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Seawing Nova vs Seawing Nova Gorrila

Discussion in 'SCUBAPRO' started by cblauner, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. cblauner

    cblauner Angel Fish

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    Folks;

    I'm looking to upgrade my fins and have heard a lot of great stuff about the Seawing design. I see that there is a new "Gorilla" version which is described as stiffer, but how do I decide which of the two is right for me.

    Any insights are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Charles
     
  2. mockney

    mockney Solo Diver

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    I have the 'orange' Gorilla fins, to be honest the first few dives I found myself getting some cramp in my calfs I think this was due to the stiffness of the fins, you can certainly notice a difference. But I have used for a while now and quite like them.

    Cant compare against the normal seawing's as I moved from split fins to these. But anyway I never have to look far for my fins in the crate on the boat... orange certainly stands out.
     
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  3. cblauner

    cblauner Angel Fish

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    Thanks...Do you tend to dive in strong currents? Do you think the stiffer fins help with them if you do?
     
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    I found that with the Sea-wing nova's they were nowhere nearly stiff enough when compared to my Hollis F1's. I have not tried the Gorilla fins. They just bent way too much when I applied a lot of force.
     
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  5. mockney

    mockney Solo Diver

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    No not really recent dives have been quite tame. I had a reasonably strong current last time out on the EX-HMAS Adelaide. The fins seemed to perform pretty well.
     
  6. Nick Ruberg

    Nick Ruberg PADI Pro

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    I have both fins. Closed heel fins are only available as Novas and I have the open heel orange gorilla.

    Much prefer the stiffer fins. They do tend to work your calves somewhat but the propulsion is a lot better. I wish I could get them in the closed heel type.
     
  7. PatW

    PatW Manta Ray

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    I am an underwater photographer. That means I find a subject, take a few shots and then have to rush to catch up. The sea wings are very nice fins. They give considerable control. I am a strong swimmer with large feet by the way. I destroyed the nova in short order. I dove the gorilla for some time and then there was the dive in Cozumel that had ripping currents and a bit of an emergency so those fins were toast too. I think either fin should do you. The gorillas offer more power. But if you put extra ordinary demands on a fin, they might not hold up.
     
  8. UKmarcus

    UKmarcus Angel Fish

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  9. UKmarcus

    UKmarcus Angel Fish

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    Did they get less stiff with time, or did you just get used to them. I just got the Gorillas and they're waay too stiff for me. I'm going to trade them for the regular - although I'd keep them if I thought they'd loosen up at all... but they really shouldn't, right.
     
  10. mockney

    mockney Solo Diver

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    I don't beleive they have become less stiff with usage, I think it's a case of the more I used them the more I became used to them.
     

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