For this third edition of the BANDIT S, the F-ONE design team has managed to deliver the perfect blend of surf and strapless freestyle components.
Highly responsive, intuitive and capable of super drift, enjoy the easy to fly nature of the kite and its impeccable handling in all conditions!
The BANDIT S3 improves riders surfing skills in no time!
Absolute control at all time
Amazing turning response when sheeted out
Instant depower to forget about your kite when surfing
Lighter and even more precise
New size available: 11 m2
BANDIT S3 Technical Specifications
The true partner to the surfboard rider, the BANDIT S3 follows your every move in all control. You can manage the power at any time. The kite never surges in power if you throw the kite in the window, it simply allows you to kite smoothly in the right position and ride by feel. It provides a more subtle ride as well as a constant connection with your board. You are not being pulled away, nor are your trajectories being disturbed.
Its forgiving nature make the BANDIT sits and wait for you next input.
The BANDIT S3 offers fingertip control at all states of trim thanks to its incredibly balanced bar feel which is really comfortable on your arms.
Turning response when sheeted out has been increased, giving you more control over the kite’s position almost at will. The kite’s handling is precise and provides a more subtle ride as well as a constant connection with your board. You are not being pulled away, nor are your trajectories being disturbed.
Power delivery is clean, and although quick, very intuitive in feel to adapt to.
Drifting is on point, your lines go a bit of slack and the BANDIT S3 only takes a second to retention and be ready for your next input, allowing you to keep your kite engaged at all time when surfing.
The leading edge has a new diameter, offering more control.
The new double vertical panel around the trailing edge offer a sleek profile for the most stable flight.
Enjoy the unique flowing nature of the BANDIT S3 which will allow you to draw lines and get some airs in total control.
Bandit S3 Technology
DELTA C-SHAPE technology design offers unmatched stability and steering response when fully de-powered, with the possibility of connecting the front lines higher on the leading edge of the kite.
DELTA C-SHAPE is a patented design used by F-ONE on all kites for the past 15 years.
This shape was the result of a design research towards maximum optimization of the aerodynamic performances of the kite and of its depower. It gives the possibility to fit more canopy area in the middle sections to create more projected area while the C Shape makes sure the kite remains responsive and fluid.
The reactor inflation valve offers a high flow connection that twist locks the pump hose to the kite for an easy and super-fast inflation and deflation at the push of a button.
It provides a high air flow rate between the struts and leading edge.
F-ONE’s auto relaunch is quick and easy and releases the kite from the water with the perfect amount of traction.
Once the kite is sitting with the leading edge flat on the water, its C-Shape associated with the Delta Pivot allows the kite to automatically roll over onto one wing tip.The kite will then glide towards the edge of the window, ready for quick and easy water relaunch.
The Force Frame is a solid Dacron structure offering optimized durability with no additional weight gain.
TEIJIN’s TECHNOFORCE™ is the most reliable high density polyester fabric. Its tear-stopping structure using thin and high tension yarn makes the fabric ultra-durable.
It has a great proven track record of lightness and durability.
BANDIT S3 Details
Back Line Tuning
How to adjust the settings?
SHEETED IN The back line is released and the forces go through the front connector. The bar pressure increases and the maneuverability is less direct. It offers a very progressive bar with a feeling of a sheeted out back connector while we sheet in, therefore the pressure increases progressively.
SHEETED OUT The kite tilts and the back line stiffens. The tensions move to the trailing edge which has several effects: - less flapping - better start - maneuvrability with less pressure.
HIGH TENSION TUNING When the kite is sheeted out with the upper knot tuning (1): -kite’s maneuvrability increases -bar pressure reduces
LOW TENSION TUNING When the kite is sheeted in with the lower knot tuning (2): - kite’s maneuverability reduces - bar pressure increases
Stronger assembly of the panels: they are now glued and sewn together to make the canopy more rip resistant.
Streamlined Leading Edge End Tips
The leading edge tips benefit from a reduced diameter, they are streamlined to lower the drag and equipped with a strap to avoid bridle tangling
Vertical Strut Cut
The kite's struts are designed with a vertical cut in order to optimize the strength / diameter ratio.
Pulley structure is extremely resistant.
Bridle is integrated in the lower part of the pulley, working in its axis and not sideways.
Pulleys can be removed independently from the bridle, you can change the bridle and keep the pulley or vice versa.
