The STREAM’s central pin cover flap provides solid protection and a smooth aerodynamic surface. The central cover is extra-wide and well-reinforced with generous overlap at all tucking sections. Over the past year the STREAM design has been proven at the highest airspeeds our team is flying at today, from head-down wingsuit flying in the FREAK to the steepest and most technical proximity lines in the AURA series.
Developing a system that protects pins from airflow is easy, but doing so while still allowing immediate release during a head-high or otherwise unstable deployment is more difficult. This requirement was part of the STREAM’s design from the beginning, and we think you will agree that the balance between coverage and forgiveness in situations of acute bridle angles is excellent.
Our blended Dyneema webbing is a traditional width (similar to type-8) but is significantly stronger and lighter than type-8. It is tested to a 7000lb (31kN) breaking strength. The white face is Dyneema, woven together with Polyester (black) for structure and durability.
The STREAM harness geometry offers an integrated riser design with a smooth and low profile MLW / Diagonal junction. This allows a low-profile and comfortable fit at the shoulder area, and >22kN resistance at any conceivable angle during deployment. The “bridge” reinforcement joining the rear diagonal / MLW / riser junction prevents peeling load and is a clean and simple solution to the known issues that affect previous integrated riser designs.
Traditional construction techniques work, but some modern construction techniques work better. By better, we mean stronger and more precise. Programmed bartacks offer a high level of precision and consistency from harness to harness. The STREAM patterns are chosen specifically for each segment of the harness, in accordance with the applicable force and its direction.
This doesn’t serve a highly technical purpose, but we think it’s a nice detail. Thermoformed closed-cell foam is laminated in a 4-way stretch coating for comfort and durability. This backpad is not certified or designed to provide spine protection, it serves only an aesthetic and comfort function.
The leg straps are secured with AustriAlpin frame buckles which offer a smooth gliding action, easy adjustment, and no slip tendency. The leg straps can be fully un-threaded so the harness can be put on without having to step through leg loops, such as when standing on a precarious gear-up point in alpine situations or while transitioning equipment from climbing to jumping mode. The chest strap is secured with a machined aluminum locking buckle from Metolius Climbing.
The STREAM opens into a perfectly flat tray once the pins are released, but the bottom corners close easily and fully secure your packjob. No bridle is exposed to airflow, as the pin-to-slide flap route is covered by the bottom of the central pin cover flap. Please note that the STREAM is designed for head-forward flight, not sit or stand flying. The overall length of the container places the BOC low on your back, making access more comfortable for wingsuit and tracking.
The NBS (No BS) system is an important development in modern harness design. If you would like to learn more about the different types of harness geometry that are being advertised today, then please contact Squirrel for a complete history on cross-bracing (from its arrival on the paragliding scene in the 1990s to present), and a detailed education on the true causes of, and real cures for, line twists and body twists, both in BASE and Wingsuit BASE. We will be happy to discuss harnesses and technique in great depth with you.