F-One Certified Dealer DC Kites just received a brand new and crispy 2015 Bandit 8 12m and here are their first impressions. Contact them if you want to try it !. They also received some of the new TT’s.
I managed to get my hands on the new Bandit 8 in size 12
Out of the bag:
New bag for the bar
New location for the inflate and deflate valve.
New leading edge reinforcement.
3 points of connection for the back lines for different bar feeling (previous Bandit had 2)
New strap at the end of the tips for easier self rescue
The wind was very light 12 to 16:
Same feeling as the bandit 7 but with more grunt. The kite is very stable in light wind.
It feels that it flies a little further in the window than the 7.
Loftier jumps, with lots of hang time even in light wind.
I looped a few times and it had a constant pull trough the loop.
I’ll get more info once I get more time on the kite in better wind conditions. So far I’m happy. I think Fone delivered again.