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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: Blade
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
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High performance 5 strut SLE kite

Designers Goals

The 4th Generation Prime builds on its predecessors no-compromise legacy and continues to deliver tight, technical all-out performance. Five segmented struts keep the high AR geometry rigid, ensuring clean and crisp fast turns. The wing tip construction was refined to further ensure power delivery is absolutely stable and consistent throughout every part of the wingtip-axis turns, hooked and unhooked.

Fast powered turns in combination with the very direct steering of a perfectly engineered minimal bridle, results in the Prime's exceptional flight precision, technical control, and predictability. For the Prime rider, depower is not a factor and the focus lies in smooth power delivery and precision control.
A skilled pilot will know what to do with the direct bar feel, incredible pop, and tight, powerful turns. If you are an advanced rider that wants an aggressive kite that demands technical ability and delivers top end performance, the 4th Generation Prime will bring out your best.
Materials and construction. Very simply we use the best! High end materials and build construction are an issue of cost, and all of our kites get the same top-end level of construction, so we leave out gimmicks and design trends and focus one functional, effective design innovation that proves to deliver performance in our testing. Blade is one of the very few companies in the industry that works intimately with its production factories, not just to assure standards of quality and production excellence, but also to develop innovative processes to raise the bar in build quality.

Bar 2012

blade kitebar 2012The Blade Bar features dramatically improved durability and precision through a redesign completely utilizing high end plastics and flexible materials which resist impact, deformation, and won't corrode or breakdown.
The Blade Bar features the Blade Swivel Dome G2, the second generation of the innovative Blade Swivel Dome. This proven and refined design combines the features and functionality of a chicken loop, swivel, and a 100% effective safety release into one fast, efficient mechanism.
With one simple gesture, Blade’s Absolute Depower Safety System immediately causes the kite to lose all power while remaining secured to you. The Swivel Dome has been designed to be put back together easily and quickly while in water.
The new Blade Bar is refined system which inspires confidence by combining comfort and safety with speed and ease of use, so you can focus on riding.

Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2012
Brand: Blade
Size: 07m, 09m, 11m, 13m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 24m
Bar length: 45cm-50cm-55cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

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