ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Urban Armor Gear (UAG) - www.urbanarmorgear.com - leading creators of rugged, lightweight, MIL-SPEC drop-tested mobile protective cases, took to the sky with brand ambassador and professional athlete, JT Holmes, to push the limits of wingsuit flying in the spirit of adventure.
JT Holmes, a world-renowned skier and BASE Jumper, has become a beacon for the adventurous spirit that UAG embodies. Holmes, who was recently featured on 60 Minutes speed-riding down the Eiger, brings an intrepid and ongoing quest to test the limits of human flight. Not only does JT Holmes aid in sharing the brand's message of ruggedness and extreme adventures with like minded enthusiasts, he also inspires others to push the limits, regardless of location or activity.
In this video, JT is seen flying his suit, BASE Jumping from the top of a hot air balloon, and conducting close proximity fly-bys. Filming takes place from UAG's helicopter, and the hot air balloon that also acts as a launching platform for the flyers.
To pull this off, JT and Espen Fadnes were tethered to the top of the balloon as it was launched into the sky. The team draped a friction resistant fabric which acted as a 'slip and slide' from the apex of the balloon, off and over the edge so the flyers could slide off it in their wingsuits. Afterwards the team executed a close proximity flight from a height of 7,990', reaching a speed of 118 mph and soaring past the hot air balloon 30 feet from the basket.
According to the founder, Steve Armstrong, "JT has been brought on as the most extreme product tester UAG could find. Our partnership with him will provide the support and resources that will allow him to take his career to the next level. JT's lifestyle reflects the core values of UAG. Fortitude and style, partnered with pushing the limits of every endeavor on all his adventures, makes us honored to ingrain him into our brand as an ambassador."
About JT Holmes:
JT Holmes is a thrill seeker who has made a living out of literally jumping from thousands of feet above ground into the air. He has also incorporated his extreme skiing capabilities and extraordinary wing suit base-jumps to catch the eye of prominent media outlets, including 60 Minutes, Oprah and ESPN. Holmes has more than 12 years of experience competing worldwide and filming TV, movies, and being covered in magazine and newspapers stories. In 2002, he was awarded The "Certificate Of Heroism" from the Governor of Alaska for saving the life of an avalanche victim.
About Urban Armor Gear Inc.
Inspired by adrenaline-fueled outdoor adventures throughout Southern California, Urban Armor Gear (UAG) delivers mobile accessories and cases developed to survive rugged terrains while protecting your tech throughout any journey. Urban Armor Gear's innovative, lightweight yet durable designs constantly evolve to provide urban adventurers and global thrill seekers, high-quality accessories to preserve the latest tech gear on the market with the reassurance that their UAG mobile cases will perform through all extremes. Our badge of honor rests behind every single UAG product receiving a military-grade certification for protection against shock by enduring rigorous laboratory drop testing. Visit http://www.urbanarmorgear.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/UrbanArmorGear for more information.
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