OUTLAW PERFORMANCE, ULTRALIGHT MATERIAL
The OUTLAW LITE is the lightweight, low-pack-volume version of the OUTLAW. There are many benefits to lightweight cloth in BASE canopy design, and we encourage all jumpers to consider the light version for the following reasons:
- Reduced canopy inertia during the extraction and expansion phase means better openings, better heading performance.
- Faster extraction: A lighter parachute can be extracted more efficiently and has an advantage over standard weight canopies in the first seconds of deployment.
- Easier to pack: Porcher PN9 lies flatter, has less tendency to expand or squirm, and is easier to fold.
- Easier to carry: Everyone likes arriving at the exit point with a bit more energy.
- The lower pack volume of PN9 allows a slimmer, more aerodynamic container.
- Read this article for more info on light fabric.
The OUTLAW LITE is not designed especially for alpine or wingsuit applications. We believe the light option should be seriously considered by all jumpers, including those who mainly jump slider down objects.
Since its release the OUTLAW and OUTLAW LITE have become known for excellent deep brake behavior, extremely low forward speeds at opening, and stable characteristics.
Lightweight 0-3cfm cloth has changed sport parachuting. By applying it to certain sections of the canopy, or combining it with a zero-porosity leading edge, a well-designed lightweight canopy offers similar longevity to standard weight options when cared for appropriately. Ultralight cloth is not recommended for jumpers who are frequently landing in sandy, dirty, or brushy locations. If you primarily jump in the US Southwest, for instance, then you will need to take extra care of your canopy. Dirt and sand that works its way into the parachute will accelerate ageing as it grinds into the cloth’s coating. Moisture is also contra-indicated, so if you are planning a bunch of water landings then we don’t recommend the light option.
Lightweight cloth is significantly more expensive than standard weight 0-3cfm, and Porcher Sport offers the highest price material. Due to the volumes at which we purchase cloth in this spec, and the fact that we see it as a real benefit and performance upgrade, we are offer the OUTLAW LITE at virtually the same price as the OUTLAW standard.
Currently there are four major manufacturers of lightweight 0-3cfm cloth. Lightweight 0-3cfm cloth was originally developed by Porcher Sport of France for use in paragliding reserves. It was adopted by parachute manufacturers soon after and has been used with great success by a variety of brands since then. In cooperation with Ozone paragliders, which purchases this light/low-bulk cloth in large quantities, we have tested material from all major manufacturers. At this time the Porcher PN9’s performance in terms of mechanical stability, porosity, weight, and pack volume, is the best available. Not all “lightweight” cloth is created equal. Before considering a lightweight parachute design, ask the manufacturer what cloth is used. We are continually evaluating cloth options on the market to ensure that we are offering the best.
A-CHORD LINE MINI-VENTS ALLOW FORWARD A-LINE ATTACHMENT POINTS
The OUTLAW's leading edge design was chosen for its balance of inflation speed and efficiency. By extending the top surface more into the leading edge, we increased the OUTLAW’s efficiency and performance at trim speed and deep brakes. We also extended the bottom surface into the leading edge in order to place the A-line attachment points as far forward as possible, to increase pitch stability. This would otherwise reduce nose opening size, so in order to maintain excellent nose-inflation during the opening sequence, five mini-vents were added to the A-chord line. This gives us the best of both worlds: a performance nose design, with rapid inflation and high stability. It adds up to increased pitch stability during inflation, canopy flight, and landing.
Rear-Chord Float-Flaps increase laminar flow in deep brakes
Inspired by a paraglider design, this key innovation allows low stall speeds and forgiving slow-speed characteristics. The OUTLAW excels in steep approaches using deep brakes. Spanwise tension in the canopy and a 3D-shaped differential cut between the top and bottom surfaces keep the Float-Flaps closed while the canopy is in trim flight, meaning that the OUTLAW's glide performance is not compromised. With brakes applied, profile camber increases progressively and opens the Float-Flaps, allowing some air to escape and add laminar airflow to the top surface of the canopy in the location that stall begins. This airflow stabilizes turbulence over the top surface and provides a smooth transition to deep-brakes for a steep approach with a low sink rate. The OUTLAW's forward speed can be greatly reduced to a stable deep-brakes configuration.
