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Has anyone used these fins?

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Jersey Jim

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Has anyone used, or know of someone who has used the Mares "Attack" fins? These fins are displayed on the "diversdirect.com" website in the fins section, under "longfins". The diveshop I bought them from in neighboring Delaware, does not stock freediving gear, but the owner has a pair. He advised me they are carbons, but I never hear anyone on this forum discussing them. To better help identify them, there are "2" screws under each fin, and Pipin's signature is on the top. To this point I have only used "Esclapez" fins for freediving, and have not had the opportunity to try them yet. Probably won't for another month or two, but am hoping for feedback from anyone who knows.
Thanks in advance,
Jim
 

Erik

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Jim, I have never used them, but the word on the street is that they are junk....too stiff, too short, and break very easily. Think about sticking with OMER, Picasso, Sporasub, Esclapez, or Beauchat. Cressi too, and a few others. Mares does make some decent gear, but that fin has a bad rep.
Cheers,
Erik Y.
 

Mark Tomkins

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I have a pair of them - I got them after someone stole my Beauchat's which I had had for approx 8 years - I found them way too soft - partly because the pockets are soft. They are very durable(sp?) though and I use them for dynamic as my comp/open water fins are Omer Carbon/Carbon pros(depending on how good I'm feeling). Everyone that has tried the Omers think they are too stiff but after seeing me use them they have a hard time believing how fast I move (by the way I'm way out of shape! - be 38 soon!). Bottom line is the Mares are probably not worth the money if you are a serious competative diver but for general recreation they aren't too bad if you are going to be doing a lot of swimming (spearing/dynamic in a pool).
 

Erik

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Ok, I take it all back.
Erik Y.
ps...actually, I have talked to 2 guys who have broken these fins ;)
 

Jersey Jim

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Thanks

Thanks Guys. I was beginning to think no one at all used these fins. I read a thread about some kind of carbons that were revised after breaking a lot, and going with 2 screws after initially using one. The fins I bought have 2 screws under each pocket, so maybe these are the ones. I suppose the topic of fin performance/preference is as subjective and varied as an individuals leg conditioning. All I can hope for is that the Mares Attack fins have an improvement over the only freediving fins I've ever used, the Esclapez Du monde. I think they are some sort of plastic blades, and a couple of inches shorter than my new carbons. I'm remaining hopefull that the Mares attack fins yield some degree of improvement. Do you by chance have any knowledge of this Esclapez reputation, and if so, how would they compare. Just once in the water would put an end to all my questions :eek:
Thank again for everyones input.
Jim
 
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