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THE NEW BANDIT

WE ARE VERY PROUD TO PRESENT THE NEW BANDIT.
FEATURING ONCE AGAIN SOME SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS, THIS KITE WILL AMAZE YOU ONE MORE TIME!
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Technoforce, double ripstop fabric

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Flatsewing: Stronger panel assembly.

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Vertical cut struts to optimise strength

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Trailing edge spreading and tension improvements

Presentation

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For this 9th edition of the Bandit, we have worked essentially on the two following axes: profile refinement and the swing of the kite to improve the depower.

Our designer Robert GRAHAM has smoothed the profile down to the perfection on the whole span of the canopy. The kite is therefore more stable and performing better, with no parasitic movements.

We have then modified the way the kite swings around its bridle and depowers, as well as the quality of the depowered profile. It is now more stable in static position on the beach but also in motion during flight. We have changed the fabric used on the trailing edge, which used to be 170 g Dacron, for two layers of 52 g canopy fabric. This makes the kite lighter while avoiding flapping.

Thanks to all these improvements the kite holds firmly its position on the edge of the flight window while riding with no forth and back movements. The continuous traction it provides is impressive whatever the wind strength. This is especially efficient for upwind riding where the Bandit will let you ride with a better angle effortlessly with good speed control.

This new improved flight stability opens the way for some really stable steering, free of all parasitic movements. The bar feeling is more than ever direct, accurate and clean. In the low range the Bandit is responsive and light while in the high range the kite proves reassuring and absorbs the gust.

A better performer, the Bandit is easier to send to the top of the window for the jumps and offers more hang time. The kite flies faster through the window during the loops, showing no decrease in speed before rushing back to the zenith.

For unhooked riding, its stability and ability to fly close to the edge of the window enable a better pop with a progressive traction through the handle-pass moves.

After 9 years of development on the Bandit, we have yet again improved and refined each size for its program:

  • Larger kites of 11m² or more are optimized for light air riding with a particular focus on lightness and maneuverability which are critical on these sizes. They offer an unprecedented amount of power per square meter and an improved behavior in the upper range.
  • Sizes of 8-9-10m² are super-efficient in any kind of winds and disciplines.
  • The smaller 5-6-7m² kites are targeted at wave riding. Control of the speed of the kite has been improved to help you focus on your carving lines while surfing. Superior control in the upper range and overall comfort are also proofs of the significant developments made towards wave riding as much as the gains in stability, the improvements in bar feeling and maneuverability.

Construction

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Delta C Shape

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DELTA C-SHAPE technology design offers unmatched stability and steering response when fully de-powered, with the possibility of connecting the front lines higher on the leading edge of the kite.

DELTA C-SHAPE is a patented design used by F-ONE on all kites for the past 8 years.

EVO De-power concept

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The EVO De-power concept is a simple 4 line system with a 4m long Life Line featuring a V shaped bridle with a pulley system on each of the front lines.

This simple system offers complete safety and allows for increased de-power by finely tuning the angle of attack of the kite.

When the quick release is activated the EVO system becomes the Life Line and the kite lands safely on its back with immediate and total power kill.

EVO De-power offers complete control with direct and responsive steering in all riding conditions.

Sheeting the bar in and out is very progressive even with the kite fully de-powered.

Unhooked the kite remains light and very predictable, inspiring confidence so you can progress faster.

Force Frame

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Kites with extended de-power ranges sustain more pressure across the canopy as they experience an increased frequency of use over a wider wind range.

Consequently 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.

TECHNOFORCE™

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TECHNOFORCE™ of TEIJIN is a high density Polyester  fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.

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Fusion Struts

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The struts are fused with the canopy all the way along the canopy profile where they are integrated into the FORCE FRAME.

This increases the rigidity of the Force Frame and reduces drag by creating a clean and well balanced structure.

