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The all new F-One Bandit 6 (VI) is a totally new designed kite offering better performance and safety than ever before yet performs at all levels no matter what your skill level.
F-One's goal was not to offer just a versatile kite but the best kite for each discipline and every style of rider whether you are just a beginner or pro athlete - the F-One Bandit 6 (VI) is for you!
With 5 best-seller editions, the choice of the Delta shape speaks for itself and is known to be a great long-term option. This shape guarantees an easy relaunch, with the auto-relaunch feature and offers a great performance in all kiteboarding disciplines. In conjunction with the EVO bridal system, which allows a 5th line safety system but without the inconvenient, the design is a definite winner.
Compared to other kite shapes with great depower, the Bandit’s bar depowers on a short distance, which allows the rider to depower completely his kite without having to extend the arms fully and offers more reactivity. Another advantage is the easily accessible trim cleat, for an easy adjustment of the power.
Overall the Bandit 6 (VI) is more stable with less unwanted movement (fluttering) while riding together with a greater smoothness, control and less lateral force. All this added to a definite lighter feeling and a more efficient, and direct feel in the bar.
F-One set their goals for the F-One Bandit 6 (VI):
To immediately position the kite where you want it, to precisely manage its rotation during a kiteloop, and to have the most responsive kite in larger sizes, its maneuverability is crucial. This is why we have focused our attention on this particular aspect.
F-One Bandit 6 (VI) Main Improvements:
F-One have worked on details invisible to the eye but that we all feel when riding making it perfect by bringing modifications that are not the outcome of mathematical models and aerodynamic smoke tests, but that come from the feeling. F-One have now entered in a “feeling” era, which is a little less precise when it comes to pin pointing the design modifications needed. For example, how do we change the bar feel or the dynamic weight of the kite? These are very complex questions since an important number of options could solve these issues but would also affect other aspects.
F-One have worked especially on the control of all the shape changes in powered and overpowered situations as well as the lateral force produced by the kite in the high wind range. With the Bandit 6 at 12 (neutral position) on the beach you will already feel a better control while sheeting out (pushing the bar out) and a greater stability feeling, which will make you more confident.
On the water, the lateral traction as well as the pressure on the board, in the legs and in the back has also been reduced, increasing the comfort for the rider. The Bandit 6 (VI) will allow you to control your direction with more ease.
The Bandit now gives a more steady traction allowing you to discover a feeling of smoothness and control. The vertical lift for a high jump is still there and is even easier to bring into play. The real advantage of the control improvement is to allow all levels of riders to focus better on their riding, their tricks or the surf.
In the first few moments flying a Bandit , you will already have the sensation of riding a kite 1 square metre smaller. On the water, the Bandit 6 (VI) is more dynamic and feels like it lost some weight. This improvement is ideal for the bigger sizes and in light wind where the Bandit 6 is more reactive. Even in the other sizes, the progression is still there since it is always nice to have the feeling of riding one size smaller.
F-One Bandit 6 (VI) Control Bar Improvements:
F-One have also focused on the bar feel.
The bar is the command centre and it is where all sensations
converge. F-One have worked on perfecting the direct feel
and the efficiency of the bar when it is sheeted out, but
also in the sheeted in position like during a jump.
When depowered, you will still have a feeling of firmness, not a floaty feel, and you will not have the bad sensation that the bar keeps wanting to go up. This is a great advantage while riding or in the surf, to be able to ride with the bar out without having to pull in to make the kite turn. The result is a better direct control and a better feeling of the kites reactions.
F-One Bandit 6 Construction:
The whole structure of the kite, its profile and its bridles have been reworked in order to achieve these goals. Its construction has also been fundamentally updated both in the choice and the distribution of materials and in the manufacturing processes. Because the structure of a kite is soft, it can deform and twist allowing the kite to rotate. A fully rigid profile wing will not turn at all. Therefore, manoeuverability and responsiveness of the kite depends directly on its ability to twist, one important point that F-One have greatly improved on thanks to a thinner leading edge, a new 3-point bridle system and a new shape for the struts. All these features were made to free the kites profile. Reducing the diameter of the leading edge with almost 25% less air volume, brings an important gain in terms of weight and aerodynamics. The result is better performance in the low end, but also at the top end thanks to an improved handling thinner profile.
