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Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Blade
Size: 17m
Type: SLE


Low wind 17m 3 strut SLE kite

Designers Goals

Enter the Fat Lady! Like all other Blade kites, the Fat Lady is designed to be fast. The design is unique as it maximizes the power to weight ratio by pushing the aspects of the geometry and construction to the technical limit of integration. After almost 2 years in prototyping, her innovative design is hands down the most dynamic light wind 17m on the market.

The Fat Lady is a whole lot of fun! She got plenty of power which is delivered with handling that is as crisp and direct as you would expect from a good 12m. And because she flies and turns fast, the fat Lady pops even with her considerable size. combine that with the hangtime of a big kite and you can throw everything from immense old-school to low, technical freestyle in the type of wind that you would normally have trouble just staying upwind.

Product design at Blade is founded on the understanding that no single kite design is ideal for all riders. More than that, every kite design is ideal for a specific group of riders. The principle is that every rider has a different physical and mental approach to kiteboarding, and these rider-specific characteristics are the basis for Blade kite development. Internally we call this our Rider-Centric Design Paradigm.
We focus on a rider-centric approach because the natural alignment between rider and kite does more to promote progression than any other aspect of kite performance. This method is more accurate than designing for predefined, such as New School, Freeride, Wave, All-around, etc. These categories alone are too broad and do not accurately align rider type to kite performance characteristics.

Blade development process is similar to boutique brands in other industries which design for specificity. The process starts by defining a specific rider profile, compiled from working with groups of riders with similar preferences then analyzing their performance needs. With a clear rider type in mind, performance characteristics are aligned to the specific demands of that rider type, and all key decisions during design development answer to these demands. The result is a finely tuned kite that delivers the best possible performance specific to that rider profile. The right kite for the right rider, this is Blade Natural Selection Process.


blade bar 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.


Riding type: Freeride/Allround
Year: 2012
Brand: Blade
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Bar length: 55cm
Line length: 24m
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Strap
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: No
Oh shit handles: No

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