There are two separate BANDIT however the work done on the development share similarities. It is this year the case with the improved profile skin tension as well as the trailing edge construction and design.
The new vertical panel layout with its warp line orientation at the back of the profile and the new trailing edge design with our 135gr Dacron have improved a lot the control of the profile and the kite’s weight.
This new profile offers a very impressive stability and responsiveness which are essential features for wave riding. The traction and the control of the S2 is so homogenous in any wind condition and everywhere in the window. The BANDIT allows to ride on impulse, which makes your ride more fluid.
Besides that work on the profile and stability, we have modified the outline of the Bandit S2. The centre strut is now shorter and the wing tips wider, the handling is now more reactive and the S2 is following closely your board’s turns.
Every aspects of the design have been improved and the profile has been rethought. The leading edge has one more segment on the centre to set an even more clean C shape curve. We have removed one segment on the tips to make them sleeker.
The bar feeling has been tweaked to be even lighter and more precise to react instantly to your input.
When you are wavering and riding strapless you are constantly using the bar to adjust the power and the direction of your kite. That connection with your kite is essential and we always use the term: “bar feeling” but it is a lot more than this.
While working on the design of the new BANDIT S2 we have made major improvements on the steering, especially when sheeting out. Most of the time, when depowered, you are losing the back lines tension and so the steering control. It’s particularly noticeable in on-shore conditions where your kite need to change direction to follow each of your turn.
With the BANDIT S2 you will keep the control and a precise steering on every inch of the bar’s throw without any strong pulling effect on your arms. Naturally your surfing skills, your transitions or jumps will improve thanks to the permanent control.
Power delivery feels exceptionally linear and progressive, with smooth depower that is highly intuitive allowing you to have a perfect balance and to focus on your surfing or tricks. It never surges in power if you send it back quickly through the window.
The control and stability in overpowered conditions along with its impressive vertical lift is making as well the S2 a fantastic kite for strapless freestyle!
We have mainly worked on our testing with the 7m² and we were amazed how much wind we could handle. It was hard to believe we could surf with so much control, freedom and stability in that much wind. On some other days we could play in light wind effortlessly and less technic than usual, pull the bar and let the kite handle with the wind drops and gusts!
The BANDIT S2 is reactive, light and drivey making it the ideal kite for foiling. The stability of the S during the drift is a great help on a foil especially when your lines are slack during turns or carves.
The BANDIT S2 will please all the strapless riders out there. Highly responsive, intuitive and capable of super drift, enjoy the easy to fly nature of the kite and its impeccable handling in all conditions!