Each year, F-One test more than sixty prototypes in order to meet all your chosen criteria and spend more than 120 days on the water to develop each new collection. With the Bandit 6 (VI) F-One have largely achieved all initial objectives over the Bandit 5. Lighter, more manoeuverable and responsive; the Bandit 6 (VI) is even smoother and ultimately more enjoyable and more effective regardless of the type of riding you do.
The new F-One Bandit 6 (VI) now comes with a one-pump system and the bridles are cleaner and more comfortable to use. The F-One Bandit 6 (VI) kites has a higher aspect ratio giving you more lift and stability as well as an increased higher wind range. This 2013 Bandit 6 (VI) kite has less bar pressure when you are overpowered allowing for more of a comfortable ride and more confidence to unhook and try new manoeuvres even when overpowered. The higher aspect ratio canopy profile allow for squarer wingtips making the overall performance of the kite more stable and more direct and precise during jumps.
Featuring the Life Line and the Auto re-launch, it brings superb comfort and safety to the rider. An innovative C-shape kite with 4 line simplicity for no compromise performance, safety and control.
Developed and patented by F-One, it has proved reliable in all disciplines and for all levels of rider.
This single design is solution for all types of riders for one clear choice.
It combines strong features such as safety, performance, wind range, easy auto relaunch, simplicity of setup and unhooked riding without any compromises.
Beginner to Pro:
The F-One Bandit VI's large wind range lets you ride a whole session without feeling the strongest of wind gusts! Traction from the window edge makes the board lighter and eases tacking on choppy waters. The shortened power/depower bar travel and reduced traction on the rider's arms grant an optimal riding position. While jumping, sending the kite to the zenith will be easier with optimised lift maintained for smoother landings.
In all conditions you can enjoy all the benefits
of the Delta and its natural relaunch ability, you will particularly
appreciate its immediately available power and its comfort
and control. The versatility of the kite is unique and allows
everyone to excel in all disciplines. All F-One pro team riders,
from the snow to wave riding, to the hard core PKRA and speed
guys, everybody strictly uses production Bandits. Also used
by some schools, the Bandit can follow your progression from
your first day all the way to the pinnacle of your performance.
Riders will particularly appreciate its intuitive steering, better handling and lightness. During a jump, the timing is easy to find, with fine and constant control, it goes up to the zenith quickly and with all its aerodynamic performance its lift is also greatly improved. You always know where the kite is making it easy to make corrections.
In onshore conditions, light weight, maneuverability
and depower capabilities are the Bandit 6’s main assets.
F-One gave particular attention to maintain the manoeuverability
even when depowered, which is so important in onshore surf
conditions. It's power in the low end allows the use of a
smaller kite. In offshore winds, control, finesse and ability
to depower reduces the pressure on the board, allowing for
a looser feeling with the board much lighter under your feet.
With the Bandit 6 (VI) your board rides free and is more reactive.
When riding strapless, the progressive control of the power
makes it easier to maintain your balance or to quickly reduce
its traction, which is so important during the surfing phase.
The new Bandit 6 (VI) ensures all transitions and airs are
Unhooked, its lightness and fine control reduces the sideways drag allowing better control of the trajectory during the jump and delivering smooth power and constant pull throughout. F-One's goal was to achieve the perfect balance between the qualities of the C-Shapes and those of modern wings. The results exceeded our expectations. In the hands of our best freestylers, with the kite low we were amazed by the tweaked moves they were pulling, both in terms of commitment, amplitude and height. Thanks to these qualities, you can commit to a kiteloop earlier than before on the way up. The Kiteloop is one of the areas where the improvement was the most impressive. The qualities of the profile, its handling and responsiveness allow a great gain in control, and being able to quickly get the kite to the zenith allows for smooth reception regardless of the commitment. Finally, for all the old school moves, the gain in lift will give you some valuable time to complete all your moves.
