Much has changed in the past few years of wingsuit design. With the most modern wingsuits, we’re flying on terrain that is much flatter than ever before: now the best pilots are buzzing terrain at a glide ratio of 2.5:1, at high speeds and with a comfortable margin. They are also jumping from short, and positive, exit points.
A whole new range of possibilities now exist, and the Aura represents our most advanced suit to date.
The difference in start arc and glide, compared to the Colugo, is not huge - but it is noticeable. The starts are a bit faster, and the glide performance is better. The suit does have more surface area and requires experience and practice to fly well, but overall there is not a big reduction in agility.
The AURA features a slightly different profile in the arm wing, and a small increase in leg wing volume. We've fine-tuned the inlets for this volume and profile change, and added a slightly slicker leading edge design which fits tightly over your arm. The suit is quite comfortable to fly, and you will notice the increase in efficiency.
Overall, the Aura really gives a feeling of smooth power while terrain flying. Thanks to its excellent start, you'll be able to enter your terrain flying line with more altitude – and when it's time to pull up, the efficiency and power of the Aura gives you an incredible flare, which means you can stay connected longer to your line, and pull higher. We've seen crazy glide figures when pulling out of dives.
The pull is of course very clean - this is a priority for us on all of our suits. Consistent internal arm wing pressure at all angles of attack, combined with the arced wrist and flexible glideskin, means that you can get your PC quickly and safely and then reach your brakes immediately.
The Rapid Arm Deployment allows you to get your hands on your risers before deployment is complete, which can help to prevent line twists and work on canopy malfunctions early - so please practice this skill extensively.
We're really excited about this new suit and we look forward to hearing about your flights with it. From all of our team, thank you for flying Squirrel! We'll see you up there.
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