Originally Posted by stingi17
fully agree with this, I remember hating those cheapy boots to the point I gave in and got my own.
I'm looking into getting new fins, does anyone here use split-fins? I had a chance to try some out in a pool and thought they were pretty neat, but I'd love to hear some reviews from guys that actually use them.
I have a pair. Split fins are great for just cruising around, giving a kick every so often. They aren't as hard on the legs and ankles as full fins, so if you a kicking lightly or doing a ddown-current drift dive (where you don't have to swim back to the boat) or are just moving slowly around a reef or wreck, then thye are great.
WHat you sacrifice is speed. If you need to move fast, then full fins will beat a split fin any day (more surface area pushing against the water). However, they can put a little more stress on you legs.
I always bring both with me depending on who I am with. If I am leading some friends around who are already certified, then I can use my splits because I know they can take care of themselves if something goes wrong. I will use my full fins if I know I will have to do a long swim to get to where I want to dive or I am assisting with a class and I will have to move as fast as possible if a student needs assistance. Also, fullfins are best on top of the water if ou have to do a rescue.