Tip Tuesday: Landing Patterns
Heading to a new DZ? Here are a few tools from Flight-1's Justin Price to help you scope it out before you even get there...
When Squirrel launched a pattern chooser plugin on their website which allows wingsuit pilots to choose a custom pattern for any suit in their range… the NASDAQ dropped two points as people around the world stopped working and disappeared down the pattern rabbit hole. It doesn’t sound like that big of a deal until you start to play with the system, and realize that it’s not just choosing a pattern. It’s choosing a pattern, then scaling its size, then changing the colors… but not just some of the colors – all of the colors of each segment of the pattern. And as if that weren’t enough to choose from, the color theme generator creates even more choices to warp your brain and delay all other workplace tasks.
anything that can be printed digitally can be printed onto your suit
Squirrel says they do understand that approximately one bazillion pattern options are not enough for skydivers, and for that reason they can handle custom-drawn or photograph-based patterns also. Orders for your groovy idea – pink-donkey-dong, flying-pig, or roided-out unicorn – can be created in collaboration with Squirrel’s graphic design department - actuallly for remarkably reasonable prices.
The patterns are printed digitally directly onto the standard 210D ripstop suit fabric that is used for all Squirrel wingsuits. Apparently, anything that can be printed digitally can be printed onto your suit. There are some caveats which are clearly laid out on the suit order webpage. Squirrel says that the durability and colorfastness of the printing is quite good and will last for the life of the wingsuit when properly cared for. Delays for printed suits are only slightly longer than normal, meaning that it will probably take you longer to decide your pattern than it will for Squirrel to make and ship your gear!
SuperCustom Pattern Designer Tutorial by Loren