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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: Blade
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
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Light wind 17m kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

While your friends lounge around on the beach soaking up UV-rays, you can be busting out all the tricks in your repertoire, carving up the waves and riding the adrenaline all to yourself. Fast, powerful, responsive, and a thrill to ride, the Fat Lady has been the proven choice for light wind kiteboarding. All of Blade’s products are famed for their rapid-turning and ultra-responsiveness, and the Fat Lady is by no means an exception. Don’t be fooled by the name - the Fat Lady’s agility and speed will blow you away.

Features

  • Relentlessly powerful
  • Super thin LE and 3 struts for quick, direct turning
  • Amazing low-end performance
  • Reflex-Relaunch design

Characteristic Indicator

Blade fat lady kite indicator

Bar

Blade control bar 2014

Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2014
Brand: Blade
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 17m + 4m + 4m
Bar length: 45cm-52cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

Kitereview Blade Fat Lady 17m 2014

Test conditions

Wind: 8-12 knots
Water: lake
Board: Twintip 140x40 & Freerace board (5'5" x 21" x 2 7/16")
Bar set up: 23m lines

Most prominent Characteristics

Pros                                                                         Cons

+ relaunch - bar feedback is a bit wobbly
+ pop (above 10 knots) - loses a bit kite power while turning the kite
+ kite reaction  

Conclusion

The Fat Lady feels like a big Freestyle kite. It is fast for a 17m and has great unhook characteristics. You can ride the Fat Lady between 8-10 knots, but you need a oversize twintip (door) or longer lines than 23m. Round 10 knots you will glide and with enough skills you will be able to perform some hooked & unhooked tricks.

 

Basics

Kite stability

Unstable Stable

Restless on the bar.

Windrange

Limited Wide

Kite re-launch

Difficult Easy

Oldskool

High-end

Small range Large range

Low-end

Small range Large range

Glide phase

Short Long

Lift

Gradual Explosive

Wave

Feedback at edge of wind window

Minimal Great

The bar feeling is a bit wobbly, canopy stays pretty stable.

Turning circle

Large radius Small radius

Reaction to steering action

Slow Fast

Fast reaction with a pretty small turning circle for a 17m

Race

Going upwind

Hard Easy

There are 3 reviews on this product:

Blade Fat Lady 2014 17m
Name:
darren burns 
Weight:
75 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 7 knots up to 20
Number of test sessions:
25 
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
up wind
 
HardEasy
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
slack line steering
 
SlowQuick
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
windrange
 
LimitedWide
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
boost
 
SoftStrong
lift
 
GradualExplosive
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
kitefinder.com - 07.05.2014 at 15:32 hour
Comments:
A great kite for riding in light winds and actually having fun rather than just mowing the lawn or trying to hold a line. I can ride from 7 knots and have really great sessions once it gets past 10 knots. It takes me right up to 20knots before it gets too much or me.
Its perfect for increasing your days on the water and having a kite that you can practice unhooked and wake moves on in light winds. 
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Blade Fat Lady 2014 17m
Name:
matthijs katsma 
Weight:
78 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
14 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 4 knots up to 10
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
high end
 
Small rangeLarge range
lift
 
GradualExplosive
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
boost
 
SoftStrong
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kitefinder.com - 18.03.2014 at 12:04 hour
Comments:
We've tested the Fat Lady in its low end and compared it with the other brands on the same day. (north, core and cabrinha) The Fat Lady was remarkable in its freestyle performance. Although we mainly used a strapless north nugget, it felt like it needed a twin tip. Once the wind picked up the kite was better of when we rode a freestyle board.
Its reaction is rather quick and it builds up pressure in its flight line. After a kite loop it does however hesitates to climb back up. I noticed that, once plaining, it starts to seek, and the bar doesn't feel solid. It feels like the kite tips aren't perfectly balanced with the bridle system, so the bar starts to wiggle.
Resume: A freestyle oriented kite for those who still wants to do their tricks in light wind conditions. 
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Blade Fat Lady 2014 17m
Name:
Stefarius 
Weight:
91 
Riding style:
allround  
Years of experience:
13 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
kite reaction
 
SlowQuick
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
lift
 
GradualExplosive
windrange
 
LimitedWide
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
kite stability
 
UnstableStable
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
kitefinder.com - 14.03.2014 at 20:23 hour
Comments:
The Blade felt like a big freestyle kite. A performance kite for riders with skills. Most big kites have everywhere pressure, but the Fat lady is a bit more aggressive in it's power building and loses pressure while turning. It's also a bit restless on the bar that makes the feedback also a bit restless. We tested different 17+ kites and I think this was the best one for freestylers who like to play in light winds.  
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