Most people don't have fashion at the forefront of their minds when they barrel out of a plane or yeehaw off a cliff. For some, however, high style marks are their own reward. Wait until you scroll down to check out the wackiest wingsuits in the air, among them: a yawning void, two superheroes and a flying farm animal.
1. The Crayon Suit
Who's wearing it: Pál Takáts
What is it: TonySuits X-Bird 1
Why it's rad: You can probably see this thing from space.
How does it fly? Very, very visibly.
The current fashion pushes wingsuits in the direction of dark, shoegazing colours, and Pál wanted to – literally – fly in the face of that trend. When he presented his brainchild to the designer, he was warned that he'd never be able to resell "something that looks like it came off a ski slope in 1983." That said: Pal insists that the girls love it, and that's reason enough for us.
2. The Heart of Darkness
Who's wearing it: Jeb Corliss
What is it: TonySuits Apache X
Why it's rad: It has flown through, over and around things most wingsuit pilots never dream of, and it’s done it without the benefit of a single color.
How does it fly? Invisibly, if it’s nighttime.
Jeb Corliss is well-known for his airsports colour scheme: the total absence of a colour scheme. He’s been wearing black suits since the turn of the millennium. The only change is that they’ve been getting bigger and bigger – like the Darkness in The NeverEnding Story, except without the terrifying animatronic wolf monster.
3. The Rainbow Suit
Who's wearing it: Romain Bignon
What is it: Phoenix Fly Havoc Carve
Why it's rad: There’s a pot of gold and a leprechaun waiting for Romain upon every single landing.
How does it fly? Like a Saturday-morning cartoon from the 1980s.
When Roman Bignon was presented with a list of colours on an order form, apparently his circuitry fried. The Rainbow Suit is partly inspired by the rainbow canopies that occupied the top echelon of skydiving fashion in the 1990s, partly inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and partly inspired by the scrap fabric lying around the Phoenix Fly factory. It’s glorious.
4. The Batman
Who's wearing it: Alex Swindle
What is it: Phoenix Fly Phantom 3
Why it's rad: If he ever finds a cave atop a cliff, he could execute the hardest-core pop reference ever performed.
How does it fly? It has better glide than a cape, we’re willing to bet.
To say that Alex Swindle is a Batman fan is like saying Star Wars made a few people some money. His kit is Batmanned from top to bottom. They say that the only way to make a jump with him is to shine a bat-light into the skies over downtown Phoenix.
5. The Spidey
Who's wearing it: Guido Brescia
What is it: TonySuits R-Bird 1
Why it's rad: It’s got a lot of power (but with great power comes great responsibility).
How does it fly? Really well, even without web-shooters in the wands.
Italian pilot Guido Brescia has been a massive Spiderman fan since he was a kid, so when he started flying with a wingsuit, there was only one design he was willing to entertain. Peter Parker would be proud of this one, we think.
6. The Bovine Badass
Who's wearing it: Domenico Berti
What is it: TonySuits X-bird 2
Why it's rad: This thing can really mooooove.
How does it fly? Significantly better than a real cow.
Domenico's nickname is 'Mucca' – Cow in Italian – and he wanted to be the fastest side of beef in the sky. The designer is legendary pilot and aerial photographer James Boole, who tolds us that it took a lot longer to design than you'd think. Apparently, if you add too many dots you get a Dalmatian.