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Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2015
Brand: Blade
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
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17m lightwind kite

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

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
  • Impressingly responsive and quick turing

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.

Characteristics Blade Fat Lady 2015

Kite Characteristics Blade fat lady 2015

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Details:

Riding type: Light wind kites
Year: 2015
Brand: Blade
Size: 17m
Type: SLE
One pump: Yes
Bridles: Yes
Number of struts: 3
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m + 4m extensions
Bar length: 44cm-52cm
Bar: 4 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

There are 2 reviews on this product:

Blade Fat Lady 2015 17m
Name:
Jerome 
Weight:
70kg 
Riding style:
allround, wave, unhooked  
Years of experience:
10 
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop, small-waves  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 6 knots up to 16
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
low end
 
Small rangeLarge range
up wind
 
HardEasy
kitefinder.com - 07.01.2015 at 15:40 hour
Comments:
Déjà la Fat Lady 1Gen était au top, niveau aile de low-wind avec un prix abordable !
Si je vous devez retenir quelque chose de l'aile:
-super reactif! Plus rapide qu'une Cabrinha 12m !
-Plage basse / Low end Impressionnant !
-Relaunch super easy !!!!
-Le prix!

Les 4m de rallonge supplémentaire fourni avec, soit 27m de ligne au total, permettent une plage de vent impressionante !

c'et l'aile parfaite pour progresser en Freestyle en low wind, l'aile est stable, a un pop massif et vu les conditions de vent vous êtes quasi le seul à l'eau pour progresser dans le lagon et les crashs ne font pas mal vu la vitesse du vent! et le redécollage est tellement facile que vous ne perdez pas de temps à réessayer votre nouveau trick! :-)

Un MUST HAVE dans votre quiver !!! 
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Blade Fat Lady 2015 17m
Name:
Arek 
Weight:
82 
Riding style:
allround, unhooked  
Years of experience:
Personal page:
Water conditions:
flat, chop  
Tested Wind Conditions:
From 8 knots up to 12
Number of test sessions:
Kite size:
17m 
Most remarkable characteristics:
bar pressure
 
HeavyLight
safety system
 
DifficultEasy
kite relaunch
 
DifficultEasy
up wind
 
HardEasy
total depower
 
Some pressureTotal depower
kite feedback
 
MinimalGreat
sweet spot
 
ShortLong
windrange
 
LimitedWide
kitefinder.com - 24.10.2014 at 23:14 hour
Comments:
Great kite for low wind wakestyle, couldn't belive I was unhooking with 10 knots with my rocker board and boots. Kite is gentle, stable, goes upwind well and relaunches nice. Flat water and beach for myself with 10 knots. 
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