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Force Fins Pro personal review

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by vixtor, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. vixtor

    vixtor Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bucharest, Romania
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    Hello,

    This week-end I had the opportunity to borrow&test a pair of black Force Fins Pro during a sea shore dive. I was very curious about them and also had great expectations, considering their reputation.

    It was the most disappointing pair of fins I have ever used. During the whole dive, staying near my buddy was a tough experience. He was not going fast at all, but for each two kicks of him (with some cheap Seemann rental fins), he was then having to wait for me, while I was swimming as fast as I was able, just to match him.

    I found them to be definitely horrible for any kind of flutter kick. The direct (down) kick bends the fin backwards, with not enough support from the foot pocket. My ankles were very tired from this. The reverse (up) part of the kick was slightly better, as the fin was resting on the sole. Still, the fin felt too soft, too small and extremely underpowered. It wasn't very far away from not having fins at all.

    Frog kick was better as the active move is against the sole (the direction that works better for these fins). Unfortunatelly I was still feeling the fact that they are very soft and underpowered. Even in TwinJets (splits) the frog kick works better and is more efficient than in those fins.

    The only thing that I liked was turning arround. I was able to rotate myself like a crazy helicopter, in almost no time.

    Tired by this low performance and running after my slowly swimming buddy, I have started to swim more like a dolphin, arching my whole body and keeping both legs glued to each other. It was less tiring for the legs, but of course very tiring for the whole body.

    I will not even mention the surface swim part, this was the place where, at the end of the dive, hating the way a flutter kick felt into those fins, I used some kind of scissors movement, opening in V and closing my legs, which was slightly more bearable.

    While probably higher end Force Fins might perform better, this almost basic version is way behind any other fin that I know. In the end, I have concluded that I would not get these fins even if I would receive them as a gift. The guys from the dive shop that allowed me to test this pair felt the same - they all used this pair once or twice, then dropped it as not confortable enough to be used more than once for fun.

    I don't know what I have missed (considering that some people love them), but they didn't match any style of swiming that I use in a confortable manner. I hated this dive enough to think about ending it earlier; I pushed it hoping that I will start to get used to the fins if I insist enough, but this never happened.
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2009
  2. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Wake Forest, NC
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    I guess they are just not for everyone. Some people love them and some don't. I tried a pair on a dive in Bonaire and found them to be OK but didn't like them nearly as well as my Twin Jets. But to be fair, I only tried them for one dive and I have read where they take a little getting use to. The other pair I own and like are the Mares Avanti Superchannel.

    There are so many fins out there now that I don't think there is ever going to be a "best fin". For the most part, the majority of the fins being sold will be just fine on a dive and I don't think price has much to do with it.
     
  3. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kanagawa and Florida
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    LOL...brace yourself
    FF lovers will likely say you were not using them properly...
    Home court advantage of the King's Clothes....
     
  4. vixtor

    vixtor Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bucharest, Romania
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    Well.. after ~1 hour of trying any finning technique that I could imagine (and ending swiming like some drunk dolphin :D to avoid the general feeling of tired feet), when I walked out of the water I was feeling like after one full day of mountain trecking and my ankles almost hurt.

    It would be hard to replicate these "exquisite" sensations with any other fin that I know.
     
  5. meesier42

    meesier42 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Kennewick, WA
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    I'm not at all surprised, nearly everyone that "tries" them for the first hates them, but for some reason after about 4-5 dives the same people will not give them up. Sure they are different, they are different because they use a proper swim kick vice the knee based kick that nearly every other fin on the market uses, it takes time to relearn how to kick properly, but once you do, there hasn't been a fin tested in any real scientific manner that will outperform them.
     
  6. Rick Inman

    Rick Inman Advisor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well, I haven't used Force Fins for diving (I do have a pair for river drifting/fly fishing in my one man pontoon boat), so I can't comment. But there seems to be a divers law that says that the more money someone spends on a piece of gear, the more that divers will defend the gear regardless of it's quality and effectiveness. Don't know if that applies here...
     
  7. meesier42

    meesier42 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Kennewick, WA
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    there $220 fins right now, come on... the LDS sells those Bio-fins for more than that
     
  8. Rick Inman

    Rick Inman Advisor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Exactly!:eyebrow:
     
  9. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    I agree. I hated them after the first dive, but not so much after the second. After more than a hundred dives, I will never use others. It's a futile exercise to try and report based on one experience. You need to get your feet conditioned to how they work. Once achieved, it's remarkable just how effective and efficient they are.
     
  10. ShakaZulu

    ShakaZulu Great White

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego, CA
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    Here you go....the price have gone up, but they are still on $79.00 and you will swim circles around your buddy and the FF :)

    ScubaPro Jet Fins, Black
     

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