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New Fins are very Buoyant

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by myshadeofred, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Nassau Grouper

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    Hi everyone. Due to where I live I travel more often to dive. Most of my travel has weight restrictions and I recently bought a new pair of fins which I find to be very buoyant at 30ft/10m or less. What are some recommendations I can do while diving. One option I don't want is to travel with weights, maybe something I can do at the destination to help. I have attached a pic of my fins.
     

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  2. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    Fins aren't compressible so depth won't affect their buoyancy. Have you changed anything else at the same time?

    Have you tried the fins locally, or on a trip - maybe places you're using different exposure protection?

    Is the problem just floaty feet, or messing up your overall trim? If trim, you might be able to just shift your tank a bit lower.
     
  4. divad

    divad Solo Diver

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    Rent weights?
     
  5. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    Your question surprises me. X-Stream fins are slightly positive, but have no effect on my dive. They are not dragging my feet up.
    There is no way to change their buoyancy without adding weight, such as coil spring straps or ankle weights.
    If you used to have some very negative fins, I can understand you noticing a change, but perhaps once you get used to it this could be a change for the better?
    As already stated, if you notice a depth dependent difference, that is something other than the fins. Are your boots thicker than necessary? Did you just change wetsuits? My first drysuit with crushed neoprene bottom half was the only time I ever noticed I had "floaty" feet/legs.
     
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  6. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Nassau Grouper

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    My exposure protection is the same and I have the same boot I have been wearing. I also replied JackD and think that might be the issue.
     
  7. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Nassau Grouper

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    That is a very good question. I was wearing negative fins for most of my dives and these I feel my feet are floating up. I am going diving at the end of the month and will see. Thank you.
     
  8. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Are they really floating up or just not dragging your feet down like you're used to. It's hard to imagine a fin being positively buoyant enough to have much effect. Usually it's air trapped in the legs of a drysuit which causes problems. What kind of fins were you using previously?
     
  9. MargaritaMike

    MargaritaMike Divemaster

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    It's hard to rent ankle weights for floaty fins or feet.

    Cheers -
     
  10. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Nassau Grouper

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    I think now I’m not used to the lightness. I had some heavy split fins for about 200 dives and now these are new to me so I think I have to get used to them. I use them in a wetsuit not dry.
     

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