Disclaimer: If you're an owner of Epic Renegade and/or - possibly - Infinity kites, this topic might save you a long swim to shore.
During my recent trip to South I had a close call with my 3GII Renegade 13m kite - pumped it up, went riding rather far from shore for a few hours, came back for a break and upon landing the kite it deflated.
Long story short - outer end of the leading edge bladder wasn't properly secured at the factory so eventually it folded into the leading edge and popped (I'm sure some Epic pimpers would've been very happy if it has happened while I was out).
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This isn't something easy to spot visually, since Renegade's leading edge tips are very thin.
So just a friendly suggestion - make sure your leading edge bladder's ends are properly secured and make it a habit to inspect leading edge ends by hand after pumping up your kites, just to make sure there's some bladder in it.
I have managed to fix it on the spot and ride, but given the burst's location - it wasn't pretty.A personal message to Dimitri&his dogs (to save them a hassle of repeating them-selves):
-Yes I know that i'm the only one ever who experienced that particular issue
-And yes I know that your new chickenloop is the answer to whole world's problems
-Next time i'll buy a kite from some small-timer, I publicly promise to have a lot more positive attitude regarding that company owner's lack of professionalism and inability to stand behind his own claims and promises in order to get a level of service that one gets from any other self-respecting and well-established company without questions
P.S. To these who's wondering - Epic has refused to replace my bladder under warranty despite the fact that this is clearly a manufacturing defect, under the pretext that if there was a problem - it would have happened a lot sooner. This is absolutely standard practice at Epic when you contact them regarding any real issues - no surprises there!