The new Renegade from Epic is the kite everyone is talking about – and from the looks of our test, will
be talking about for a long time. We have tested the kite and our impressions are found below:
The Epic Renegade: Unleashed
The stitches and build quality on all lines, bar, bag and everything are top-notch. We haven’t seen any other kite put together with more attention to detail so it gets our seal of approval on that.
Set up was very easy. Everything is color-coded, well-marked and newbie-proof. I chose to first self-launch the kite and can say I’ve never seen a kite more ready to fly. From the moment I flipped the bar around it started to stand on one end, ready to go. I walked to the edge of the wind window, and the Renegade jumped up effortlessly. The kite has a stable and confident feel from the first second. I really felt like I have been flying this kite as I could almost telegraph moves to it and it would respond. You just know where it is at all times without looking at it. The bar pressure is medium with enough feedback to be aware of what you’re doing without having to force it.
Epic Kites: The Renegade Takes Flight
In the air, the power delivery is very smooth and deliberate. The kite pivots and then builds speed in the turn which makes kite loops and other powered moves fun to say the least. The kite is predictable and forgiving in its delivery so it doesn’t feel overly aggressive as some other kites do. Just a very fun kite to fly. Super comfortable, predictable and great for all skill levels. Beginners will love the easy launch, stable characteristics and 100% bar depower. Experts will appreciate the predictable power for wake style, old school or riding waves.
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