For so many years F-One Bandit was the company's do-it-all kite. With constant improvements over the last 10 years they have developed one of the most versatile flying machines out there. It works superbly well for both complete beginners and advanced. You can boost massive jumps, megaloops, go unhooked or jump on a surfboard with it.
Most of F-One's work has been focused on traction and speed for the 2017 edition. For its tenth year, the new F-One BANDIT provides a unique traction. Powerful enough to achieve early planing, the kite seems to self-regulate naturally to pull you effortlessly. What is most surprising is that F-One has got rid of the lateral pull so that you can ride with less pressure on your back and in your legs. Riding upwind is amazingly easy, traction is softer and totally regulated.
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- A new squarer outline
- Less lateral pull for a new level of comfort
- A smooth, homogeneous but powerful traction
- Speed and acceleration are under control
- An efficient and reassuring stability even when over-powered
- Light and maneuverable while being predictable
- Improved and easy hangtime
You will also notice a change in the shape: the wingtips of the 2017 F-One BANDIT X are slightly wider and squarer. This brings more maneuverability and a lighter feel. Each size feels a little smaller and more responsive while remaining very intuitive.
It’s hang-time, boost and lift during the jumps have also been improved. It is easier to send the kite to the zenith thanks to the better control we get when edging and the boost is powerful and clean. The improved profile brings a lot of lift when gliding down.
Kite loops are even neater and faster for maximum thrills and ease of use. The bar is what links you to the kite so it is therefore an important element to preserve the steering qualities of a kite. For this 10th 2017 F-One BANDIT, we have improved the progressiveness of the bar pressure as you sheet in. The pressure rises step by step as you sheet in giving you a very clear and accurate feedback on the power available.
Safety is also part of the design priorities: the impressive range of use and control offered by the kite, together with its construction quality, its relaunch ability using the Delta C Shape concept and its efficient safety release which enables an easy reconnection to relaunch and carry on riding in any situation, all contribute to the safety level offered by the kite in everyday use.
F-One has developed a completely new structure for the Bandit, offering optimized durability with no additional weight gain. The FORCE FRAME is a solid Dacron structure consisting of the leading edge, the trailing edge and the struts. This high strength skeleton structure is then covered with lightweight Spy material in the least vulnerable areas.