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TUSA Fins Appropriate for Dive Center's Rental/Training Fleet

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by BurhanMuntasser, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    I am looking for open-heel strap scuba fins that will be appropriate for use in Dive Center's Rental/Training fleet. These fins need to be durable and won’t fall apart with heavy use and would take the abuse of rental and training use (the strap buckles won’t fall apart and the fin blade material won’t separate from each other or from the foot pocket for example). It also should be strong enough to use in moderate currents yet inexpensive for us to be able to afford it. Ability to fit all feet sizes without comfort or foot pain issues is another important criterion for us.

    I am looking at the three of the TUSA scuba fins and I'd like to hear opinions on which one will be most durable and strong enough to use in currents per my needs above. The three models I am looking at now are:

    1. The SF-22 Solla (This is TUSA's most popular fins AFAIK and most expensive of the three):
    TUSA | Fins | Solla


    2. The SF0102 Imprex Duo fin (Second most expensive of the three):
    TUSA | Fins | Imprex Duo


    3. The Liberator X-Ten fins (least expensive but come in small and regular sizes only, no Large or XL):
    TUSA | Fins | Liberator X-Ten

    I would appreciate your comments based on your personal experience with any of the three models above and what you saw of their durability, qualify of their respective parts and usability in currents in openwater.

    Note: Resistance to color fading due to chlorine and sun rays are other issues we take into consideration. Please let me know of any other issues with any of the fins not mentioned above.

    I weigh durability, reliability, quality and fitting all feet sizes higher than price to some extent (without going overboard :) ). These fins will be used in dive center's rental/training fleet and not for personal use.
     
  2. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

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    I recommend bungee heel fins over straps. No fiddly straps. No time wasted adjusting customers fin straps. No straps and fins coming off in the water.

    These are great for Rental. Colour coded sizing.
     
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  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Thanks, but these fins don't go too well with neoprene boots AFAIK, do they?
     
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  4. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

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    Those are Scubapro Go Fins. They work fine with neoprene socks. I use them myself when travelling.

    If you need them to work with Boots, then the Go Sport fins are the same design with a redesigned boot Foot pocket.
     
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  5. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    We have to use boots not socks in our area. I know about the Go Sport fins and I have one, it is excellent fin but way over our budget. I would preferred to get the Go Sport and they are my top choice over all of the others but due to the fact that our currency is about 1/3 of its original value vs. Euro now due to the situation in Libya, it is too expensive for us especially when I have to buy 10 - 12 pairs :) The TUSA fins offer 15 - 25 Euro savings per pair which is substantial in our currency for 10 or more pairs unfortunately.
     
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  6. RVBldr

    RVBldr PADI Pro

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    Just from a usability perspective, I do have a set of the Solas, used the Imprex for years (really durable fin), and have a set of the Go Sports as well. I do like the springs rather then the bungee, but that may be personal impression. I do find that the Solas are the stiffest fins out of the group so may do better in currents. Going light for travel, the Go Sports were nice and compact, but diving with a CCR, they were useless.
     
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  7. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The only one of those three I've used is the Liberator X. An LDS near me has an annual sale where these go for around $20/pair so I have several pairs. I got them when my kids were vaguely interested in snorkeling with the thought that I'd get something fancy if they liked it. They didn't so I didn't replace 'em.

    The fins work fine, no problems. I've worn them, they're okay. They seem to be fairly solid. Nothing fancy, therefore nothing to go wrong. I guess eventually the rubber straps will need replacing.

    Mine don't get much use.. they pretty much sit in a closet until some friend needs to borrow snorkel/scuba gear for some reason.. My brother in law has taken my tusa fins on several Caribbean cruises :wink:.

    Given the low low price tag, I wouldn't be all that upset if one were to break.
     
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  8. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    So from durability point of view, both models are good without any other issues?
     
  9. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Yes, they are very low priced indeed but for training, I don't want issues when the student is kicking in the open sea and the buckle or something else falls apart, do you vouch for their durability? (They only come in S and Regular sizing). Also, what size do you use in these fins and is it consistent in sizing with other models?
     

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