johnmatrix

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    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    I reckon this your easiest and best option. Container may look a little bulkier but no need to change anything. I pack my Vector like this all the time.
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    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    From what you've said, it sounds like the issue is not with pull force required to lift the bag, it is pull force required to unjam the bag from its position (rotated grommet to reserve) in the container before it can be lifted. So you are deploying after 2 seconds and having to wait 5 more seconds for the airspeed to pick up for the pilot chute to exert the required force to do this. Try taking a slightly longer delay (3-4), and the snatch force when the PC inflates will increase and may give you that boost you need to free the bag. As you've said the issue is not with lifting the bag as when you pack it grommet to pin there's no problem. I agree it sounds like PC porosity could be an issue too.
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    Ever been unable to find PC?

    Curious, has anyone here been unable to get to their PC on a wingsuit jump, when experienced and current on the suit you were jumping? What happened and why? Particularly interested to hear from anyone who had it happen following mutiple uneventful deployments on the same gear configuration. Edit: please no brand wars but am keen to hear what suit you were jumping. I know there have been instances of this on different suit models from different manufacturers.
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    Beginner wingsuit recommendations?

    I think a longer bridle is ideal but not 100% necessary. My vote for most helpful mod is the stowless/semi-stowless bag.
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    Ever been unable to find PC?

    That is ridiculous. What an idiot.
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    Fear is back

    I have a constant fear that something's always near.
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    Squirrel swift 3 versus funk 1

    I haven't jumped one but my advice on any upsize in suit is to treat it like your first wingsuit jump. Rehearse your recovery procedures, go up in good conditions (not lots of cloud) focus on a good exit, let the suit do its thing (but expect a bit more power and responsiveness) do some practise pulls in freefall, and pull high. You'll be right.
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    Canopy burn

    Yes.
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    ATC vs Freak 3?

    Or try following someone in a Onesie in a wingsuit.
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    Strix vs Freak 2 vs ATC

    That has been what I tend to see as well. Another one starting to cause a problem is large suits being marketed as 'easy to fly' (and sometimes they are). People read the 'easy to fly' part and ignore the rest. Anyway back on the Strix, I have just watched the PF promo for it and they are calling it a suit for intermediate flyers. So I feel like 200 jumps is on the conservative side for PF there (which is good). Whereas 70 for the ATC seems a bit low and might be just lower because if Squirrel upped it to 100 people would buy the Freak instead. Anyway I haven't jumped either of them, someone who has jumped both would have a more educated opinion.
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    Rafale vs. Freak2 ?

    Who cares how it flies - it looks awesome.
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    Rafale vs. Freak2 ?

    Brilliant. And each suit guaranteed to be hurled at someone by a gorilla before shipping.
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    Rafale vs. Freak2 ?

    "Gorilla marketing" I just realised you meant "guerrilla marketing" but I'm afraid your term has stuck for me now forever. Love it - and agree 100%.
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    Rafale vs. Freak2 ?

    All that is very interesting but I must disagree with that point. I was at the WBR this year (not competing) and the subject came up that none of the major WS manufacturers are sponsoring the event nor using it for marketing that much. Sure the manufacturer of the winning suit will do a social media post about it like they do with any other event (skydiving or BASE) but the WBR is still primarily a community event organised by locals in Romsdalen.
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    Rafale vs. Freak2 ?

    I must say that is the best rant I've read here for quite some time. Felt a bit nostalgic actually, reminded of the days of this forum some years back where it was just about seeing the latest cool-looking new suit design from whatever manufacturer (and nobody cared which manufacturer it was) instead of the same looking thing coming out again with the same old marketing. But don't you think that given that extending the wing surface past the extremities of the body has proven to become quite unsafe that we've reached a size limit for what a mass-produced wingsuit can be? I.e. people are managing to have enough incidents already with the current suits in circulation, do we really want to see how many more will occur if we have struts for the arms extending out past the hand? And that given that general size limit, isn't there a particular planform that will be generally the best and it's the T-type you mention that tended to get popular after the first Tony Suits X Bird? I must say the 'Flick Tail' design from TS that was used by the winner of the the World Base Race in 2016 was an interesting departure from the norm.
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    Rafale vs. Freak2 ?

    +1 I wouldn't say it's stagnant though - just reaching it's logical terminus with marketing playing an increasing role as it has to in any business.
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    Dual camera mount Sony X3000

    You should be able to find something for points 1 and 4, but 2 and 3 might be difficult. I am not aware of any system that allows access to the bottom slot of the X3000 without screws being involved, nor of one where you can change the angle like on a GoPro.
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    How soon did you start buying gear?

    [#112f4d]Lol well, it's an interesting one. When I talk about skydiving to people, I tell them I'm learning. I'm not sure when I'd consider myself a "real skydiver". In my book if you do AFF 1 you're a skydiver. I know what you mean about talking to wuffos though. I think 'learning to skydive' is what I used to say. But you're not a wuffo any more. :)
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    Sony X3000 action cam with BOSS!

    I like mine but I have found that of the 2 stabilisation modes the less stable one is the better, the more active stabilisation produces wobbling and ripples in the footage when in freefall. Footage quality is excellent. GPS tool is pretty cool but if you want data a Flysight is still heaps better. The editing software Sony made for it is a bit unstable.
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    Deployment Techniques

    Both will work. In both cases above you are reducing the size of the leg wing. The idea of that is to balance the fact that you are pulling your arms in to complete the pull, and you don't want a maxxed out leg wing to send you head low. There is no one correct method. Having said that I believe that key to getting a good deployment in a wingsuit is to be able to fly stable with your hand on the PC handle - for me that is in a slight arch and dialling back on the legwing, both hands on my BOC. If you can hold that position then it means you're not trying to rush the deployment (e.g. trying to dump it out before going unstable) and can get it out with both shoulders level with the horizon. Yes bringing your feet up at 90 degrees at the wrong moment could mean you kick the D bag, it's happened to me a couple of times, but usually when I was deploying in full flight and THEN kicking my feet up as it extracted. I fly mainly PF suits and deploy closer to how you've described above as the advice from the Squirrel coach. I'm not aware of any brand-specific methods. For you as a beginner I think just keep jumping and asking other wingsuiters and you'll settle into a technique that feels natural for you.
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    Swift 3?

    Many outdated suits still work fine. I think very rarely is the latest generation needed to do what one wants.
  22. Awesome. Like it or not skydiving is risky business. It looks like he was with a few good men up there, I guess he went home for a cocktail and celebrated like he was born on the 4th of july.
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    Container WS friendly

    Love my Vector 3.
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    Squirrel AURA

    No he is busy using it to go back to 2014 and buy my Vampire Race.
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    Squirrel AURA

    Sounds like you need another big suit then? I have a Vampire Race to sell if you're keen...