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[Article] Gear Review: The DOL-Fin Orca

Discussion in 'General Freediving' started by ArticleBot, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. ArticleBot

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    DeeperBlue.com's favorite inventor Eric Fattah, takes us on a step-by-step review of the latest apparatus for freedivers: the freediving hydrofoil monofin. A previous World Record holder and active athlete himself, Eric makes the perfect foil to test the DOL-fin Orca.

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  2. trux

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    Great review. Thanks for it, Eric!

    Let's hope Ron will demonstrate in person what it can do now at the WC in Okinawa. And I bet plenty of top freedivers will use the opportunity to test it in there, so if it is really good, we'll sure see them everywhere soon.

    This is a photo from Kerian's Facebook Okinawa album:

  3. JennyWren

    JennyWren Well-Known Member

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    Sweet review, man I'd love to try one out.
  4. rovanpera

    rovanpera Member

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    Ron and Natalia used the DOL-Fin for their Dyn dives yesterday in Okinawa TWC. Ron did 150m and Natalia 217m. Both were quite slow dives.
  5. JennyWren

    JennyWren Well-Known Member

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    Any videos from the dol-fin at the WC?
  6. Haydn

    Haydn Well-Known Member

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    Hi Eric,
    How do you think it would compare throughout a long distance surface swim fin? Did you try swimming frontcrawl or butterfly with it? Did the kick require amplitude starting at the shoulders or just from the ankles/knees?
  7. efattah

    efattah Well-Known Member

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    The Orca would be the ultimate for long distance. With no pain of any kind in the feet, and the possibility of using a zillion different strokes (no knees, or all knees, or just calves, or whatever...)
  8. sayNO2o2

    sayNO2o2 New Member

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    I got to play with this fin while Ron was in Hawaii. I was the biggest doubter about the fin to start with. I only used it in the pool. It blew me away. After a few laps just getting the feel for it I could easy match my kick count of my russian fin over 25m. The thing I noticed most was there was no power lost from flex in the foot pocket or over the leanth of the blade. So as you are kicking it produces the power with absolutely no lag. So I found I could use a smaller stroke than normal.
    Can't wait to see where this fin and the technology takes free diving.
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  9. Jouskari

    Jouskari Well-Known Member

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    I tried it in Okinawa. Although it exceeded my initial expections I think it still lacks the same power input as a Glide if I need to go a little bit faster than ~+ 1 m/s. At slow speeds it seemed to work fairly well (Natalias dive). Turning also requires some effort, but might be manageable with some training.

    With a little more development I think it could be really good...
  10. REVAN

    REVAN The Right Stuff Supporter

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    Here is some raw footage of Natalia's dynamic In Okinawa:

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