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AURA
"BIG" ...BUT AGILE.

The Aura has rapidly become the most popular wingsuit amongst the world's leading BASE jumpers. In the past two seasons, more new exits and lines of flight have been opened with the Aura than with any other suit. The AURA remains the optimum choice for serious wingsuit BASE jumpers.

Shortest Start Cleanest Pull Widest stable glide and speed range Best glide performance The Aura offers the best balance of high performance glide and agility that we have ever experienced. Our mission for the Aura was to create a suit that satisfies the needs of the most demanding wingsuit BASE pilots in the world - jumpers who are pushing the limits of short starts and long glides at new cliffs all over the world, from the French Alps to the American Southwest.

After a lengthy development process and extensive testing by Squirrel and our Team Pilots over the past two years, we are happy to say that the result is even better than we'd hoped; not only is this a suit which is undeniably at the top of its class in terms of glide, but it has also retained an incredible level of agility and stability through a wide range of speeds.

The Aura is a highly versatile, high performance wingsuit, with the ability to dive down to steep lines or reach the most distant landing areas. In 2014, the Aura remains the number one choice of expert wingsuit BASE jumpers around the world. Scroll down on this page to learn more about the suit's design.

Features
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FORCE FEED

Our 3D reinforced inlet, with maximum intake to drag ratio. We believe that this inlet is one of the most important safety innovations featured on our suits.

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INNIE-OUTIE (BASE MODE)

Easily transition between BASE Mode (harness inside), or Skydive Mode (harness outside). While in BASE mode, harness is entirely inside the chest compartment for less drag, and more glide (increased surface). There are no exposed holes when in BASE mode as the zippers close off the chest completely.

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INNIE-OUTIE (SKYDIVE MODE)

Even if your focus is BASE jumping, it's important to be able to skydive your suit safely. While in skydive mode, handles are completely exposed at the chest and easy to access. For more info regarding this system's use in the skydive environment, click here.

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RAD

Rapid Arm Deployment. An incredibly simple arced cut at the wrist makes it even easier to both reach your PC at pull time, and your toggles during opening. This basic innovation is an improvement to any wingsuit and makes the BOC pull safe and intuitive.

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GET STIFFIE

The bottom surface of the leading edge is Mylar-reinforced to maintain profile structure and proper feeding of the inlets.

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GET STRETCHY

When flying in BASE mode, these flexible panels at the shoulders relieve stress on your suit during openings. Also, bar-tacks at key areas help to prevent seam failure.

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LIGHT RIBS

lightweight, durable, and more stable than mesh, Porcher Sport Skytex is renowned for its mechanical stability. Helps to reduce overall weight and pack volume.

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NUTSACK

A mesh leg wing pocket, for your nuts and stuff. Store your gear close to your center of gravity without having it affect the fit of your suit.

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GLIDESKIN

A standard feature on certain models. This highly flexible, durable, and wrinkle-free material is ideal for the leading edge. Static (non-flexible) internal construction prevents leading edge deformation, meaning that the arm is flexible at the wrist area, but the profile is stable.

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AIRTIGHT CONSTRUCTION

All of our suits are built to the most exacting specifications, and tested for airtight symmetry in our production facility at multiple points along the construction process. The end result is the highest build quality that we have ever seen.

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CARBON FIBER GRIPPERS

Ultralight and ultrastiff, these gripper sticks feel and perform better than any material we have tried. We're offering this expensive upgrade as a standard option on all of our suits.

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SUPER SEXY ZIPPERS

We want your suit to look good. And not like other suits. We've ordered custom color YKK #10 Coil zips that will be standard on all suits, at no extra charge. Choose between five different colors when you order.

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HOOK KNIFE

Every suit comes standard with a Carbon Aero Jack hook knife installed on the front of the suit, in a location that is ideal for jumping your wingsuit with your BASE harness inside the suit, in BASE mode.

DETAILS

THE START

The Aura is the ultimate suit with which to open technical new exit points. If it's short and positive, then this is the suit we want to be flying. Even before its official release, the Aura had been used to open many highly technical jumps in the Alps. Its start arc is the shortest that we have seen.