  • SIZE
  • WIND RANGE
  • 5M² :
  • 30+ KNTS
  • 6M² :
  • 28+ KNTS
  • 7M² :
  • 25 KNTS
  • 8M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 9M² :
  • 15 > 30 KNTS
  • 11M² :
  • 11 > 24 KNTS
  • 13² :
  • 9 > 18 KNTS

BREEZE

WE HAVE USED ALL THE KNOW-HOW OF OUR DESIGN DEPARTMENT TO OFFER A KITE DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR FOILING AND LIGHT WIND RIDING.
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Single strut: Light frame to fly in winds under 10 kts

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Very easy to use thanks to its stability

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Enough power for an early planing

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Great maneuverability for easy transitions and a faster learning process

Presentation

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2017 will see the release of the tenth edition of the BANDIT! To celebrate this, we have decided to assist it with some other specific kites. These products, which we call “satellites”, are designed to meet some specific demands which are not part of the program of the BANDIT but the BANDIT remains more than ever at the core of our range.

The number of uses and disciplines offered by our sport is quite amazing and hydrofoiling has opened a wide array of new possibilities. The swift development of this new product under our feet requires the development of new kites to optimize the ride.

This is the main reason why we have developed a foil kite last year: the DIABLO. This kite was designed to meet the exacting demands of the foil racers.

This year we have used all the know-how of our design department to offer a kite designed specifically for foiling and light wind riding: the BREEZE

To make your sessions perfect, we wanted the BREEZE to be:

  • Light to fly in less than 10 kts of wind
  • Powerful to enable early planing
  • Stable to prevent it falling from the sky in light winds and let you focus on your riding
  • Able to depower to keep control as this is crucial for foil riding
  • Designed with good control of your speed and acceleration
  • Easy to re-launch even in light winds

DESIGN :

We have decided to save some weight by getting rid of the struts. The BREEZE is therefore a single strut kite. Aspect ratio is reduced to make the kite more stable and limit both acceleration and speed. Its profile is completely new as it needs to deliver both power and control. Depower ability is amazing for a light wind kite. It takes our designer’s knowledge to achieve some depower without altering the profile.

The wingtips are wide which helps with maneuverability, transitions and allows for backward relaunch. We have optimized the reinforcement patches to save as much weight as possible and facilitate light wind re-launch. The kite is compatible with BANDIT kite bars.

The bridle is new as well with 4 fixing points and 3 pulleys per side. The BREEZE is available in sizes of 11m² – 13m² – 15m²

ON THE WATER :

– Foil riding :

The BREEZE feels amazingly reassuring thanks to its great stability in a straight line but also during all kinds of maneuvers.

When riding, the kite seems to reach its maximum speed quite early on and then stops accelerating. This is a real bonus in terms of comfort when one knows the high degree of focus required to control a foil.

It offers an impressive feeling of control and feels very progressive leading to more confidence when riding.

It’s maneuverability lets you place this kite perfectly during maneuvers making progress much easier and faster.

We have chosen the bar pressure to be more firm which lets you take support from it and achieve better balance. Re-launch is made super easy thanks to its light weight and backward re-launch ability, to get out of sometimes tricky situations in light winds.

-Other disciplines:

All the qualities highlighted above make it a great learning kite with a twin-tip. The kite feels very gentle and its constant traction is reassuring.

For surfing, the light weight and maneuverability of this kite make it really efficient for wave riding.

Delta C Shape

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DELTA C-SHAPE technology design offers unmatched stability and steering response when fully de-powered, with the possibility of connecting the front lines higher on the leading edge of the kite.

DELTA C-SHAPE is a patented design used by F-ONE on all kites for the past 8 years.

EVO De-power concept

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The EVO De-power concept is a simple 4 line system with a 4m long Life Line featuring a V shaped bridle with a pulley system on each of the front lines.

This simple system offers complete safety and allows for increased de-power by finely tuning the angle of attack of the kite.

When the quick release is activated the EVO system becomes the Life Line and the kite lands safely on its back with immediate and total power kill.

EVO De-power offers complete control with direct and responsive steering in all riding conditions.

Sheeting the bar in and out is very progressive even with the kite fully de-powered.

Unhooked the kite remains light and very predictable, inspiring confidence so you can progress faster.

Auto Relaunch

auto_relaunch_0Once the kite is sitting with the leading edge flat on the water, its C-shape associated with the Delta Pivot allows the kite to automatically roll over onto one wing tip.
The kite will then glide towards the edge of the window, ready for quick and easy water re-launch.

TECHNOFORCE™

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TECHNOFORCE™ of TEIJIN is a high density Polyester  fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.

