For the 2014 Freeride Gear Test TKB (The Kiteboarder Magazine) trucked 28 kite models and 18 board models to La Ventana, Mexico, one of the best locations for reliable wind in North America during the winter months. The test team was hand selected from a large number of applicants and were chosen to represent the average kiteboarding demographic. Here is what they have to say about the new Bandit
Sizes Available: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 11m
We are proud to present the new Bandit! With its legendary range and improved depower, this year’s Bandit provides an exceptional bar feeling with ultra direct steering and impressive hang time and flight capacity.
For 2014 we have significantly reduced lateral traction without compromising the available power for early planning and this has made the kite less physical to ride. The net result is that you have more control on your board to carve and edge. With upgraded double rip-stop TechnoForce fabric from Teijin, our new canopy material brings superior wearing strength and better control over the profile in flight due to increased stability.
With more than 80 prototypes tested, a new designer, new fabric and extensive team work, the new Bandit is the result of F-One’s dedication and passion to offer you a kite that will deliver exceptional performance for every session.
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Our Testers Say:
“I was surprised by how well the bigger sizes responded and went upwind really well yet had good drift. This is a great kite for the Gorge,” Cherie Costello.
“Great all around, fast turning, stable, really fun and user friendly,” Marko Bartscherer.
“Easy to boost, great lift with fast turning and quick flying speed with plenty of low end,” Dray Murray.
The Bandit 7 continues as a 3-strut medium aspect delta kite that F-One markets as a kite that does it all. This year’s Bandit features new high quality canopy material, medium length bridles and design changes for more depower. Overall our testers were impressed by the Bandit’s quick turning speed, range, and ability to drift. With medium to light bar pressure, testers liked the steering response and felt the kite delivered predictable power through pivot style turns and was easy to initiate jumps with good lift. Testers praised the easy of use and responsive performance of the Bandit and recommended it for riders of all levels looking for a kite that will excel in freeride, freestyle and surfing in the waves.
Lear more about the 2014 Bandit here