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BANDIT X

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS!
10 years of development with a high level of requirements!
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A new squarer outline

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Less lateral pull for a new level of comfort

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A smooth, homogeneous but powerful traction

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Speed and acceleration are under control

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An efficient and reassuring stability even when over-powered

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Light and maneuverable while being predictable

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Improved and easy hangtime

Presentation

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10 years of BANDIT!

  • 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!
  • The BANDIT is probably the best selling kite in the world!
  • How can such a success spread over all these years be explained?
  • How has the BANDIT been able to navigate through all the trends and fashions?
  • Could the BANDIT be like a diamond which gets crafted over time?

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.

Our design brief is very exacting, with a very wide array of performance and flying abilities, which is rather uncommon for a individual kite. The complete set of tests and checks that we perform on every single prototype of each collection is truly uncompromising therefore pushing the kites to the maximum with no settling for second best.
Year after year, every aspect deemed as slightly under performing is improved, while keeping all the qualities achieved to that point.

When designing the kites power is always prioritized when developing the larger sizes while strapless and wave riding are the main design criterions for the smaller sizes.
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.

Micka and I have been the unique developers since the first BANDIT ! We have therefore been testing this kite together for the last 10 years while Robert GRAHAM joined us 4 years ago to take care of the design and reach the level of accuracy required to keep improving ever more. 

During the 10 month long development period, our R&D team remains constantly focused on the evolution of the BANDIT. Between 70 and 80 prototypes and a lot of testing days on the water (more than 200 this year) are required to create a new generation. As an example: one week of tests in Cabo Verde represents 450km per tester on the water to test between 5 and 10 prototypes.

Unlike what can be heard here or there, the BANDIT isn’t a compromise resulting in average performances and missing the single top qualities…. No, the BANDIT actually excels in many disciplines and can be found on numerous podiums whether for comparative reviews or actual competition events.

It’s easy to explain that our kite is the best in the world through the use of all the superlatives… but explaining why and how is actually a lot more interesting.

Yet, the usual question still remains: what have you improved on this new collection?

The BANDIT features many qualities, which sometimes appear to oppose each other and this is where the challenge lies. How can we get power but keep the high range? Hang time and boost but with some comfort? Make the kite maneuverable but keep it stable? Build it light and always robust?

All the R&D work lies in these opposing characteristics that are nevertheless all required when you kite. To be honest, gathering the impossible and transforming all the sensations that this piece of fabric provides is what we like so much. So we can take on a lot. Not taking anything for granted and leaving no stone unturned is essential.

For its tenth edition, we wanted the BANDIT to keep all its qualities but become even easier and more comfortable to fly. Because, whether we are thinking of the pro-riders, ourselves or our customers, having a more comfortable and intuitive kite is a bonus whatever your level.

We remain focused on the core values: the feeling and the enjoyment brought by the kite. To make sure each session is enjoyed whatever the conditions and to make sure you keep improving your riding and enhance your passion and motivation.

BANDIT X:

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.

Why speed? We started from the idea that everything gets easier if we can ride slower. Things like absorbing the chop, edge and load before jumping, surfing… so pretty much all we do while riding. 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.

When over-powered, it keeps its performance and the profile remains clean with no distortions. The BANDIT remains stable, comfortable and efficient even in impressively strong winds. All these qualities will benefit all kitesurfers but they will be even more appreciated when riding strapless.

You will also notice a change in the shape: the wingtips of the 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 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.
The bar angle required to turn the kite and steer it is low and this allows us to use shorter bars. The pressure rises also together with the angle and there is no gap or delay. You know exactly where is the kite without needing to look at it.
You feel like you are in direct grip with the kite – everything feels very natural and intuitive. There is therefore no period of adaptation needed and you feel confident straight away throw your latest tricks.
Year after year, the construction and reinforcements are improved based on feedback from all over the world. The BANDIT X is delivered as the fruit of a long and unique development process offering flawless manufacturing quality.

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.

The BANDIT X is an exceptionally thrilling device and our motivation to improve it year after year is limitless. It is not the latest, marketing based, trendy kite with fancy but useless accessories. It remains pure/untouched/authentic and the fruit of our passion for kitesurfing and R&D.

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
  • 4M² :
  • 35+ KNTS
  • 5M² :
  • 30+ KNTS
  • 6M² :
  • 28+ KNTS
  • 7M² :
  • 25+ KNTS
  • 9M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 9M² :
  • 15 > 30 KNTS
  • 10M² :
  • 12 > 26 KNTS
  • 11M² :
  • 11 > 24 KNTS
  • 12M² :
  • 10 > 22 KNTS
  • 14M² :
  • 8 > 18 KNTS
  • 17M² :
  • 8 > 16 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
  • 4M² :
  • +30 KNTS
  • 5M² :
  • +25 KNTS
  • 6M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 6M² :
  • 12 > 26 KNTS
  • 7M² :
  • 25+ KNTS
  • 8M² :
  • 20 > 35 KNTS
  • 9M² :
  • 15 > 30 KNTS
  • 10M² :
  • 12 > 26 KNTS