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"Best" mono-fin

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Aug 10, 2001
I dolphin kick my carbon bi-fins for constant ballast but I think the time has come to go all the way and switch to mono. I understand there are many mono swimmers around so I would appreciate if you could share experiences of specific make and model monofins. Dynamic is not my cup of tea so I would be more interested in suggestions for constant ballast monofins.
Thanks in advance

For the first time just pick WaterWay Model2 MD. For competitions M1 LD is more preferrable.

all the best
Just so you don't think Peter is the only guy who likes his fins, I'll back him up: I have bought products from Peter; he is fair, the prices are excellent, the products are very good. I have a FINIS monofin that has the Waterway blade, but I wish I had the Waterway footpockets....everyone says they are very comfortable.
Erik Y.
did you mean to say Model 2 LD, instead of MD? i used to use a Model 2 MD for constant weight over a year ago. eventually i realised that it was simply too stiff for deep diving. the long distance fins are far more suitable for freediving - that's my experience anyway.

It depends on your purposes.
If you don't have experience with monos and you need training then take MD, if your legs are strong enogh and you need the mono only for freediving take LD. With LD you've training of your techique and lungs but progress increasing of power is not big. If you're trainng in breathholding especially then MD is worse - it may take extra-efforts, but it depends on your lungs' volume and specific of our body.

For competitions we strongly advise M1 LD. Some exeptions are exist - if are taller then 180 cm and have very strong legs, if your body is longer then of other people and your weight is about 200 pounds and more. Then MD can be OK.
M2 LD for competitions is possible if you're 170 cm and less and about 150 pounds and less.

Till 30-40 m no big difference between M1 and M2 - other things are cruicial like lungs and technique.

Traditional way - diver (and surf-racer) has 2 Monos - M2 MD for training amd M1 LD for competitions.

You can pick the M2 LD for non-competition diving for yourself, for training in breathholding and if you're not a big guy. Then it'll be perfect for you in any sence. In this case you need some extra-exercising for legs.

If you're spearfishing and skindiving with mono, then select MD.

For the freedivers 80% sales are M1 LD but 50/50 MD and LD for Model 2.

For new people in monos we recommend MD in most of the cases for now put it's not a strict rule at all.

All the best,
I have to agree- Waterway is a great company and Peter is very helpful. Peter, do you guys have any videos or books yet?
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