The Furtive features a high aspect ratio for high performance and 5 struts to control the profile. The leading edge arc is reduced to develop the maximum of power for a given area. Its profile has been developed to ensure maximum traction at the edge of the window. Its W5 bridle is totally innovative and brings together the function of a bridle and a 5th line! We have called it W5 due to its W pattern which includes a central line to control the leading edge arc, like a 5th line. It provides perfect distortion control and the central line further helps with the depower of the kite.
With 5-struts and its higher-aspect canopy, the Furtive creates a solid airframe that sits farther forward in the window and accelerates quickly for blazing upwind performance. While the turning speed is not on par with the Bandit, this kite does generate a good amount of lift and hangtime which makes it a good choice for the progressive freerider that likes to cover distance and boost big air freestyle.
We asked Alex Caizergues, F-One Kite Speed racer, who owns the current kite speed record holder with 104.8 km/h average over 500, a few questions on the new FURTIVE kite, which has been initially specifically designed for the speed team to break records. It turned out the FURTIVE is more than just a speed kite and that’s the main reason why F-One released it to the public for the 2017 season.
It’s official ! the F-One 2017 Kiteboarding collection is now out and they’re is a lot to offer. See it all in action in the latest video, the Endless Playground, then keep on scrolling to check out the kite, board and foil options.
You need a little bit of history to understand how and why the FURTIVE was born. In 2014, Alex Caizergues, our long time speed specialist and holder of the speed work record, asked the F-One R&D team for some custom kites to beat his own speed record of 56.62 kts. The design brief was to reach a maximum speed by riding over-powered with a 6.5m² on the speed run with an average wind of 50kts… We have therefore worked on a kite with more aspect ratio and 5 struts