2013 F-One AIRLITE Bar w/ lines
NEW F-One 2012 AIRLITE BARDesigning a new bar was a challenge:
Since 4-line kites first appeared, all bars have looked more or less the same: a central section with a hole for the de-power line, two tubes and two ends. The inherent problem is that you need to glue those five different components together. The idea of a monobloc bar in one piece came very naturally but how to make it? Using solid tubes would be too heavy, and casting a one-piece bar with hollow tubes and without exits was impossible. The idea of an IPN section combined with an aluminum monobloc bar was born.
The IPN design with an aluminum monobloc increases the structure strength compared to an round hollow tube and does not need glued parts. At equal weight, the bar is stronger.
For the casing, the bar ends are over molded with a polymer and the rest of the structure is wrapped with an EVA grip with double density on top for the best comfort. The 'holes' in the aluminum structure are not filled in order to save weight.
The monobloc aluminum Airlite bar developed in 2011 represented a major improvement in terms of hardware.
This year, only the EVA grip has been redesigned for
a better comfort.
The general safety system has been kept the same:
UPS with Velcro quick release. The big advantage
is its sand-proof nature. We regularly improve our safety system, this year the chicken loop is equipped with a new injected «finger», stiffer, easier to rotate and adjustable in length.
The Clamcleat® equipped with its molded handle
and with its Neoprene cover remains unchanged.