it would delay my suit...or so I thought. Shipping & Delivery Suit was Ordered Dec 1, 2013 Suit was paid for Dec 2, 2013 Suit Arrived Jan 13, 2014, 1 week BEFORE the estimated date. That's 6 weeks...including Christmas and New Years. I was a bit angry at FedEx for leaving my suit alone, unattended and in the cold on my door step for 5 hours while I was at work, but I was thrilled to get the suit. Thankfully I live out in the country and it's nowhere near as bad as the time another courier left a restricted handgun at the front door of my condo in the city... Anyways, I ducked out of work early to get home and try the suit on. Opening the box, the suit was packed nicely in a bag, and a little bag of trinkets was included. I gently pulled the suit out and instantly noticed the VERY HIGH quality of the suit. These suits are built in the same factory as Ozone paraglider wings, and you can tell. The stitches are laser precise and ultra clean. The suit is incredibly well made and feels very durable. The little bag of trinkets included a couple stickers, some warranty/disclaimer type cards, a Squirrel club card (20% discount on follow up orders!) and a Squirrel pullup cord. Nice! It didn't fit!!! After trying on the suit with my rig all hooked up, I thought the arms were a bit long so I got in touch with Squirrel via Facebook again. Matt and Mike were both there again helping me out. They determined that the arms did look a little long after reviewing some pictures. The booties were also too small to fit around my feet. I'm fairly certain the arm length was my fault, and the shoe sizing was a simple mix up. Matt assured me it was no big deal to fix and asked me to send the suit back. I thought...damn...it's gonna cost me $100 to send this back insured; when I got an email from Mike. It was a pre-paid shipping label. This simple thing is what completely won me over. You simply don't see companies doing adjustments/repairs out of their pocket, along with paying return shipping. Just WOW! The suit was sent back on a Monday, and I had it was returned the following Tuesday. I though "Damn...FedEx messed up and returned the suit to me". Nope...it was adjusted and returned in under a week. Once again...I was stunned. The willingness to complete the repairs, along with the shipping is the type of customer service only paralleled by L&B. This is fantastic. The suit performance I'm not going to bother talking about the performance of the suit because you can't explain that to someone and I prefer to avoid the DZ.com banter if I did. The fact is, you've seen the videos...it's an incredible suit. From me...the suit flies great, has wicked pressurization, feels much more stable than an Apache, and a little less stable than a Vampire 4 (due to it being a much different suit). Fact is, I love it even though I only have 4 jumps on it now. I'm looking forward to many, many jumps in this suit. A huge thank you to Mike and Matt for all their help and putting up with my questions. You guys went way beyond the minimums and this has earned you the best review I could write up. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll dominate the industry (more than you already are). I've seen a HUGE spike in wingsuit interest and new wingsuiters up here in Canada. I've been wingsuiting for 5 or 6 years and I've never seen more than 3 jumpers in one place here in Canada. Now, I show up at the DZ and there's no less than 8 or 9 people with suits on any given day and new students graduating from the new wingsuit school at the DZ this year. There is no doubt that Squirrel has contributed to this with their marketing and awesome suits. Seriously...Squirrel is doing things that are rocking the skydiving/wingsuit/BASE worlds. They deserve your business and I cannot stress enough how pleasant and smooth the whole process was. Mike, Matt & Team....a HUGE thank you! PS: If it was in the budget...I'd happily take you up on the frequent flyer program. Unfortunately...the wife disagrees. That being said...when I'm ready for another suit, I won't mind paying full price for this top notch service. I should also mention that Squirrel wasn't the only company I spoke with and asked questions to. I was interested in 2 suits primarily, Squirrel and another well known company. I sent messages to the other company and replies were spotty at best. Eventually, they just stopped responding. That sealed their fate in my books. Squirrel was just getting better and better, so they got my business. Customer service means SO MUCH to many people. I won't just give my money to the first company that makes X or Y suit. That's all for now...
  2. In order to give everyone the option of reading the lengthy post below, the paragraph directly below this sentence is a very condensed summary of the the rest of this post. There's a lot of hype around Squirrel wingsuits right now. People are saying that they're the highest performing suit, the best built suit etc. The point is, if you're in the market for a new wingsuit, DO NOT exclude Squirrel from your choices. Their customer service is matched by no one (except maybe L&B). The entire process was very easy and I cannot begin to recommend them enough. Simply put...Squirrel should be at the top of your list if you're in the market. Because the summary above does not fully complement the effort Mike/Matt and the rest of the Squirrel team put in, here's the detailed version. First of all, I want to assure you that I am just some random guy that recently ordered a Squirrel suit. I have absolutely no affiliation with Squirrel, I am not being paid or getting a discount from them for posting this, and I am doing this of my own free will. This is simply me expressing my genuine satisfaction for a company that has earned the recognition. Pre-Purchase/Exploratory Questions: Prior to considering sending my money over to Squirrel, I had a bunch of questions. I used Facebook as a medium since