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Bungee or spring straps: which is best?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks & Snorkels' started by Sbiriguda, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Contributor

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    Bungee or spring straps: which is best?
    Some people say bungee are easier to use, some other say they are more or less similar to spring straps
    Some say bungee are easier to get damaged after some years, while spring are more resistant
    What do you think?
     
  2. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Springs are better.
    Springs are better. That's what I think.
     
  3. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

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    I have seen old bungee straps break and they are somewhat expensive to replace. There are spring straps that are similarly priced and it’s one and done.
     
  4. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Contributor

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    Ok... how about ease of use? In fact the main reason to replace gum straps with springs or bungee is they should be easier to put while staying in water. Do you think spring is just as easy as bungee?
     
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  5. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    For ease of use they both work equally well. The bungee did fail after many years use and there was forewarning. Just pulling on the bungee one could see the fissures along the cord. But I still prefer bungee because they are lighter than the spring straps.
     
  6. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Springs can break, too. Either way you have to maintain the straps. I prefer springs by only a small margin. I have a pair of fins I couldn't get spring straps for (mares x-stream). Those have bungee.
     
  7. Tool Belt

    Tool Belt Contributor

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    Only problem with my spring straps is the thingy where you loop your finger/thumb through to don and doff has broken on each one. Doesn't really present a problem but unfortunate.
     
  8. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    You can replace "thingys" with bungie loops.:giggle:
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
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  9. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Contributor

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    Ok thank you very much. Eventually I chose to buy Mares bungee. Since quality is similar and they are a bit lighter, I prefer. In my case they are also easier to buy I found them already
    As for spring straps, oddly they seem to be not easy to find unless you buy online and the cost is similar or higher than bungee.
    All in all I prefer bungee in this case
    Thanks again
     
  10. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    I've had springs that stretched over time and some that were difficult to get the fins off in a hurry. I prefer bungees because they're easier to use than springs, last a couple hundred dives, take a couple of minutes to make and replace a pair and cost less than a dollar.

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