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H Dessault Footpocket Size Confusion

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New Member
Jun 1, 2004
I received my H. Dessault fins today in the mail from scubastore, and I'm a bit confused (besides the fact they got broke in transit, d'oh!). The size charts say 46-48 EU size is between 11-13 (I'm assuming?) US. However, on the fin itself, it says 46-48 and 13-15, so I'm confused. These footpockets are not terribly snug with a 3mm sock, and I'm a 12US.

Does anyone out there have any comments? I'm not sure what to do, get a smaller footpocket or what. :duh Obviously they're being returned, but I'm not sure if I should keep the same size or not.

John A

Well-Known Member
Sep 15, 2004
I had posted this earlier,

"For anyone wondering about sizing (like I did) here’s what fits me. I ordered the 40-42 (7-9), my foot is a wide (E or better) 9 ½ , the 40-42 is “free” with out a sock and fits nice and snug with a 1mm DeepSee fin sock, big toe just peaks out the front. Hope this helps someone."

If you seach sporasub or H Dessault you will find more posts relating to your size (10-12) issue then I found for me. Hope this helps



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land shark

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Oct 16, 2004

I have a size 12 C foot as well. I ordered 44 46 and they fit well, barefoot up to 3mm socks. My problem is if I want to use my 5mm socks I'll have to get bigger foot pockets. When mine came the water tempurature here was 46 to 48f. So off I went anyways dying to try :) I still made a comfortable 2 hours with the 3mm socks. But I see the larger foot pockets as well on my horizion because of the climate I live in.

hope this helps

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New Member
Aug 19, 2002
The perfect fit in freediving fins can be a hard thing to come by, because each size is made to fit about 3 foot sizes. If one size with a 3mm sock is a little lose than the best fit may be with 5mm sock. But the additional thickness of soft neoprene, when you don’t need it for warm, means your foot is not as solidly connected to the fin as ideal. My experience with Omers and Picassos is that a 42-44 is a little loose with a 3mm, but 40-42 is way too small.

Just keep experimenting and you will figure out the best for you. Hopefully you can try some 44-46 pockets and/or some 5mm socks before you buy.


New Member
Jun 1, 2004
Well, an update on my fin situation. The fins that were too large (13-15US) were broken in shipping, so scubastore sent me another pair of smaller fins (11-13US) at no cost. Plus, they told me to keep the broken ones, so I got to keep the bigger footpockets. :) Woohoo! Thanks, scubastore! With a 3mm sock, they 11-13US pockets fit nice and snug, whereas the 13-15US were a loose and slipped in the heel a bit...and as said, I'm about a 12US shoe size, and a pretty wide foot. I think the larger footpockets would be good with a 5 or 7 mm sock, as they're big, but not so big that they're falling off my foot.

A few notes...the smaller sized footpockets are of the new type mentioned in some other threads. In other words, the rubber is much softer and more flexible than the older ones, without sacrificing overall rigidity of the footpocket. In short, it's easier to put the things on. - The Worlds Largest Community Dedicated To Freediving, Scuba Diving and Spearfishing


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