If it's not broke then why fix it. The 2017 F-One Bandit is in it's 10th model. As one the most reliable and unchanged kites on the market; the F-One Bandit is one the most stable, responsive, and smooth kites for 2017. The Bandit will make you realize your true jumping potential. This kite will give you the massive boost you need to up your game, and hang time like never before. For 2017, F-One made the bar feedback more progressive as you sheet and squared the wing tips slightly, making this already fast and responsive kite even faster. The F-One Bandit has changed very little in the past 10 years. That just goes to show how reliable this kite really is.
All around ( hangtime/surf/freeride )
- 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
This is the tenth model of the BANDIT! A kite model remaining a best seller for so long is such an exceptional and rare feat! First of all, this success proves that opting, ever since the first edition, for the DELTA C SHAPE concept that we developed and patented, was the right choice over the long term since this has really answered the demands of the users. The flight behavior qualities brought by this design, its relaunch abilities and its safety have carved the longevity of the BANDIT when other concepts have required re-design or have simply disappeared. We also pay a lot of attention to the trends of our sport and the BANDIT has always followed these evolutions. We work to make sure the whole range is fully consistent so that every different size can be handled with confidence with no adaptation required. Every size benefits from the same level of quality and performance as the others.
What has changed:
Most of our work has been focused on traction and speed. For its tenth year, the new 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 we have 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. The novelty is that the BANDIT X will pull you with less speed without losing its other qualities such as power and boost when you need it. 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.
|Flat Sewing: Stronger assembly of the panels; they are now glued and sewn together to make the canopy more rip resistant.|
Vertical Cut Struts: The Bandit struts are designed with a vertical cut in order to optimize the strength/diameter ratio.
Streamlined Leading Edge End Tips: The leading edge tips benefit from a reduced diameter, they are streamlined and equipped with a strap to avoid bridle tangling and drag effect.
Kite Tuning: Three different positions for back lines.
Front: More bar pressure, slower turning kite.
Back: lighter bar pressure, faster turning kite.
|Trailing Edge: The internal outline of the trailing edge panels is no more linear but with a series of arches. In the center, dacron has been replaced by a double layer of canopy fabric which improves spreading the tensions, maintaining the profile and brings new gains in stability and performance.|
One Pump Collar Valve:
Easier to remove and put back
Practical during bladder replacement
|Canopy Reinforcement: Dacron reinforcements added on the front part of the kite profile strengthen this critical area and reinforce this high friction zone.|
|Kevlar Reinforcement on Leading Edge: Most seams on the leading edge are now reinforced with Kevlar to prevent the seams from deteriorating on aggressive ground friction.|