In these days of the super-C kites, F-One have produced a great all-rounder fit for the everyday beach boy through to captain competition. Comfortable, cruisy, powerful, stable, quick... the list goes on. If the extra loop on the bar bothers you, simply remove it, and if you want to do a bit of everything, you're on to a killer kite here.
The needs of today's pro riders is for a constant and more comfortable pull, more so than sheer performance, which is also what riders of all levels are looking for. The C shape is the most suitable to achieve all that and the Tribal 2 will stun you. It's a blend of different qualities and adapts to all areas and styles, from beginners to pro, in freeride, freestyle, wave riding and crossing, it stands out every time. The outcome of F-One's know-how has brought about power in light wind, smoothness in strong wind and fast, responsive steering.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
SHINN: First impression of the bar is that it's all good, if a little slippery and a little over-complicated to set-up.
WILL: It's pretty comfortable though, with good, basic and effective pull-pin releases.
GEORGE: The bar is fine, a bit lumpy, but the big problem I have is with the big second loop that you can hook into for constant power. I tried repeatedly to use it and it just dangled below the bar. Eventually I had to grab it and pull it into my hook, but then as soon as I moved the bar it would drop out. I'd take that off it if this was my kite. Shame because I'd seriously consider having a quiver of these!
SHINN: Yeah it's a good C shape with extra depower built in that works really well. The kite's powerful with good lift. Isn't as quick as some of the others but the handling means you can be very precise with the kite in the sky.
GEORGE: It's a beaut. Bucket-loads of power for its mere C kite credentials and its super-smooth and cruisy too. Really comfortable with almost the same depower characteristics of a hybrid. Waits nicely for you at the side of the window when you drop the bar; a good sign of stability.
SHINN: Better choice if you are looking for a kite to jump and do big airs and freestyle. Sits a little further back in the window than most making a little more unhooked bar pressure. And finally I have one question: Why no one pump? What are they trying to do to me!
8, 9, 11, 13 and 15m
F-One Tribal 9m (Appeared in Kiteworld in Apr/May 2007: Issue #26 - Super-C-kite Test)
This test is in issue #26