WE ARE VERY PROUD TO PRESENT THE NEW BANDIT. FEATURING ONCE AGAIN SOME SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS, THIS KITE WILL AMAZE YOU ONE MORE TIME.
10 years of BANDIT!
- This is the tenth model of the BANDIT! A kite model remaining a best seller for so long is such an exceptional and rare feat! - The BANDIT is probably the best selling kite in the world! - How can such a success spread over all these years be explained? - How has the BANDIT been able to navigate through all the trends and fashions? - Could the BANDIT be like a diamond which gets crafted over time?
First of all, this success proves that opting, ever since the first edition, for the DELTA C SHAPE concept that we developed and patented, was the right choice over the long term since this has really answered the demands of the users. The flight behavior qualities brought by this design, its relaunch abilities and its safety have carved the longevity of the BANDIT when other concepts have required re-design or have simply disappeared. We also pay a lot of attention to the trends of our sport and the BANDIT has always followed these evolutions.
Our design brief is very exacting, with a very wide array of performance and flying abilities, which is rather uncommon for a individual kite. The complete set of tests and checks that we perform on every single prototype of each collection is truly uncompromising therefore pushing the kites to the maximum with no settling for second best. Year after year, every aspect deemed as slightly under performing is improved, while keeping all the qualities achieved to that point.
When designing the kites power is always prioritized when developing the larger sizes while strapless and wave riding are the main design criterions for the smaller sizes. We work to make sure the whole range is fully consistent so that every different size can be handled with confidence with no adaptation required. Every size benefits from the same level of quality and performance as the others.
Micka and I have been the unique developers since the first BANDIT ! We have therefore been testing this kite together for the last 10 years while Robert GRAHAM joined us 4 years ago to take care of the design and reach the level of accuracy required to keep improving ever more.
During the 10 month long development period, our R&D team remains constantly focused on the evolution of the BANDIT. Between 70 and 80 prototypes and a lot of testing days on the water (more than 200 this year) are required to create a new generation. As an example: one week of tests in Cabo Verde represents 450km per tester on the water to test between 5 and 10 prototypes.
Unlike what can be heard here or there, the BANDIT isn’t a compromise resulting in average performances and missing the single top qualities…. No, the BANDIT actually excels in many disciplines and can be found on numerous podiums whether for comparative reviews or actual competition events.
It’s easy to explain that our kite is the best in the world through the use of all the superlatives… but explaining why and how is actually a lot more interesting.