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First carbon fin. Cetma or Alchmey? Small diver.

LaLtheGaL

LaLtheGaL

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Hello fellow divers,

I will admit that I’m pretty new to Freediving, only starting in July, but I’ve been hooked and getting into the water as much as possible.

I currently use the Cressi Gara Impulse and switch out between the Sprints depending on the situation and love having that modular option. My Impulse blades are wearing out; rails are beginning to strip out, and white stress marks appearing across the blades. So I think it’s going to be time for new fins soon.

I’m 162cm (about 5’3”) and 52kg (114lbs). I do enjoy both line diving and recreational diving. I’d like to get fins that will support my line diving first and use my Cressi Sprints in the meantime for shallower dives. I’ll be doing a Wave 3 course in March, so would like to get some time on the new fins before then.

Right now I’m looking at the Alchemy V330 or the Cetma Mantra’s. I’m leaning towards the Cetma’s because the Cetma footpocket was the most comfortable (the C4 400’s were a close second) and I like that the blades allow you to swap out easily with the same footpocket, whereas the Alchemy is a glued in system. My hesitance on the Cetma’s, is that crazy 33 degree angle. My ankles are very flexible and coming from a swimming background, I’m worried I’ll have to drastically change my kick pattern to compensate for the angle? But maybe I am wrong. My other smaller concern is the length of the blade. Those things are huge! Are they too long for someone of my height? I know the CWT Mantra’s have less of an angle, and are slightly shorter, but they are not offered in an extra-soft option. Would soft be too stiff for my smaller stature?

Anyways, I would love your opinions and especially would love to hear from some smaller divers, if they have a favourite?
 
marco15499

marco15499

Laguneros Spearfishing
Apr 4, 2011
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You'll get used to the blades angle. Get the ultra softs no matter which model you choose.
 
LaLtheGaL

LaLtheGaL

New Member
Nov 24, 2022
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You'll get used to the blades angle. Get the ultra softs no matter which model you choose.
Thank you. Can fins to TOO long for a person? Do you think the Mantra's length be ok for me?
 
marco15499

marco15499

Laguneros Spearfishing
Apr 4, 2011
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For spearfishing you don't want your fins to be too long. For freediving it is ok if they are long.
 
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DiveHacker

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Jun 17, 2020
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I like meister stuff personally. They spend less on marketing and more on making good fins
 
hteas

hteas

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Mar 9, 2005
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start with the most during a long dive.comfortable footpockets. They can make quite a diffwerence
 
vrokhlenko

vrokhlenko

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Sep 22, 2002
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Hello fellow divers,

I will admit that I’m pretty new to Freediving, only starting in July, but I’ve been hooked and getting into the water as much as possible.

I currently use the Cressi Gara Impulse and switch out between the Sprints depending on the situation and love having that modular option. My Impulse blades are wearing out; rails are beginning to strip out, and white stress marks appearing across the blades. So I think it’s going to be time for new fins soon.

I’m 162cm (about 5’3”) and 52kg (114lbs). I do enjoy both line diving and recreational diving. I’d like to get fins that will support my line diving first and use my Cressi Sprints in the meantime for shallower dives. I’ll be doing a Wave 3 course in March, so would like to get some time on the new fins before then.

Right now I’m looking at the Alchemy V330 or the Cetma Mantra’s. I’m leaning towards the Cetma’s because the Cetma footpocket was the most comfortable (the C4 400’s were a close second) and I like that the blades allow you to swap out easily with the same footpocket, whereas the Alchemy is a glued in system. My hesitance on the Cetma’s, is that crazy 33 degree angle. My ankles are very flexible and coming from a swimming background, I’m worried I’ll have to drastically change my kick pattern to compensate for the angle? But maybe I am wrong. My other smaller concern is the length of the blade. Those things are huge! Are they too long for someone of my height? I know the CWT Mantra’s have less of an angle, and are slightly shorter, but they are not offered in an extra-soft option. Would soft be too stiff for my smaller stature?

Anyways, I would love your opinions and especially would love to hear from some smaller divers, if they have a favourite?
You absolutely do not need 33 degrees given your background. I have been swimming for close to 50 years including being on a team for close to 20. My 22 degrees Mares fins are annoying to use on a surface. As far as which fins - impossible to predict. After many years of using carbon/fiberglass fins I recenltly used my Mares Avanti Tre rubber/plastic fins and they are an absolute joy to use - no pain whatsoever. Also be very suspicious about the freediving kicking techniques those coaches peddle - like using the whole leg while swimmers work more from the knee down. Listen to your body and figure out when you burn the least oxygen. About the length of the blade: longer in general would be more tiresome. But you need to experiment so try to test out as many fins as possible.
 
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