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Broken finger loop on spring strap

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks & Snorkels' started by amw5g, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    Dsix36, I understand that you have decided, for yourself, that the loops are a no-go, and clearly the incident that made you decide that was very annoying to you, judging from how angry you sound. But the OP was asking for a method of repairing the loops, not for rants about how useless they are, I think.
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  2. Peter_C

    Peter_C Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    I would have never thought to hold my fins using the rubber loops for fear they would break. The rubber loops do work great for removing the fin strap as they were designed to do, and in hundreds of dives they have never failed me. If I want to carry my fins it is by the springs themselves. For me being able to doff my fins very quickly, while wearing dry gloves, in the surf line, is very important. I appreciate those, hated by some, pull tabs. For others go ahead and remove them, as we are all free to do what we want :cool2:
  3. Dsix36

    Dsix36 Contributor

    Your suggestion has been noted and accepted. You are completely correct and my rants were totally uncalled for. I should not be letting my other problems influence my keyboard. I offer my public apoligy to all those that may have taken offense from my previous posts.

    The best repair that I have found is to tie a loop of 3/16" bungee around the spring strap. It remains flexible and non-obtrusive while still offering something to grab.

    I usually did not attempt to secure my fins by the pull loop, but this time I guess that I either got lazy or complacent about it.
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  4. Randy43068

    Randy43068 Guest

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Dsix36 I couldn't figure out what you were trying to say either.
  5. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Thanks. That was extremely gracious.
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  6. Bratface

    Bratface Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: South Florida


    Ok, I'm composed now. I have never had the unfortunate problem that Dsix36 has had. I like the loop because I hang my fins up by them after a day of diving. One is getting a little weak, so thanks for the ideas for repair the day it decides to go.

    PS: I just toss each fin onto the deck after I get them off.
  7. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    Thank you! A great idea, not only for repair, but for adding a loop to springs that don't have one.

    I like my loops for two reasons -- they make getting the fins ON easier, and they're great for hanging the fins up on hooks where the broad rubber over the springs won't fit.
  8. g1138

    g1138 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Charleston, SC
    In the future, use the pull tab to tilt your rubber heel pad so you can grab the whole spring with your hand. Pulling spring straps off just with that tab can put a lot of stress on it; I'm not surprised it broke at all.

    Your wife should be able to slip a finger in the gap between her foot and the fin buckle post, unless she's wearing 10mm gloves that is.

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