For 2013 F-ONE presents the Bandit's little brother. A kite built and designed 100% for FREERIDE. The goal was to offer riders of all levels a kite with an intuitive feel, optimum relaunch, great stability and complete power control. The TRUST gives the rider amazing control of his speed, therefore providing a very smooth ride. Its main attribute being giving the rider easier control in his edging, it is living proof that a kite can also help significantly in absorbing chop and waves. Combined with its great upwind ability and exceptional stability in neutral positions, you will have complete confidence in the TRUST!! The kite is very predictable making the steering instinctive and very intuitive. With its direct steering, you will always know where the kite is in the sky ? just as if it was part of your own body. The first time you fly the TRUST you will immediately be able to take advantage of the kites full potential.
Stability was at the core of its development and you know you will be in complete control of the TRUST regardless of the wind or wave conditions. Maneuverable and responsive this kite will very quickly give you the confidence to try some new moves. The DELTA C Shape originally designed by F-ONE remains the most progressive design in recent years to optimize relaunch. The leading-edge diameter tapers towards the wingtips, allowing the kite to pivot on its wingtips. This new flexible design allows the kite to quickly relaunch when it is on its back. This auto-relaunch feature gives the rider complete peace of mind when riding or trying new tricks as he knows the kite will always relaunch. The TRUST was designed to give the rider consistent power and depower with smooth transitions without any twitching or jerking in the bar.
With its great depower ability you can bring the power all the way down to zero, making you feel very secure in any conditions. You can also easily neutralize your kite by activating the quick release, which will make the kite land depowered, on its back. The TRUST is equipped with the same quick-release technology as the BANDIT that has been used for years by thousands of kiters who trust its effectivity. The bar of the TRUST kite also benefits from the advanced technology applied to the BANDIT MONOLITH BAR and is similarly carved from a single block of aluminum 6061. This CNC tooling process enables us to manufacture the bar from single piece of aluminum. This new technique is combined with the use of aluminum 6061, a composite aluminum made with magnesium and silica used in the aerospace composite aluminum made with magnesium and silica used in the aerospace industry. Apart from its increased strength this alloy offers very good stiffness and excellent corrosion resistance. The TRUST will surprise you with its outstanding performance and give you amazing sensations of power and control every session.
Since 2001 the Direct Drive technology is present on our boards, and means to a board with minimal thickness, a 100% wood core and a 100% fiberglass envelope. These interlocking elements meet the F-ONE standards for a kite board and provide maximum durability. The Direct Drive translate into a precise board, quick and active as it erases the flaws of the water surface, collecting its energy and giving it back for the best performance. The feeling of riding a rock solid board always in contact with the water without suffering from it is even greater.
Flexibility and impact absorption are synonymous with comfort; however comfort does not mean sacrificing control and performance. It is difficult to reach this compromise, and this is the main reason behind the development of the Dynamic Flex, which can absorb the chop, without compromising the control and edging.
ABS Inverted Rail
We sought to gain support and a more progressive and constant contact in the water. Starting with a surfing rail type, we have only kept the bottom part and the result is a reversed rail profile. Its entry into the water is more gradual and the board feedback is softer.
The wood forms the heart of your board and gives it most of its mechanical properties: strength, flex and resilience (ability to return to its original shape). Each year, in order to master these properties, we seek to optimize its distribution, particularly in terms of thickness.
The patented UNIBOX system and RESPONSE fins have a radical effect: the asymmetrical profile improves the general ride and early planning. However, it is the flex of the RESPONSE fins that gives amazing rail-grip as well as pop and forgiveness on heavy freestyle landings. The fins actually twist under pressure which alleviates pressure at the same time as keeping control.
2013 F-One Next Kiteboard Sizes:
In sizes 135 x 39 cm / 138 x 40 cm / 140 x 42 cm.
The NEXT is the ultimate freeride board. Comfortable, tolerant when edging, it offers a quick early planning and keeps a good average speed. With a focus on control, access, and its ability to go upwind, it’s a great pick for freeriders as well as beginners.
In sizes 145 x 42 cm / 150 x 48 cm.
The bigger sizes are light wind oriented. Great for planning early, you’ll be the first on the water!