Kevlar Reinforcement On Leading Edge
Most seams on the leading edge are protected with an abrasion-resistant Kevlar® fabric to prevent the seams from deteriorating when the kite's profile is subjected to aggressive ground friction
One Pump Collar Valve
Easier to remove and put back.
Convenient for bladder replacement.
Teijin 130G Dacron Ripstop
For over two decades, F-One has built their kites in the most state-of-the-art cloth from Teijin’s factory in Japan.
They have developed the best technologies and quality material for our kites over the years. Teijin has worked on a few major developments with the double ripstop on the canopy cloth and durability treatments.
The kite industry was lacking choice of cloth density. They could build kites with a 52g per square meter for the canopy and about 160g for the leading edge, strut, and reinforcements. Having only two choices was not easy because on some parts the 52g was too light and the 160g too heavy.
After numerous developments and tests with Teijin, they are now using a new Dacron 130g double ripstop. As a result, F-One has saved weight while keeping excellent strength. The kite is more reactive and of course feels lighter; that is particularly important for the bigger sizes, especially in light wind or for the turning speed during kite loops.
Bandit S3 Size Chart
2020/2021 Linx Bar (45/38)
Adjustable bar length
One line flag out system
Manual swivel to untwist your front lines
Kite steering more precise and more durability thanks to the lines
Only one bar for BANDIT, BREEZE, BULLIT, FURTIVE, ONE & TRUST
Through the years, F-One have improved it and added some great features to create the best connection to your kite.
The lines are stiff, which makes kite steering more precise. Moreover, elongation through time is reduced which allows riding with a kite always perfectly tuned. In addition, as the lines are stiffer it makes them easier to untangle whilst setting up the kite.
The Hub is made of aluminum and the F-ONE cleat is hollowed, which allows to have lighter parts for an even more performing bar.
The 2020 LINX Bar features new colors harmonized with the rest of the range (boards and kites).
Linx Bar Details
4 LINES HUB
Allows the Life Line to be connected to a single front line.
New aluminum V Splitter for longer lasting lines.
4 Lines Configuration
Mitu Pro Bamboo Board
The MITU PRO BAMBOO offers the fantastic MITU shape in a simple package using the excellent properties of natural bamboo for a light, responsive and durable board
Super agile and reactive outline
Fun all-rounder surfboard
Easy speed, light, playful
Amazing chop handling
MITU PRO BAMBOO TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
With the compact outline, the single concave remains the DNA of the MITU PRO models. Its unique shape helps the board start planing early, accelerate in an instant, and brings stability and predictability in all conditions.
The shape of the MITU PRO BAMBOO has been improved overtime with lateral flat sections on the bottom, as well as a flat section on the bottom between your front and back foot. The rocker line allows a better edge control and an overall improved feeling.
The distinct swallow tail makes it very smooth to initiate turns and easy to carve with. Volume, stability, and float are perfectly balanced for a board that surfs better than ever before.
The MITU PRO BAMBOO has an efficient and reliable bamboo construction, using the natural properties of bamboo veneers. This board is built with a full bamboo layer on the bottom and two on the deck as extra reinforcement for durability.
Board is equipped with a tail pad, foot straps inserts, and a fin set of Futures F4 437 Thruster. Adding a middle and front pad is also an option if desired.
Dimensions: 5'8 | 172x47x5.6cm | 5'8x18.5"x2.2" | 24L | Equipped with leash plug and inserts for 2x foot straps | Delivered with tail pad and 3x Futures F4 437
Fins Flow M
The F-ONE surf fins have been developed to optimize the efficiency of our shapes.
Their outline, stiffness and profile were designed specifically for surfing with a kite, which means different requirements than for prone surfing. The FLOW series was developed for versatility and high performances over a wide range of conditions. From freestyle to wave riding, the boards are simply transformed. Made of epoxy composites and built using RTM TECHNOLOGY, their lightweight is especially interesting for all freestyle tricks.
Fins Flow Technology
RTM Technology: stands for Resin Transfer Molding. This process uses a closed mold to produce accurate composite parts.
The resin is injected in the mold after it is closed, with the dry fiber having been placed inside beforehand. The closed mold injection allows for great shape accuracy. In addition, the epoxy resin used makes the fins or stabs stronger and more responsive, thus providing a sharper feel on the water.