I find companies are pretty responsive to Facebook. To my surprise, the responses were coming directly from Mike Steen & Matt Gerdes and this was nice to see. They were responding to my many questions very quickly. Since they are a new company (publicly anyways), I wanted to know more about the suit's material and available (or hidden) options. I also asked about performance in specific disciplines of interest, why this, or why that etc. All of my questions were answered fully, quickly and to my complete satisfaction . During the Order process First of all, I wanted to say that their ordering process is quick and simple. Just a couple measurements, a couple clicks and your credit card company love you! Haha. During the measuring process, I once again had questions. Mike Steen was there again to respond. Simple questions like when measuring my crotch, do I lift my pants up to my dangly bits, do I push the dangly bits to the side, or do I measure it right from where my pants hang. It's these simple questions that can be the difference between getting a suit that fits, and having something that simply doesn't fit. So, the suit was now ordered and Christmas was fast approaching, along with new years...why do I mention this? Because it would delay my suit...or so I thought. Shipping & Delivery Suit was Ordered Dec 1, 2013 Suit was paid for Dec 2, 2013 Suit Arrived Jan 13, 2014, 1 week BEFORE the estimated date. That's 6 weeks...including Christmas and New Years. I was a bit angry at FedEx for leaving my suit alone, unattended and in the cold on my door step for 5 hours while I was at work, but I was thrilled to get the suit. Thankfully I live out in the country and it's nowhere near as bad as the time another courier left a restricted handgun at the front door of my condo in the city... Anyways, I ducked out of work early to get home and try the suit on. Opening the box, the suit was packed nicely in a bag, and a little bag of trinkets was included. I gently pulled the suit out and instantly noticed the VERY HIGH quality of the suit. These suits are built in the same factory as Ozone paraglider wings, and you can tell. The stitches are laser precise and ultra clean. The suit is incredibly well made and feels very durable. The little bag of trinkets included a couple stickers, some warranty/disclaimer type cards, a Squirrel club card (20% discount on follow up orders!) and a Squirrel pullup cord. Nice! It didn't fit!!! After trying on the suit with my rig all hooked up, I thought the arms were a bit long so I got in touch with Squirrel via Facebook again. Matt and Mike were both there again helping me out. They determined that the arms did look a little long after reviewing some pictures. The booties were also too small to fit around my feet. I'm fairly certain the arm length was my fault, and the shoe sizing was a simple mix up. Matt assured me it was no big deal to fix and asked me to send the suit back. I thought...damn...it's gonna cost me $100 to send this back insured; when I got an email from Mike. It was a pre-paid shipping label. This simple thing is what completely won me over. You simply don't see companies doing adjustments/repairs out of their pocket, along with paying return shipping. Just WOW! The suit was sent back on a Monday, and I had it was returned the following Tuesday. I though "Damn...FedEx messed up and returned the suit to me". Nope...it was adjusted and returned in under a week. Once again...I was stunned. The willingness to complete the repairs, along with the shipping is the type of customer service only paralleled by L&B. This is fantastic. The suit performance I'm not going to bother talking about the performance of the suit because you can't explain that to someone and I prefer to avoid the DZ.com banter if I did. The fact is, you've seen the videos...it's an incredible suit. From me...the suit flies great, has wicked pressurization, feels much more stable than an Apache, and a little less stable than a Vampire 4 (due to it being a much different suit). Fact is, I love it even though I only have 4 jumps on it now. I'm looking forward to many, many jumps in this suit. A huge thank you to Mike and Matt for all their help and putting up with my questions. You guys went way beyond the minimums and this has earned you the best review I could write up. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll dominate the industry (more than you already are). I've seen a HUGE spike in wingsuit interest and new wingsuiters up here in Canada. I've been wingsuiting for 5 or 6 years and I've never seen more than 3 jumpers in one place here in Canada. Now, I show up at the DZ and there's no less than 8 or 9 people with suits on any given day and new students graduating from the new wingsuit school at the DZ this year. There is no doubt that Squirrel has contributed to this with their marketing and awesome suits. Seriously...Squirrel is doing things that are rocking the skydiving/wingsuit/BASE worlds. They deserve your business and I cannot stress enough how pleasant and smooth the whole process was. Mike, Matt & Team....a HUGE thank you! PS: If it was in the budget...I'd happily take you up on the frequent flyer program. Unfortunately...the wife disagrees. That being said...when I'm ready for another suit, I won't mind paying full price for this top notch service. I should also mention that Squirrel wasn't the only company I spoke with and asked questions to. I was interested in 2 suits primarily, Squirrel and another well known company. I sent messages to the other company and replies were spotty at best. Eventually, they just stopped responding. That sealed their fate in my books. Squirrel was just getting better and better, so they got my business. Customer service means SO MUCH to many people. I won't just give my money to the first company that makes X or Y suit. That's all for now... "When once you have tasted flight..."
  3. Chris-Ottawa

