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Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:38 am

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The all new 5G Kites are due mid June, just thought I'd share some feedback the final prototypes have been getting.
I rarely use anything bigger than my 6.5m Renegade (with surfboard) so this was the kite I wanted to try first. My 4G was a little heavier on the bar than the 3G and as such Sarah and other smaller riders didn't take to it so well.
I'm stoked to say after both trying the 6.5m we are super impressed with it, it retains all the good points from previous editions but the new 5G has a little of the DNA injected into them from the Screamers....so they jump well too!
All the new 5G will come with the new oversized inflate valve plusthe old style valve (incase you forget your pump so can use either)

Sarah's (Mrs.Blast) first impression:
Just had a short but awesome session on one of the 5G 6.5m prototype renegades, love it!!

As a smaller lighter person I struggled to get on with the 4G 6.5mas I found it too heavy on the bar, but this 5G, they've got it just perfect!! Just as quick as I like a kite to be so perfect for wave riding, and it's jumps well to.

I loved the graphics last year, and didn't think they could improve them but this year they've done it again. From a distance they are striking but the attention to detail is exceptional when u get up close, go on take a close look ;-)

Anyone thinking of getting a new kite HAS to try one of these when they finally hit our shop floor.

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Laughingman wrote:
So this is what happens when you email Dimitri to tell him you are coming to OBX and would like to demo some kites....

I should have left my gear at home


Okay so we are back. Dimitri lent us the entire quiver of Renegade 5Gs a 10m 4G Screamer Ltd, the Infinity, an 8m Junior Pro and 5m Surf, his Droid board and the Oxygen.
We were unable to fly the 5m Surf (not enough wind that week)

Renegades 5G - WOW, we demo'd the 13m, 11m, 9m and my wife flew the 6.5m all 5G, This version has less bar pressure, they handle gusts better then past models and they do boost a bit higher as well. I was really impressed with the improvements over our 4G quiver, frankly I was surprised, I didn't think there was that much room for improvement. Oh and the graphics, they look fantastic.
Kiteculture, I agree, while our 4G 11m is not my favorite of the bunch the 5G 11m is, it reminded me of a 10m prototype I flew a few years ago which I fell in love with.

4G Screamer 10m ltd. This kite is a high performance kite, I cannot compare it to previous models as this was the first time we tried it. As Dimitri promised this thing is a jumping machine, it requires a bit more attention then what I am used to but the pay off is huge lofty jumps. Seriously it scares you the first time you send it.

JP8 - My wife loves this kite, she says it has even less bar pressure then the Renegades, it jumps higher, and has more range. So my question is... Dimitri, why are you not making this kite in larger sizes? Seriously, trying to talk her out of buying an 8m because we have a R7m and a R9m already.....

Infinity - I hate big kites, that said, I finally was able to hold this beast down and managed to get up wind, even threw in a few jumps... but with the oxygen board, I don't think I could have manged that with my own board. I was in roughly 9 knots, when it hit 12knots I was able to go on the 13m. It definitely flys a bit more forward in the window, and once I was on plane sheeting out was enough to send it forward and you could cruise up wind. Relaunch is amazing, and it certainly does not need a lot of wind to hang out there but that is nothing new as all the infinity's I have tried had the same characteristic.

So the biggest surprise for us was the Renegade improvements and the JP8, we will definitely be considering them next year when we are ready to change our quiver.

Thanks again Dimitri for all your support. To provide us with kites to test on our vacation while you were out of town was (as always) above and beyond.

Cheers
Pete


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Laughingman wrote:
Renegades 5G - WOW, we demo'd the 13m, 11m, 9m and my wife flew the 6.5m all 5G, This version has less bar pressure, they handle gusts better then past models and they do boost a bit higher as well. I was really impressed with the improvements over our 4G quiver, frankly I was surprised, I didn't think there was that much room for improvement. Oh and the graphics, they look fantastic.
Kiteculture, I agree, while our 4G 11m is not my favorite of the bunch the 5G 11m is, it reminded me of a 10m prototype I flew a few years ago which I fell in love with.


I've had the exact same feeling while demoing the 5G 9m Renegade last week in France. Compared to the 4G, it has more power and is even more confortable in the gusts (wind was blowing 17 to 34 knots :o) and I didn't really notice it. It seems that the 5G models have a bit of the Screamer feeling as well in the jumps: more boost and hangtime.

I bought a 4G 9m 2 month ago. Didn't feel like needing a new kite since I've tried the 5G! :(

Nice job Dimitri and Epic!

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And for those that don't know Pete... He doesn't sugar coat anything. I had the same experience with the 5G R11 is literally the best kite I've ever flown. Perfect bar pressure, easy to control, predict and enjoy! Plus, it does boost better and float longer. I really don't know where they'd go from there. Other improvements are on the inflate system which has a larger valve.... I don't want to give it all away. New site is expected in June. Stay tuned. If you thought the 4G line was impressive, this offering continues with the tradition of impressive improvements from Epic. I can't wait.

