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tomism

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Re: Light weight travel fins
« Reply #10 on: 10 Mar 12, 17:03 »
Hi Alvin,

I'm looking for open heel?
APS Mantaray anyone can commend?
Where to get locally?

I think you can find it at Waikiki.. $160-$170 I think?

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Re: Light weight travel fins
« Reply #11 on: 11 Mar 12, 19:36 »
I believe those fins are a copy of the old deep outdoors six gill fins? Reviews are ok only. I think you can also consider mares open heel fins which always have pretty good performance and are pretty lightweight with a combi of rubber and plastics.

Check out a review on the mantaray here: http://www.scubadiving.com/gear/accessories/18-new-fins


It doesn't feel all powerful.  I tried the gull super mew full foot and comparatively the gull felt much more powerful, but then it's much heavier too?

But the sixgill is short and light and I feel it allows me to be more maneuverable (not so worried when in tight spaces)...

My friend dives with an old old fin - Tusa Liberator X (it sells for 30 bucks online in USA).. It looks like some 'plasticky normal' paddle fin but looks are deceiving... The foot pockets look deep and propulsion feels better than the sixgill when I tried it... And the bonus is - its also really light...


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Re: Light weight travel fins
« Reply #12 on: 11 Mar 12, 20:26 »
the "feel" can be deceptive. divers usually think a fin is "powerful" when they can feel the resistance. that's why some people say there's no power in split fins -- because there is not as much feedback.

try using a wooden board - it will feel very powerful too. but it will be nowhere as efficient or generate thrust as a pair of properly designed fins

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Re: Light weight travel fins
« Reply #13 on: 11 Mar 12, 22:31 »
the "feel" can be deceptive. divers usually think a fin is "powerful" when they can feel the resistance. that's why some people say there's no power in split fins -- because there is not as much feedback.

try using a wooden board - it will feel very powerful too. but it will be nowhere as efficient or generate thrust as a pair of properly designed fins

Ah yes, thank you antacid for pointing out...

My bad, i should have been more specific... the super mew and the tusa liberator x felt more powerful than the sixgill based on the resistence of water on my face when i tried accelerating underwater... can't say that they were in fact more powerful since i wasn't actually testing them under the same conditions...