Center Cell Slat maintains center-span laminar flow
First introduced to BASE canopies on the Atair OSP, the slat system helps to increase airflow over the top surface of the canopy. The Float-Flap system provides a more direct feed to the critical area of the top surface while in deep brakes, and the Outlaw's single center cell slat encourages flow at the center span. In combination, the Float-Flaps and Center Cell Slat create the best deep-brake behavior of any BASE canopy.
ZP Ellipse at leading edge for heading and glide performance, and longevity
ZP leading edges increase glide performance, opening performance, and sail longevity. The OUTLAW is the only BASE canopy with an ellipsed ZP leading edge, which positions more ZP where it is needed most, at the center span, and just enough outboard ZP to ensure performance. This design encourages priority center-span inflation for heading performance, and the cleanest most efficient airflow possible at center-span for glide and flare performance. A ZP leading edge is especially important in canopies made from ultra-light / low-bulk material, which degrades faster than traditional 0-3cfm cloth. Porosity at the leading edge is a crucial factor for glide and flare performance. Ultra-light cloth is too porous for use at the leading edge of a BASE canopy (or any main parachute, in our opinion).
Staggered Upper Brake Cascade reduces tension knot probability
The OUTLAW's unique upper brake cascade is constructed without loop to loop junctions. Finger-trapped lines allow a more consistent flex and prevent the acute-angle "kinks" that can lead to tension knots in the brake cascade. The benefits of the OUTLAW's smooth brake fan are apparent when stowing the lines – the brake line junction curves more smoothly in concert with the rest of your lines, reducing the chances of tension knots. A positive side effect of this design feature is a reduced spacing between upper brake lines, reducing the potential severity of line-over malfunctions. Always use a tailgate, slider-gate, or tail-restricting device in conjunction with packing methods that properly stage tail expansion. Redundancy is the key to reliability.
Advanced Profile and Leading Edge
The OUTLAW's profile is based on more than a decade of paraglider research and development combined with the BASE experience of the Squirrel team. Our testing has shown that even in the thicker profiles that we use for low aspect ratio BASE canopies, small improvements lead to significant performance differences during all aspects of flight. The OUTLAW profile was chosen for its consistently pitch-stable behavior, dependable glide performance, and excellent slow-speed characteristics.
Varied Crossports enhance inflation characteristics
The OUTLAW features a varied crossport design to maximise spanwise airflow while retaining structural longevity. Unloaded and loaded rib crossports were designed using a load-calculation algorithm. Unloaded ribs feature larger crossport size overall, while loaded rib crossports are concentrated in the ideal locations for load and top-surface cleanliness. This optimization means that The OUTLAW benefits from unsurpassed air circulation inside the canopy, leading to progressive and homogenous openings with a compact and coordinated feel in flight and during flare.
- Rear-chord Float-Flaps increase laminar flow in deep brakes and reduce stall speed (Float-flaps located between ribs on top surface)
- ZP Ellipse at leading edge positions more ZP where it's needed most, at center span
- Crossports are designed to yield max airflow while retaining rib structure and longevity
- 5 Standard B-chord vents ensure rapid inflation
- Center-cell slat system increases laminar flow at center span (slat located between ribs on top surface)
- Leading edge mini-vents increase nose-feed during inflation and allow forward A-line attachment points
- Max crossport ventilation at trailing edge creates a homogenous and compact feel during flare
- High-camber, high-lift profile, based on more than a decade of profile R&D
- High performance leading edge increases glide performance and reduces stall speed
- Max crossport ventilation across the chord, for progressive and even inflation
|PIA (sqf)||Area flat (m^2)||AR flat||Wingspan||Chord||Recommended Wingloading|
|204||18.90||2.07||5.94||3.12||0.69 – 0.75|
|226||21.00||2.07||6.60||3.47||0.69 – 0.75|
|248||23.10||2.07||7.26||3.81||0.69 – 0.75|
|260||24.15||2.07||7.59||3.99||0.69 – 0.75|
|271||25.20||2.07||7.92||4.16||0.69 – 0.75|
|282||26.25||2.07||8.25||4.33||0.69 – 0.75|
|293||27.30||2.07||8.58||4.51||0.69 – 0.75|
*If you are unsure of your Exit Weight, you can add 8kg/18lbs to your naked weight as an estimate.