4G gear is amazing - lots of life left in mine. I'd be hard pressed to part with my R13. I also really love the Renegades for snow kiting. The low end and drift really help out in the small amount of powder we do get here (ontario).



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More info to follow including prices etc but we will be doing our best to keep them as competitive as ever.
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Tue May 26, 2015 9:20 pm

We've now had a chance to really test the new 5G Renegade in lots of different conditions.

Epic have managed to inject a little of the Screamer into them, this translates into a better high end performance, better upwind and bigger boosting but it still retains it's super quick and easy relaunch and is also still really stable in even the nastiest gusty winds you can throw at it.
Still working on prices but they should only see a very slight increase on the 4G's


Quick vid of the 5G Epic Renegade
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Thu May 28, 2015 6:20 pm

and so the bit that everyone tells me is not at all important (until they want to order one) ....the colours!

5G Epic Renegade
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5G Epic Screamer
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Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:36 pm

The 5th Generation Screamer

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Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:12 pm

Best pop the kettle on as it's a tad long (once again in true Dimitri stylee)

But it is a good'un!

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Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:38 pm

New design, new colours, same old insane boosting power!

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Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:27 pm

I think they have it about right, we need to address the price here in the UK though! ;)

https://wetestkites.wordpress.com/2015/ ... 015-model/

When we think of Epic kites we remember the slick video’s from owner Dimitri in which he shows how old school kiteboarding tricks should look like. He even had so much votes on King of the Air entry video, that a lot of people were surprised he wasn’t elected for the contest, including himself. So he made a reaction video, drinking goat milk…Goat milks gives you rockets.

We had the chance to test the latest version (5g means fifth generation) of a 12m Epic Screamer 5g. These 5g’s are just released and so new that they are not even mentioned on the Epic webpage yet. We did find a short introduction video on the 5g. As is described on the kite and what was written on the previous generation Screamer, the kite is all about classic big air / boosting machine and Speedy turns through the wingtip for the megaloop lovers. Those lovers do need to pay a price though; prices of the Screamer kite are comparable with the most expensive ones with 1800 euro’s for an Epic 12m Screamer 5g with bar.

The four line Screamer has five struts, big bridles with pulleys and a large (like Cabrinha and Ozone) inflate, protected with a soft patch, to the one pump system. The struts have a funny thickening at the end, in the shape of a hand grenade.

Bar and lines

We used a fourth generation (2014) 4g xtend bar with the 5g Screamer. The 2015 5g bar wasn’t available yet. The lines of this bar look solid, and we like the fact you can turn around the depower lines tot untangle the front lines which is needed since there is no swiffel. The depower system with straps is not our favourite. It is hard to adjust it gradually, especially in light winds with too little power on the front lines. The depower lines run through quite a large gap in the bar. It has a big red stopper ball, but it is quite hard to adjusted it on the fly. The bar has little holes on top to have a bit more grip with your fingers. For unhooked kiting is a safe suicide mode possible by a ring around the chickenloop.

Test

We tested the 12m Screamer in a steady 20 to 23 knots of wind on open sea with medium waves. The first feeling you get is that the kite is very firm. When it goes, it goes and you will feel it. The second thing you notice is that it doesn’t feel big. The kite, even this 12m, doesn’t feel big and for example turns can be made surprisingly tight for this size. It is not the low end this kite is made for, but you can kite with the Screamer as soon as most 12m’s but it needs active riding to get it going. You feel from it’s firm feeling the kite is made to be ridden with power. The pop is massive and short, but you need to aim and time your jump with precision, which makes the kite a bit for the more progressed rider. If ridden correctly, with quite an amount of dedicated force, you will be rewarded big time. The Screamer is actually very similar as the Best TS, all though the Best TS has less bar pressure. The same typical grungy, pulling kite as the TS. But don’t forget; these kites will need to be kicked alive. When you give it the right input, with more force than many other kites (like a North Vegas which all ready need some force to get it going), you can do a lot freestyle moves with it. Since it isn’t that lively/responsive it, it will stay nicely where it should be. The screamer is more predictable where the kite actually is than the Best TS. Landings can be really hard, it needs -again- a lot of input to catch you from coming down. The screamer is a very specific type of kite, which can beat Woo records, especially by strong, athletic men.



List Prices not yet known. (Prices estimated based on 4th generation prices):

Epic Screamer 5g 12m (kite only) 1300,- Euro

Epic Xtend 5g bar 500,- Euro


Now check out our prices, we can't hold these for too much longer!
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Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:54 pm

A summary of the Epic 5G (5th Generation)




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Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:50 am

Tom Butler Blast /Epic Team Rider on a recent trip to Paros Greece

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Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:51 pm

Another day, and another video from the D man

The full info video about the all new Renagade

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Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:06 pm

New video of the latest Epic 10m Screamer
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