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    Skydive Sebastian
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    USPA
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    700
  • Years in Sport
    5
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
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    Wing Suit Flying

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  1. This is a copy of a post a buddy of mine made about the Freak. Take it as you like. I have never flown it so I can't answer any other questions. Read on... "A bunch of people asked so here is my Review of the Squirrel FREAK. Disclaimer. So before I get into any details I have to say that the suit fit was a bit loose, ( long on me), which as a result caused my legs to move around a little bit inside the suit during all types of flight and caused major twitchiness at high speeds. Also caused minor tail flap during transitions. The loose fit also made the suit always want to dive a bit and go UBER fast. (I also did not jump with a FlySight so this is a personal experience review and not based off real data) smile emoticon THE FREAK Build: The suit is built very well and is slightly baggy here and there, but overall very comfortable. One thing that really stood out was the leading edge. It is probably the best designed leading edge I have seen, as well as the option to easily remove the performance foam inside of it. The arm fit is perfectly tight and the easy reach cut out is a huge plus for ease of deployment. The Nut-Sac and the other pockets are very handy, as well as the chesty mount zipper for all you GoPro Nuts. Neutral Flight: The Freak in neutral flight preforms like most other high performance suits, (Apache, Auras, Venoms, Ect.) In neutral flight, the FREAK showed stable and easy flight with a really good feel of how powerful it really is. The arm pressure was very little in neutral flight and the suit is quick to respond with tons of power and range on demand. Back Flying and Transitions: The Freak back flies like a CHAMP! It likes to go fast when on its back though. The speed produces so much range and power to play with for all of your carving and fucking around needs. I can definitely see how Blackfly XRW can be accessible in the FREAK. Transitions were as smooth as butter. There was no fighting any sort of re-inflation, the suit remained perfectly pressurized during the transitions and seemed very stable for a suit its size. High Performance Flying: The FREAK totally blew my mind in this department. When I first laid it out on the ground I knew it was going to be a powerful suit, but I was not expecting such FREAKISH power! The FREAK’s forward speed is UNREAL (Like a bat out of hell), as well as the glide that it generates while at super fast speeds. On my first jumps on the suit I left in the dust a Jedi 2 and an Aura 2 in the hands of capable pilots. I was really amazed at is rate of acceleration and what seems to be a very high forward speed limit, it seems to be a very drag efficient suit and it is definitely one of the fastest suits I have ever flown. There is still good range while flying at high performance but it can get a bit twitchy when flying at very high speeds. (probably the fit) Flare: The flare of the FREAK was also pretty amazing, it had great flare during all flying styles, but the high-speed flare was INSANE! When I flared the suit at a high speed It would just shoot me straight up while still maintaining a relatively high forward speed. You can definitely feel the G forces at work!!!! So if you plan on doing some high speed flaring make sure u go to the bathroom before hand wink emoticon Deployment: With its outstanding flare, deployment was effortless. Arm range and motion is quite good when reaching back. My Epicene (means Transvestite, in case you didn't know) Delivered BUTTER openings every in the low speed flare. I would definitely recommend slowing down the FREAK before deploying. Overall: Minus the suit not fitting me very well (which was a bit annoying but, I am sure the good people at Squirrel will fix it), Overall I really like the FREAK. Most suits have a specific purpose, I think the FREAK is a multi purpose suit (with a lot of power at your disposal) You can drive a Ferrari nice and slow but just because you can, dose not mean you are going too wink emoticon. I think the FREAK is a great suit for someone looking for a multi-purpose badass suit that has lots of power and lots of range with not as much surface area as some of the larger performance suits. We where flying puffies all day that day, diving HARD and flying fast! The FREAK preformed very well, for a not well fitting suit, so I can’t wait to see what it will do when it fits nice and tight. Thanks for reading
  2. The 1st annual Castaway Island Boogie in Bimini, Bahamas Coming up! April 1-5th all inclusive (including All Alcohol!) Where every landing is a beach landing! Only a few spots left. Put those tax refunds to good use! [/url]http://www.skydivechicago.com/castaway-boogie-2015/[url]
  3. Yes, I jump in the Bahamas all the time. mostly private planes with permission from CAA. We are actualy having a boogie: http://www.skydivechicago.com/castaway-boogie-2015/ Let me know if you have any questions.
  4. Ya no problems. girlfriend sent mine through the wash and it chewed up a sleeve so I brought it to a tailor now its my fav suit.
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  6. Buy one of these chest mount Alti's and mount a GoPro directly to it. Boom! job done!
  7. Anybody have any experience with or know how to print onto a suit. From the limited research I have done there appears to be 2 options: Screen printing and Thermal transfer. Thermal printing reaches high temps: 350-400 degrees and might burn the suit. Any input would be appreciated.
  8. So I'm heading to Costa with 11 friends on a surf, drink, surf trip (im the only jumper) and got in contact with the only DZ I found. They told me the guys there do 1 jump / day only on Sat and Sunday. It is a 2 hour drive to the DZ from our house and they land on Hermosa beach Where we land we hope to drop our rigs and then paddle out. Although its alot of travel for one jump I think I might just do it to say i did it type thing. Just wondering if anybody else has been and their feedback.
  9. Hey Grimmie, Yes, it will be in Dec. again. 5 days only 15 jumpers. you are always welcome. Hate to call it a boogie more like a Bahamian vacation with some jumping between. Heres the vid from 2011 trip 2011 Rum Bum Boogie Video
  10. Did a jump from a friends R66 over the weekend. We were staying a on a buddies catamaran in the Exumas, everybody had their rigs so a quick call to the CAA and boom made it happen. Just thought I'd share Heli Jump Video
  11. Thanks for your input. This is exactly the direction where I would like top see this thread go and again I am not planning on downsizing any time soon just simply gaining knowledge.
  12. That was 10 years ago how you caught that I have no idea...
  13. Thanks for the input guys and let me clarify. I do not plan on doing this tomorrow. I am simply looking for some input on what my next canopy options would be if I wanted to get into a HP canopy with eventual goals of swooping. I have great coaches at my DZ and will take their advice and plan on putting in plenty of time on my current wing. Having several choices in canopy progression I wanted to know what options are out there. Let me rephrase this and turn it into a thread that people can learn from. What was your canopy progression? For Example: Canopy Size (Jumps on canopy) -Sabre2 210 (10) -Sabre2 190 (20) -Sabre1 170 (100) -Sabre 2 150 (250) -Sabre 2 135 (200) Options: -Katana 120 (600) -Katana 107 (600) -Velo 103 (600) -Velo 96 (650) This is my current progression tree up to the 135 So what would the rest of the tree look like (in your opinion and why) (Remember this is just an example and not what I actually expect to do.)