F-One Bandit 6 (VI) Main Features:
EVO De-power &
Life Line Combo:
When the quick release is activated the EVO system becomes the Life Line and the kite lands safely on its back with immediate and total power kill.
EVO De-power offers complete control with direct and responsive steering in all riding conditions. Sheeting the bar in and out is very progressive even with the kite fully de-powered. Unhooked the kite remains light and very predictable, inspiring confidence so you can progress faster.
Consequently F-One has developed a completely new structure for the Bandit, offering optimized durability with no additional weight gain. The Force Frame is a solid Dacron structure consisting of the leading edge, the trailing edge and the struts. This high strength skeleton structure is then covered with lightweight Spy material in the least vulnerable areas.
F-One Bandit 6 (VI)
It’s not a SLE because F-One have only two connectors for each side like F-One used to have with the F-One Tribal: front line connectors and fifth lines connectors. They are just connected on the same V bridle with a pulley on it.
It’s not a bow because the bow design is just made to gain tension on the leading edge of a flat SLE kite, so the F-One Bandit doesn't need it. The F-One has some concave trailing edge but not much and it’s because the tips move back a lot.
The F-One Bandit 6 (VI) is not a flat kite either because the front line connectors are way higher than they were on any kite designs before and this is the secret of the Delta!
If you take away the front connectors on the tip of any kite and place them like on the Delta the tips will go up....and everywhere.
High End Wind Range:
So be aware that you need to take one size smaller than a F-One Tribal. F-One used the Bandit 6 (VI) in more wind than a same size Tribal. Lets say you should be out with your 11 m² Tribal, you should use a Bandit 9m² and you will hold it better than a Tribal 9m². BUT when you get to un-hooked you don't take advantage of the full de-power so you consider your style of riding.
Monolith Control Bars:
You can use 22 m - 20 m or 18 m if you like to have the SL feeling if you're use to it.
Why the Delta C-Shape is the only choice:
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Depower Control Bar
Bandit 6 (VI) Monolith Control Bar and Lines:
The heart of the MONOLITH bar is made directly from a 6061 aluminum block. The computer numerical control (CNC) fabrication used allows to carve the bar in one unique piece. This new fabrication method is used in conjunction with 6061 Aluminum, an alloy charged with magnesium and Silicium. This material is extremely resistant and is used in the Aerospace fields. On top of its strength, this material offers excellent resilience and great resistance to corrosion.
in Performance! Dan Eaton
As for jumping - I've never jumped so high and you float there without too much carry downwind. You can work and redirect the kite 4 or 5 times before you land and ride away at speed.
Build quality is excellent and setup is so easy! Inflation and deflation is also very quick!
Relaunch of the kite is excellent - the best
I have found! Pull on the side of the bar and up it comes
out of the water. It really has no problems whatsoever.
Overall, this is a confidence inspiring kite for everyone! Whether you are just starting out or after a high performance kite with the safety of a SLE this kite does it all!
for all seasons! Victor McMahon
This is ideal for all seasons and great in all winds! The shorter bar when in the buggy makes it easy to manoeuvre and with its huge wind range it is so enjoyable!
Thanks for the recommendation - best wishes to all the staff!
2-Kite Quiver! Derek Gallacher
Setup was quick and easy, great pump and easy to inflate. Full Black with Silver graphics looks simply awesome on the beach and in the air. Never flown a Delta before but have to say it was very easy to acclimatise.
Excellent low end grunt and unbelievable turning ability for a bigger kite. In fact this 11m was way quicker to turn that my 8m kites! The upwind performance was incredible and my friend could get nowhere near me on his kite. Excellent jumping performance, so quick to send up and great pop off the water. Easy to control in the air and redirect.
Depower system very easy and reliable. I weigh 90kg and the wind gusted 30mph but it never felt like I needed to head to the beach for a smaller kite. Equally, when it dropped to 12mph, I still managed to keep going and remain pretty well upwind too.
The kite itself in great design, graphics, huge wind range, excellent in the air and really drives upwind. In short....loved it, and have ordered another one today (8m). After testing the 11m this weekend, I am confident that just a 2-kite quiver is plenty enough with this great kite.
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