2016 F-ONE Bandit 8m Used is in good condition considering its age. Holds air and no repairs or damage.
The flagship kite from F-ONE is now in it’s ninth year, which means I’m getting old as I was there when they launched the very first one! This year the Robert Graham and Raphael Salles wanted to work on the kites stability, especially when the kite is overhead. The goal was to make the kite more user-friendly for beginners while still maintaining it’s high-end capabilities for the advanced riders.
It has retained the same shape as last year with the same arc, but the team worked on the profile of the kite and also changed the way it depowers. The previous incarnations of the Bandit moved the trailing edge up and down as you sheeted in and out. This created some drag and flutter in the canopy. By shifting the axis point further forward to the leading edge, the kite now depowers with less drag and flutter.
As ever the Bandit is billed as an all round kite, aimed at the rider who wants to do everything. It can handle freestyle; Robinson Hilario is using them to devastating effect on the VKWC. In the waves Mitu and Raphael absolutely slay it and if you like jumping, well Alex Caizergues is second on the global height leader board for the Woo device with a mighty leap of over 20 meters!