The Fat2 is our most recent blade design. Based on everything we know about efficient blades, and the on water testing we have done, the Fat2 offers the greatest potential for increasing boat speed.
The Fat2 blade slips less in the first half of the drive, taking advantage of the available efficiency gain in this part of the stroke. It slips more readily later in the drive to reduce back-watering losses over the last part of the stroke. These characteristics are created by the blade’s extra width, vortex features and shorter overall length. See Blade Path for additional information.
The Fat2 is used with a considerably shorter overall oar length than the Smoothie2 Plain Edge. This may range from 4–8 cm depending on the crew, the rig and the conditions. It is very important not to over load the rower and thereby cause biomechanical inefficiency, which could cancel the hydrodynamic efficiency of the blade.
The Fat2 is most effective when used with larger catch angles, i.e. athletes rowing further through the pin.
The Fat2 blade can be combined with the Skinny shaft to produce a softer feel and more even loading profile, while still taking advantage of the efficient blade path of the Fat2. The Skinny shaft helps to ease the “stiff” feel of oars with the Fat2 blade, making them feel more like plain edge blades.
|Blade Length||55 cm||46 cm|
|Width at Tip||19 cm||16.5 cm|
|Width at Broadest Point||26.5 cm||23 cm|
- Greatest taper at tip of blade
- Has the largest surface area for Vortex “sticky spoon” action
- Curvature to aid in depth control
- Vortex Edge
Colored blades are available for an additional $20 per blade. Learn more
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