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I finally bought some spring straps, should I take them off after each dive or just leave them on the fins? Will the springs be affected if left on the fins or should they be taken off and stored straight?
I take my springs off, but they just quickly click on and off, and it's easier to pull them off Plus for storage... they also aren't straps that are made for my fins... And I had to modify my fins to get the straps on...
Technically speaking, removing and adding the springs will cause them to degrade faster than just leaving them in place.
Springs don’t degrade through constant tension/ compression..... they degrade through cycles.
If you take a spring and compress it for 1 year, and you take another spring and continually compress and relax it for a year... the constantly compressed spring will be stronger than the worked spring.
That being said, the amount of work spring straps see is minimal..... so neither option is going to fatigue the spring in the usable life of the fin.
I just got spring heel straps. I think they are decent. Wouldn’t go out on a limb and say that I’m in love with them though. The strandard Tusa fin straps were definitely way more comfortable. You could adjust them for comfort. Now you have a fixed spring dictating how much tension you’re going to have on your heel and no control whatsoever. But hey... they were a fun new toy to spend $30 on LOL!!! To be fair I think they are way more robust than the standard rubber heel straps. I can’t imagine accidentally breaking one. The fins will probably wear out and break Long before the straps ever give it up. Tusa T3 zooms. Split fins.