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Advice Needed Buying Scuba Fins

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by naui_bigfoot, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. Coztick

    Coztick Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: calgary
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    Moving from a neutral fin to jetfins that are negative and much heavier was hardly noticeable apart from better fit and more power.
    I am neither big nor powerful but fit enough at 53 to make use of a tech fin.
    The F1 looks nice.
    Like a bigger boat with plenty of power, you will be best served with an effective propeller.

    Cheers, Kevin
     
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  2. Brian Khan18

    Brian Khan18 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Queens, New York
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    I currently dive with the Hollis F1’s. I suggest you consider the Dive Rite XT’s. They weight considerably less and actually deliver more power then the F1’s.
     
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  3. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    What type of finning do you do, flutter or frog? I have size 15 also, I’m leg heavy too, 6’5” 245, the choices are limited but more than necessary. How do you travel to dive or is it local?

    A great overall fin is Sherwood Tritons, they seem floppy but really move you through the water and turn in a decent frog kick, scubapro sealing Nova is also a good all around especially in the gorilla version.

    XXL eddy fins are my least favorite because the foot pocket is just to damn big and the fins are a bit floppy, they work ok but for floppy I’ll choose the triton every time. I do use XL Eddy’s wet and dry, 3mm booties wet and dry I have 3mm compressed feet, thin wool socks with lava core socks or 3mm socks with 5mm booties over those, the sole on the outer booties have to be minimal to work. All Eddy’s come with spring straps that will likely be to short for you. If you can find F2 springs those will work fine or make some bungee straps to replace the spring, fins don’t have to be overly tight and the bungee is the only way I can use the Eddy in warm water and thin boots.

    For warm water travel friendly fins try scubapro GO fin, truly the best warm water fin I have ever tried (I have two pair of Accell’s available if anyone wants them)
    The GO is a sock or barefoot only fin but they will come out with a regular foot pocket version soon, I will try those out as soon as I get a chance.

    These are just some suggestions based on similarities, you have to try different things to see what suits you.
     
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  4. naui_bigfoot

    naui_bigfoot Angel Fish

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    Yeah you are pretty much my size. I mainly go frog kicking and modified flutter. Recreational boat diving mainly in warm water but eventually I'll get to cold. Thanks for the details - I'll check out those Sherwoods. What brand of bootie do you have in 3mm? I could not find that size for the life of me.
     
  5. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    For frog and modified flutter the GO fins are amazing, no boots required, the eddy’s Are excellent for these kicks too but on the stiff side for the flutter but doable. I usually end up with generic type booties like neo sport/deep sea for the 3mm, sort of a search situation and buy when you find them.
     
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  6. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dubai UAE
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    @naui_bigfoot

    I use both Apex RK3 and Dive Rite XT for warm water diving. The XT's are very stiff and fairly long so may not be idea choice for new diver. The RK3 are a lovely fin and neutral. I just prefer my Dive Rites for heading into big currents
     
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  7. naui_bigfoot

    naui_bigfoot Angel Fish

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    My LDS ordered the Hollis F1 LT in XXL - so I'm waiting to see how that will fit. It's my #1 choice so far. More buoyant than the Bat Fin and I love the grey color. I like the UTD Precision but they dont seem to carry them. The HOG may get a look if the LT doesn't pan out.
     
  8. Diesel_Diver

    Diesel_Diver Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bay of Fundy region
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    What size shoe do you wear? I have the xxl wear an 11 wide and they fit great
     
  9. naui_bigfoot

    naui_bigfoot Angel Fish

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    I wear a size 15
     
  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
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    I'm trying to get one myself to complete my demo set. But I'd step aside if it would mean this diver gets a set first.
     
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