The PD gang is excited to announce the formal release of their newest canopy – the Valkyrie. This is a new high performance canopy, building on the performance of the existing Peregrine. The Valkyrie is designed as a step up from either the Velocity or Comp Velocity.
Some of the design highlights include:
- 7-cell design (with inflatable stabilizers/wingtips)
- Similar planform and look as the Peregrine
- Freefall canopy with amazing openings at terminal speeds
- Zero-Porosity material
- Standard configuration: collapsible drawstring slider and 500 Orange Vectran
- Optional: RDS and 300 Orange Vectran (for competition use)
- The Valkyrie (VK) will be available in sizes 103-96-90-84-79-75-71-67.
- Introductory Retail Price: $3200
- Additional cost for RDS:$250 (instead of collapsible drawstring slider/subterminal use)
PD has prepared answers to a few questions they imagine will be frequently asked. Below is a choice sample. More will be available on the Valkyrie product page on the PD website.
Q: How do I buy one?
A: The Valkyrie will be sold through PD’s Authorized dealer network. Interested customers should contact their local dealer to discuss if this canopy is right for them, and should be prepared to demonstrate expert canopy pilot skills and/or provide references. Potential pilots should be highly competent on a more traditional crossbraced canopy, prior to considering a Valkyrie.
Q: Who is this canopy for?
A: This canopy is far more responsive than a Velocity or Comp Velocity, and not lacking in power or speed. It was designed for expert skydivers who are experienced and highly competent on high performance, cross braced canopies. If you are very proficient jumping a Velocity or Comp Velocity and want to take it to the next level, this is the canopy for you.
Q: How are the openings?
A: This canopy opens like a dream. Even though it is extremely responsive to input, you will find the openings to be smooth, well-staged and with less tendency to search for a heading during inflation.
Q: How are the flight characteristics?
A: The Valkyrie is more responsive on all controls. The flare and stopping power of this canopy is incredible, and it also has great glide capabilities. Click here for a document on the flight characteristics.
Q: When can I get one?
A: We will be accepting orders from PD’s Authorized Dealers on December 1, 2014. Standard crossbraced production time will apply to the Valkyrie. These lead times are posted on the PD website.