$ 2,177.00 USD
For this 9th edition of the Bandit, we have worked essentially on the two following axes: profile refinement and the swing of the kite to improve the depower.
Our designer Robert GRAHAM has smoothed the profile down to the perfection on the whole span of the canopy. The kite is therefore more stable and performing better, with no parasitic movements.
We have then modified the way the kite swings around its bridle and depowers, as well as the quality of the depowered profile. It is now more stable in static position on the beach but also in motion during flight. We have changed the fabric used on the trailing edge, which used to be 170 g Dacron, for two layers of 52 g canopy fabric. This makes the kite lighter while avoiding flapping.
Thanks to all these improvements the kite holds firmly its position on the edge of the flight window while riding with no forth and back movements. The continuous traction it provides is impressive whatever the wind strength. This is especially efficient for upwind riding where the Bandit will let you ride with a better angle effortlessly with good speed control.
This new improved flight stability opens the way for some really stable steering, free of all parasitic movements. The bar feeling is more than ever direct, accurate and clean. In the low range the Bandit is responsive and light while in the high range the kite proves reassuring and absorbs the gust.
A better performer, the Bandit is easier to send to the top of the window for the jumps and offers more hang time. The kite flies faster through the window during the loops, showing no decrease in speed before rushing back to the zenith.
For unhooked riding, its stability and ability to fly close to the edge of the window enable a better pop with a progressive traction through the handle-pass moves.
After 9 years of development on the Bandit, we have yet again improved and refined each size for its program:
he heart of the MONOLITH bar is made directly from a 6061 Aluminum block. The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machined method is used to shape the bar in one unique monolith piece.
This new fabrication method is used in conjunction with the 6061 Aluminum, an alloy charged with magnesium and Silicium. This material is extremely resistant and is used in the Air and Space industry. In addition to its strength, this material offers excellent resilience and great resistance to corrosion.
The new MONOLITH bar benefits from a new anodizing process that reinforces the external structure of the bar and blocks all corrosion.
For increased safety and comfort, the bar ends are molded with a soft material. The anti-sliding thermoformed grip has also a double EVA layer on top of the bar.
The new MONOLITH bar setup is compatible with the Bandits 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8.
OPTIMIZED DESIGN OF THE DECK, VOLUMES AND CORE THICKNESSES
More stress resistant
More comfort and precision
Unmatched smooth riding, incredible driving, earlier planning, better upwind performance
EQUIPPED WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY HELICAL RAIL DESIGN
Superior edging, impressive stability and precision, huge comfort, forgiving
BI-COLOR ABS SIDEWALL