Combining Skiing and Wingsuits Seems Like a Very Bad Idea

By Andrew Liszewski on at

One reason a product ends up on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo is because companies, or investors, have deemed it too dangerous to bring to market. Wearing a wingsuit while skiing seems like it would make an already dangerous sport even riskier, but you can still pre-order one via Indiegogo.

Looking a cross between the superhero cape you used to run around in as a five-year-old, and the wingsuits that let daredevils zip through the air, the Wingjump can dramatically increase your hang time after launching off a ramp or mogul while skiing downhill. It won’t actually let you fly, however, and should in no way be used as a parachute if you decide to ski off the edge of a mountain.

The creators of the Wingjump claim their creation can actually help make skiing safer because, in addition to increased hang time, it can also double as a drag chute, letting you easily control your speed and stabilise your downhill run, apparently. There’s no doubt it works that way too, but few people will be donating to the Wingjump’s Indiegogo campaign looking for increased safety.

There are three versions of the Wingjump available, but it’s the extra-large $350 (£288) Activ’Carve that most thrill seekers are going to want to contribute to. Delivery is expected sometime in December of this year, assuming the Indiegogo campaign is a success, and production goes smoothly. So it should arrive just in time for the skiing season here, but there’s no reason you can’t also wear the wings while you’re riding a bike, rollerblading, or other outdoor activities that just seem too safe. [Indiegogo - Wingjump via GearJunkie]