Just wanted to give a quick review of the new Epic blades I have been flying.
I ordered up two sets of the neon yellow treated blades, 690s and 710s and planned to run them on my Raptor e720. When they arrived (three days after I ordered), the first thing I noticed was that they are really cool looking in person, the pictures don't do them justice IMHO. The finish is very glossy and striking. I don't always buy for looks, but it is always nice when it works out.
I knew all along that they were a wider blade and I was a little worried about that, I pretty much stopped trying wide blades a couple years ago when I could not get them to preform the way I wanted. But when I felt the slick airfoil on these I was encouraged that they could could slice it up pretty good.
On to the flying:
I normally run 690mm blades on my e720. I have mostly ran Rails and Edge blades and have had great success with both of those for a long time. The bar would be set high. I also normally stay away from 710mm blades, they just have never been my cup of tea, but I really wanted to try some again.
First flight was on the 690s. Right out of the gate I was surprised how quiet they were, noisy blades to me mean lost power. I started popping them around and getting into some hard stops and power pitch maneuvers. The blades held speed very nicely and did not over-bog like some blades will do at the extreme ends of travel, even at full cyclic and full pitch they seemed to hold track and keep pulling as they should. The heli felt a little bit sluggish compared to what I was used to, but it was more consistent in its feel. So far so good.
Logged a couple more flights and noticed after checking packs that I was on average keeping an extra 4-6% charge in the packs for my same 4:00 fights that I usually fly... that was very interesting to me.
Then I swapped to the 710s. Oh wow, totally woke up the machine (and the neighbors). Because the blades are so stiff and keep shape so well I could really pull on these without getting extra unwanted bite from deflection. I finally found some 710s that I loved the way they smack. I put another 4 flights on the 710s and just kept working them harder and harder. Another very experienced pilot at the field kept saying that he didn't think 710s could be that snappy and fast.
I have since put the 690s on my new Raptor e700 and it loves them, I am keeping the 710s on the e720 for sure.
All in all I would say I am very pleased with the quality and performance of the Epic blades. I also get tons of comments about their visibility and distinctive graphics, people love their look. I know all bades.... ALL BLADES end up in the trash bin but I do like how these look :-)
Anyway, feel free to ask me any questions, I'm happy to fill in more detail. I will revisit this thread after I've had 50 or so flights on these and will update my thoughts.
Futaba Factory Team