F-one Bandit XVI16 2023-24 Kite Kitesurfing
The F-one BANDIT kite remains impressively stable in the air under any wind condition. It will carry on this year into 2024 as a carry-over product. What is the point in changing a test winner? Its versatility covers freeride to kite foiling, Big Air or strapless, excelling with remarkable performance. The superior control and support it provides let you ride at your peak potential, seamlessly converting wind gusts into forward pull.
We do not carry this kite in stock, but get usually within a few days.
For its 16th edition, our R&D team focused on streamlining the entire profile, introducing innovative staggered seams on both the leading and trailing edge. This change disrupts the seam’s tension line, resulting in a levelled canopy profile when the kite is fully powered. We have also maintained the fabric's orientation towards tension.
On the profile's back, staggered seams have helped reduce over-extensions. We've replaced two vertical panels with one, and for sizes 9m² and smaller, we've introduced a new TECHNOFORCE 66 panel. This panel offers higher strength and resistance to elongation, providing better profile control in stronger winds for smaller sizes.
For 10m² and above sizes, we have retained the TECHNOFORCE 52 to ensure lightness, along with two layers of TECHNOFORCE 52 canopy with staggered seams on the trailing edge.
These improvements contribute to increased efficiency. The even canopy profile yields enhanced stability, eliminating disturbances or bar movement and producing impressive high-end performance.
Thanks to the Kevlar strip on top, the struts' reinforcements are now incredibly sleek, improving kite steering and manoeuvrability, reducing aerodynamic disturbances, and decreasing the overall weight of the kite when wet.
Our unique 5-point connections bridle and two pulleys maintain arc stability even in overpowered conditions.
The new, CNC-shaped, anodized aluminium low friction "pulleys" are extremely lightweight and enhance the kite's responsiveness. They also improve the bridle's resistance to abrasion and its overall durability.
Owing to its unparalleled Delta C-Shape design, the only kite design still patented, this kite delivers exceptional bar feeling, superior relaunching ability, and remarkable stability.
The instant steering response is impressive, offering precision flying with the perfect balance between ease of input and feedback impulses from the kite. This results in a very linear feel with zero stalling.
Upwind travel is more comfortable and effortless than ever before. This kite will power you back upwind after executing new tricks and jumps!
The BANDIT, most wanted for 16 years and counting, never ceases to amaze.