Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

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Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby rodndtube » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:04 pm

From Aquatic Apes, but of interest to wet feet folks (and I don't know how to link just that discussion):

Graeme Webster - Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions):
http://www.surfmat.org/t314-21st-century-ducks

Here is the Aquatic Apes link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2852561 ... 199692640/
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby krusher74 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:19 am

In my opinion Duck feet are the worst fins i have ever owned!

duck feet are horribly long, (i did cut a fair few inches off them and get some use out of them)

I much prefer the more "standard" bobyboard company fins

I would choose, mike stewart vipers/toobs blunt cuts/churchills (the list goes on!) over duckfeet. (owned and tried them all)

If you do however like long slow kicks the longer duckfeet may suit you.

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

Unread postby rodndtube » Mon May 20, 2013 9:43 am

I had the chance to try DaFin swim fins for the first time last week thanks to John Hughes of Cocoa Beach. The fins took some getting used to after using Vipers for several years (and the less frequent use of Hydro Techs in cold water). But, within an hour the fins were working without a thought... earning an "A" in my book. I plan on adding a pair of XL to my cold water quiver when I need to load up on 3mm or more. Probably will buy a pair of L for warm/cool water use as well. Still love my Vipers but the Large DaFins will give me increased flexibility in warm through cool waters. Nice sized foot pocket.

John told me that the rubber formulation in the new DaFins is even nicer than the stiffer rubber in the old formulation fins that I used. Anybody used both formulations in the water?
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby soulglider » Mon May 20, 2013 10:02 am

i have. like them both. i will tell you now. i have been using my fins now for a little less than a year and the rubber is disintegrating rapidly...this is the 4th pair i've had and its the same thing every time. i am going back to makapuu's.
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby rodndtube » Mon May 20, 2013 12:48 pm

The DaFins are disintegrating? The old or new formulation? That is a bummer.

Is it the toxic waste of SoCal waters eating them away <joking>? My buddy in Central Atlantic Florida has not experienced that problem.
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby soulglider » Tue May 21, 2013 10:07 am

the new. i had old dafins 5 or 6 years ago. they lasted longer. if you didnt pull them on by the strap. if you did, SNAP! i didnt like them then. i have always disliked the way they felt from the factory, i cut the wide tips off, making them look like the kicks. its easy to do and they work great, not that fucky bending right at the foot pocket/blade area. i talked to the dafin folks and they said, the o.g. dafins were designed for swimming and keeping the fins mostly under water, the kicks are adjustments they made to the o.g. ones to make them work better for coming up out of water and then penetrating it again and again while kicking hence....
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby mrmike » Tue May 21, 2013 10:13 am

my Dafins are 2year old and I use them almost every day and they still look new. like I said before fin are like shoes not all peoples feet fit the same shoe
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby skiff » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:28 pm

I've been using DaFins for about five years, and nothing I've ever tried before came even close to the level of comfort and non-crampability of the DaFins. A Hawaiian buddy turned me onto them, saying, 'Mark Cunningham and Brian Keaulana designed 'em, WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?!' And he's been proved right. I always keep a backup pair just in case something happens to the first pair (no store around here carries them, so i's a 5-7 day UPS delay if they somehow turn up missing...), but they seem to be 'wearing' just fine. The one pair I've been using for over three years look brand new, and I use them pretty frequently. Fins are like shoes, it's been said, and nothing is truer. What fits one guy maybe won't fit the next? But that said, I've yet to meet a guy who's tried DaFins and not been wholly convinced; they seem to be 'that' good.
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby krusher74 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:59 am

[quote="soulglider"]the new. i had old dafins 5 or 6 years ago. they lasted longer. if you didnt pull them on by the strap. if you did, SNAP! i didnt like them then. i have always disliked the way they felt from the factory, i cut the wide tips off, making them look like the kicks. its easy to do and they work great, not that fucky bending right at the foot pocket/blade area. i talked to the dafin folks and they said, the o.g. dafins were designed for swimming and keeping the fins mostly under water, the kicks are adjustments they made to the o.g. ones to make them work better for coming up out of water and then penetrating it again and again while kicking hence....[/quot

Yeah i tried a pair like them , then 3 months later snap!!! useless :cry:
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Re: Duckfeet/DaFin comparison (land-based early impressions)

Unread postby bgreen » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:29 am

Based on the comments - I bought a pair. Some feedback -

1) they are like excavators and pick up small rocks & sand while wading out.

2) they seem to require a very different kick action to my churchills. I found I got more propulsion by being further back on the board.

3) they are soft & comfortable.

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