F-ONE Bandit ’21 9M Kite Test Review

THE F-ONE BANDIT ’21 9M FIRST APPEARED IN KITEWORLD #107 ON OUR NEW FREE DIGITAL PLATFORM IN NOVEMBER 2020. THE PRINT ISSUE IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE



F-ONE Bandit ’21 9M Kite Test Review

“The Bandit 2021 delivers good amounts of power from the moment you move the kite. It’s the best performance twin-tip riding Bandit yet.”

TESTED BY: JIM GAUNT AND CHRIS BULL


TEST TEAM NOTES:

Last year the original ‘one kite to do it all’ split to become the F-ONE Bandit S (for waves and freeride) and the Bandit Twenty-Twenty (for performance twin-tip freeriding). As always with a Bandit, the Twenty-Twenty had great low end and top end performance, but delivered a more physical steering experience; turning and looping more powerfully.

A year on, the F-ONE Bandit 2021 is now cleaner in its relationship between steering, sheeting, lift and loops.

Meatier looking in the sky, the Bandit 2021 seems even more boxy and powerful. There’s zero slippage between the gears and a constantly smooth interaction between rider and kite. While the Twenty-Twenty model was incredible for loops, there was a bit of sheeting management needed to squeeze lots of lift into a jump before sending a loop. Now the Bandit 2021 charges forward with a really positive feel and tension in the back lines the whole time.

 

F-ONE BANDIT 2021 BALANCE POINTS
TEST SCORE BREAKDOWNS HERE

Build quality: 9
Full package: 9
Low end: 8
Top end: 8.5
Steering speed: 7
Turning circle: 7
Bar pressure: 6
Water relaunch: 8.5
Drift: 8
Boost: 8.5
Hang-time: 8.5
Unhooked: Good
Crossover: 7
Ease of use: 8.5

(This is an excerpt from Kiteworld Magazine Issue 107)

READ THE FULL F-ONE BANDIT ’21 9M REVIEW HERE IN ISSUE #107


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