    Toronto 2014

    Your options are really Skydive Toronto, Parachute School of Toronto and Skydive SWOOP. SWOOP is a club, and jumps a 182 I believe. I think they're weekend only. PST and STI are both North of toronto and jump most of the week, but May umping could be spotty due to runway conditions, weather, or limited clients to keep planes running. PST is my favorite DZ in all of Canada so far, but I think they're only runing Cessnas this year (unless they've got something in the works for this season). STI just acquired a Caravan. I'm not sure if it'll be running by May, but I'm sure the DZO will want it to be. It just came from overseas and has to get some work done to make it a jump ship. They also have anywhere from 4-6 Cessna 182's as well. Anyways, those are your choices, unless you wanted to take the drive to Burnaby. I've never been there, so I can't speak to it.
  4. These are the people you'd probably want to call. http://www.skydivetoronto.com/ They are a local dropzone with people experienced in flag/demo jumps. There are a few guys on here that will probably see this, but I'm pretty sure they'll hook you up with a guy named Peter. On a sidenote, I sent you an email with a direct contact for Peter.
  5. Are you in a rush to get your gear? Are you jumping in the next few months (ie: winter). I'd say, if you plan on doing at least 20 jumps in the next couple months, start looking really hard. If you don't plan on doing that many jumps over the next couple months, then hold off and wait for something better to come up. Also, forget the age of the gear. Set a budget and work with that. In my honest opinion, you "can" get gear for less than $2000, but you may be sacrificing something (which could be your safety). There are cases where you luck out on someone getting out of the sport, or just chance on a sweet deal, but most of the time, it's people selling junk to noobs. Anyone that asks me, I say that you should be able to get a VERY reasonable, fairly current set of gear for about $2500. Honestly...I'd hang on for a bit. You're excited, but you don't want to get a set of shitty gear that you'll have trouble offloading. Since you're considering the more expensive set of gear, I assume cost isn't you're #1 limiting factor. Again, like I said...set a budget and work from there. You'll also likely get a much better deal buying the pieces individually rather than buying a complete set. It's not hard, but I'd recommend making friends with a rigger or someone knowledgeable around your DZ. Be patient... Now, for everyone that is about to flip out and say you can get it for less, go back and read what I just wrote above. I agree with you. As an example, I setup a full set of gear, with 3 yr old AAD and a main with only 50 jumps on it for $1700. The reason I got it so cheap? Some luck, but mostly being an odd size. I needed gear for wingsuiting and I'm a really small guy (120lbs). Just so happened that someone was selling a Triathlon 99 with 50 jumps on it for real cheap because hardly anyone can, and/or wants to jump a Triathlon, let alone a 99. So, that's the "chance" component along with right place right time.
  6. Chris-Ottawa

