Source: The Kiteboarder magazine
Sizes Available: 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17m
Sizes Tested: 9m
The Breeze V3 is for anyone who wants a light weight set up that offers incredible handling with great low-end performance. It is the perfect kite for light wind freeriding, and foiling in any conditions. Thanks to its stability and light weight, the Breeze can show off interesting performances in light wind wave riding too.
Across the range of sizes, the handling has been finely tuned; the larger sizes are even more responsive, making them perfect for maneuvers. The smaller sizes are optimized to handle stronger winds with total speed control and great stability while foiling.
In the air, the BREEZE V3 is so intuitive to fly you can forget about the kite and concentrate on the riding. This unique characteristic makes it perfect for beginners and advanced riders alike.
Visit for more info: www.f-one.world/product/breeze-v-3/
The Breeze is back in version 3 with its single strut airframe that takes aim at foilboarding in all conditions, light wind sessions on twin tips and surfboards as well as general all-around freeriding. Available in 2m sizing increments from 7m to 17m, the Breeze’s canopy has a medium to high aspect ratio with a small to medium diameter leading edge that sweeps back into fairly boxy wingtips. The Breeze inflates with F-One’s high flow inflation valve that uses a proprietary pump hose attachment that comes with the kite and a push button spring-based valve that must be in the closed position before inflating. This is probably our favorite system because the pump hose stays locked to the kite and to release air you untwist a cover and depress a spring-actuated button to release the air. The system works great for fast inflation—the only potential downside to the system is keeping the attachment on hand and the occasional time when you forget to close the valve before pumping. The Breeze features a single setting front bridle with two pulleys that adjust its angle of attack and it is designed to work with a low-V, which is great for self-landing (if you think that you have the skills to safely do that). The wingtip attachment point uses a load sharing V-bridle that offers two tuning positions by altering the geometry of the V.
The Breeze is one of those kites that you might pigeonhole for a single type of riding, but when you end up putting some time on the kite, you’ll find it ends up covering much more territory than you might think. With silky smooth yet reactive handling, the Breeze feels really light in the air, staying put through the biggest holes in the wind. It features super zenith stability, meaning it doesn’t want to creep down the side of the window or fall out of the air during gaping lulls—because of its lightweight construction and design, riders can keep the kite going during session crushing lulls. The Breeze’s bar pressure rings in at light to medium with nice smooth progressive power and its airframe exhibits really good canopy structure, stability and control. These feelings don’t always come with a light single-strut kite, so when you experience a crisp solid feeling on the bar and get light air performance, that’s a solid win. The bar gives you good sheeting feedback; it’s easy to tune the kite for optimum power in your strokes without stalling. The turning speed is impressive with a nice tight radius turn that almost pivots on itself. The Breeze delivers even power through your turns, so you don’t get held in the lurch while redirecting the kite and it’s super floaty with good drift for foilboarding off the wind. One quality we particularly savored is the design’s unloaded turning characteristics that allowed the kite to turn while sheeted out with little line tension. Often in foiling, you want to change the kite’s window position but don’t want to heat up the magic carpet ride and the Breeze allows you to make those changes without pouring fuel on the fire. The Breeze can also handle high-end powered riding. Of course, you won’t get the same canopy stability and rock-solid feel as the Bandit, but for the casual rider that wants a simple quiver and spends more time in light wind, we can imagine the Breeze being sufficient for jumping and general freeriding.
The Breeze came with the Linx control bar, a dual adjustable length bar that comes in two sizes (38/45cm and 45/52cm) and features a single centerline safety depower that flags the kite on one line and an option to switch between a low and high V (high V for the Bandit kite and low V for the Furtive/Breeze). The bar’s color-coding is very clear with orange on the left and dark blue on the right. The center lines end in loops and the outside lines end in loops as well; the flying lines do not have any built-in extensions. The Linx features an above the bar cleat for adjusting power and a plastic-coated trim/throw line for durability. There is no sliding stopper and while you cannot adjust the length of the bar throw along the plastic, you can adjust the distance to the power tuning cleat. The quick release features a built-in swivel above the push release which also works as a quick-release travel guard. The release and reset process is a two-handed process. When you slide the release handle away from you it locks into position; to reset, you place the loop back into the gate, then raise the release handle with one hand and use the thumb of your other hand to push the locking gate down while letting go of the release handle to slide it back into place. While it’s not automatic, with some practice it becomes intuitive, reliable, quick and easy.
The below the bar stainless steel ball-bearing swivel rotates easily and allows you to untwist your front lines after rotational tricks with no problems. The bar ends feature integrated floats with retractable bar bungees and the outside lines can be adjusted for stretch. The Linx comes with an additional float above the center lines; this is to maintain positive buoyancy if you become disconnected from your bar. The bar ends have inserts accessed from the bottom that are used to adjust the effective length of the bar as well as tune the outside line lengths between five knots. The grip has a rubbery feel with a fine texture and the grip is fairly narrow in diameter with an asymmetrical ridge on top. The grip feels firm underneath and a bit more cushy on the top where your fingers wrap around the bar. The Linx, while unchanged from last year, continues to blend lower weight and simplicity with excellent comfort and function.
Visit for more info on the bar: www.f-one.world/product/linxbar-2/