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Re: Moving from F-one Bandit V to... Dice, Evo or Rebel?

Postby jeromeL » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:07 am

ldmelo wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:59 am
BigBafana wrote:
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:19 pm
I went from f-one to North (for the same reason as to just try another brand) and there were so many North kiters and reps where I live that I sort of got convinced to get one. But I wasn't too happy about my choice at the end of the day.
Afterwards I got myself a CrazyFly Sculp and was pleasantly surprised and was having real fun on the water again. Have a look at them. Really nice kites and in my eyes they're undervalued and not talked about enough. Flies just as well as a f-one, goes upwind really well, has really good hangtime and very competitive pricing too.
Interesting.. Never heard about CrazyFly. Buying a kite nowadays is much like buying an android phone.. there are too many manufacturers and models, difficult to research them all.

Anyway... their website redirected me to a US online shop and the price for the sculp 9m is 1990usd with the bar.. not cheap at all.. Am I missing something?

I managed to try the rebel today for a few minutes (old model, 5 lines). It is a completely different game. I could jump higher, and a super hang time! Very different feeling. Sadly, I couldn't try anything more aggressive (the owner didn't let me LOL) . . But I found it also a bit too slow, it was like an old lady moving from one side to the other. Must be great for starters though, or for those really focused on board offs, etc.
Going away from Bandit a lot of things are going to feel slow ;) especially on 12m and up .
I havent tried many kite but he latest switchblade were acrually much faster than pre 2015.
Havent tried the dice but should feel a bit more nimble if you are set on north.
What size are you considering anyway?

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Re: Moving from F-one Bandit V to... Dice, Evo or Rebel?

Postby BigBafana » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:57 pm


Interesting.. I never heard about CrazyFly. Buying a kite nowadays is much like buying an android phone.. there are too many manufacturers and models, difficult to research them all.

Anyway... their website redirected me to a US online shop and the price for the sculp 9m is 1990usd with the bar.. not cheap at all.. Am I missing something?

I managed to try the rebel today for a few minutes (old model, 5 lines). It is a completely different game. I could jump higher, and a super hang time! Very different feeling. Sadly, I couldn't try anything more aggressive (the owner didn't let me LOL) . . But I found it also a bit slow, it was like an old lady moving from one side to the other. Must be great for starters though, or for those really focused on board offs, etc.

CrazyFly is probably better known for its boards but their kites are just as good. They're a Slovakian company and produce them locally too thereby saving costs I guess. Too bad that they're so expensive in the States. For example I had just gotten an email from them with an offer for a 2017 9m Sculp kite, bar, board, bindings and pump for €1380, which is somewhere around $1600...
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Re: Moving from F-one Bandit V to... Dice, Evo or Rebel?

Postby eenzwemvijver » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 pm

I have a Bandit 2016 11m and a new rebel 2018 11 m and tomorrow a 2018 12m Evo ( witch i am going to compare with the rebel side by side this week )
I like the Bandit a lot and jumping is really good , i have a 2017 Evo 9 m2 and i think within North that is indeed the Bandit from North !
Did try last week for the first time ever a rebel and i was impressed by the jumping quality , hangtime , smooth feel .
It is slower than the Bandit but the Bandit 's 2016 low end is not good ( i am using a 11 m when i am using at the same time my 9 m2 Evo and 9 m2 Naish Pivot .
That is the reason i bought 2018 North instead off Bandits ( they say the low-end is better now ??? )
With the Evo i made my best jumps ( 10,6 m ) but the Bandit is close ( 9,8 m ) and is easier to land .
The Rebel is the kite witch gonna get me higher , that i know already now after 2 sessions and the hangtime is mega , the landings easier than the Evo
The Evo is more playful and surprisingly good on a surfboard ( the Bandit to )
Now i am really looking to the comparison with the 2018 Evo ( Wednesday we gonna test it beside the rebel , if the wind is ok )

If you like a write a report .

For information : i am 49 j old and a average kiter ( like the most i guess ) , i never unhook but like to do backroll ( with and without kite loop ), bubble bankroll , dark slide , front roll etc
trying to do kite loop now , to give you a impression off my " kite level "

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Re: Moving from F-one Bandit V to... Dice, Evo or Rebel?

Postby iriejohn » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:38 pm

eenzwemvijver wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Wednesday we gonna test it beside the rebel , if the wind is ok )
Looking good.

https://www.windguru.cz/187


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