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Question about Jet Fins

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by NJdiver85, May 8, 2002.

  1. NJdiver85

    NJdiver85 Solo Diver

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    Maybe a stupid question, but when wearing Jet fins, how much of the foot should hang out the back of the fin - half a heel, full heel, etc? Just got a new drysuit with size 8 boots (standard boots - not rock boots) and trying to decide between L and XL Jets.
     
  2. FredT

    FredT Loggerhead Turtle

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    The less play the better. The end of the fin pocket should stop well up on the foot arch, about where the top of the laces would be on a tennis shoe. This allows you to get some good moment transfer when stroking the fins. Side to side play in the foot pocket is not as important, but there should be minimal play there too. The less the play the better your "control" is going to be.

    My size 12 boots are too big to use even the XL jets. I had to go all the way to Turtles, and saved $50 in the baragain over the closest SP version.

    FT
     
  3. MikeFerrara

    MikeFerrara Instructor, Scuba

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    Depending on the size of the boot you may need to look at turtles. Try the fins. If the fit is wrong you will know. Since most fins only come in a few sizes and only one foot pocket design they will sit on different feet a little different. They need to fit high enough on your foot so that the stress is not on just the front part of your foot. Also, You probably don't want your foot so far in that your toes are jammed. If the fit looks reasonable and they feel good in the water, they fit.
     
  4. Uncle Pug

    Uncle Pug Swims with Orca ScubaBoard Supporter

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    XLs should work for you... and if not then they are easier to unload than the Large... in fact you could probably find someone to trade straight across...

    With a size 8 the Turtle's foot pocket would be waaaaay to big...

    If you can try the Jets before buying that would be the ticket...
    I have a buddy with a smallish foot who dives the L size but that is because he is whimpy in the legs and likes a lower gear. He would probably have bought splits except for two things.
     

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