GLIDE

There is not a large difference in surface area between the Colugo and the Aura, but it is important to realize that small differences in wingsuit design can be very significant. The increased surface area, combined with a slightly different profile, has led to noticeably shorter starts, and increased glide performance.

HANDLING

The Aura is only bigger than the Colugo in the arm wing near the end of the span. The added surface area at the wingtip creates a more powerful feel in steep banked turns, and provides an enhanced feeling of authority in all maneuvers. Plenty of suits can be thrown from side to side, but the incredible lack of "slide" in the turn is what makes the Aura special in terms of handling. The extended gripper length and the amount of power in the wingtip is a major reason why the Aura is reserved for pilots of Advanced-Expert abilities.

SPEED

The relationship between the arm wing and leg wing volumes has been slightly modified from the Colugo. We can't say more, but suffice it to say that no suit with such a thin profile (for speed) has ever started so quickly in the BASE environment.

THE PULL

No amount of performance is worth a compromise in safety. Since the release of our first suit, we have heard people comment on the speed, the glide, and it's overall performance most of all. However, we feel that one of the most important aspects is the carefully engineered easy BOC access. The moderate thickness of the arm wing, the arced wrist, and the flexible sleeve are all crucial ingredients, and we have carried this ultra-clean pull over to the Aura. In our opinion the pull is cleaner than most other wingsuits of smaller size.

THE DESIGN

The Aura's profile was chosen for its versatility. The suit remains stable at a wide range of angles of attack. Watch the videos of our team pilots diving the suit at nearly 1:1, and then carving through every glide angle all the way up to 3.5:1 and above. The leading edge remains flexible at the wrist, but is static from the mid-forearm all the way to the shoulder to prevent profile deformation. While in flight, a slight flutter / deformation of the Glideskin material at the leading edge is normal.

THE PILOT

Experienced wingsuit flyers with several seasons of experience should be able to adapt to the Aura within 30-40 jumps. Respecting the learning curve is essential, but the payoff is a suit with an incredible amount of inherent performance. Do not expect the Aura to be "magic", or to change your life overnight. You will need to put in the time to learn to fly it, but we promise it will be worth the effort and future generations of this suit and our other suits will then be very intuitive for you to fly.

SKYDIVING

The Aura has a very wide and easily accessible speed range. It responds very well to aggressive de-arching for slow speed flight, making it ideal for XRW. It also remains stable in flocking positions (positions of reduced efficiency and increased stability). In general, the Aura is a lot of fun to skydive and is an excellent choice for experienced flyers - even those who have no desire to BASE jump.

A NOTE ON BIG WINGSUITS

As "big" suits have grown in popularity, a myth has developed in the wingsuit BASE world. This myth is that "bigger is better". More and more jumpers seem to think that the bigger suit they jump, the better flights they are going to have. Or maybe it's as simple as thinking that they will appear to be more experienced if they are seen jumping the newest biggest suit on the market.

We would like to bust this myth, and help BASE jumpers to realize that bigger is not always better, and that we can fly lines with more agility and control in a suit with a more manageable surface area. There are specific instances where the largest suit can be very useful, but those situations are rare. We're not saying that smaller is better, we'd just like to dispel the myth that everyone should be working toward getting the biggest suit out there. The best lines that we have flown have been in more moderately sized suits.

Giant wingsuits are interesting to look at, but our mission with the Aura is to perfect a suit in the >100% range of possible surface area (100% being maximum arm and leg span area), while maintaining a solid amount of speed and agility for realistic application to BASE jumping. No amount of performance is worth sacrificing agility for, and the Aura has the glide of a larger suit with the speed and handling you need to fly safely in the BASE environment.

Materials

Main Surfaces: Our main concern was finding an ideal ratio between weight and durability, along with high mechanical stability and good results in stretch and tear tests. Our main surface fabric is a 210D Ripstop, with very low stretch, and a good rigidity to comfort ratio.

Internal Ribs: All ribs are constructed from the renowned Porcher Skytex 40, which has an unparalleled stability-to-weight ratio.