"I’m a huge fan of the Outlaw – I have total confidence I could sink that thing in almost anywhere. I was concerned the openings would be violent, but it feels smooth and very reliable with only slightly slower timing than the Ibex at similar deployment speeds. "-Laurent Frat
"kN arrived Thursday so managed to try it out at the Blackpool UK Base Boogie. kN fits perfectly, very comfortable. And the canopy is a massive improvement on my old T___, absolutely loved it. Managed to hit the 6” disk on the third jump from 230ft. FF opening hand-held were also superb. After 10 jumps it gives you a lot of confidence in its flying capabilities especially on braked approaches. Thank you, very impressed."-Darren Strafford
"Just dropping in to let you know I love my outlaw more than ever. Put 15 jumps on her out in Moab for the Turkey Boogie. The factory deep brake settings seemed perfect to me, parked yet responsive on opening, and overall I had total confidence in my gear. I had planned to use rear riser input in the event of a 180 close to an object and I made use of that plan. The Outlaw performed exactly how I needed it to."-Hank Priester
"I got the outlaw two days ago. Six jumps on it ranging from 320 to 140. Dude, it's been a while since I've felt something different in a slider off canopy. I love the flik and blackjack....and have jumped pretty much most canopies out there.....but this thing flies more stable (not mushy) in deep brakes than anything. And so far seems to have glide for days! It doesn't seem to dive as much when you go from deep to full flight recovery. It just kind of accelerates. I'm guessing you've heard all of this...or why would you have put it out. I really didn't expect much to feel new. It's definitely a bit early for me to get carried away but so far I'm stoked. I'm not one to tell someone what they want to hear. After a handful of jumps im optimistic about the hype that made me ask for it in the first place."-Matt Laj
"Today, I had my 200th safe and soft landing on the canopy. It has been reliable, fast openings, stable and has accurate landings. I also now have over 400 base jumps on my Aura and Stronglite. I am completely satisfied with the Stronglite, it has lots of life left in it. I am eager to fly the Aura 2 this winter and retire the Aura 1. Thank you again for being generously supportive and building GREAT products. "-James Yaru
"Today I did my 50th jump on the KN and Outlaw and I feel now I can give you a quick personal overview... :) of the gear. The canopy is fantastic in design, vents, performance and on heading openings! I get great forward speed and great control and flare after adjusting the brakes a couple of times. This also improved reverse flying quite a bit! In overall the only change I applied to the set up was to shorten the brakes from the factory mark to hit the sweet spot."-Cam Lopez
"The rig is truly amazing. The simple functionality of the Crux Container and the predictable flight characteristics of the Outlaw Lite 260 really elevated my experience the past three weeks in the desert.
I love my _ _ _ and my ___ canopies, however the Outlaw Lite 260 is by far my canopy of choice after this past trip. I would consider myself an average canopy pilot, not an expert by any stretch of the imagination. I was able to predict the flight characteristics and capabilities of the Outlaw and nail every landing target, flare, and talus flight line. The Outlaw is my canopy of choice from now on.
The way the two components fit together is perfect. I would change nothing. The large tail pocket with the velcro on the outside, the riser covers that lay in and fold over so perfectly, the velcro stowage for excess brake line..... basically the whole package is amazing."-Josh Thompson
"The Outlaw; love the openings, bang on heading every time so far. Very stable in deep brakes and you can sink it all the way down almost vertically very nicely and still get a bit of flair at the end."-Dan Witchalls
"Everyone says the same thing about the Outlaw – it has amazing deep brake behavior, the heading performance is the best, and it works perfect in the city and in the mountains. Our team won first place in the accuracy competition at the China Wings For Love event, thanks to the Outlaw."-Justin Duclos