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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Best fins that aren't Force Fins

Best fins that aren't Force Fins

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1 Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:39 pm

dayhut

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Let's assume a tuber was willing to forego the Force Fins, willing to go with something a step down. I know, hard to imagine, but let's go with it.

Lets also assume that our stalwart tuber can actually find his fins, unlike those Hot Spot fins of lore and legend.

Given these conditions, Just what fins would our pioneering aquanaut find comfortable, efficient and affordable?

2 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:47 am

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How I would rate them  :

1. Force Fins  -- can easily find a Great deal on Ebay for them !!!
2. Hotspot Fins easily found at any Turners outdoors in Southern Ca
3. Scubapro Twin Jet Scuba Diving Fins --- Here really good things about these guys
4. Aeris Mako Dive fin -- if i was on a budget great fins for around $50 brand new

-- Just make sure that whatever you buy will fit over Dive booties , boots , etc ...

Don't Skimp on your fins , A lot of us have learned that the hard way (myself included) I started with a pair of $35 Turbo Thrusters from creek company , yes they got the job done , but at what cost ? the cramps in my legs from having to over kick and the overall crazy fatigue that sets in quickly with lower priced fins .. REMEMBER WE GET WHAT WE PAY FOR !!! and the fins are what propel us in the water make your life easier and spend a few extra bucks..

Just my Thoughts ,

WES

3 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:12 am

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I couldnt have said it better than WES did.

4 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:13 am

dayhut

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:How I would rate them  :

1. Force Fins  -- can easily find a Great deal on Ebay for them !!!
2. Hotspot Fins easily found at any Turners outdoors in Southern Ca
3. Scubapro Twin Jet Scuba Diving Fins --- Here really good things about these guys
4. Aeris Mako Dive fin -- if i was on a budget great fins for around $50 brand new

-- Just make sure that whatever you buy will fit over Dive booties , boots , etc ...

Don't Skimp on your fins , A lot of us have learned that the hard way (myself included) I started with a pair of $35 Turbo Thrusters from creek company , yes they got the job done , but at what cost ? the cramps in my legs from having to over kick and the overall crazy fatigue that sets in quickly with lower priced fins .. REMEMBER WE GET WHAT WE PAY FOR !!! and the fins are what propel us in the water make your life easier and spend a few extra bucks..

Just my Thoughts ,

WES
Thanks WES.
1. I'll have to look around. Full retail is just more than I can handle on the FF's
2. Im in SC - no Turners. I maybe could impose on my contacts in Cali. It's an option. I've not found them online, however.
3&4. Thank you

I Intend to fit them to neoprene, either stocking foot waders or booties in the warmest months.
I also don't plan to buy junk, in case I gave that impression. Yet, I believe there is something that meets my needs without dropping a C-note or more. If that is untrue, please tell me.
You've helped greatly. Thanks.



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5 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:41 am

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Wes hit the nail right on the head but you also have to keep in mind that it is personal preference. It might take a few attempts before you find some that fit your style of fishing/kicking.

I started off with $20 Wal-Mart special fins that I absolutely hated. After that I upgraded to Hot Spots which I loved. Now I upgraded once more and I have some Force Fins. Too me the hot spots and force fins and neck and neck in performance but the force fins are just slightly better. The difference is minimal enough that I didn't get the force fins until I found a sweet deal that I could not pass up.

6 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:01 am

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good job Wes, great report!!, i think i have those same creek company thrusters...they get the job done but i think its time for me to upgrade as well... Thumbs Up 


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7 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:07 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:How I would rate them  :
-- Just make sure that whatever you buy will fit over Dive booties , boots , etc ...

Don't Skimp on your fins , A lot of us have learned that the hard way (myself included) I started with a pair of $35 Turbo Thrusters from creek company , yes they got the job done , but at what cost ? the cramps in my legs from having to over kick and the overall crazy fatigue that sets in quickly with lower priced fins .. REMEMBER WE GET WHAT WE PAY FOR !!! and the fins are what propel us in the water make your life easier and spend a few extra bucks..

Just my Thoughts ,

WES
Those "turbo fins" are like a race car running slicks on black ice...a whole lotta torque that'll get you no where fast and burns you out.
I have a set of cheap snorkeling fins and a set of atomic split fins...makes a huge difference!

