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F-ONE | Sail Engineering - The secrets of F-ONE's kite designs

Discover the secrets of F-ONE's kite design. F-ONE's objective is to maintain the kite's shape and its behaviour while flying by mastering the load tensions, and to provide our customers with the most intuitive ride.

This is done through Sail Engineering. We think, you feel.

This is Big Air 2023. It Calls.

 

The new F-One BANDIT is out

Experience the absolute refinement of this newest edition of the BANDIT to ever offer its legendary precision feel and increase the overall comfort. Using F-ONE’s Sail Engineering, the entire profile has been smoothed out, so the BANDIT XVI offers sharper performances and more stability and efficiency than ever before. 
 
• Smooth profile and controlled deformation for incredible efficiency.
• Impressive stability no matter the conditions
• Absolute control at all time
• Amazing responsiveness for epic sensations
• Precision flying with an excellent range
• Effortless upwind abilities
 
 
Watch the video here
 
 

By focusing on controlling the kite’s shape as well as the forces and tensions applied to it, our R&D team aimed to provide every customer with the most intuitive ride.

 
 

With extensive Sail Engineering work, the profile of the BANDIT XVI is as smooth as ever before and the kite behaves in the air exactly the way it was intended to, no matter the conditions.

 
 
 
 

1. Staggered seams

 


The team has worked on leveling the entire profile with the new innovative staggered seams on both the leading and trailing edges.

These break the kite’s back lines tension by balancing the stiffness between seams and cloth, which helps distribute the load over a wider area, and maintain the original shape even under high loads. We kept the fabric’s orientation towards tension as well.

 
 

2. New Fabrics Weights on the Trailing Edge

On 9 SQM and smaller

 


On the back of the profile, the two vertical 52g panels have been changed to one, and on sizes 9m² and smaller we developed a new 66g polyester double ripstop panel. It is stronger and more resistant on elongation to offer a better control of the profile on smaller sizes for higher winds.

 

On 10 SQM and bigger


On sizes of 10m² and above, we have kept the 52g polyester to guarantee lightness, as well as the two layers of 52g canopy with staggered seams on the trailing edge.
 

3. Sleeker Struts’ Reinforcements

 
 
 

The struts' reinforcements are now super sleek as well thanks to the Kevlar strip on the top. This improves the kite’s steering and maneuverability, reduces the aerodynamic disturbances, and decreases the overall weightof the kite once wet.

 
 

4. Bridles & Pulleys

 

Our original 5 points connections bridle and two pulleys help keep the arc stable even in overpowered conditions.

The new, CNC-shaped, anodized aluminum low friction "pulleys” are super lightweight and increase the kite’s reactivity. They also raise the bridle’s resistance to abrasion and its overall durability.

 
 
 
 

Our perfectly fine-tuned Sail Engineering, including the staggered seams and new fabrics weight, lead to more efficiency. Overall, this perfectly even canopy profile brings a greater sense of stability and control without feeling disturbances or the bar moving and leads to incredible performances in the high end.

The BANDIT is even more stable in the air, no matter what the wind is doing. From freeride to kite foiling, Big Air or strapless, this kite can do it all and do it amazingly well.

 
 
 
 

Stay tuned for more.

 

 

2023 F-ONE Surfboards

Enjoy the pure feeling of wave riding and the thrilling experience of strapless freestyle with the 2023 additions to our collection.
 
 
 
The TWEAK makes its first appearance in our range this year, while the revolutionary MAGNET CARBON and the legendary MITU PRO FLEX have been improved for even more performance and fun on the water.

Our kitesurf board range now features nine models, ranging from our MAGNET CARBON the pure strapless revolution, to the SHADOW, our highly reactive wave specialist.
 
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Strapless Freestyle 
4’11” / 5’1” 
The strapless revolution continues with the MAGNET CARBON V2. Discover a new shape for an even more electrifying and sensational ride, and better accelerations, pop, and handling. It is stunningly lightweight and ultra-resistant. 
Learn more
 
Waves / Strapless Freestyle 
5’2” / 5’4” / 5’6” / 5’8” / 5’10”
Known for its super agile and reactive outline, the MITU PRO FLEX and its improved shape offers the sensation of a traditional surfboard with incredible versatility and durability for unrivalled comfort and flow on the water.
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Waves / Strapless Freestyle 
5’2” / 5’4” 
The new TWEAKsurfboard follows your every move in total control. Responsive and intuitive, it planes early, turns quickly, and offers great maneuverability for amazing sensations onshore conditions and small to medium-sized waves.
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