Overwhelmed with options? Here’s some tips!
When it comes to selecting fins, many people tend to go for what appeals to their eyes, but find out later on that it does not suit them as well as they thought.
Here are some tips on selecting your fins to prevent yourself from feeling disappointed later on.
3 Points to Consider when selecting your own pair of fins
The most important thing about fins is fitting! They are equivalent to your shoes on land. Incorrectly fitted equipment will not only cause you wallet-related regrets, injuring yourself might be possible.
To tell if a fin is properly fitted, put on your fins with your booties if it’s a open heel fin. Pull up the strap at the back and move your feet around. Ask yourself, does it feel too loose or too tight? Does it hurt when I’m moving my feet? Does the foot pocket cut into my feet? If the answer is no, then well, your fins are correctly fitted.
If you’re not a meticulous or careful person, hard plastic fins might pose a problem in terms of maintenance, this material are usually harder to take care as prolonged exposure to sun might cause the plastic to crack or unnecessary weight on them might cause it to snap, in this case, rubber fins are more ideal as they are more durable, requires less maintenance and are more resistance to unnecessary “abuse”.
Don’t be afraid to choose a pair that suits your lifestyle habits, little things in life affects your equipment as well.
Everyone has different magnitude of strength, know your limits and the kind of diving you like. Choose a fin that matches the amount of energy and effort you can exert when diving and the type of diving you like to do.
For instance, a young kid might want to consider a hard plastic fin which is much lighter and requires adequately energy to propel you through the water. Compared to an adult, a jet fin might be one you could consider, it’s harder and more rigid, providing additional propulsion when finning underwater.
If you prefer dive sites where it is not known for strong currents, a split fin or hard plastic fin might be something to consider getting? Whereas those who like a good fight to see exotic marine life, a single blade fin is ideal! Naturally, Freedivers should go for Freediving fins where their blades are long and sturdy, providing that immense propulsion with minimal energy exert, conserving your breath.
Stay tune to our next post on review and recommendations on the types of fins!