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newbie fin question

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Jul 28, 2004
I know there is no right fin for everyone, but I'm hoping for some suggestions based on the following specs:

1) experienced scuba diver, used to long surface swims
2) currently comfortable diving to 40 feet with scuba fins (abalone hunting)
3) regular strength training, including squats
3.5) regular running/cycling
4) diving in Monterey or North Coast California so no carbon fins (lots of rock entries, etc.)

I am taking a Performance Free Diving course in about a month. I would like to get a decent first pair of fins this coming weekend. That way I'll have two free diving weekends to get used to them before the class.

I want to avoid overly flexible footpockets. I have reasonably strong legs, so I thought maybe a standard flex fin (not the super flex for low fitness levels, but also not the stiffness of competition). After the class, I will be free diving for about 2-3 hours at a time, both from shore and from a boat, probably blue water hunting. I'll need to buy booties since it is cold here (around 6 mill).

When I try on the fins, do I need any extra room in the pocket, or should they be pretty snug?

A friend recommended the Riffe/Omer Silent Hunter.

I welcome any thoughts or advice.


Do a search on fins on this site and you'll find plety of information and suggestions. That having been said, I'd seriously consider the fiberplastic fins such as OMER BAT, Waterway, XXOne, or Matrix for the conditions you describe. If you want camo, go BAT. You can probably handle a stiffer fin, like the BAT 40 or Matrix #4, but the BAt 30 or Matrix 3 or equivalent will let you dive all day and be good for at least twice the depths you are currently hitting. I like the OMER footpockets. There are fiberplastic fins with an angled blade, now, too, if that is an issue with you.
Welcome philosar. Mark is right on, but there is almost more info than you can absorb. One thread in particular is very good, Fin Lineup under Hunting Equipment.

Sporasub Dessault ?

Work pretty good for me and seem good for surface / free / spearing

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