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Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
« on: 06 Jul 16, 10:08 »
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  • Hi guys,

    I want to share my experience with four fins which I tried in one pool session. I am deciding on which ones to purchase hence I went to the pool to try the fins that the divers were using. The 4 that I tried were: SP Jet Fins, OMS Slipstream, Hog Tech 2 and UTD neutral buoyancy precision fins. All fins were fitted with spring straps.
    The SP jet fins were the heaviest (about 1.4 kg each fin) and as expected my feet was on the floor of the pool when I was hovering about 8-10 inches from the floor.  I cannot keep my feet up for long and my trim was affected. It is very negative buoyant. The foot pocket of the jet fins were small so I have to take the XL fins. These are much larger than the L size fins. I can feel the weight when frog kicking, you need to have strong legs.
    The OMS slipstream was lighter (about 1 kg each fin) and was not as negative buoyant compared to the SP jet fins. I was able to keep my trim and the L size fits well. It was easy to frog kick. I like these fins.
    The Hog tech 2 fits well. It weighs about the same as the slipstream. It is softer and when frog kicking I feel there was less power compared to the jet fins and slipstream.
    The UTD neutral buoyant fins (there are also the negative buoyant ones) fits well too. They are comfortable and they frog kick slightly better than the Hog but still not as strong as the slipstream or jet fins. I like the UTD fins.
    I don't have problems with my trim with the slipstream, Hog and UTD fins. They are about the same buoyancy i.e. slightly negative in swimming pool water. This is also due to the spring straps.
    Price wise - the jet fins, UTD and slipstream are about the $200 and the hog tech 2 is $170 (for the neutral buoyant fins) in sg. US pricing is cheaper but if you add in shipping it is probably better to get in sg. However I am able to get it shipped within the US and have someone to bring back to sg.
    Eagerly waiting for my new fins to arrive.   :D

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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #1 on: 07 Jul 16, 19:15 »
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  • Interesting review!

    Anyway, I'm currently using a pair of XXL SP Jetfins and very particular about trim.  I (as well as many others) seem to do well with heavy fins.  Before the jet, I have another very heavy fins (jet looking black fin), I hold trim without issues.  But for some unknown reasons, back kicking seem very much better with my current jets.  Control is more precise and generally feels better.  Only downside is packing and carrying those fins for trips is really a pain.  ???
    So they call it a 'FACT' coz someone made some statements on a 'FACT SHEET'? hummm...

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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #2 on: 10 Jul 16, 20:10 »
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  • Thanks kingpin nice review. I like my L slipstreams but the foot pocket is huge and my 2mm booties are swimming. What do sort of booties do you wear?


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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #3 on: 10 Jul 16, 20:55 »
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  • Hi Davidlindawei,

    Yes the foot pocket is big but fits well at the opening. I use 3 mm booties. What is your shoe size? I'm about US 9.


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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #4 on: 11 Jul 16, 15:29 »
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  • I use the mares 2mm equator size 8 and I had a blister on my toe! I'm normally size 9 too. I think I'm going to get a 5mm bootie to fit my slipstreams :(


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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #5 on: 12 Jul 16, 23:59 »
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  • anyone tried apollo ranger split fin? any good? no review online yet

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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #6 on: 13 Jul 16, 14:09 »
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  • anyone tried apollo ranger split fin? any good? no review online yet
    I think this tread is on 'HOG' styled paddle fins.. split fins.. not so 'HOG' lah.. lol
    So they call it a 'FACT' coz someone made some statements on a 'FACT SHEET'? hummm...

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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #7 on: 04 Oct 16, 08:52 »
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  • I'm sad. Lost one of my UTD neutral fins over Igara last week. The spring strap is a bit loose. I was kicking hard against strong current when my left leg suddenly felt no resistance. Next thing I see is my fin carried away by current. :( :( :(

    So I got at Hollis F2 as a replacement. Haven't used it yet.

    I really liked my UTD fins. But heavy, though.

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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #8 on: 19 Oct 16, 11:41 »
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  • Hollis F2 is my best alternate to Jet Fins.  They perform as well as Jetfins and it is so much lighter for travel.  It is a positive buoyant fin.  Without the spring straps they float to the surface.  Anyway I used it for my recreational dives.  Only use jets doing tech dives.

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    Re: Jet fins - SP, OMS, UTD, Hog
    « Reply #9 on: 27 Nov 16, 17:24 »
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  • Hollis F2 is my best alternate to Jet Fins.  They perform as well as Jetfins and it is so much lighter for travel.  It is a positive buoyant fin.  Without the spring straps they float to the surface.  Anyway I used it for my recreational dives.  Only use jets doing tech dives.

    Is it much lighter? I read somewhere indicated its close to the classic jetfin ... didn't check the website and they did not indicate but claimed as lighter...how much is it retailing for?