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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » U.S. Post and Topics » U.S. Midwest Region Introductions and Discussions » Best flippers?

Best flippers?

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1Best flippers? Empty Best flippers? on Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:16 am

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I've got like big feet. Size 13-14 and with wading socks, even bigger!.  I don't care for over the boot type flippers this time of year.  The flippers I have now are "One size don't fit you." Any opinions (HA) on something not too expensive?Suspect

2Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:24 am

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I don't know about 'best'. In my experience, it depends on the person and conditions to determine what are the best fins to use.

I agree with you in regards to the over-the-boot fins. I only use them when I need to wear wading boots.

I have some Trek snorkeling fins that I absolutely love. However, they only work well if I am on a body of water that I won't need to cover a lot of distance or deal with wind/currents. I buy them on Amazon for under $25.

If I will need to cover distance or deal with wind/current I use the Classic Accessories Thruster Fins. I get precise control with the ability to do some nice power kicking. I love the fit and the price. They are a one size fit. I know, you have an issue currently with that type of fit.

The Thrusters are a 'bootie' designed fin. I wear a size 10 boot. I always wear a neoprene sock. When I wear these the back strap is adjusted all the way in. These should easily adjust and accommodate your size requirement.

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I know they are a popular fin with many FTFF members. Hopefully someone with a large size fit will chime in and tell you if they work and fit well for them.

Good luck with your search. Be sure and give us a report on your fin selection. I am looking forward to some fishing reports and pics.
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3Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:34 am

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My first pair were Creek Company, heavy fin, wear with boot, back strap, not ajustable.
I decided to buy back pack straps for my Super Fat Cat, saw their fins, they look like Force fins. So I bought a pair.
2 adjustable straps on top of foot, 1 behind. Have used them twice and love them. No fatigue like I had with the Creek, easy off at the end of the day when my legs r tired. And less energy used in the kick.
Might be more than u want to pay, $99. But for me it's been a good deal. .......GT

4Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:01 pm

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I use dive fins and have every since I have been tubing. If you get new fins, make sure you take your waders with you, it will help you find the right fins for you and your gear.


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5Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:02 pm

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Here is a link to a previous discussion on fins
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How much were you wanting to spend? That will help in the decision making.


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6Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:18 am

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Wow, what a great response. Thanks for the advice. It makes me want to keep coming back to the FTFF. Thanks again.

7Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:29 am

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8Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:36 am

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Just pulled the trigger on the Classic Accessories Thrusters. Time will tell.

9Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:48 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Just pulled the trigger on the Classic Accessories Thrusters.  Time will tell.

I hope they work as well for you as they do me.

One of the best things I like about FTFF; there are many members willing to help you out.

Too bad we're so far apart as I would love to cast a line with you guys over there. I was stationed as a Navy Recruiter in Louisville for three years.
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10Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:24 pm

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Congratz on the new toy.
I hope you give a report on the performance


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11Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:42 pm

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I wear and recommend Force Fins and can kick against the wind and current without fatigue.
I always GPS my distances on the Run Keeper app and have regularly gone distances of 1.5+ miles per session, no problem at age 65.

The only negative point about the Force Fins is that they don't float, they sink. So I wear fin leashes .... problem solved. They normally cost $225.00 new but I purchased mine on eBay used for $81.00.

I normally wear a size 10 shoe. But with my Simm's sock foot waders and a size 13 pull over water shoe over the sock foot, I comfortably wear a size XL in the Force Fin.

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Dr Harvey Barnett is an underwater photographer, researcher and waterman. He conducted research proving the physiological advantages of Force Fins.

His research was comprehensive, monitoring things like carbon dioxide uptake, lactic acid production, fatigue factors, in many different individuals, wearing many different flippers in controlled situations in a pool.

Force Fins proved to be so vastly superior to anything else that he personally tested, that he has worn them ever since.

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You would probably wear an XXL FF if you wore a pull-on water shoe. Avoid zippered water shoes and get as thin of a water shoe as possible.

Good luck on making your fin decision, so many fins out there to choose from.

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12Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:59 pm

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tccanoe,

Did you check out the "Classified" near the bottom of the home page?
There are lots of items for sale by FTFF members, including fins.

Check it out, it could save you lots of $.

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13Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:03 pm

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This is what I use and I love them.  Lots of power in each stroke, and no foot cramps.  Bought them from Amazon.com for $19.99 a year ago, but the price has gone up. "U.S. Divers Proflex ll Diving Fins". They have an enclosed heel and a nice soft sole.   I use them in the spring and summer when the water is warm when I'm not wearing waders.  I just pull them onto my bare feet.  The problem is that the largest size they have is what I wear, a size 11.5 to 13.  I wear a size 13 shoe and the fins fit perfect for me.

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14Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:43 am

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The Classic Accessories Thruster Fins I have a pair and I use them only for emergancy fins or if someone needs a spare , just be aware that it is a good ideal to carry around a set of the heel straps as they are prone to breaking and crack over half a season .. like $9 for the replacement strap .. not terrible fins but i cannot count how many straps busted on me and i have a small foot size 8-9 .

Force fins are good but slow moving in the water and if you dont have them adjusted 100% correct in wind or current you will kick that fin off for sure , trust me i know i took a trip across the lake one day in 20mph winds and was rescued by a nice boater lol

15Best flippers? Empty Re: Best flippers? on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:59 pm

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I use Tusa Liberator Xten Open Heel Scuba Diving Fins which I got back in 2012 I think for the first fins when I got into float tubing and still use them to this day. They are cheap (around $30 on Amzon) and work amazing in my opinion. I have used them to kick to every corner (literally) of Lake Perris and Alamitos bay as well as the other local harbors. Highly recommend if you are trying to not break the bank. Are they the best fins you can get? Most likely not but I'm cheap and would buy another pair if I needed to.

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