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F-ONE BANDIT 11 REVIEW

SIZES TESTED(m): 9, 12 / SIZES AVAILABLE (m): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Linx Bar 

SYNOPSIS 

Legendary eleventh generation one-kite-wonder for refined performance in any situation. 

The F-One Bandit is one of the longest standing models that has incredible refinement in overall precision handling, power delivery and cross discipline performance. Its light weight Delta shaped, three-strut frame is stable and well balanced and the Bandit delivers great drift for riding waves. It’s a kite that can work as well in waves as most wave kites but is friendly and easy to jump and fly for any level of rider. The Bandit’s steering and handling is direct and the kite loops and pivots quickly and with intuitively smooth pull. If you like to fly your kite aggressively this kite can be driven to the max. It is extremely tight and fast turning and the canopy stays rock solid at almost every point of the wind window with very little flutter. The newest version has very smooth power delivery improvements in low end power over the previous year’s Bandit along with more positive and direct feedback from the kite. The Bandit is great for boosting hooked in with good lift and crisp handling with amazing performance for every kiteboarding discipline. The Bandit has the depower, range and handling that’s adaptable to waves, foil boarding or twintip or directional riding. Also new for 2018 is the Linx Control System. F-One has been running with a slightly outdated control system design for a few years, and the Linx puts them back in the game. New integrated bar float ends that can adjust the length of the bar and clean, easy to use above the bar trim system. A new swivel below the bar also lets you manually untwist your lines and the safety system of the Linx also features a new single line flagging that’s now employed throughout their lineup of kite models. With this new control system and flying refinements from one of the industry’s most revolutionary models, the Bandit is ready for anything you can throw at it. 

DRAWBACKS 

Not as much low end grunt as some of the lower aspect, back in the window wave kites, but it more than makes up for it in the upper wind range and it’s a top performer for overall efficiency and handling. 

USERS 

Intermediate to advanced level riders that want a refined kite model with the least amount of compromise in performance for different kite disciplines 

 

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