    Xaos 21 88sqf line trim

    http://precision.aero/TrimSpecs/trimspecs.aspx Everything else is here, but the Xaos 21 88 shows nothing...interesting.
  7. Chris-Ottawa

    Jump Tickets Prices

    Not US but here in Canada, it's been $35 ever since I started. It was $35 including tax, but as of 2 years ago, it is now $35+tax. Works out to a grand total of $39. That same $39 will get you 9,500 ft at some DZ's, and 12,500 ft at others.
  8. I don't recall where I saw this, but I remember reading that 1 hour of sunlight can reduce the strength of webbing by up to 50%. 7 days of sun is all bad in my books, but I'd still jump it if it passed a pull test. I think the wise thing to do would be to send it to the manufacture (if possible) and have them give it an airworthiness check. NOTE: My percentage could be COMPLETELY incorrect, I don't recall exactly, but I know it's not good regardless.
  9. Chris-Ottawa

    USPA 'A' to CSPA 'A'

    I could give you my opinion, but it would be just that. You might have better luck posting here: http://www.cspa.ca/forum/
  10. I ship to the US all the time...the Harmonized Tariff Code won't affect the duty as the device was not made in USA so NAFTA doesn't apply. As for customs "catching it", odds are good they will anyways, so I'd call it what it is, be ddescriptive. I recommend something along the lines of "Electronically controlled Parachute Deployment device". DO NOT SAY DETONATOR/GUN POWDER OR ANYTHING SIMILAR. Basically, as long sa you don't call it "bomb", "rifle", "terrorist", they won't give a damn. Duty will be calculated based on the declared value. If it's under $60 value, no duty will be charged, over $60...expect to pay about 15% duty. Also, calling it a gift changes nothing if you declare it as being over $60. Good luck!
  11. Chris-Ottawa

    Triathlon line specs

    Direct from the Triathlon page on Aerodyne's site...(then again this is for Spectra) http://www.flyaerodyne.com/download/Triathlonlinetrim.pdf
  12. Chris-Ottawa

    Cant stop thinking about it!

    Get a few more jumps (IE: 15 or 20) and you'll have a much better idea what you should get, or might want and your instructors will help you, but you can also ask for info. Be inquisitive on a slow day or go to the DZ on crappy weather day and LEARN! I can't wait to get jumping again...it's still winter'ish here...
  13. Chris-Ottawa

    Mirage G4.1 MZS Pic Please

    I have an G4.1 MXS 1/2 which is the next size up? What exactly are you trying to do?
  14. Chris-Ottawa

    Cold Weather effects?

    I highly doubt that it would affect the rig/parachutes, except if anything was damp/wet. If it was all dry, things get stiff, but not enough to cause problems. The biggest problem is loss of feeling in your hands. Ask and Canadian...some of us do jumps all winter long and it's the same as summer, only colder. I'm exited from a Cessna at 10 grand while it was -12 celsius (10F) on the ground...-30 Celsius at altitude (-22F). It's pretty unpleasant, but everything works...except your hands. As for a cypres...batteries freezing are NOT good. I wouldn't want it to explode and spew battery acid all over my reserve...eating away at it until the next repack or use and it desintegrates. Here is a god example of what happens when your pilot chute is "damp" and you jump in cold weather. It's a base jump (not me), but it's pretty scary. You can see how the PC is frozen together and almost costs this man his life. http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqivh3meJOM
  15. Chris-Ottawa

    Ordering Kurupee

    Hey, Sounds like you need a fast suit. Oddly, I was in your shoes about 2 years ago. I ordered Kurupee in a "tight" config, and I'm 5'8" and 125 lbs. If you can get supplex...go for it, but as far as I know, Kurupee only uses cotton...and they double layered my arms and legs...that means SLOWWWWW... I got the high collar, works well. Maybe warm in the summer, but you can leave it undone. I got velcro...Elastic may slide up, unless they put stirrups. I no longer use the suit because it's too slow. I do occasionally use it if I'm doing a jump and want to, or need to go slow. It's actually my "baggy" suit, even though it's supposed to be tight. I can get sub 80 MPH tracks with this "tight" suit, and sub 100 on my belly. Sit...like 125, 130. Great suit, just not for me...