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What is the context of your FIN preferences?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Doctor Rig, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Those are the DGX fins that are no longer on their website?
     
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    My fin preferences depend a lot on where I'm diving. At home in temperate waters I love my Apollo Bio-Fins with spring straps. When I travel (usually to tropical destinations), I take my US Divers (now Aqualung) Blades due to their light weight and power. I gave up on Jet fins decades ago. Too heavy to travel with and I can't frog kick!
     
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  3. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    I've used split fins for over 10 years because they are apparently good to prevent cramping (to which I am prone due to heredity), I am never in a rush diving so speed doesn't matter, I'm almost never in wicked current, and I won them at a "treasure hunt" so they were free.
    My spring straps are about the same age and are a million times better than screwing with buckle straps with thick gloves or mitts on.
     
  4. nolatom

    nolatom Captain

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    I don't think I qualify for this discussion.

    I dive mismatched fins. They're fine, whichever one I put on whichever foot.

    About 7 years ago, I was helping on a "drilling trip" at Stetson Bank, on the SPREE (Frank's/Wookie's boat), where you drill (big pneumatic drill) to make holes in the reef substrate for new mooring anchors to be cemented into). You have to be fins-off since you're standing on the bottom. So you put your fins somewhere where they will stay put.

    But one of mine didn't--and drifted off who knows where, probably off the bank and into the deeper water (these were the boxy square fins that were popular 20 years ago). Frank--always the gentleman--gave me an orphan fin from the boat's supply of same. It's silver and longer and more slender than my faded-green box fin.

    I guess I'm not that particular. And I'm easy for my buddy to spot.
     
  5. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

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    Doesn’t that make you swim in circles? :bounce:
     
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  6. Bigbella

    Bigbella Nassau Grouper

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    Yeah, they are there, but oddly not; weirdly enough, they are now branded. Same listing; straps; same or similar images; but mine have no insignia . . .

    OMS Slipstream Fins
     
  7. Diver-Drex

    Diver-Drex Barracuda

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    Drysuit gets Turtles, jet type fins. Wet I’m wearing Deep See Pulse open heel fins. Both are basic, no frills fins. The Turtles are negative and have a big foot pocket, both needed with the drysuit. The Pulse are light, neutral-ish and travel well. I frog kick about 95% of the time.
     
  8. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    An important distinction is not made clear in your question. Is your pool work on scuba? Or are you surface swimming? Do NOT equate relative performance on the surface to relative performance underwater. The intended use affects the design/shape, and of course the best kicking style.
    And yes, split fins are very efficient for short flutter kicks, but terrible for a big wide kick. Often a good choice for a diver with limited range of motion, perhaps a hip problem.
     
  9. nolatom

    nolatom Captain

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    Oddly enough, it doesn't ;-)
     
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  10. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Yeah, I did that for a while years ago after one went missing on one of my first boat dives. The DM said he knew the guy who probably took it by mistake and it's probably in Fiji now, as that's where he was going. At least they were very similar and the same colour.
     

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