Coping with Competition
Using competition butterflies to make your performance better, not worse...
Ryan Anderson isn't a sponsored Apex athlete, but we consider him a friend and an overall awesome guy. He's been jumping a Lobo for a couple years now and has been generous enough to share some of his edits with us.
Typically we point slider-up jumpers toward the Lobo. The skydive-style rolled-over nose and longer line kit make it a fun and sporty canopy to fly, and big wall guys have told us that they just love the glide, flying style, and powerful flare. That said, all-around and slider-off jumpers typically prefer the openings and flight characteristics of the Lynx and FLiK II.
Ryan ordered one of the first production Lobos before the Lynx entered the market, and after jumping it off of the Perrine Bridge a few hundred times (We're not kidding…he crushed that bridge!) he decided to start taking it to other objects. Ryan has proved the Lobo has what it takes in the low-object environment…jumping it relentlessly off of nearly a hundred different objects in 20 different states across the United States.
“The canopy sometimes pressurizes differently because of the rolled nose, but the benefits can be incredible for certain jumps. Whether you like to sachet or shut down all forward speed into black diamond landing areas, this canopy will do what you want from the time it opens until you're done punching out the incredible flare. This is the type of canopy that you can get away with a low hook turn to avoid power lines and still punch it out, or flare from 3 quarter brakes and still stand up your landing.
“Although I don’t consider this canopy optimal for static lining below 150 feet, I can still get it open pretty high on lower free-falls. A large majority of the altitude lost in the deployment sequence comes from getting the canopy to line stretch, and Apex’s lightweight construction, venting system, and cross port design has allowed me to frequently open higher than my friends on heavier canopies with fully exposed noses. This thing is a gem and I’ll probably own one for the rest of my life.”
Ryan can be found this summer living back at the Perrine learning how his new Lynx differs from the Lobo, and we're looking forward to seeing a lot more of his footage in the future!
In the meantime, we just can't get enough Subterminal Lobo Love! Enjoy!