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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: F-one
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m, 17m
Type: SLE
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Rider Profile

For all-round riders who like to do all kinds of kite disciplines

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

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.

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F-one Bandit 2016 product movie

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2016
Brand: F-one
Size: 04m, 05m, 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 14m, 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: n.a.
Line length: n.a.
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

F-one Bandit9 2016 12m
Name:
Luis lozano 
Weight:
80 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 13 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
12m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
kitefinder.com - 21.11.2015 at 20:15 hour
Comments:
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F-one Bandit9 2016 10m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
+10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 12 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
10m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
user friendly
 
PoorGreat
up wind
 
HardEasy
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
boost
 
SoftStrong
glide phase
 
ShortLong
drift
 
HardSoft
kitefinder.com - 18.09.2015 at 22:26 hour
Comments:
9th Bandit series is SO all-round! 1 kite 4 all is the goal, that means a bit of everything and good scores on the basic kite characteristics.
If you haven't got a characteristic that really important for you, just want to ride in all kinds of conditions. The Bandit can be your choice of weapon.
Still, there are a few characteristics that stand out.
The relaunch, the feedback and stability have great scores. Soft boost & lift (10m under 16 knots) makes the 9th Bandit user friendly, nice for beginners and intermediate riders. The lower Bandits series had that powerful drag feeling. Not in the 9th series of the Bandit, more subtle and less bar pressure! Good news for more freestyle orientate riders or kids. The bandit turns fast, drift is okay and the lack of boost in its low-end makes it a nice kite for strapless riders.
The only construction thing F-one can improve is the inflation. This is still the old school nipple/ ball system. Asked the importer about the inflation and they have good news. F-one is testing a new inflate/deflate system.

So if you like to have a kite that scores good on the most important kite characteristics. Try the Bandit9. 
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