Leading Edge Mylar: We offer two choices for wing surface Mylar reinforcement on your Squirrel Suit:

  • Porcher Sport (white / translucent). This is our standard option.
  • Dimension Polyant Carbon-Graphite (black / clear). The highest quality laminate on the market, with a carbon and graphite weave. It's black, and it's more rigid, but there is not a measurable performance difference over the Porcher mylar.
AURA REVIEW

"I'm so beyond stoked got 3 epic jumps today and can't wait to go fly tomorrow:))! Thank you so much for overnighting it to me here I really appreciate that and it mean a lot. I loved the suit in all ways, especially how the pull was easier than my P___ 3 ;) like for real !!!"

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-Niccolo Porcella

"...seriously I loved the flight. It felt stable and fast and I was having so much fun... when it came to deployment I pulled high but had the same soft clean opening you guys seem to be perfecting. No issue getting the handle. So nice! 33mph vertical without trying at all in cruise mode. With that wingspan I will maintain muscle tone in my arms, for sure, but it's not difficult to fly."

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-Taya Weiss

"I think it's the best wingsuit that has ever been made."

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-Vincent "Le Blond" Descols

"Feels just like the Colugo, but with more power. It was easy to fly, right from the start."

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-David Covel

"First of all, thank you: I did the fastest starts I have ever done, and got the best glide too. Changing hand position during the flight is easy (I fly with hand on the arm wing for glide, but keep grippers in hand to dive and make hard turns) Start and pull are easy, I feel very confident during these 2 critical parts of the flight."

-Jean-Phi Gady

"I am completely convinced for the Aura. Two jumps from the plane, ten base jumps up to now. For me the Aura is easier to fly than the Colugo, almost as easy as the [intermediate suit from other brand]. Minimal or no flapping of the leg wing, stable flight. I never flew as far and as long as in the Aura, from the first jump on. For the moment I even can out fly my children."

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-Walter Hilscher

"<span style="text-decoration: underline">I absolutely LOVE it!!</span> I can't believe how stable this suit is and how easy it is to fly. Even in an aggressive, diving turn at 150+ mph the suit was stable and easy to control. I had intended to go out and do several practice pulls on my first jump, thinking that it would take some effort and practice, but I did one, actually laughed with excitement (as corny as I know that sounds) and did another only because I couldn't believe it and wanted to experience it again. I spent every day over the holiday weekend jumping the suit, and never once felt tired or like I didn't want to get on another load. With my [other suit], I could do one or two jumps and I was done for the day. This suit is FUN! As soon as I deploy I can't wait to get on the ground, pack and get back on another load!

Rarely have I been so impressed by a product and I don't think I have ever taken the time to send an email like this. You guys have really permanently changed BASE jumping and skydiving and I can't wait to see (and experience) your new designs."

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-David P. Smith

"This is the best suit that I have flown to date, and it took a couple years to find something to replace my previous suit. In short, in 3 jumps i learned as much as I would have in 50 jumps on any other suit. From glide to dive and carve, this is THE most intuitive suit i have flown. The aura is the real deal. <a href="http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4562595;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread" target="_blank">(full review)</a>."

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-Clif Jordan

"The Aura soars like a hawk and dives like a cruise missile. It's been an absolute pleasure learning to fly this suit, though a bit of an adjustment at first coming from the V4. Definitely skydive this suit a bunch before taking it to the BASE environment (as you always should) and it will treat you well."

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-Brett Kistler

"Hey Squirrel Team! Thanks for making the Aura such a badass suit. Sure, we're having fun opening up new exits here in Moab, but how many suits allow you to climb up the risers and recover to a controlled landing while completely zipped up? I can honestly report that I had zero restrictions reaching and climbing the risers. No, it wasn't easy (and I'm not exactly a couch potato) but the suit did not make the situation worse, even while still fully zipped... how many suits can claim that?! If I had been forced to go to zippers before climbing risers, I may have ended up in the Colorado River (which still has ice chunks floating down it).

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=696619947027288" target="_blank">Video</a>

Thank you, Team Squirrel!"

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-Richard Webb

"After having a chance to jump it this weekend at the DZ I can honestly say the Aura fits perfectly and flies great! Glide ratio of 3.0 on first flight, surprisingly stable in a steep dive, great maneuverability, deployment is probably easiest of any suit I've flown. Haven't done any acro in it yet so we'll find out how instability recovery will be but I'm sure it will rock. Combine that with the quick delivery, craftsmanship and design features makes the overall experience epic. Thanks!"

