CORVID vs A4
In 2019 we released the CORVID, a suit designed specifically for jumpers who were pushing the limits of what is possible in the short-start realm. Some of our friends wanted the shortest possible start arc while still being fun to fly, with great BOC and Toggle / Riser access for low-stress openings. If you aren’t familiar with the origin of the suit, then read this: https://squirrel.ws/nerds. The CORVID was essentially a response to our friends who felt the A3 was too “racy” for a lot of the new-school jumps in Moab, the Wasatch, and other areas of the US Southwest. It also has proven to be an excellent intermediate WS BASE suit for jumpers in all locations.
The AURA 4:
Now the A4 is out, and people are asking us how similar it is to the CORVID. Especially since the initial development has made clear that the A4 start characteristics are significantly easier than the A3. Does that mean it’s similar to the CORVID, because starts are “easier”? Our answer is that the A4 is larger in surface & higher in performance than the CORVID, and it is designed for big mountain flying. It has more surface area and this changes the character of the suit.
When choosing any wingsuit, consider these three things*:
- What is my current experience?
- What are my priorities?
- In what locations do I jump?
|Your Experience||You already have significant WS BASE experience on something as large as an ATC or FREAK series suit.||You have several seasons of WS BASE under your belt in suits at least as large as the FREAK series.|
|Your Priorities||You want an easy start, either because you appreciate extra margin or you’re moving on from the most classic jumps. You want the easiest possible BOC and toggle / riser access.||Maximum speed, glide, and flare-power for long and aggressive lines of flight. You are scoping big lines on big mountains.|
|Your Jump Locations||You need a 4x4. Either because, as above, you’re progressing into more technical jumping and you want more margin, or because you really need the margin for locations like Moab, the Wasatch, etc.||The biggest flights in the Alps. You’re venturing into jumps with long & steep lines, or distant landing zones.|
*Please note that these questions are not asking about future goals, or long term plans. Get the wingsuit you are ready for now, not the wingsuit you dream to fly in the future. Your current experience is all that matters!