Reviews for Lobo
Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
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Lobo Canopy by Apex
I did 357 jumps on my Lobo 220. I chose the smaller size because I personally like to load my BASE canopy a bit heavier than recommended. I don't suggest this for most people because I still believe that it is best to have more fabric above in case something bad happens. The lobo has a very brisk opening which makes it great for low stuff. The slider up opening is perfect. At the 3+ second delay, when jumping slider down, my neck starts to feel it. Other than that, the characteristics are very nice. The control is very good and responsive. There is a great range in the brakes so you can fly slow or a bit more aggressive. The rear risers are very responsive for quick turns after opening. It has very good flare power to set you down soft.
Love the Lobo
I've been BASE jumping now for 18 years. I've seen BASE canopies evolve from 7cell skydiving canopies to BASE specific canopies. The Lobo, in my opinion, IS the next generation BASE canopy. It is made by a company and people that have practically been around since the beginning of BASE jumping. A company and people that I can trust, which is important to me. They won't put equipment out on the market until it is thoroughly tested.
There are so many aspects of this canopy that I love, including it's openings and most importantly it's landings. It lands great! I'm able to sink it in on tight landing areas and it's really fun swooping it over water or land. It's light weight material makes it awesome for long hikes. It is very responsive and easy to pack. At first I was intimidated by the reverse tail pocket design, but after packing it a few times I found it very easy to pack and useful in preventing line dump. The Lobo is by far the best BASE canopy that I've ever flown and has become my go-to canopy for all occasions.
Love my Lobo
I have flown many canopies during my 29 years in the sport and the Lobo is by far the best of all. When I just got the Lobo and my jumping day was over I had to make one extra jump just to fly the canopy. Some of the improvements I noticed were minimized loss of altitude during a riser turn, easy to sink yet it offer great glide, soft landings on half breaks and sick landings after a hook turn. This canopy is very intuitive to fly.
Favorite BASE canopy
I have high expectations from my canopies. In the BASE environment, we need a lot of range, while performing very well at each end of the spectrum. Predictability is a requirement--I want to know exactly how my canopy will respond when I push it to its performance limits, such as deep-braked landings. I've flown several canopies with these qualities, as they should, but the Lobo is by far the best I've flown yet. It's intuitive, reliable, and consistent. Great glide, but just as impressive when I sink it in, in very deep-brakes. My favorite thing about it is the responsiveness--before my Lobo, BASE canopies were boring. This is the first BASE canopy I've owned that is not a simple tool to land safely, it's actually fun to fly!
I've jumped many canopies over the years. Although I've been happy with most of them, I've found every canopy excels in some areas and lacks in others. However with the Lobo, this isn't the case. It excels everywhere. Predictable openings, excellent slow flight characteristics, great glide & powerful flare. The best all around canopy I have jumped!!