Link to the event:
I did an interview for the local newspaper. http://www.santamariatimes.com/news/local/article_69d882f2-34b5-11df-9c15-001cc4c002e0.html
I flew an Epic Kite on the beach for that interview and here is my mini review from the other thread:
Epic is at our Local expo. I was interested to see what everyone is talking about. So I checked out the kites and most importantly talked to Dimitri. My top two things when I consider buying a product in the kiting industry is the quality and the company backing the products. Performance is a bonus. Kiting is such a new sport and it really needs strong quality company's. Even though Epic is just a baby in the industry, from what I can tell Epic is starting out strong. We haven't had enough wind to ride but I did spend some time examining the construction and flying the Renegade on the beach.
Construction. The easiest way for me to look at the company's quality, is to look at the small details. I actually went down the line of 20 kite vendors to show the difference in build quality of each company to my friend. It was clear that there are a few brand's that are doing some engineering and innovation. Epic is one of them. I like the small details put into Epic's one pump system, bridal connection points, bumpers, and finishing on the struts.
I can't say much on performance because the wind was maybe 10mph. Super light. I just flew it on the beach for 20 mins. The only honest thing I can say about the Renegade is that within 30 seconds I was comfortable with it. I do not have a lot of experience with many kites. It was predictable and stable. I had some fun with it in the light wind doing kite loops and such. It felt rightly responsive to the bar input from what I could tell. I am used to a HUGE depower throw (LF kites). The shorter depower throw on the renegade was really nice. I actually really really liked that aspect. Feel free to post up any questions for me. Hopefully more wind tomorrow so I can get them out on the water!
Kinsley from xtremebigair will now have some Epic kites to demo. I am pumped to really put them to the test at our local sessions in Pismo.
Here is a video/timelapse of the event. Double click on it to watch full screen.
(for some reason, vimeo narrowed the frame of view. I'll upload it to kiteforum later in normal framing)
Here are some pics I snapped from around the event