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Fold up fins, so you can easily walk into the water

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Iceguy4, May 3, 2008.

  1. Iceguy4

    Iceguy4 Angel Fish

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    RJP...I sent you an apology in a private message, and I also want to apologise to anyone else I offended. Sometimes i feel like its a dog eat world....and I have on milk bone underware...
     
  2. divinotter

    divinotter Angel Fish

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    I'm just thinking out loud here - so please no flames, but I'm imagining myself doing a beach entry- that's where I see the most use for these fins (except for ease of donning which does affect my husband since he broke his leg in several places). Now.. I'm walking thru the surf zone and my fins are up, so I can walk thru the surf. But, the waves are still there. So, I still see myself flattening out and diving under the waves 'swimming' as it were to keep from getting pounded as soon as I have enough water to do so. I just don't see much difference in getting thru the surf zone whether with or without fins. You still need to get thru the waves and with fins at least you have power. These would come down to give you that power automatically, but so would regular fins. Now.. exiting is a whole other story. I can see how flipping them up would let the hop and slide with the surf work with more stability than fins going striaght out- less chance of a tumble (which is why I believe crawling is not undignified, but smart)and standing in the surf to take fins off is just asking for it. So, I would like to try these some time just to see if it would be in fact easier to exit. I'm just wondering if not crawling is worth $200 and giving up my jet fins.
     
  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Hey, at least I got to call Kim a Half Assed diver and he even agreed with me! Bwahahahaaha! Life can't be all bad.

    I could never say that of Walter since I have dove with him. He is a pedantic diver in search of a Meg Tooth.

    Personally, I look forward to trying them sometime... WITH an open mind! :D
     
  4. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You need to learn to read what's actually there Pete........rather than that speed reading skip over stuff that you sometimes seem to do! :D
     
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    C'mon Kim... take it as the joke it was MEANT to be.
     
  6. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm not offended..... just pointing out that I didn't actually agree with you....... although others might! :wink:
     
  7. sambolino44

    sambolino44 Manta Ray

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    Man, anybody who's read through all this meta-thread crap just to get to this point has probably forgotten about the main subject of the thread, but here goes...

    To me the main things I'd be concerned about if I was considering these fins is, do they actually work as intended? I mean, do they go up and down without a too much bother, and do they stay where you put them?

    Will they last? I've heard they look pretty strong, but any additional moving parts on an item that gets so much abuse is probably asking for trouble. Even if they last a good long time, I bet they won't last as long as a simpler fin.

    Just from looking at the pictures, the actual fin design looks like a lot of other scoop-type paddle fins. I'll bet they'll come out with a split fin design before too long. They'll have to pay royalties for that, right?

    As for the guy from Belize who couldn't understand the need for these fins, that's understandable. I just got back from there (awesome!), and if you want to do a shore dive down there you'll be hiking about a half a mile before it gets deep enough to float! They make a lot more sense around where I dive, which brings up another thought...

    Can you actually walk on slippery rocks in them? What's the sole like? If it's rough enough to get traction, doesn't that add more drag? I bet they have a lot of drag anyway.

    Who knows? Maybe in a hundred years flip fins will be standard items.
     
  8. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

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    You're not imagining all the possibilities that may warrant swimming in one foot (or there abouts) of water. If I'm swimming in shallow water, a stingray is more likely to swim away. They tend to get more defensive when stepped on.
     
  9. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Tell that to Steve Irwin! Personally, I am not going to put my HEART next to that possibility, thank you very much. I would imagine that the fins would also act as a SHIELD from those kind of barbs as well. :D
     
  10. Teamcasa

    Teamcasa Sr. Moderator ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Back to the topic… Yes, the fins work as intended, the flip function works very easily. As for staying where I put them, so far – I’ve not lost them yet!




    Time will tell but so far they are holding up quite well.




    I don’t know.




    They have a flat but non-slip sole. So far I have found them secure on a deck and around slippery rocks and concrete entry/exit stairs at Catalina.
     

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