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New Bandit S looks more like the 2019 than the Bandit 2020

Postby panamajuice » Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:29 pm

I've reading reviews about the Bandit S. They all say that the Bandit S is a new design but from what I can tell, the new design is actually the Bandit 2020. In fact, I own a Bandit 2019 and recently compared it side by side to both the 2020 and the S, after comparing them you can clearly see that the S is very similar to the 2019, but the 2020 is noticeably different. The 2020 has square tip and less canopy on top.
Sometime I feel these are all marketing methods, some wave riders prefer to use a Kite that its supposed to be exclusively for wave riding. I've been riding waves and doing freestyle with my Bandits for many years now, never felt the need to change anything about my gear. Now Im confused.

I have not had the chance of riding either of these new kites, anybody here with some knowledge can give some feedback on how they perform and differ.

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Re: New Bandit S looks more like the 2019 than the Bandit 2020

Postby Rob112 » Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:56 pm

Join the club with the confusion over which way to go with the new bandits! I couldn't decide which one to go for and couldn't test, so bought some pivots to replace my 2018 bandits and love them. I'm on the heavier side (100kg+) and love the low end grunt of the pivot and its stability.

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Re: New Bandit S looks more like the 2019 than the Bandit 2020

Postby kiteswede » Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:25 am

Bandit 2019 vs bandit s
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Re: New Bandit S looks more like the 2019 than the Bandit 2020

Postby magnusod » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:25 pm

I saw that Kiteswede posted this link in another thread. From around 5.15 in the video he talks about Bandit S https://www.instagram.com/tv/B6LM_rOFMd ... wscl2hzsfx
It's a Swedish sales representative for Fone but the video is in English. He says that from 8-9 m the design is changed. The smaller Fone Bandit 2019 was more or less designed as a pure wave kite while the middle sizes already were a crossover to Freeride/Freestyle.

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Re: New Bandit S looks more like the 2019 than the Bandit 2020

Postby omg » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:28 am

From what magazines are those reviews from?

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Re: New Bandit S looks more like the 2019 than the Bandit 2020

Postby Exal » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:26 am

omg wrote:
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Re: New Bandit S looks more like the 2019 than the Bandit 2020

Postby omg » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:20 am

Thanks Exal.

What I find a bit odd is that the 2020 Bandit S review talks more about the non-S version than the S version. Weird.


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