THE ULTIMATE ALL-AROUND CANOPY FOR BASE JUMPERS WHO WANT A SAFE AND DOCILE CANOPY DESIGN, WITHOUT SACRIFICING IMPORTANT PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS.
Longevity, consistent openings, and reliable heading control made the original FLiK one of the most popular BASE canopies of all time. When we developed the FLiK II our objective was to maintain the design parameters which made the original so popular while updating a few characteristics to improve overall performance. After extensive research we’ve reshaped the top surface, improved the seam construction, modified internal reinforcements, and reconfigured the nose geometry. What does this mean to you? A more responsive and efficient wing with powerful inputs on both risers and toggles with a strong flare. The reshaped top surface has significantly improved the slow speed flight characteristics for jumpers who love to, or need to, sink into tight, technical landing areas! Sinking the FLiK II in deep brakes is stable, comfortable, and easy.
Compared to the Lynx and Lobo the FLiK II is a more docile canopy design. It has a shorter lineset and recovery arc making it more forgiving during low turns, and deeper factory brake settings allowing for minimal forward speed on opening. These characteristics make it an ideal choice for new BASE jumpers, jumpers who frequent solid slider-off objects, and jumpers who prefer a more conservative all-around canopy design.
The FLiK II is a great all-around canopy for new and seasoned jumpers alike. It’s been rigorously tested in both slider-up and slider-off environments.
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Every FLiK II is handcrafted from start to finish in our Southern California facility. Before shipping, each unit is given a thorough 535 point quality-control inspection from an independent Rigger.
I-BEAM CONSTRUCTION WITH SPANWISE REINFORCEMENT
All Apex canopies feature four full spanwise load tapes. These tapes are located at the attachment points of the A, B, and C line groups as well as on the tail seam. Spanwise tapes, paired with our I-Beam construction technique, have helped us create a canopy with an incredibly resilient structural framework perfectly tailored to the high forces applied during deployment, flight, and landing.
LIGHTWEIGHT TAIL POCKET
Tail pocket/bridle entanglements have come to the forefront as a problematic malfunction in BASE. This malfunction can occur when a slack bridle is able to hitch around the tail pocket of your canopy, creating a “bow-tie” and ultimately…a stalling mess. We believe one of the main causes of this malfunction is bulky, heavy, and stiff tail pockets which are easier for a slack bridle to hitch around. Our tail pockets, both traditional and Top Loading, are built from ZP fabric which is lighter, more flexible, more slippery, and harder for your bridle to hitch around. We believe this is an important step in reducing these malfunctions.
Our proprietary Top Loading Tail Pocket makes line dump malfunctions a thing of the past, and is the lightest and lowest bulk tail pocket available. For more information, check out the video.
TWO TOGGLE SETTINGS
You mean two brake settings, right? No. We mean two TOGGLE settings. We offer a lengthened toggle setting specifically for slider-up jumps. The additional length in this setting allows a better full flight position when the brake lines are routed through the slider grommets. The second toggle setting is a bit shorter and designed to optimize those familiar slider-off flight characteristics. Both are fixed loops making toggle changes quick and easy. The fixed loops (No more ugly and sloppy knots!) make it compatible with most releasable toggles, like the WLO and others.
MULTI-2 TAIL POCKET SUPPORT SYSTEM
“Center cell strip” is a phenomenon that has been discussed for years in BASE jumping. What it means, basically, is that your perfect pack job can be wildly distorted when the PC rips your canopy out of the pack tray. Center cell strip is often blamed for off-headings and poor opening characteristics. A major factor contributing to center cell strip is tail pocket “lag.” More specifically the weight of the tail pocket, and all of your lines, being left behind in the pack tray while your center cell is pulled upward at bridle stretch. Apex has pioneered the solution, keeping the tail pocket ideally positioned throughout your deployment.
TRUE ULTRA LIGHT WEIGHT & LOW VOLUME
Apex has volume tested nearly every BASE canopy from every major manufacturer. With this data in hand we can confidently say that no other manufacturer has been able to match the low pack volumes of our UltraLite canopies. While many manufacturers claim to offer “ultralight” models…there is a huge difference between using a little light material and creating a truly UltraLite product. Please feel free to call us for more details, and we’ll gladly explain why we frequently see heavy and bulky canopies coming through our shop with “ultralight” labels.
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LIGHT WEIGHT, LONG LIFE
Our UltraLite products have been tested both in the shop and in the field since 2008 and, by all accounts, they have stood the test of time. We have seen no significant difference in the long-term permeability of our UL products when compared to normal-weight canopies. Though the UL material costs a little more, you can be confident that it will last just as long as standard 0-3 cfm (F-111 type) fabric.
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VTEC BOTTOM SURFACE VENTS
It’s not as simple as asking how many vents a canopy has. The reality is that vents are complicated and their impact on opening speeds will vary greatly depending on vent size and valve construction. Apex has engineered a design using 3 vents spread over 5 cells to provide outstanding inflow characteristics and consistent closure, making it ideal for a wide range of BASE applications.
EVERY FLiK II COMES WITH THE FOLLOWING STANDARD FEATURES:
- Vtec, 3 vents, Bottom Surface on cells 2, 4, 6
- Lightweight Traditional Tail Pocket
- Large Mesh Slider
- White with Red (Tailgate Friendly) Lines
- Two Toggle Settings
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE:
- Top Load Tail Pocket (No Charge)
- Small-Mesh Slider (No Charge)
- Black with Red (Tailgate Friendly) Lines (Additional Charge)
- UltraLite Fabric (Additional Charge) (Available Colors: Black, Silver, White)
- If you would like your UltraLite canopy to include a color that is not available in UL, reach out to us. F-111 can be utilized on your center cell to increase your design options while still keeping your canopy UltraLite in both weight and volume.
- Remove-A-Slider with Soft Links (Additional Charge). This removable slider system makes switching between slider-on and slider-off a breeze. Eliminate the need to disconnect your canopy every time you swap slider configurations, and the remove risk of mis-rigging during the switch.
- Multi 2 Tail Pocket Support System (Additional Charge)
- Two Brake Settings
- Color-Coded Line Attachment Tabs
- #5 Stainless Steel Links with Covers
190, 200, 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, 290, 300, 310
(Additional sizes may be available. Call for details.)
FLiK II BASE PARACHUTE