Because of the wider dimensions, FATblades give stability in both icy and powdery conditions. The transition from edge to edge in all conditions is fast-paced so the process of re-establishing your grip on the opposing edge to consequently initiate your next turn is laser quick.
Does using a snowboard boot decrease the response from the blade?
FATblades deliver a higher degree of feeling and sensation due to the premium materials used. Lightweight but durable, the blades' connection with the snow exceeds the experience of using standard skis. For most 'FATbladers', a standard, medium stiffness snowboard boot and binding would lend itself to ensure the best ride, but those who like a harder or softer snowboard boot can still take advantage of the FATblades offering. If you're still not sure or want some more advice on getting set up with FATblades then drop our team of snow sport fanatics a line in the "Contact Us" section and we will gladly help.
How much do FATblades weigh?
Each FATblades weighs little over a Kilogram excluding any bindings.
Will my FATblades require maintenance?
FATblades are serviced and maintained exactly the same way, using the same processes that snowboards and skis are.
What are the dimensions of FATblades?
Approximate Dimensions are as follows;
Narrowest Width 16cm
Widest Width 19cm
Thickest Edge Width 1cm
Thinnest Edge Width 0.5cm
How are FATblades constructed?
The fabrication layers of the FATblades are constructed as follows :
1st Layer (Top): Topsheet with Generic Design Printing
FATblades top layer is a protective plastic layer called a "topsheet." The topsheet not only protects the FATblade from damage and exposure to ultra-violet rays, it also provides a layer receptive to graphics. FATblades are constructed with glossy topsheet which will be printed with a sublimated generic graphic.
2nd Layer: Triaxial Fibre Glass
Inside the topsheet is a layer of "fiberglass". This fiberglass lies on top of the core.
3rd Layer (Core): Layer: Wood Core
FATblades core makes up most of the thickness of the FATblade. This is made from wood and is inset with metal inserts used to mount the bindings to the board. A wood core, provides a smooth response and lively flex from the blades.
4th Layer: Triaxial Fibre Glass
Next is another layer of fiberglass, "fiberglass reinforced plastic". This provides stiffness and strength to the FATblade.
Following the fiberglass are steel edges. These edges surround the P-tex of the FATblade, allowing the board to cut into the snow while turning.
5th Layer (Bottom): PE Board with FATblade Design Printing
On the bottom is a layer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene material called "P-Tex." This is a dense, abrasion resistant plastic with low friction properties which provides the slippery surface that makes the FATblade slide on snow surface. To keep your FATblades running fast throughout the winter, you need to add wax to this base layer.
Are FATblades suitable for Children?
FATblades are designed and tested for Adults. We do not recommend FATblades to be used by anyone under 18 years of age.