A second skin to go faster! The evolution in Formation Skydiving is in front of all of us, in both freefall and outdoor competitions. Hard times for the judges... Teams need to move fast and so accurately that they need a fast fall rate, and a responsive suit. It took long to get to a new design, and without the help of new, innovative materials we won't be able to achieve the result. It's called Diablo!
Introduced in February at the 2017 PIA Symposium, it's been seen flying mainly in tunnels during wintertime for the final tests of performance and materials reliability. The results have been astounding!
Competitors in Formation Skydiving have been asking for a tight design, with a harder bootie, and less flapping material. All of this to allow faster freefall and accurate transitions, but with a great control. The Diablo is a tight, solid, wrapping suit, but comfortable when moving because of strategically placed “extenders” that are stronger than elastic fabric, but allowing parts to stretch following the movements of the body. Front is made of the newest Hyper fabric, with a specific pattern surface to deliver a superior aerodynamic, and it's directly coupled with a liner on the inside.
Forearms have as little stretch fabric as possible, while the wrist is closed with a soft elastic binding. Like a tight glove, the Diablo requires time to adapt to the body shape, but after that it gives all the power that fast freefall can give. The Diablo needs to be taken seriously as it is not suitable for everyone. Very good experience is required to get the best from this suit, and some
time is necessary to adapt personal flight skills to the new aerodynamics.
The Blade Booster, shaped like a sharp blade, becomes solid in the air, reacting fast in turns, being very stable because of no flapping given by the PowerTex ballistic fabric. While it gives most of its power in turns, it helps in forward movements when correctly turned into the airflow.
Highly technical materials are used at the toe and the heel, so the Blade Booster stays in place, but it is easy to be put on shoes on the ground, and removed under the open canopy. Tests have proven that these materials are quite resistant even when walking on them, despite their soft look.
Stretch “extenders” are placed at the elbows, at the knees, and at the base of the back. Hard enough not to make the suit too stretchy, they allow bending the body, making the suit tightly comfortable. Movements are not restricted while
jumping, flying, or sitting in the aircraft.
Cuffs and collar are made of soft Lycra, and the windproof zipper is closed at the neck with a
rubberized tab with snap dot. The Diablo is currently available just in black as base color, and different colors for grips, with color coordinated embroideries.
The Diablo is also available in standard sizes, and because of the materials used chances are that a custom size is not needed. But if necessary, few measurements are enough to deliver a tight fitting evil suit! And for a limited time, the custom size is available at the same price of the standard size!
Standard features of the Diablo include:
- Extremely tight, but comfortable fit
- Elastic “extenders” for improved freedom
- of movement
- Hyper front, fastest fabric
- Blade Booster, thick, strong, and powerful
- Inner pocket, zipper-free
- Ergonomic cut of armpits and arms
- Collar higher on the back
- Color coordinated embroideries
- Fast delivery times (average 6 weeks)
- Custom size
- Rush service, 14 days!
Men size chart
Women size chart