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  • SIZE
  • WIND RANGE
  • 11M² :
  • 8 > 22 KNTS
  • 13M² :
  • 8 > 18 KNTS
  • 15M² :
  • 8 > 16 KNTS

FURTIVE

THIS KITE IS MADE TO OVERTAKE ANYTHING ELSE ON THE WATER AND BEAT HANG-TIME RECORDS!
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Incredible hang-time

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Maximum traction towards the edge of the window

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Great stability and very accurate bar feeling

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High aspect ratio and reduced arc for maximum power and unmatched acceleration

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New W5 bridle with 5 struts for optimum control and minimum distortion

Presentation

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2017 will see the release of the tenth edition of the BANDIT! To celebrate this, we have decided to assist it with some other specific kites. These products, which we call “satellites”, are designed to meet some specific demands which are not part of the program of the BANDIT but the BANDIT remains more than ever at the core of our range.

In 2014, Alex CAIZERGUES asked us for some custom kites to beat his own speed record of 56.62 kts. The design brief was to reach a maximum speed by riding over-powered with a 6.5m² on the speed run with an average wind of 50kts… We have therefore worked on a kite with more aspect ratio and 5 struts. But during the development, two things happened:

  • First we were surprised by the enjoyment we had when riding with this kite. This is due to the thrills it provides thanks to its performance (who doesn’t like speed and acceleration…?) but also thanks to its hang-time.
  • Then the foil riders in search for a long distance weapon became interested in this kite and immediately wanted to use it.

After two years of development, the FURTIVE is ideal for long-distance racing, speed riding and hang-time sessions.

DESIGN:

The FURTIVE features a high aspect ratio for high performance and 5 struts to control the profile. The leading edge arc is reduced to develop the maximum of power for a given area.

Its profile has been developed to ensure maximum traction at the edge of the window. Its W5 bridle is totally innovative and brings together the function of a bridle and a 5th line! We have called it W5 due to its W pattern which includes a central line to control the leading edge arc, like a 5th line. It provides perfect distortion control and the central line further helps with the depower of the kite.

On the WATER or in the AIR:

The FURTIVE provides a variety of sensations.

Twin-tip riding:

The kite is stable and the motion is fully under control. Bar feedback is super clear which makes you want to go faster all the time. Get ready, you are going to be willing to over-take anything else on the water!

Performance usually comes with jumping abilities. To improve this aspect, we have worked on the bar feeling, its maneuverability when sending the kite to the zenith and its boost during the jumps. The kite tows you way up and glides very well afterwards. Hang-times records are up for grabs!!

Long distance racing – gun or twin-tip:

Comfortable and fast, this kite is made for long distance courses and provides you with enough control to regulate your efforts during the long runs. Its flying range provides great tolerance to wind variations, especially in the high range.

Going hard upwind feels quite exceptional as the kite gives you the feel of being on an open reach. Its traction is really oriented towards the edge of the window with good support which saves you from pushing too much on the legs or on the back.

When reaching or going downwind, this kite will let you ride at full speed, helping the board to wipe away the sea state.

Foil riding:

To foil at high speed requires a lot of control and avoiding parasitic movements in the kite, especially wingtip flutter. If the kite moves, then you move too and so does your foil which inevitably results in losing control of your direction and balance.

Controlling the distortion of the kite during all flying phases has been the hardest goal to achieve during the development for foil riding but it has clearly benefitted all other disciplines.

Force Frame

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Kites with extended de-power ranges sustain more pressure across the canopy as they experience an increased frequency of use over a wider wind range.

Consequently 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.

TECHNOFORCE™

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TECHNOFORCE™ of TEIJIN is a high density Polyester  fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.

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W5 bridle system

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The W5 bridle system is is totally new. Acting as both a 5th line and a standard bridle, this is a genuine innovation !

We have called it W5 due to its W shaped layout with its central bridle which controls and totally secures the arc of the leading edge, just as a 5th line would do. It enables the kite to depower uniformly to ensure perfect control of the power.

  • SIZE
  • WIND RANGE
  • 5M² :
  • +30 KNTS
  • 6.4M² :
  • +25 KNTS
  • 8M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 10M² :
  • 12 > 26 KNTS
  • 12M² :
  • 8 > 22 KNTS