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A Fin Review: SP Jet Fins VS Force Fins VS blade (normal) fins

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by g1138, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Knoxville, TN; St Croix, USVI
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    Let's see - Force Fins - $786 - will last 25 years (there are many pairs lasting longer than that which is why you can buy them cheap on ebay).

    Plastic Fins (Seawing NOVA, Quattros, etc) - $100+ - will last 2 years - so after 20 years you will have spent $1000+. And as far as a scooter - try taking that on an airplane for vacation. :shakehead:

    Now, do they really cost too much? :confused::confused:

    And nobody says you need to buy the absolute top of the line Force Fins - there are less expensive versions that will probably meet the needs of an average diver.
     
  2. ScubaVideo

    ScubaVideo Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Monterey, CA
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    I have 20+ year old fins - Mares that work fine. My SP Jet Fins - $85. The only reason I needed new Jet Fins was that I sold my old pair years ago to pay tuition. They last forever at a much cheaper price. The Mares don't fit my DS or I would be happy using them.

    Edit: The reason I looked at the top of the line is not because I wanted to spend more $$$, but because those are more like fins I could use for better control.
     
  3. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Knoxville, TN; St Croix, USVI
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    As I said - wait until the Hockey Fins come out - more control at half the price!!
     
  4. ScubaVideo

    ScubaVideo Solo Diver

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    I'm not against the product, I love innovative products. It's the price that bugs so even $300 for fins seems high.

    What about these: ebay $200 reserve at least puts them in the ballpark. But then I use XXL SP Jets because of my DS so those probably won't fit and I would rather not find out the hard way they don't.
     
  5. g1138

    g1138 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Charleston, SC
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    Wow, that's a pretty funky looking fin.
    I doubt they'd give me the time of day, I'm not a usual reviewer of things.
    This was simply a way to procrastinate on a school essay :D

    This is true, but Jet fins last just as long and cost around $110 new. The base model of Force Fins is around $190.
    Both last for a long time, but they both do things on opposite sides of the spectrum.
    I really doubt there will ever be a great fin that does everything perfectly.
     
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  6. ScubaVideo

    ScubaVideo Solo Diver

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    Location: Monterey, CA
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    So you have them already? I can't find any pictures of them on their site.
     
  7. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Knoxville, TN; St Croix, USVI
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    They are not in production yet, so they are not on the website. They will be going into production shortly.

    I have been using a pair for almost a year. Right now there are only 4 pairs in existence. Bob has one that he uses for demos.

    There is a picture of them on the following thread - near the end. There are a couple of other pictures on some other threads in the Force Fin Forum but I could not locate them quickly. All I can say is they are amazing - all the power (and more) and control of jets combined with the ease of Force Fins - no cramps. :D



    http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/force-fin/315171-first-review.html
     
  8. 1_T_Submariner

    1_T_Submariner Solo Diver

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    So like other sports equipment it's good to have more than one type of fin in your gear locker?
    I like different fins for different dives, situations etc...
    Nice reviews.
     
  9. fnfalman

    fnfalman Orca

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    Location: Southern California, USA
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    That sounds almost too good to be true. I'd have to sell off my split fins for cheap and get a pair of those bad boys. Do you know if they will come in neon yellow?
     
  10. oreocookie

    oreocookie PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Montreal, Canada
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    Do you mean these? Force Fin Hockey Force
     

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