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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: F-one
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
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Allround 3 strut kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

We are very proud to present the new BANDIT. 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.

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.

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!

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2014
Brand: F-one
Size: 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m
Type: Delta
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: n.a.
Bar length: n.a.
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: n.a.
Safety: n.a.
Swivel: n.a.
Variable bar length: n.a.
Oh shit handles: n.a.

Kitefinder team review F-one Bandit7 7m

Test Conditions

Wind: 20-32 knots

Water: small & medium waves

Board: 5'10 wave board

Kite set up: Turning +      Bar pressure - (see picture)

Bar set up: 24m line 2013 bar (new 2014 bar not available)

Pictures

Bandit7 wave kite testBandit7 kite setupBandit7 kite bridle

 
Most important key points:
 
Pros
  • great kitefeedback
  • total bar depower
  • good low end
 
Cons
  • pretty soon overpowered
  • hard to steer with slack lines
  • restless canopy airflow when depowered

Conclusion

We tested the new Bandit7 7m during our wave test. We liked the kite in its low-end, it's fast and playful. At its high end it was one of the first kites that became too strong. F-one made the Bandit7 as an Allround kite, because of its controllability, gradual power and great feedback the 7m is good fun in the waves!
 
 

Kitereview North Dyno 15m

Test Conditions

Wind: 7 - 16 knots

Water: flat

Board: Twintip 145x45 & Race board 190 cm x 69.9 cm volume 90 l

Conclusion

This high performance race kite is also usable for light winds and old school kite.
Great depower and high-end abbilities. It is a technical kite for experienced riders.

Scroll down for the total characteristic test!

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1317/north-dyno-2014#tests

Kitereview North Dyno 15m

Test Conditions

Wind: 7 - 16 knots

Water: flat

Board: Twintip 145x45 & Race board 190 cm x 69.9 cm volume 90 l

Conclusion

This high performance race kite is also usable for light winds and old school kite.
Great depower and high-end abbilities. It is a technical kite for experienced riders.

Scroll down for the total characteristic test!

- See more at: http://www.kitefinder.com/en/kites/1317/north-dyno-2014#tests

Basics

Windrange

Limited Wide

Good low end, less high end

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Great with pressure on the line, if depowered the canopy can be some restless

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Easy and fast

Total depower

Still pressure Total depower

Total depower if bar pushed away

Oldskool

High-end

Small range Large range

Low-end

Small range Large range

Freestyle

Bar pressure

Heavy Light

Wave

Steering with low line tension

Not so good Good

Drift

Poor Good

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

fast reaction with small turning circle

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

Keep tension on the steering lines

Race

Kiteposition in wind-window

Middle Edge

Going upwind

Hard Easy

There are 4 reviews on this product:

F-one Bandit 7 2014 12m
Name:
Craig 
Weight:
87 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 15 knots up to 25
Number of test sessions:
30 
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
price quality
 
PoorGreat
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
lift
 
GradualExplosive
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 13.12.2013 at 01:46 hour
Comments:
I have previously owned every bandit since the dos so am more than qualified to comment on the new 2014.
firstly I tested the kite over a 3 week period along the coast of Brazil over 600 miles

I have found this years bandit 7 compares poorly with last years model both the feel and predictability and in knowing where in the sky the kite is.

The low end of the kite is particularly poor compared to last year as it seems to stall and is difficult to steer although this goes as the wind increases to 18 knots and the feel is regained.

When jumping the 12 it is noticeable that the boost is lacking compared to previous models.

I also have this years 7m and 9m these are equal if not better to last years models in feel and turning particularly in waves

The safely system still leave a lot to be desired and tangled and stuck more than once this should be sorted with the new system.

On the plus side my wife a beginner just took the kite and was off on it
 
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14.12.2013 at 05:11 hour Gary Boates
I have a B3, B4, B5 etc and I will say I had the same feeling about my
B4 12M until I adjusted both steering lines and leading edge.

Now it's my fav kite... Not saying that this is the case here... Could
Be anything from a poor factory sewing job to the new designer. Just saying that
They are super sensitive to the bar/line setup.

Thanks!
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F-one Bandit 7 2014 07m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
92 
Riding style:
allround, wave  
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 20 knots up to 24
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
drift
 
HardSoft
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
windrange
 
LimitedWide
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kitefinder.com - 30.10.2013 at 19:56 hour
Comments:
Always fun to test the new Fone Bandit. This 7m has like its predecessors a depth center strut and steady round frame. This gives the Bandit his unique compact kite feel. Lots of grunt, low-end & bar pressure. The depower is total in a arm length. The canopy is what restless when depowered that makis it a little unstable if totally depowered. The Bandit7 reacts fast while it flies, if parked it has a little delay to react on a steering action.
Like: low-end, feedback, drift, total depower
Didn't like: steering with no line tension, delay in steering reaction when parked
Good for: all the riders who love controllable pressure in their hands 
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F-one Bandit 7 2014 07m
Name:
Jens Dijkhuis 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
wave  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 26 knots up to 32
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
07m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
boost
 
SoftStrong
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
drift
 
HardSoft
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kitefinder.com - 29.10.2013 at 10:50 hour
Comments:
I tested the f-one bandit seven on Schiermonnikoog on a waveboard in small waves(26-32 knt)

the kite responds really good and give's you a lot of feedback on the bar. downloops are controled because of the depower that the kite has. because of the quick reaction that the kite has while riding the waves it give's you the ability to ride powerfull.
nice kite for the waves.  
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F-one Bandit 7 2014 10m
Name:
Eddy Lansink 
Weight:
80 kg 
Riding style:
allround, wave, big-air  
Years of experience:
12 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves, big-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 14 knots up to 28
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
drift
 
HardSoft
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
lift
 
GradualExplosive
price quality
 
PoorGreat
glide phase
 
ShortLong
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 06.10.2013 at 15:25 hour
Comments:
I have tested the B7 compared to the B6 for a few days in a row in Mauritius at the F-one dealer meeting.
First notice when you pump is, is that the kite has a new fabric: the Technoforce double ripstop fabric which is more stiff and stronger, secondly the onepump valves have moved further away from the fabric, so the fabric isn't damaged by the onepump valves.

The new bar has a push away quickrelase which looks really clean and it's easy to reload after pushing it.
As soon as the kite is in the air, you notice that is reacts faster than the B6. The actual turning speed is pretty similar, but the action-reaction time is shorter.
On the water the kite feels really stable and the fabric flutters less when depowered, resulting in a kite that stays good at the edge of the wind window and doesn't dance back and forward. This makes the kite more relaxt to fly and gives you less pressure in your back and in the legs.
When jumping, the B7 generates more upwards force and you get pulled less downwind. Hangtime is good and the kite puts you back on the water softly. Because you are being pulled forwards less, its easier to jump for average riders.

In waves the B7 reacts super fast, which is nice and the difference between full power and fully depowered is big, so you can ,,turn off" the kite when you have the speed from the wave. Drifting downwind is good as well, I had no major front or backstalls.

So all together F-one was able to really improve on their already loved B6 and created a super versatile allround kite.

 
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