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OVERVIEW

Stop building sand castles and start ripping - light wind days should be just as fun as any other. Powerful and efficient, the Fat Lady has led the field in light wind kiteboarding. It’s not just designed to keep you upwind, additionally its focused on letting you pull off your usual bag of tricks and shred on the water with a big smile on your face. Every one of Blade’s kites is designed to be ultra-responsive, fast and quick turning. The 3rd generation Fat Lady is by no means an exception.

• Powerfully efficient
• Ultra thin LE 
• Amazing low-end performance
• Impressive responsive and quick turning 

Kite Size: 17

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INDICATOR

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PERFORMANCE

3 struts

The 3-strut kite design has proven itself since the day Blade introduced it in 2008, enhancing the responsiveness and turning speed for any size kite.

ULTRA-THIN LE

Surprisingly, the diameter of the LE is nearly the same diameter as the Trigger 12m! This design characteristic drastically reduces drag forces, making this light wind kite impressively quick and responsive.

Turning Axis – Mid-Pivot

Turning axis is generated along the LE between center strut and wingtip, resulting in efficient balance between turning speed and power delivery. This is a key performance feature for all-around kites.

Reflex Relaunch

Whether the kite dives onto the water or tumbles through the waves,, it doesn’t matter. The exclusive kite design forces the wingtips out of the water and to the edge of the window. Virtually no work is needed to get back up and riding.

Dynamic Profile

The profile shape from the leading to the trailing edge changes as you move from the center out towards the wingtips. This rider-conscious design provides the optimal performance characteristics for the different stages of flight.

Steep Profile Shape

A steeper profile shape has many added benefits, primarily in jumping performance. The deep contours pack the kite with immediate power, giving the acquired thrust for big aerials.
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CONSTRUCTION

Valve Reinforcements

Additional valve reinforcements were added to firmly attach all air-valves to the bladder. One from below and one from above. We’ve also purpose-designed a new bladder adhesive to suit the unique requirements of kite construction.

Bridle Attachment Point

Internally constructed, the leading edge has twice as many reinforcement patches. That means larger LE impact loads and additional protection from the constant wear of abrasion.

Molded LE Guards

Molded LE guards are lighter, more aerodynamic, and effectively protect the leading edge and canopy.

Insignia Tape

We know you like to ride hard. That’s why the Fat Lady has 25% more Insignia Tape in the delicate areas surrounding the LE. You can be confident this kite will endure even the toughest impact.

Dacron 160HPE

Unique Dacron material used for the leading edge, struts and tips is considerably lighter, but efficiently stronger. This is thanks to our tried-and-tested, innovative box threading design, which has more rigid construction and allows for a tighter weave.

Teijin Techno Force

Our top of the line Techno Force canopy material has been a mainstay of our product line for 4 years, and has proven to be superior to anything else on the market.

MAD 2 Air Flow System

The specially-designed valve pieces on the Fat Lady’s one-pump system are 100 percent foolproof. Trust us, you’ll be pumped up and ready to hit the waves in no time!
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TECH SPEC

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DESIGNER'S Q&A

What’s the difference between the 2nd and 3rd generation FL?

There are two main design changes. The first was configuring the bridle attachment further up on the leading edge, causing the kite to fly further to the edge of the window. This aids in upwind performance and also decreases the distance of the arc when jumping, which helps timing between apex of the kite and popping with the board.
The second design change was increasing the profile at the wingtips, making this area of the kite more powerful and thus more reactive to turning. 

What makes the Fat Lady so unique in the low wind category?

There are many light wind kites on the market that are great at keeping you upwind, but this is far from the only feature designed on the Fat Lady. Quick turning is a must, in order to keep the kite lively and versatile. Big jumps goes without saying, as this is exactly what we expect out of any kite (excluding wave kites). If there’s light wind, you shouldn’t stop your progression. Even with the Fat Lady you can crash your kite on the water and easily relaunch due to the low AR!

Why is Ultra Thin LE so important?

This is a key design element that has been incorporated since the beginning. In general physics, air drag is like friction. If you are able to reduce it, then the kite is more “loose” and dynamic. This is exactly what we aimed to do and ultimately achieved it by dramatically reducing the diameter of the Leading Edge. Anytime you’re at the beach with the Fat Lady, lay it (carefully) on top of any other kite and compare the differences.

Happy kiting!

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