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What can cause fins to get damaged like this?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by purbeast, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada
  2. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    How many dives are on them?
    How old are they.? Some rubbers get worse with time.
    How much heat are they exposed to over a period of time?
  3. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada
    Having had a post retirement ''dive shop'' posting for a number of years...I've seen this before...the fins are composite...hard plastic...mated to soft monoprene...I've opened a carton from a supplier and found similar fins broken in their sealed packaging...this will happen when one of the composite components is rigid...and the other component is flexible...hopefully your local purchasing dive shop will make good...you're better off with a credit than a replacement...as the same will happen again with this type of fin...

    Stay away from ''composite'' resin/plastic mixes...I've always favored ''power'' fins made from one compound...and have found monoprene to be superior to natural rubber...as they are considerably lighter...I find OMS slipstream to be the best...powerful/light/S/S spring straps...wash them post dive...rinse and store properly...they will last indefinitely...and they're not expensive...foot pockets are generous...take your dive boots with you when you purchase...

    Safe Diving...Warren...
  4. purbeast

    purbeast Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    I've only done 2 SCUBA dives with them but I've snorkeled quite a bit with them. But I live in MD and only use them on vacations. I got them last May and have taken them with me on 6 vacations, however only used them on 4 of those. There was a trip to the Keys and Bahamas that I wasn't able to get into the water with them. When I am at home they are just stored in a closet so they aren't exposed to heat at all.

    I'd say they have been in the water like 15-20 times including the 2 dives I did, which were in the same day.
  5. diversteve

    diversteve moderatorem noster omnipotens

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: everywhere
    Manufacturing defect on your set. contact the dealer or Atomic. They may have seen others come back from the same lot.
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  6. Jonny Wishbone

    Jonny Wishbone Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: West Central Florida
    It was probably the factory workers maybe training a new guy. screwed up the polymer mix ratio and said, "oh well, nothing we can do now. Lets see if they hold together long enough to get past the warranty". LOL...hey its just like cars, somethimes you get the short straw and get the Lemon..
  7. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
    I'd sure give the company a call. Recently I bought some inexpensive Aqua-Lung fins for my grandson and one of the strap buckles was broken when we opened the package. It had been more than 30 days since I bought them so the dealer would not accept a return (guess who's not getting any more of my business?). I called Aqua-Lung and in about 5-6 days they sent me two complete strap and buckle sets, no charge. Very nice customer service!
    Tournesol2000 likes this.
  8. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

    My guess is that it’s not one piece of solid rubber and maybe the glue or poxy came loose
  9. oly5050user

    oly5050user Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Westchester NY
    Fins can break at that exact spot by standing on them with the blade bent under the foot. Seen Scubapro jets break that way
  10. ltcmiller

    ltcmiller Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Lubbock TX
    How old are they? I see a lot of old equipment people bring into my store that is dry rotted. Sun over the years takes it toll. In either case, time for some new ones.

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