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After I posted the highly unprofessional F2 review above, I did notice one difference I had not spotted earlier.
The foot pocket on the F2 Medium-Regular and Large IDI Power Fin are quite similar in size, but the foot pocket on the Large ScubaPro Jet fin is quite a bit smaller looking, so I tried the jet on over my size 11 Whites Dry suit boot, and it was quite a bit tighter a fit, and cramped my toes, unlike either the F2 or the Power Fin.
Pics attached below show the significantly smaller foot pocket on the Jet, compared to the F2 and Power fin, all size Large, although the power fin is not actually marked with a size like the F2 and the jet are.
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....and the F2's have nice drain holes near the toe of the foot pocket too. A nice touch as a lot of us have been talking about, or actually drilling drain holes so the fins are easier to handle quickly on boat ladders!
Does that make a big difference? I've been contemplating the same, but I do enjoy holding water in the ribs to rinse the off my gear after a shore dive.
Judging from my Bonaire shore diving experience 10 pairs of jet fins wouldn't hold enough water to rinse off all the sand I pick up during a shore exit!
But removing the fins and handing them up the ladder quickly would be a bit simpler and faster, if i did not have to stop and dump out a pint or two of water from each to lighten them. I also suspect they will be easier to remove, with out the extra suction from the seal around my boots holding them on.
Originally Posted by ONESPEED
Agreed Jim, I recently drilled drain holes in my SP Jets.
The two small, rectangular holes are quite visible in pic #4 above, once I noticed them.
So far I have rented and owned a lot of different fins. Every one has trade offs. I have some seriously fast, split fins, that really give you an edge in current, but are not terribly maneuverable. The IDI Jet like Power Fins I am using now are good for quick maneuvers, but do not give me the raw power a couple of my hybrid, split varieties do.
I am already impressed with the light weight of the F2's. I suspect they will have similar trade offs to the Jet/Power fin variety they resemble, while being much friendlier to air travel, but we shall see.
Someday I need to take a bunch of fins to a pool or lake, and just see what makes each different.
I suspect that if i do that, though, one of my split varieties may make it back into the bag for sites like the Coz wall dives, where negotiating in strong current is more important to me than tight maneuverability. Blasphemy I realize, but I am always willing to break a few rules, and learn for myself.
I'll probably stick to either my F1 or Slipstreams for this trip. Maybe even bring both just in case - I'll see what by gear bag ends up weighing.
I was a big fan of my Atomic split fins, but unless I need quick speed and a lot of it, the F1s and even the Slipstreams have plenty of power on tap. With the big plus - to me at least - that they're very maneuverable. I was hanging at a safety stop on a trip once - a good bit of current going - but I was able to comfortably hold my position with relaxed frog kicks with the Slipstreams. After the dive, a few of the divers with more modern fin designs were commenting on how relaxed I'd looked, as they'd apparently been struggling quite a bit. Anecdotal of course, and possibly a comment on kick styles and kick "skills" rather than fin design, but still.