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Best travel fins?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Mike, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Thanks for the reply. I don't spear fish so have no idea as far as that is concerned. I dive single tank only, the conditions I dive in locally are far from good, often some fairly strong currents, I have not found the Gorillas to be lacking in fact I prefer them to my Jets, Cressi Frogs and F2s (which may change if I can get right sized springs). Different fins for different folks I guess. If I'm ever in Palm Springs Ill happily take you up on your offer. I did try the EXPs in a shop once, not necessarily indicative of how they might be underwater I know, but the foot pocket did not seem to match my foot very well felt rather uncomfortable, so passed.

    To James (nice to "see" you again"), the Gorillas are very light, lighter than the F2s, certainly the lightest open foot fins I've come across. I too am weary of the hinge so much so I refused to buy them when they first came out. Am hoping the revised version addressed this weakness, so far no reports of failure, time will tell.

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    With which the F2s or the split? I really want to like the F2s but am having a difficult time doing so at the moment due to fitting issues.
     
  2. danvolker

    danvolker Dive Shop

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  3. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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  4. jlevine

    jlevine Instructor, Scuba

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    I have used a pair of APS Mantaray fins for two years. I have taken them a few times to Roatan, Belize, and Puerto Rico. Overall, I've been very happy. They are lightweight and good in mild current. I have not taken them into a place with strong currents so I can't comment on that. Here is the URL:

    APS Mantaray Dive Fins
     
  5. ams511

    ams511 Solo Diver

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    The Manta Rays were previously sold by Deep Outdoors as 6-gills and now are marketed by Hollis as the F-2. There was a post a while back that besides adding the spring straps Hollis changed the fin compound so that they are firmer than the Manta Rays.

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    Are these the poly carbonate fins from the early 90s?

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    Do you mean the Nova version?
     
  6. FSWorld

    FSWorld Solo Diver

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    Im not the best person for giving advice but I really like the Hollis F2 fins for traveling, they are small enough to fit in my backpack.
     
  7. parzdiver

    parzdiver Solo Diver

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    The Hollis F-2's are based on the design (mold) of the Manta's but are a very different fin. I bought a pair off a fellow diver's recommendation and I'm very happy with them. With the blade design is almost identical to the Manta, the material and foot pocket are different. The Mantas were a fairly soft rubber material, but the F-2's are a stiff monoprene. The foot pocket is also redesigned with the sizing and spring strap to match the F-1's. I have a very high instep so have difficulty finding fins that fit properly. When I dive dry I use the Hollis F-1 for the weight and the great fit, so was very happy with the sizing on the F-2's. I had tried Slipstreams and EXP's, but they didn't fit right.

    I only have a couple dives on the F-2's, but they are very light weight and sufficiently stiff to do the "other than flutter" kicks. They did great on the frog and helicopter kics, and while my back kick isn't pretty, I was able to do it much easier in these fins than my previous travel fin, the Mares Quattro or Seawing Novas.

    I do agree with other people on the Seawing Nova. If you primarily do the flutter kick, they are an awesome fin. However, I don't think they do as well on frog and back kicks.
     
  8. acteg

    acteg Barracuda

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    I really like force fins. New they are expensive but you can find them used pretty cheap.
     
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  9. jlevine

    jlevine Instructor, Scuba

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    Mike (the OP),

    So, bro, have you made a decision? Just curious. If so, we'd like to hear.

    Thx!
     
  10. alwayssummer

    alwayssummer Divemaster

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    There's something that's been nagging me as I read this thread. Folks have talked about fin stiffness and length, but nobody has really discussed drag.

    buddhasummer's earlier post suggests she has size 6ish feet. She probably presents a lot less drag underwater than I do. I'm 5'11" and about 185 lbs. So a fin that feels stiff to a small and streamlined diver might fold much too easily for a larger diver or one using a full tech rig. Also, bigger folks tends to have stronger legs, which will generally make fins feel more flexible. It would be useful if everyone posted their height and weight along with their fin preferences.

    I have used FFs and thought they were incredibly fun. But, to me they offer a lot of quick acceleration without the ability to sustain a high rate of speed. If I wanted to cruise along for a long time I would stick with my SeaQuest Thrusters. I should also point out that I didn't much care for the Thrusters when I first got them, but learned how to kick effectively with them and now I would say they are a decent, but not great fin. They are also too large to fit in a carry-on bag, which is why I'm reading this thread.

    I have also tried a set of Twin Jets. I hated them. I mostly frog kick and I've heard split fins are bad for that.
     

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