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Unread postby Pes78 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:48 pm

So I have the cheap set of fins for 35 bucks made by H2O. I like them but seem to missing some thrust when kicking into waves. Anyone have some suggestions on what to try? I have wide feet and like a soft foot pocket. Tried DaFins and Vipers and didn't really like them much.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby rodndtube » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:18 pm

DaDins have very much grown on me. I did have to get the flow with a slightly modified kick stroke but the transition went smoothly and really took off. Nonetheless, swim fins are so highly personal so it is a tough nut to crack.

Describe some likes and dislikes of swim fin characteristics and your feet/ankles/legs.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby Uncle Grumpy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:18 am

Buy your fins big enough to wear a comfy bootie or sock year round and you'll always have that nice soft foot pocket.
My wide feet like the UDT's.
I wear them with a sock or bootie season depending and always with those neoprene strap pads.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby Pes78 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:29 am

I have tree trunks for legs and I wear 4e in New Balance. Most of the time I feel like I don't go anywhere if it's consistent paddling out. If the waves are weak I tend to have to take off really late. If there is a strong current I struggle as well. Maybe with a longer board may help but I think I need some better fins.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby rodndtube » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:12 pm

Pes78 wrote:I have tree trunks for legs and I wear 4e in New Balance. Most of the time I feel like I don't go anywhere if it's consistent paddling out. If the waves are weak I tend to have to take off really late. If there is a strong current I struggle as well. Maybe with a longer board may help but I think I need some better fins.


The DaFins are wider than many (and much wider than Vipers). Part of what you are describing may be answered more via board volume -- I notice this particularly along the East Coast where I need to use a thicker Austin Paipo (the baseline model) for wave catching as the slightly thinner and narrower model (S&S Checkered Austin) just won't allow me to catch some of those wave unless it is a particularly punchy, steep swell. The boards have the same plan shape but differ a little in width (1/2 to 5/8 inches) and more noticeably in thickness (a fuller 2.5" thickness vs. a domed 2" thickness).
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Re: Fins

Unread postby soulglider » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:41 am

Makapuus. I have wide feet too. Tried the other hipster fins but didn't care for the fit, the short wear time (straps break easily) or the cost.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby Pes78 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:17 pm

I looked at those a while ago and they were a bit tight new but some used ones I found felt good in the same size. I'm going to see if that second hand store in OB has some. They usually have a big selection of fins.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby Pes78 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:06 am

Revisiting this again. Was out Tuesday last week and almost ended out to sea. I have the DMC repellor fins and they have worked very well for me but since that was the first real swell that I've have had them out in since I got these over a year ago I wasn't going anywhere out out. Pretty sure I was in a rip. Now the board I was on was my cork which is .25 thick so I'm swimming. I have something in the works from a shaper here in eps and going to be completely different. So I bought a pair of Dafins because I forgot what I didn't like about them. I don't like the length so much on them and was thinking of cutting them down to the size my DMCs are.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby rodndtube » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:20 am

Some folks very much like the Force Fins--there are several different versions--your foot sits on the fin and an adjustable strap wraps over so wearing standard booties is not an issue (almost a requirement). Force Fin Pro fans are fanatic about them. I hear of some people breaking straps on the DaFins but I have never had that happen... maybe because I use fin socks, not booties. Or, they just ain't hipster enough to wear them :lol:

The Force Fins are very expensive retail, but one can find them at affordable prices on eBay and elsewhere. Pes, you might find them at your store for a steal. Search for Force Fin on the forums and elsewhere... several forum people use them.

The Hydro Tech 2 are very soft and comfy, wide foot pocket. So much to like but they didn't work for me--believe the blade was just a inch or so too short. Different strokes for different folks.
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Re: Fins

Unread postby GeoffreyLevens » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:39 am

I scored a pair of perfect condition Force Fins in a 2nd hand store in Tucson of all places. Perfect fit. Price was $2. I was looking over my shoulder to see if I'd be accused of stealing them! I liked them a lot for most comfortable of any I've ever worn. Thrust was good but both standard old school Duck Feet and my Viper 7's beat them by a little though not a lot (pool tested for top speed, cruising speed, and acceleration). No contest for comfort though. No need to "get used to them" etc. Right off they felt as comfortable as bedroom slippers.
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