8 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:20 am

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Those "turbo fins" are like a race car running slicks on black ice...a whole lotta torque that'll get you no where fast and burns you out.
I have a set of cheap snorkeling fins and a set of atomic split fins...makes a huge difference!

Atomic split fins, that's a new one to add to the list.

9 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:25 pm

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Omega Flip Fins are good. They are expensive, but less costly than Force Fins. You can flip them up to walk on land

10 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:39 pm

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YUP!!! same here bought me a cheap pair. Strap busted right out the box. I love my FORCE FINS I have a pair in XXL to fit in with my wading boots to preserve my waders. I haven't tried any other brands. Haven't had a reason too. These FF work just fine.

11 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:24 am

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If you can find them, OMEGA flip fins are the Ultimate fin. I have not touched my Force Fins since I bought these. I use to be a Force Fin advocate, now I wonder why Razz 

12 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:30 am

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Very informative info, so I have a pontoon and looking for fins also till I get a trolling motor set up. Would forced fins be the way to go for me also. Since I'm pushing around more then in someone in a tube. Also they would be more for spinning me and keeping me in an area since I have my oars to get me places.

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13 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:41 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very informative info, so I have a pontoon and looking for fins also till I get a trolling motor set up. Would forced fins be the way to go for me also. Since I'm pushing around more then in someone in a tube. Also they would be more for spinning me and keeping me in an area since I have my oars to get me places.


In my experience and the three others that fish with me, no, Force Fins are not the best for Pontoon. Don't get me wrong, they are great with the way they scoop water. But one person I fish with wears a size 12 and that leaves very little fin blade showing. But we used the adjustable FF
A longer scuba style fin is much less taxing. You just need to lean back and flutter your feet like a swimmer and you are actually moving on the up stroke as well as the down. You really need to move very little.
Been five years since I used mine now.

14 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:45 am

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Well I wear a size 12 also. So I need something that will keep me in place and move me around a bit without killing me

http://www.inthedeephusea.com

15 Force fins on Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:59 pm

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Will force fins fit over a size 13 wading boot though, I have had so much trouble with broken buckles and shoe string tie on fins that I just bought some regular scuba fins 20$ and cut the top out of the foot cuff. I cut a slit on both sides and put a couple of heavy duty backpack buckles through the slit and buckle it to the toe of my boots, for the back I use the original rear strap, it works much better than any step into fins On the market. Plus the extra length gives me more thrust. I just wish some one would make some fins for forward and backwards mobility. I plan on relocating the fins somehow to be on top of my boots so the rock and sand bottom of creeks don't tear them up.

16 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:08 pm

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Renegade,

What kind of pontoon do you have? Do you have oars to row it? It matters in choosing your fins. I use the Omega Flip Fins with my Fish Cat 4 Deluxe float tube. But my pontoon is a Scadden Renegade. My propulsion with it is oars. I use fins with it just to make minor position adjustments, or when anchored in wind to keep the pontoon toward where I am fishing. I can't use the Omega Flip Fins with the Renegade. They are very long, and it is awkward to under the footrest when I want to resume rowing. So I use some much shorter fins with my pontoon.

17 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:27 pm

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Cutthroat, I have not used a float tube for many years. Closest I have been was the Escape 4 years ago. I have had and have the Freestyle H3, the NFO Navigator (which was a proto type to the Renegade now) the Escape, the Renegade, the Predator, the Assault and the XX, the Cardiac Canyon, the X5 and the Fusion. I am a NFO groupie...LOL I have owned Outcast and Bucks Bag.
I liked the Force Fins a lot. But then I got the Omega's. To be honest I hated them at first. But that was because I was trying to apply the same stroke I used with the FF. The lifting and scooping. After a couple hours (slow learn) I relaxed (more from exhaustion) and realized I was flying with very little effort and on the up ad down stroke.
They are LONG though. That is why I ordered the Assault with the adjustable foot pegs.
I basically grab the tip of the fin an pull back while I put my foot on the bar.
I have 36" inseam, so yes long legs. Oars, I have the Light Speeds for the Frameless and the Power Stroke for my framed. All oars are about a foot longer than stock. Much easier.

18 Re: Best fins that aren't Force Fins on Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:02 pm

dayhut

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More good info!
Thanks folks.

Im actually going to be in a frameless pontoons and a framed personal pontoon - not a float tube.
SO Im hearing that longer, scuba-esque fins would be appropriate?

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