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swim fins - DaFin

Unread postby ClanB » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:48 pm

OK right now Im using Vipers V-7....I like them in the water, swimming and just getting around..slower on take off and...when I exit the water, even when paying attention, I sometimes stumble and trip. This must look great to people on shore :oops: I realize that I spend 99% of the time in the water but my last "trip" ended up wrecking my knee. Now Im gonna spend the next week or so out of the water. Im looking at a new fin puchase maybe an asymentrical fin. I have an old pair of Churchills but they are one wave away from breaking. Im looking at the newer Churchill Slashers, Pod3's, Stealths, etc. or any other fin that you can walk in easy but not loose too much performance in the water. I like to wear fin socks if that matters. Any opinions?
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Unread postby mrmike » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:36 pm

look at a pair of kicks by dafin they have rounded blade tips and have a soft foot pocket
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Unread postby rodndtube » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:58 pm

If you like the Vipers style then try the 5" versions, yellow dot for stiff fin and orange dot for flexi blade. I used both of the 5 inchers.
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Unread postby ClanB » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:39 pm

I have both v5 and v7..the v5 puts some pressure on my big toe that hurts enough that I dont use 'em anymore....but they are 20 years ols and do not have the neoprene in the foot pocket. Im gonna look for a pair of Kicks to try on.
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Unread postby SJB » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:34 am

I vote sticking with the classic Churchills....fin socks are a must. If you can figure out how to avoid an occasional stumble coming out of the water onto the beach with fins on let me know the secret.
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Unread postby jbw4600 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:15 pm

I can't wear regular fins. But if I could would use the Churchill Makapu Hubbs model. They are stiffer throughout with padding.
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Unread postby ClanB » Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:06 am

Well...I ended up getting Dafins. I will get wet Sunday. Very nice fit so far.I can almost run in them. SJB the ONLY fins I have ever fallin' while having on is the V7 Vipers. I realy like them for swimming, getting around, lotta power, but...catching waves is slow, like a semi going through the gears, and....walking(for me) sucks a$$.
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Unread postby rodndtube » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:34 am

Looked closely and played around with a pair of DaFins during the Paipo Gathering in San Simeon. Believe it was Jeff Chamberlain that had a pair. They were XXL. Too bad he had to leave before we hit the water so I didn't get a test run. The XXL might be a bit large for me even with 5 to 7mm of wetsocks on. Need a "fitting" to see what are best, XL or XXL. What size did you get, ClanB? Could you make a mm measurement of the foot pocket width?
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Unread postby ClanB » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:53 pm

I got Large ,shoe size 11-12. Im a 10.5 shoe size. The ML was a bit snug. The L fits nice and add 3mm fin socks and its perfect. Garage sale today...so no surfin' but tomarrow Ill give em a test run.
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Unread postby ClanB » Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:13 pm

4.75 inches or about 120mm wide. for the Large.
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