Cookie Helmets releases Fuel Flatlock Adapter

Earlier this month Cookie Helmets released the long-awaited Fuel Flat Lock Adapter.

The Fuel Flat Lock Adapter is an easy-to-install adapter that provides a secure option for top-mounted video and still cameras. Created for Fuel jumpers wanting to take their open-face helmet to the next level, as well as for camera flyers who have been waiting for a low-profile top-mount to create the perfect work helmet.

When combined with the Fuel Cutaway Chin Cup, you have a helmet system with a sleep profile and easy to access cutaway handle, requiring minim force to engage. The Flat Lock Adapter retails for $27 USD. The Flat Lock Camera Mount is sold separately for $109 USD.  Both are available for purchase online via the Cookie website, or through your favorite dealer.

Fuel Flatlock Adapter mounted on a Fuel helmet

Fuel Flatlock Adapter mounted on a Fuel helmet

Squirrel releases the Snatch PC

The guys at Squirrel are nothing if not prolific, as can be seen in the plethora of new products spilling into the market from wherever it is they store their nuts. Wingsuit are the main product line, but they also offer a couple of canopies, a wingsuit BASE specific container. The latest addition to the family is the Snatch PC, a pilot chute.  This time around they’ve released the BASE specific version (available for ordering on their website), with plans to come out with versions for standard and specialized skydiving applications (ranging from freefly to CRW) at a later date.

From the Squirrel website:

In a way, traditional pilot chute designs are very simple. Take two circles of cloth, one mesh and one ZP/F111, and then sew them together. Add some load tapes, or not, and ship it out. Pilot chutes today vary widely in weight, design, and construction, and many seem to be carelessly made if you start to think very carefully about the importance of weight and symmetry – or maybe the manufacturers just accept the fact that they “work”, as is. And it’s true, current PCs “work” just fine. That’s what one experienced jumper told me when I showed him my Snatch – he shrugged, sneered, and said that his old thing worked just fine. So maybe it’s nothing special, but we think it’s better. 

We started out with a traditional PC design two years ago. It worked just fine. Will Kitto then presented us with the idea for the Snatch: a Toroidal Arc PDA, designed in 3D. Even from the first moment we snapped it open by hand, you could see the difference. So we decided to focus on this new design instead, and see what it was all about.

A year of testing, with wingsuits, slider-off low cliffs, in wind-tunnels, etc, and we’re convinced that this is at least a small step forward. Personally, for wingsuit use, I like the light handle and the increased stability – you can see it in rear facing video quite clearly. Will likes it for his low-cliff jumping, he says the larger sizes “set” better and pull more steadily.

They are complex to build. It’s not easy to sew the six or eight gores together because they aren’t just “slices” of pie. Each panel has a subtle curve on all edges, to enable the 3D shaping. It is a very time-consuming process and it takes a high level of sewing ability. Fortunately, we have the manpower and the skill in the Squirrel workshop. Anyone who has seen our wingsuits can attest to the precision inherent in them, and our PCs are no different.

 Finally, since we do believe that this is a worthy improvement and we would love feedback from all interested jumpers regardless of where they like to get their gear from, we are open sourcing the design. We’ll send the 2D patterns for the entire size range to whoever wants it.

Cheers, from all the Team.

UPT service bulletin #20121106 – Reserve Staging Loop

vectorUPT has released a new service bulletin regarding “Reserve Staging Loop” with a support washer.
If you are not a rigger, this probably sounds like a bit of latin to you – but your rigger will know exactly what to do.

Compliance status is mandatory – at next scheduled inspection/repack cycle.

You can view or download the full bulletin from the UPT website here.

Sky Systems – slide snap system

Our buddies across the street (well, sort of… a couple of turns down the road) at Sky Systems USA recently came out with a new way for all you full-face wearing peeps to better secure the helmet to your noggin. Back in the day when the author of this post did some rockin 4-way with team Baby Blue, one of the most-promising-teams-that-never-went-anywhere, properly securing that damn Velcro strap was a pain. So this new snap system is a good thing. Will Baby Blue ever pick up and do more 4-way? Probably not, but aahhhh, the memories :)

Here is what I think….

Skydivers as a bunch, tend to have strong opinions – especially when it comes to gear. No wonder really, as gear is a pretty important component to the whole skydiving experience. Most jumpers are also pretty happy to share their feelings and opinion when asked – and sometimes even when not asked.
Because it’s barely summer yet, we know of a lot of skydivers suffering from PUOPS (Pent Up Opinion Syndrome).

Symptoms may include (but not limited to):
✈ telling your whuffo friends all about why you will never jump neon colored canopies
✈ telling your whuffo friends exactly why you should jump neon colored canopies
✈ calling your jumping friends to discuss the best digital altimeter
✈ finding yourself logging on to asking “should I buy a Pilot or a Spectre?”

And this is just to name a few. ChutingStar gear specialists are offering an experimental treatment meant to treat PUOP through their website. Simply click your way over there, log in (or create an account if you haven’t already), select the desired product, summon your gear knowledge and proceed leave a helpful review for the masses. Please keep in mind that this treatment IS experimental. Side effects may include dizzying happiness, strong urge to go jump or desire to buy new gear. Enter at your own risk, and then make sure to share the link to your review so that all jumpers may enjoy. Happy reviewing!