(David Smith helped us with the development of the Hatch. This is what he had to say upon its release)
"I am VERY excited about the release of the Squirrel HATCH. This suit is rock solid, GREAT for acro, perfect as a first suit all the way into performance flights, and just a seriously fun suit. I think it is the best all-around wingsuit that I have ever flown and if you only own one suit of any brand, this should be it. I mean that - I LOVE THIS SUIT! I have flown it with others jumping larger suits and still had range on them, back flying is a breeze and the even pressurization lends itself to the right body position, transitions are simple and easy to do with almost no loss in altitude, and you can fly it both fast horizontally and with a slow fall rate. This suit absolutely rocks and you are missing out if you don't have one, no matter how much experience you have. To me this suit is in a different class from anything else out there in its range, so definitely check it out!"
"I finally got to fly my Hatch on the weekend. The suit fits amazingly and I'm really happy with its performance. I had no trouble at all learning to fly it and the range on it is awesome (I was keeping up with _____s easily and it is obvious that the Hatch is built to be far more durable and sturdy). The two photos below are of me when I first collected the suit, and on my 7th wingsuit jump."
"I made my first skydives with the hatch and I can't wait to get back on the plane with it :-)) The suit is AMAZING, easy to fly, agile and super easy to pitch! It is very important for me to have my hands on the risers during deployment (skydiving and base) and with the Hatch it was no problem. I am very happy with the suit and i cant wait for the next base season!
Thanks again for the great suit, and all the help!"
"As always, absolutely love the suit from you guys. Performance-wise I'm blown away. I fly a Colugo 2 and Funk but I got this Hatch to fly with other pilots with small suits. Right off the bat it felt like I was in a smaller version of the Funk. Incredible range, easy to fly, solid pressurization, and back flying feels just as natural. I was hanging with pilots in much larger suits with out any issues. Looking forward to getting an Aura when I can afford to!"
"I finally had the opportunity to take my new Squirrel Hatch for a jump yesterday. The Hatch is the easiest wing suit I have ever flown, and yet one of the most versatile wings you can fly in the sky. It's not just a wingsuit, it’s a cross between a free-fly suit and a wingsuit. Total control on all axis. I was totally blown away by its steep flying abilities. Way to go Squirrel for not only making a really safe and awesome entry-level suit, but also for making such a fun suit for us to go acrobatic in."
-Scott "Plamer" Palmer
"Thank you so much for the nice wing suit you guys built for me! I am really happy with it, fits nice and comfortable! Did my first wing suit jump today and it was amazing, I can’t wait to go up again! I will recommed for everybody for sure!"
"Just wanted to get back to and thank you guys for making an excellent suit! I got to make 10 flights on it this weekend and loved everything about it. Exceptional power and range of maneuverability! Compared to the suits of the same size, it is in a whole another class. Fitment was perfect and I really appreciate the timeliness that you got the suit to me! Great doing business with you guys and I will be coming back for more in the future."
"I had the hatch out for its first flight today, very easy to handle. I hung on the strut of a pilatus, did some freeflying with a tandem and it was fully stable in all sorts of handling. Overall, zero stress and a great beginner ripper. "
"My Hatch arrived and it is a terrific looking suit. The fit is perfect! I put a couple of jumps on it, and it’s a fun suit, thanks heaps!"
"Super fun suit to fly, really responsive as well as impressed with how much power it has for such a small suit. Had a really good day doing some solos while playing with flat and steep flights, as well as progressive and sharp turns. Also had the opportunity to chase around another who was doing some jumps with a Hatch as well. I was amazed at how comfortable and easy to fly the suit felt with only about 7 jumps. I can see that I haven't event grasp the stuff that can be done with it, and looking forward to it. "