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.