Pump me up wrote:
Walking backwards with a kite is NOT a recognized way of testing low-end.
But then NOBODY else in the history of kitesurfing has ever made the ridiculous claim that their kites can fly in "2-4 knots" and stay upwind (on a SUP or whatever).
It would be EASY to test Epic's "2-4 knot" claim by putting up the Infinity in a school hall or similar & walking backwards at the standard walking velocity of 2.7 knots. Result: The kite would drag along the floor like a huge mop. Zero air time.
EASY way to test low-end is to walk forward towards a kite if "you think" it is "blowing 3kn"
Yesterday for example we had 10kn....then 8kn...then 7kn..then 6kn..then 5kn turning onshore
The kite was still flying (19) but for sure was impossible to go and ride the ocean
At 5kn kite still flying overhead i had to walk slowly (1kn) towards the kite to get on the beach sand
I was successful by pacing myself
If i would have walked at normal speed (2.7kn) towards kite...
.... the lines would have slacked soooooo much that the kite would have totally backed down
My kite does NOT stay up in 5.0kn less 2.7kn = 2.3kn