The new 2013 F-ONE bar is made with the brand new MONOLITH technology, the latest fine-tuned jewel from the F-ONE R &D team. CNC-MILLING The heart of the MONOLITH bar is made directly from a 6061 aluminum block. The computer numerical control (CNC) fabrication used allows to carve the bar in one unique piece.
This material is extremely resistant and is used in the Air and Space fields. On top of its strength, this material offers excellent resilience and great resistance to corrosion. ANTI-CORROSION The new MONOLITH bar beneficiaries from a new anodizing process that reinforces the external structure of the bar and blocks all corrosion. COMFORT For increased safety and comfort, the bar ends are molded with a soft material.
The anti-sliding thermoformed grip also has a double EVA layer on top of the bar. SAFETY SYSTEM The general safety system has been kept the same: UPS with Velcro quick release. The big advantage is its sand-proof nature. We regularly improve our safety system, this year the chicken loop is equipped with a new injected «finger», stiffer, easier to rotate and adjustable in length.
DEPOWER SYSTEM The Clamcleat® equipped with its molded handle and with its Neoprene cover remains unchanged. THE MONOLITH BAR SETUP IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE BANDITS 4, 5 AND 6.
SUP Kiting with the 2014 F-One Source Kite is a new light wind discipline. You will start gliding in less than 6kts of wind. The volume of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards, combined with the ease of steering and the stability of a two-line kite will open up the sport to a wider public. Those new sensations in light wind, added to the friendly handling of the kite will allow you to share your passion. We sought the purest of gliding thrills; those at the origin of our sport. We found it in a simple form: a strapless board, a two-line kite and unhooked riding.
2014 F-One Source Kite Size & Wind Range
11m² : 16 knots max - 13m² : 14 knots max - 15m² : 12 knots max - 17m² : 10 knots max
We are very proud to present the new 2014 F-One Bandit Kite. Featuring once again some significant improvements, this kite will amaze you one more time
I could just tell you that we have kept its exceptional power with improved bar feeling. That the kite is more comfortable, with an up-range control feel yet unheard of. That maneuverability is ever more precise and jumping even easier with an impressive hang-time and flight capacity, as well as many more qualities depending on your riding style. Clearly, no stones were left unturned and with a rigorous design approach our new designer Robert GRAHAM has been able to further refine the characteristics of our Delta shape concept to achieve so many improvements and new qualities.
A devoted and efficient testing team, notably including Mika FERNANDEZ, more than 80 prototypes with a new designer and a new fabric, complete redefining of the kite with ever deeper analysis and a LOT of passion… All these have been combined to offer you some truly new and unique riding sensations! Yet, what will strike you the most is this new feeling to be in direct connection with the kite, as if you could fly it directly from the tip of your hands. You feel precisely everything that you do and it all becomes a lot more accurate and easier. Just as if you were a pro-rider! The kite profile is stable; all parasitic movements have been eliminated and your bar feeling is clearer.
On this new BANDIT, we have also significantly reduced lateral traction without compromising the available power for an early planning and this has made the kite less
physical to ride. The net result is that you have more control on your board to carve and edge. To get such significant improvements, we have upgraded our fabric to the double ripstop TECHNOFORCE™ from TEIJIN. This new material brings superior wearing strength and better control of the profiles in flight thanks to its added stability.
2014 F-One Bandit Features
TECHNOFORCE™ FABRIC - TECHNOFORCE™ is a high density fabric with a tear stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn.
- Pulley structure is extremely resistant.
- Bridle is integrated in the lower part of the pulley, working in its axle and not sideways.
- Pulleys can be removed independently from the bridle, you can change the bridle and keep the pulley or vice versa.
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.
Profile leading edge end tips
The leading edge tips are profiled and have a reduced diameter to avoid any bridles tangling and drag effect.
Kite tuning - Two different positions for back lines. Front: more bar pressure, slower turning kite. Back: lighter bar pressure, faster turning kite.
Deflate valve of the center strut - Makes packing the kite easier, since it was sometimes hard to empty all air with the one pump system when packing up.
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 to deteriorate on aggressive ground friction.