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Zeagle Recon Fins

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by buddhasummer, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Divectionist

    Divectionist Solo Diver

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    After a lot more time on my recons, it is clear that these work a treat for frog kick divers and shovel a lot of water. I also feel that they helicopter well with rails that grab. My previous fins were better flutterers but I barely move that way.
     
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  2. CodeS

    CodeS Angel Fish

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    My 1 dive in them says they just aren't much good at it. Too soft maybe. I can back up all day in my Jets and Eddys'.
     
  3. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    I find them as good as he says they are. After owning countless fins I settled on the XTs (medium) for wetsuit diving. I've been using them exclusively for around 2 years now, my quest is over.
     
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  4. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

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    My DR XTs should be here next week.

    I sprung for a pair after a twinset dive (no deco tins) last week with my Zeagle Recon fins where it felt like they were “mushy”. I could feel the fin flexing excessively and the lost propulsion potential...I just wasn’t getting the forward squirt I was expecting. I know I’m in good enough shape to handle stiffer fins so I’m hopeful the XTs will give me a more precise response to input.

    Hopefully they get here in time for my next Red Sea LOB this month. I’ll definitely have them broken in for the December LOB.
     
  5. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

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    Please, after some use give us your XT satisfaction report and review!!
     
  6. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

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    Two dives with the Dive Rite XT fins but thought I’d report back with initial impressions.

    I did one rec dive with twinset and liked the extra power the longer XT fin provides but felt a little slop in the fit.

    As can be expected when changing one’s brand of fins, booties sometimes quickly follow so I ran to the LDS last night and picked up some hard sole booties (that I needed anyway).

    Did a modest deco dive to 45m today to test out several new pieces of kit, namely my new rigging kit for two deco tins, new deco regs and the fins and booties.

    Conclusion?

    I’m getting excellent results from the Dive Rite XT fins. We surface swam for about 15 minutes to our descent point. Frog kicking while on my back with a twinset and two deco tins was pleasant and efficient. Flutter kicking on my back was good but definitely have to kick from the hip and keep one’s ankles loose....these are powerful blades that require a strong diver when flutter kicking. Single leg/foot helo turns during the S drill required much less effort and felt very crisp. The input to output ‘ratio’ during frog kicks is very responsive and I can feel propulsion all the way through the stroke (whereas with my Zeagles there is a point where the fin simply gives way against four AL80s). When I want to pick up my frog kick RPMs, I hook my deco tins with the the crook of my hand and pull them forward to streamline so I can maximize my kick. I was very impressed with the improved propulsion per kick....just went further per kick with the XTs than I do with my Zeagles.

    A good fit with fins is so important and so when it’s good, it really inspires confidence.

    Very, very happy with the DR XT fins but am looking forward to see how they feel in another 50 dives or so.

    I’ll probably keep the Zeagle Recons for single tank diving....still great fins but they hit their rev limiter when trying to push four AL80s around whereas the DR XTs feel like they were made for that configuration.
     
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  7. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

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    @NothingClever Thanks for your detailed informative review. If you were doing a single tank dive with the XTs where less power is required, how would you rate you XTs to the Recon and other fins, like the Jet and Eddy fins.
     
  8. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

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    I would think the XT fins with a tidy single tank rig would be over-the-top good. Because the XT’s propulsion seems so much better than my Recons, I imagine you could slow your rate of kick down quite a bit thus improving (decreasing) your gas consumption.

    I haven’t driven the Eddys or any of the dozen varieties of jet fins so I’m not much help there.
     
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  9. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

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    I can see why you landed on the XTs. They are very responsive.
     
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