THE START ARC
The AURA series opened most of Moab and many technical new exit points across the American West and the Alps. If a short start is a priority for you but you don’t want to lose speed and handling, then you’ve found what you’re looking for.
The root of the A3 design is a specific series of C-RACE protos that were very docile in pitch, with excellent agility. The A3 is easier to control than the A2 thanks to less surface area, and is more precise in steep turns, thanks to the increased pitch stability. The same competition-winning tech that put Squirrel pilots at the top of every major competition in the past two years is contained in the A3’s profile and planform.
We worked hard to reduce drag, and the new Compression Inlet and smaller-surface planform have both contributed to the speed increase vs the A2. Like the A2, the A3’s speed is accessible, and requires no special tricks to engage. Simply stretch the suit lengthwise and give it some angle.
Like previous versions, a Glideskin section at the wrist aids in BOC and riser access. The A3's pull is clean and intuitive, and the two versions of leading edge foam are both removable – remove all foam to make BOC and riser access easier in the BASE environment. for a demonstration on riser control in Squirrel wingsuits.
Every season, more pilots discover the possibility of flying up in a wingsuit as they upgrade to suits in which it is possible. The A3 flare power is increased over the A2, thanks to a faster top speed and a more efficient profile. Having a powerful flare at your disposal is important when disconnecting from terrain lines, and the A3 allows you to disconnect and distance yourself from terrain instantly and with great authority.
ONE WING TO RULE THEM ALL?
The A3 is designed specifically for BASE. It is not a race suit, or a competition suit, or a fun all-around skydiving suit. No suit can be perfect for every type of wingsuit flying. In order to try and make the A3 as versatile as possible, two versions of leading edge foam are provided. Both versions are removable. Use the thicker airfoil foam for skydiving, but only after you have become comfortable in the suit. We recommend using no foam, or only the 5mm sheet foam, for BASE jumping.
The AURA series focus is always on a short start arc combined with stability at steep angles and a high top speed. The A3's "traditional" leg wing design prevents unwanted diving at exit, making short starts easy. Each AURA is as comfortable at 1:1 as it is at >3.5:1.
Experienced wingsuit flyers with several seasons of experience will adapt to the A3 quickly. Respecting the learning curve is essential, and the payoff is accessing all of the available performance. The A3 requires training. The expensive part is not the wingsuit - the expensive part is skydiving, training, traveling to the right locations to progress responsibly, and taking the time to make a safe progression. Training unlocks performance.
The A3 is designed for BASE jumping. We always recommend skydiving it to train for BASE. Please note that if your main focus is skydiving with only a couple of short BASE trips during the year, then we recommend a smaller surface area model for your primary suit, such as the FREAK series. If your focus is skydive performance flying, look to the C-RACE or CR+.