-Omar Mireles

"Thanks Matt and Team for developing such an amazing Wingsuit. First I was scared about how big the Aura is, but it was soo easy to start, fly and pull!! No bad surprises - just WOW!"

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-Severin Ott

"The Squirrel Aura doesn’t make you compromise: you get agility combined with a fast start and good glide. The Aura is the 8th wingsuit I’ve owned, and I’m planning to stay in this one for a while. (Read Steph’s <a href="http://www.highinfatuation.com/blog/squirrel-aura/" target="_blank">complete review here</a>.)"

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-Steph Davis

"Something has seriously changed in the BASE world! After seeing <a href="https://vimeo.com/98047912" class="vimeo">this video</a> you cannot think other than this is one of the best wingsuits in the world. After few jumps in this suit I have totally changed the way I see wingsuit BASE, and I understand that the potential of this wingsuit is really high. Many thanks Matt Gerdes, Mike Steen and all Squirrel team for this. I have never had so much fun with a wingsuit. Mucho B.A.S.E. and be safe. "

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-Maurizio di Palma, (3000+ BASE jumps)

"Did my first 3 jumps on the Aura yesterday. I didn't have the balls to fly it earlier. Been in my locker for two months now and the older I get the more nervous I am for the big suits. Now I wish I had flown it earlier. What a magnificent suit it is. Sooooooo easy to fly and easy to handle. Hats off to you. Its much easier to fly than any other "big" suit I flown. And the power is awesome. You have created the best suit out there without a doubt combining the power, glide and agility with the easy flying (feel safe flying it and easy on the arms). It's so easy to maneuver and does behave exactly how I want it to behave. I had the Colugo before and in my opinion this is a much better suit and easier to fly. I absolutely LOVE the Aura. Keep up the good work guys and cant wait for the Funk as well. It's been a loooong time since I had so much fun skydive wingsuiting :) All the best."

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-Tiger

"Just wanted to thank you guys (again) for making such great wingsuits! I finally got the chance to test the Aura in the mountains and now I love it even more. It starts super fast, flies great and is just fantastic!"

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-Marek Skowron

"Hey Guys. Thanks heaps! first 6 skydives this weekend and the suit is perfect, perfect fit, perfect delivery time, perfect communication perfect everything! got heaps to learn and loving every second of it! the Aura is the best suit I have ever bought thank you guys so much! and also feral who also hooked me up guiding me in the right direction, cheers!"

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-Dallas Drury

"This reply is late, but this was done on purpose. I wanted to get some flying done on the new suit before I replied.

The suit is just rock solid. It feels stable in every aspect of flying. I was so nervous before my first skydive with it, and a thousand thoughts were running through my head. When I landed after that first flight I could not stop laughing. I knew right then that this is my home for the next couple of years. By the third skydive my confidence had grown and I really started to put some aggression and angle into the flying. I remember getting my shoulders really into it, carving turns and diving steep down on some clouds beneath me. Seeing my own shadow right under me on those clouds I remember thinking “wow, this speed is amazing”. And the flare… So powerful, yet I’m still maintaining full control throughout it. Then it’s time to pull and I reach casually back with one arm (!) and everything is super stable! It flies great on just the leg wing with both arms reached back too, but the one arm pull is amazing. "

-Magnus Heen

"I'm so beyond stoked got 3 epic jumps today and can't wait to go fly tomorrow:))! Thank you so much for overnighting it to me here I really appreciate that and it mean a lot. I loved the suit in all ways, especially how the pull was easier than my P___ 3 ;) like for real !!!"

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-Niccolo Porcella

"...seriously I loved the flight. It felt stable and fast and I was having so much fun... when it came to deployment I pulled high but had the same soft clean opening you guys seem to be perfecting. No issue getting the handle. So nice! 33mph vertical without trying at all in cruise mode. With that wingspan I will maintain muscle tone in my arms, for sure, but it's not difficult to fly."

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-Taya Weiss
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