Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by flojo » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:32 pm

I have been using Dafins for a couple of months now and as an experiment, switched back to my old duckfeet----what a difference! While the DaFins are more comfortable and easier to use, I felt much less drag using the duckfeet. I am riding a t-belly 3 and its performance, while already really good, improved tremendously while I was wearing the duckfeet--much faster---goodby Dafins

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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by rodndtube » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:07 pm

What size of DaFin and are you selling them? I take it you are giving them away!?
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by flojo » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:22 pm

they are xl's but i am not quite ready to get rid of them yet--I don't notice the drag when body or hand boarding so I will keep them

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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by belly rider » Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:30 am

surfing on the net for new shapes and fin products I stumbled on this product http://shinfin.com
has anyone given a go at this?? and what was the feed back from using them
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by GeoffreyLevens » Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:18 am

Some years ago someone on kneeboard forum got some. There report was that they did not provide much in the way of actual effects. Super comfortable but only a bit more speed and acceleration than barefoot kicking!

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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by Paipo Jim » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:28 am

After moving to Oregon 27 years ago I switched to the largest foot size UDT's with 2mm booties for my size 13 feet. The booty soles can get shredded after one walk on a rock bottom but nothing can match the power of full size UDTs. With a strong kick from the hips they can handle getting into big surf and getting out of strong currents. If you have a smaller build cutting them shorter can help. I prefer training at the gym on machines doing leg extensions, leg curls, and the sled to build up thigh muscles in the off season. I can actually stay outside of the mob of thrusters (and inside of the long boarders) and get up to pretty good speed holding my HPD out in front of me in green water using full size UDTs.

I started off as a teenager using soft green Churchills for smaller warm water conditions but I really like the comfort and power of Vipers with bare feet for shoulder high and lower waves in warm water. Vipers are also good at a critical takeoff spot for a reef break where you only need to take two or three kicks to drop in.

I had Da Fins for awhile and they are probably my third choice nowadays and might be ideal for folks that find UDTs too big and heavy.

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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by bgreen » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:07 pm

PaipoJim,

Have you tried Duckfeet? Were you riding a paipo board before the HPD?

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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by Paipo Jim » Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:40 am

bgreen wrote: Have you tried Duckfeet?
I had a pair of Voits back in high school but they hurt my bare feet so I switched to green Churchill's for the comfort. Even those wore holes all the way through my skin after a long day in the water. I still have the scars.
Were you riding a paipo board before the HPD?
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by rodndtube » Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:57 pm

flojo wrote:I have been using Dafins for a couple of months now and as an experiment, switched back to my old duckfeet----what a difference! While the DaFins are more comfortable and easier to use, I felt much less drag using the duckfeet. I am riding a t-belly 3 and its performance, while already really good, improved tremendously while I was wearing the duckfeet--much faster---goodby Dafins
I agree that the DaFins can create more drag than many other fin designs. I part this can be mitigated by lifting the fin out of the water (more speed than a fin(s) in the water under normal riding conditions). But, when using a fin to elongate your planning surface the DaFin does create drag due to its downward curve shape. My comments relative to the Viper shape: http://mypaipoboards.org/flippers/flipp ... vs._DaFins
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by nomastomas » Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:49 am

The new Duckfeet Custom model has a much softer foot pocket then the original. Not as soft as DaFin but way more comfortable than the original, while still maintaining good thrust. Can't have max thrust with an ultra soft foot pocket. Blade will bend at the toe under stress.
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread post by bgreen » Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:15 am

Bob, I had pix of some of these on Rod's old site so I'm pretty sure you have seen them. In roughly descending chronological order.
Jim,

Thanks. I've sent you a PM.

Bob

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