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looking for F-one Bandit 2022 insights

Postby esignoretti » Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:19 pm

I’m the happy owner of f-one bandit kites (2020 and 2021). I’m wondering about 2022 models. Do you know when they will be released? (Last year it was August if I’m not mistaken)
Any insight about the new models? Are they planning to make them lighter (I love sturdy construction but I also need a lighter kite for light wind hydrofoil sessions).

The other option for me would be the EVO SLS but I love the loopy/direct feeling of my bandits.

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Re: looking for F-one Bandit 2022 insights

Postby windmaker » Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:55 pm

Collection release for Bandit XV is 12/08, kites will be available in September.
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Re: looking for F-one Bandit 2022 insights

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Re: looking for F-one Bandit 2022 insights

Postby Ice101 » Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:26 am

Has the bandit got increased hang time at all since 2018 models? I moved away from bandits back then have to say though don’t think I have had so much fun since on a kite. Keep trying different ones and currently have super model, souls and xr’s but none really doing it for me.
Waiting to try an orbit.

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Re: looking for F-one Bandit 2022 insights

Postby esignoretti » Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:08 am

Ice101 wrote:
Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:26 am
Has the bandit got increased hang time at all since 2018 models?
I don't have experience with old Bandits, but 2020/1s are fun machines.
hangtime is less than what you can get from an SLS EVO (I tried them in the same wind conditions), and you need to be more precise when you jump to get to the same height (but this is true for most open-C kites). Bandits are better at lopping and you always know where the kite is. very direct feeling, less bar pressure than EVO but feels more responsive.
I would never give away my bandit for an EVO.

I hope for a new bar. the current one has a good grip but F-One can think about a better depower/safety mechanism.
I'd also like a lighter construction/material. with my HF I can go out with 8/9Knts and the 12m, but the kite is just too heavy and can easily fall off. I'd love to see something like Duotone SLS or anything else that can make the kite lighter but still durable.

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Re: looking for F-one Bandit 2022 insights

Postby Ice101 » Sat Jul 31, 2021 10:19 am

Just us an ozone bar that’s what i used on mine so much nicer grip and mechanism. Also low v bar on the smaller sizes stopped them being so twitchy and made them feel much nicer.
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