Corvid or Aura 4 – That is the question..

Visit Us

Which suit should I choose? If you’re an experienced WS BASE jumper and you’re considering a new suit for this coming season, you might be looking at these two options.

The CORVID

You should consider your current experience (where you are now, in your progression), your priorities (we mean your safety & performance priorities now, not your future goals), and the locations in which you are ready to jump now (not the places you want to jump in the distant future).

The CORVID

In 2019 we released the Corvid, a suit designed specifically for jumpers who were pushing the limits of what is possible in the short-start realm. Some of our friends wanted the shortest possible start arc while still being fun to fly, with great BOC and Toggle / Riser access for low-stress openings. If you aren’t familiar with the origin of the suit, then read this.

The Corvid was essentially a response to our friends who felt the A3 was too “racy” for a lot of the new-school jumps in Moab, the Wasatch, and other areas of the US Southwest. It also has proven to be an excellent intermediate WS BASE suit for jumpers in all locations. CORVID product page.

The AURA 4

The AURA 4

Now the A4 is out, and people are asking us how similar it is to the Corvid. Especially since the A4 start characteristics are significantly easier than the A3.  Does that mean it’s similar to the Corvid, because starts are “easier”? Our answer is that the A4 is larger in surface & higher in performance than the Corvid, and it is designed for big mountain flying. It has more surface area and this changes the character of the suit. AURA 4 product page.

When choosing any wingsuit, consider these three things*:  

1, What is my current experience?

2, What are my priorities?

3, In what locations do I jump?

Corvid 4 vs Aura 4

*Please note that these questions are not asking about future goals, or long term plans. Get the wingsuit you are ready for now, not the wingsuit you dream to fly in the future. Your current experience is all that matters! 

Get the wingsuit you are ready for NOW,
not the wingsuit you dream to fly in the future”

PS. What about the COLUGO 4? Good question. The C4 is suitable for a jumper in the same experience category as the Corvid. If you are an intermediate WS BASE jumper with experience in suits at least as large as the ATC, then you could be ready for the C4. The principle difference between the C4 and the Corvid is the start performance. The Corvid has a better and more accessible start arc, and the C4 has a higher top speed and a faster, more agile, feel.  We highly recommend that you ask anyone who flies a C3, what they think of it 😉

Visit Us



Meet: Matt Gerdes

Matt has completed over 1200 safe BASE jumps to date (mostly wingsuit flights in the Alps, where he opened a few new lines). He is the author of the BASE Book. Matt podiumed at Red Bull Aces 2015, finished top five in 2016, was 2016 WOWS Distance champion, and 3rd in Speed. He is the co-founder of SQRL equipment (www.squirrel.ws) and has worked in the free-flight world for over 15 years with Ozone Paragliders (www.flyozone.com).

Visit My Website
View All Posts

Hey what's up. My mission here at SkydiveMag.com is to try and publish as much quality information on BASE jumping and Wingsuit flying technique as possible. I am enthusiastic about collaborating with other people in the Wingsuit flying and BASE worlds to bring modern, vetted, and reliable information to the jumping public. If you feel that you have something good to contribute, I strongly urge you to contact the editors here at SkydiveMag, or me, directly. Contributing quality articles, videos, and tips on safety technique to the community is the best way to give back to the sport that has made our lives so damn awesome. Together, we can help save the world from useless facebook comments! Thanks in advance for being rad, and making an effort. -Matt