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 Post subject: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:52 am 
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After an undesirable episode the other day I'm looking at getting some swim fins. For those of you that have them, what kind do you have and what do you like/dislike about them?

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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:57 am 
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i have the visions and dont like them. Way too hard. They cut into my feet. I have a permanent scar from wearing them 8 days in a row.
I prefer the churchill's because they are the softest most flexible fins out there. Vipers are pretty decent. Bluntcuts are still too hard for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:21 am 
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I'm a bodyboarder and I been using Redley's for the last 10 years , I will switch to the Hydro Tech both flippers are similar in comfort , this is because the Redley factory closed a few years ago and can't find them !! If you don't mind take a look at the Vipers :thumb: .. go to a surf shop and try them !


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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:52 am 
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I have a proper pair of long split swim fins for snorkelling, a pair of Pod bodyboard fins and these.
The real swim fins are the most efficient, the Pods the least efficient (and heaviest). These fins are better than the Pods, but clearly less efficient than the full snorkelling fin.


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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:52 pm 
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Thanks guys.

Anybody else???


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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:49 pm 
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I grew up bodyboarding with churchills.
For kiteboarding I carry zoomers blue training fins in a backpack. They are significantly lighter and more compact. The reduce a swim in by half the time. I've tested them in rip currents. :thumb:
"http://www.finisinc.com/Technology/zoomers_technology.aspx"


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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:03 pm 
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Prior to kiting, I was a dedicated bodysurfer and over the MANY years, tried a vast number of fins.

You might want to check out Flips at:
http://www.pleasurepoint.com/flips/

They come in 3 styles, I only tried and used the Pro model.

Advantages include:

1. Lightest, most compact fin on the market (except possibly Shinfins - see below).

2. Straps move most of the strain from the top of the foot up to the ankle so the foot doesn't get tired.

3. One size fits all.

4. Least likely to come off (however, for bodysurfing, I still used fin leashes).

Disadvantages include:

1. Probably harder to put on and (possibly) take off, especially in an emergency if time is of the essence.

2. Don't float.

3. They are a hard plastic which makes it more difficult to walk on slippery surfaces such as rocks.

In this thread, Cometa suggested Shinfins. (shinfins.com)
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2357095

I haven't tried them. However, the THEORY seems very good with many advantages.

Questions I have about them include:

1. Why are they MORE than DOUBLE the cost of Flips? (This is why I didn't order a pair).

2. Do they really stay in position (more likely outside of surf)?

3. I couldn't tell how the straps attatch and therefore couldn't tell the ease of getting in and out of them.

4. The straps are evidently rubber and wear out at some unknown rate. They sell replacement straps for 11.00 Australian.

Richard M.
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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:51 am 
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youve got to be kidding. those last two fins mentioned look absolutely ridiculous.


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 Post subject: Re: Swim fins...what kind do you have???
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:06 am 
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Well when I was a beginner
I lked to use those
web fingered neoprene glovvies
I found at a pool store
easy to ride with them on
and eazy to slip into a pocket


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