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**Split Fins – Let the Bashing Begin!**

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Teamcasa, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. mkutyna

    mkutyna NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: FL
    Mr. Bean uses split fins? I didn't know he was a diver.
  2. Al Mialkovsky

    Al Mialkovsky Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Butte Falls Oregon
    Once in awhile I'll trade off my splits for a paddle fin and I always hate the paddles. Oh and amazingly I never silt up the bottom with my spilts, have trouble in currents or anything else. And back finning, well I'm capable of taking a single finger and pushing backwards if needed :)
  3. Scoobahdood

    Scoobahdood Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa, FL
    :rofl3::rofl3: I was thinking the same thing!! :rofl3:
  4. RiverRat

    RiverRat Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Connecticut
    Split fins are an entanglement hazard....you can get a line caught in between them :)
    Plus they're just lame, most of the hardcore divers use stiff fins like jets.
  5. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: SW Louisiana
    yea, some come in prettier colors other than black......:)
  6. fl-diver

    fl-diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
  7. mkutyna

    mkutyna NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: FL
    Divers are allowed to wear a color other than black?
    TecDiver1990 likes this.
  8. Coalcracker

    Coalcracker Nassau Grouper

    Most of the smarter divers have already adopted the new technology. Stiffer is only good for certain non diving apps. Less resistance and more performance seems to make way more sense. I can do all styles of kicks with by bio XT model. No problems at all. I still have my 30 year old Jets and some Mares power plana fins and several other model paddle fins. The old style paddle fins now feel like bricks or boards on my feet.
  9. deepblueme

    deepblueme Instructor, Scuba

    If you use them you can justify how good they are cuz you use them and don't want to look bad cuz you do.
    If you don't well you bash them cuz they are not as good as what you use...

    If your not using the old Idea 3 fins you are a fool.
  10. TSandM

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

    Silting is primarily a function of diving technique -- a combination of trim and kick, and where you are with respect to the bottom. I do not believe it is possible to do a full-leg flutter kick and not send water downward; the physics just require it. If you dive far enough off the bottom, in a horizontal position, and the kick is not too big, you won't do a lot of silting. But I think you can do a frog kick and not disturb the bottom at all, where a flutter kick giving equivalent propulsion will.

    Frog kicking is really more comfortable and more efficient in a stiff fin. Even very flexible blade fins don't work very well.

    Flutter kicking in stiff blade fins, for me, is extremely uncomfortable. But since it's the kick I use least, that's not an issue.

    BTW, I have owned and used both, as a novice diver and now, a bit further on. I much prefer the blades. All the kicks I know, I can do in both, but they are easier and more efficient in blade fins, except for the flutter kick.

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