The Fattail | A bit more details on Loaded’s new deck.


From Loaded:

A little extra girth never hurt anyone. At least that was our approach when it came time to revamp the design of the Pintail. We wanted to modernize this classic concept so it could keep up with evolutions in riding styles, techniques, and performance expectations.

The Fattail was designed for pumping, carving, pedestrian slalom, freestyle and generally any situation where lively, energetic lines are on the menu. You may never reach for your downhill board for those late night parking garage sessions again.
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Design

Armed with more sophisticated modeling software and improved experience in conceptualization and testing methods, we were able to fine tune the Fattail’s shape and contours to ensure more consistent flex characteristics throughout the entire length of the standing platform when using either wheelbase. We kept the camber of the original Pintail, increased the concave and added a nominal nose kick and a full (if chunky) kick tail.

Construction

A vertically laminated bamboo core is sandwiched between fiberglass skins. The tail is reinforced with an additional layer of fiberglass (top) and carbon fiber (bottom) for added stiffness and abrasion resistance. The bottom is finished with a bamboo veneer with a die cut water droplet pattern, which is filled with transparent urethane and a “floating” graphic to give a sense of dimensionality.
Carbonized Bamboo

Since 2006 we’ve been devoted to using primarily “natural” bamboo exclusively in all our boards because natural is cleaner, right? Wrong. In late December 2010 we discovered that the “natural” bamboo we’ve been using actually involves a low toxicity bleaching process. The Fattail is constructed with a carbonized bamboo core (a cleaner process overall) and marks the beginning of our transition to carbonized bamboo in general for our lineup.
Graphics

The Fattail graphic is an extension of the artistic concept explored in the two graphics used on the Pintail. The first graphic was designed by Jamie Engelman in 2004 as a meditation on change and growth. It was re-imagined more abstractly by Jan Michael Bennett in 2006 when we switched the Pintail from oak to bamboo. The current graphic was designed by Nana Studio (based on drawings by Daisuke Okamoto) and references the previous designs while expanding on the underlying concepts.

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More info ont he history of the Flattail on Loaded News

Tuesday July 26th, 2011
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