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    Beginner wingsuit recommendations?

    It hasn't been stated yet, but you can rent Phoenix Fly suits from http://bonzaiwingsuitrentals.com/
  2. Bench press, overhead press, deadlift, chinups. Maybe squats to train a loaded spine. Find a quality coach, not just some schmoe trainer at the local gym. Barbell Medicine is an excellent place to start. Barbell Logic is also good.
  3. I think it's a typo. It says "student 1.0 = NS" and "intermediate 1.0 = 192"
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    Strix vs Freak 2 vs ATC

    Hey Jarno, how would you compare the Strix2 to the Rafale?
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    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    Thanks. Like I said, I've just never seen or heard of issues except for here. I wonder how much of it is wingsuit choice. I've only got a handful of jumps on suits larger than a V4. That might be where problems start to show up
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    Pilot 7 vs PD Horizon?

    Interesting opinions on the Storm. Now, I'm only one man, but I've put between 800 and 1,000 jumps on my Storm while wearing a wingsuit. I've had a total of two line twists, both of which were 360. One time I almost had line twists, it started to give me a 180 twist, but it cleared before the opening finished. Other than that, nothing. I do frequently have less than a 90 degree off heading opening, and occasionally it'll open off heading more than that, but 99.8% of the time there are no line twists, and probably 90% of the time they are completely uneventful openings. This is on a Storm 150 loaded at 1.6:1, with 3 different linesets: factory dacron, ThrillInc custom 300lb dacron, and HMA from Simon Wade. Wingsuits have been mostly Phantom 2/3, and Vampire 4, Freak, Magister.
  7. I use Zig Millenium pens. I think I learned about them from a PD video or something. I used to use super-fine sharpies or staedler pens.
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    FlySight navigation mode

    I'm just playing with it for now. Mostly as a learning exercise. Decided to finally mount and use my flysight
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    FlySight navigation mode

    How do you guys have flyblind configured? I'm trying to get it to give me verbal distance, tone rate for how close my heading is to the target, and high/low pitches to indicate left or right to get on heading. I can get the first two, but not the third.
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    Canopy Size and Descent Rate

    A few years ago I demoed na Optimum 160, Nano 160, and Speed2000/190, and all 3 were about 10mph (4.5 m/s) vertical with brakes stowed, and 15 mph (6.7 m/s) in full flight with an exit weight of 210 lb (95 kg). I hope that helps.
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    Viso II Dive Type Selector?

    I don't think any help with faster opening detection, but maybe STU does. Basically both slow and STU can give false freefall if the plane descends on jump run or otherwise. Normal sometimes doesn't detect freefall on some hop and pops or falsely detects deployment on some wingsuit jumps. Slow may not detect deployment on some high performance hop and pops and may detect freefall on a go-around.
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    Pilot7 canopy

    Since you have the ZLX lines, can you post some pictures of them and do you have an opinion on how they're different from vectran or HMA? Unrelated to that, how does the pilot7 fly compared to other popular wingsuit canopies like storms, sabres, and original pilots?
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    US Cordura source

    Another good one is Seattlefabrics.com, from whom I've bought lots of fabric.
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    When Should You Upsize Your Canopy

    Interesting calculator. I haven't jumped in 9 months. It says I'm "average risk" under my Storm 150 @1.4, but "high risk" under my Silhouette 210 at 1:1. I'm still going to jump the 210 for my recurrency.
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    PD Storm wingloadings?

    I put about 750 jumps on a Storm 150 loaded at 1.6, most of them wingsuit jumps. I love it, and I've heard they're great at 1.8 as well (from talking to friends loaded like that). Landings are nice and easy in wind from 0-30 mph, straight-in toggles up to 270 front risers. Dunno about more than that. I think in those 750 jumps I've had one instance of line twists, which were easily cleared.
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    WS WL?

    Do you mean something like this: http://www.phoenix-fly.com/products/product_overview? Granted, that's Phoenix Fly specific, but it sounds like exactly what you ask. Click on the suit's "Product Details" link to get a description of what they recommend as bare minimums.
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    They don't. What you probably remember is that they installed some Inifinities with a RAX for test jumping purposes: http://youtu.be/aqxjHOSKTT0
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    Foam and other material questions

    Foam: http://www.seattlefabrics.com/neoprene.html#Closed%20Cell%20Foam I can't help you with the stiffener off the top of my head.
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    Flight characteristics question

    It's VERY generic, but IN GENERAL, the 7-cell will open more reliably and on heading, have a steeper glide, and require a quicker flare. IN GENERAL the 9-cell will have "sportier" turns, a longer glide, and a more powerful 2-stage-ish flare with more "swoop" to the landing. But there are exceptions. Compare a Falcon 150 to a Diablo 150 ...
  20. I make mine by putting 1, 2, or 3 lb of shot in a plastic sandwich baggie, then putting it inside some cordura I sew into the piece of weight. Be sure to make your cordura holders a little bigger than you think, because even in the baggies the shot likes to move around and make it a pain to sew. BTW, if you're not already decent with a sewing maching, you might wanna have your rigger make the weights for you. They're remarkably harder than you might expect.
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    Jeb's prototype Mirage

    What about it? Complete sentences are helpful.
  22. I might, Jeremy Tyer and at least one other will.
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    Flotation Gear

    that's what I use, only in navy blue not camo
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    wingsuit rodeo questions/help

    Come to Spaceland Thanksgiving weekend and we'll teach you. Can probably get in 20+ skyvan rodeos that weekend :)
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    Mike and I have gotten pretty good at just about every combination of two way scary roll, and we've been progressing to three way scary rolls lately.