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Author Topic: Apollo Bio Fin Pro XT VS Tusa or Oceanic or other brands split fins  (Read 3409 times)

alexlee

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Hello... My friend who wants to buy a pair of split fins needs some advice. What's the difference between Apollo and other brands?  Always thought split fins suits divers who likes small kicks. So it should be softer right? How come Apollo Bio Fin Pro XT is 15% stiffer than the original bio fin pro? And it says it's for strong swimmers...

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The difference?... The brand logo lor...hahaha...
On a more serious note, there are some key differences...
Different material...design... engineering & quality...

As for Apollo, their fins are all rubber... Oceanic mostly composite materials i think... etc etc...
All of them are basically riding on the concept of the slit in between your fins...
This concept has been patented and these brands actually pay license fees to use the split fin or Nature's Wing design... (very good money huh? ;))

The XT series apparently... is to cater for divers who like to more manoeuvrability and use more sculling or frog kicks...
the normal ones are apparently too soft for frog kicks and are limited to flutters...
but i could also imagine trying to flutter with the XT... will definitely need more leg power...

I've never tried them personally before... just feedback from a friend...
But at the end of the day its just 3 words... Preference, Preference... Preference...
its always better for your friend to borrow and try them out first then decide what to get...
 ;)

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Hello... My friend who wants to buy a pair of split fins needs some advice. What's the difference between Apollo and other brands?  Always thought split fins suits divers who likes small kicks. So it should be softer right? How come Apollo Bio Fin Pro XT is 15% stiffer than the original bio fin pro? And it says it's for strong swimmers...

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Although split fins may all look similar, its the little details that make a difference. Choice of material will determine the fin's thrust and efficiency, durability and comfort.

Design of the fin also affects fin efficiency, fit, comfort, and ease of donning/doffing.

Although they all come with a split down the middle, there are other design elements that determine how efficient the fin is. How wide is the split? How far does it go down the fin? How thick are the sidewalls? What shape are the sidewalls, which affect rigidity?

The Apollos are very comfortable, and well designed. Easy to put on and take off too. Quality and finishing is top notch.

As to why they stiffened the fin, perhaps most divers could take a stiffer material. I had the Pro and it was very effortless to swim with. If they stiffened it to give extra thrust, it's a good thing.

If possible, try before you buy, and get the one you like best.

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Although split fins may all look similar, its the little details that make a difference. Choice of material will determine the fin's thrust and efficiency, durability and comfort.

Design of the fin also affects fin efficiency, fit, comfort, and ease of donning/doffing.

Although they all come with a split down the middle, there are other design elements that determine how efficient the fin is. How wide is the split? How far does it go down the fin? How thick are the sidewalls? What shape are the sidewalls, which affect rigidity?

The Apollos are very comfortable, and well designed. Easy to put on and take off too. Quality and finishing is top notch.

As to why they stiffened the fin, perhaps most divers could take a stiffer material. I had the Pro and it was very effortless to swim with. If they stiffened it to give extra thrust, it's a good thing.

If possible, try before you buy, and get the one you like best.

Iím using Apollo fins currently.

Mineís white color BioFins Pro XT (if remember correctly), the original one not the short version. I heard different colour offers different stiffness. Material wise it feels like silicon / rubber compared to other composite fins that feels like plastic. So one of the downside is weight (feels heavy, like carrying 2 finsÖ). The blade area as usual is soft and flexible
In the water itís slightly negative buoyant, so it will sink slowly.

As others have mentioned itís a matter of personal preference. Apollo is fast to me and effortless, reviews have been good too but Iíd like more feedback to my kicks, so looking for other fins now.

If you want I can lend you mine to test  ;)

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My wife and I use Apollo fins. If decided on split fins, just get the Apollo.
It's 100% rubber, the stiffer version supposed to give better thrust but think difference is not noticeable. It's very manouverable and you use less energy, especially on surface. Shld hv no problems with any type of kicks.
Don't choose those with plastic material - these r too flimsy. I tried Mares split fins.
I was using a conventional 100% rubber paddle fin before switching to Apollo - that was more powerful but it also tired me out and gave me cramps.
Only downside is that Apollo is heavier.

alexlee

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Wow!!! Thanks for the advice!! :-) I'll let her know. And I agree. Should try out first...

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My girlfriend has a Tusa SF-15 Xpert Zoom Z3...
Made of composite material and very light weight... and it's designed with a 27 degree angle...
Since she's a lady... she might wanna consider something lighter for the load...  ;)

All the best with the fin hunt!
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Why not consider the Atomics Splitfins?

I have both Apollo & Atomics, both are almost on par to me in terms of ease of finning, speed and maneuverability.

Real difference is the weight. Apollo is heavy and sinks, but good for photography. Atomics is lighter and floats, good for travelling.


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Why not consider the Atomics Splitfins?

I have both Apollo & Atomics, both are almost on par to me in terms of ease of finning, speed and maneuverability.

Real difference is the weight. Apollo is heavy and sinks, but good for photography. Atomics is lighter and floats, good for travelling.

+1 on the Atomics for travelling. My GF uses them, and they're literally half the weight of my Jets.

Interesting to note is that different colors have different performance properties though.


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I have apollo, mares quattro and Aeris Accel ...

Gave my thoughts here: http://scubasg.com/index.php?topic=5655.50

Ease of kick + speed + bomb proof quality (but heavy) = Apollo
Better speed + less ease of kick (mid weight + longer length) = Quattro
Light weight + ease of kick + compact size ( but less speed) = Accel

All have their pros and cons - so I am keeping all of them. :-)
Freedive         vs     Scuba
Breath hold    vs     Breath flow