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Indicators
Fat Lady
compare to

9.8 m
9.8 m
pop
The pop value is the average of 5 highest jumps by one of the sizes of this model.

6.5 sec
6.5 sec
hangtime
The hangtime value is the average of 5 longest hangtimes by one of the sizes of this model.
3 x
3 x
powerloop
Multiple of power generated at peak of kiteloop. The higher the value the more power it generated.
3.12 sec
3.12 sec
Turning Speed
Time it takes to make 4 figure 8.
16 kt
16 kt
flying speed
The average recorded speed of the kite over 10 seconds cycle.
24 °
24 °
upwind
The angle between upwind and 90 degrees to the wind.
8 kt
8 kt
lowend
The lowest wind strength to be able to stay upwind on a 138cm TT board, on the biggest kite size of this model.
68 %
68 %
depower
The percentage of power that can be reduced when depowering the kite.

Riding level

style

  • freeride
  • freestyle
  • wakestyle
  • wave
  • race

Size Finder

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Weight

wind range

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Features

  • 3struts

    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.

  • quickturn

    Quick Turn

    All Blade kites are designed to be super reactive and quick turning. This is vital in order to progress as riders and define one's riding style.

  • reflex

    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.
  • mid-pivot

    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.
  • dynamic

    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.
  • le

    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.

construction

  • Blade-Construction-BridleAttachmentPoint-Thumb-A-01i

    Bridle Attachment Point

    Internally constructed, the leading edge has twice as many reinforcement patches. That means larger LE impact loads resistance and additional protection from the constant wear and abrasion.
  • Blade-Construction-InsigniaTape-Thumb-A-01i

    Insignia Tape

    We know you like to ride hard. That’s why our kites have 25% more Insignia tape in the delicate areas surrounding the LE. You can be confident this kite will endure even the toughest impact.
  • Blade-Construction-DacronCombo-Thumb-A-01i

    Dacron Combo

    Making a kite both light and strong is key for the kite’s performance. We achieved this by applying a very strong 170g Teijin Dacron for added rigidity in primary areas like leading edge and using lighter 160g Dacron HPE for less vulnerable sections.
  • Blade-Construction-Teijin-Thumb-A-01i

    Teijin Techno Force

    Our top of the line Techno Force canopy material has been a mainstay of our product line for 6 years and has proven to be superior to anything else on the market.
  • Blade-Construction-LEClosingSeam-Thumb-A-01i

    LE Closing Seam

    The LE seam is sealed with three layers of stitching, double layered Insignia Tape reinforcement and a final protective Dacron seam.
  • Blade-Construction-MoldedLEGuards-Thumb-A-01i

    Molded LE Guards

    Our freshly designed molded LE guards are lighter, more aerodynamic and effectively protect the kite from all your outrageous wipeouts.
  • MAD2 trigger

    MAD 2 Air Flow System

    The specially-designed valve pieces on the one-pump system are 100% foolproof. Trust us, you’ll be pumped up and ready to ride in no time!

Designer's notes

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.