Apr 11, 2012
Author: SBC Kiteboard / Shane Thompson
Great marks in all categories and a prowess in every discipline. Top three overall in All-Terrain Head-to Head test.
Size tested: 8, 9, 11 m
Sizes available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 m
Design style: 4-line, 3-strut delta C
The Bandit has been the centrepiece of the F-One kite range for half a decade, being one of the first companies to embrace the philosophy that one kite can be used at the highest level for all conditions and disciplines. Revamped into a three-strut delta C shape last year, the 2012 model has been reworked again; testers were impressed with the light, crisp handling, fast turning and improved upwind drive. The kite was also faster pulling this season, and reduced diameter in the leading edge made it easier upwind, with better speed and fluid drive across the window. With the right back-line setting it offered great feedback for easy jumps, soft landings, and plenty of de-power to tame gusts or reduce being pulled off the wave face. It could unhook and deliver good pop for flatwater freestyle, and it’s forgiving enough for intermediate level riders to build skills.
Tangible tuning options
Testers loved the kite in the freeride/wake setting, but the “wave” setting was less versatile.
WHAT THE SBC TEST TEAM RIDERS ARE SAYING:
“The Bandit has some of the most adaptive handling out there, with great upwind power, comfort and easy handling it’s great whether you’re in waves or flat water.”
“Light feeling, crisp and fast. Best feel and performance comes when the back lines are at the forward setting.”
-Force Frame technology
-Delta C shape