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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards

Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards

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1 Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Wed May 07, 2014 1:08 pm

chipmcd


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Looking for some leashes/lanyard for my new Force Fins. Could you guys point me in the direction for some good ones that you use?


Also, for a connection point, would the d-ring on the heel strap suffice?




(BTW - Cabelas has them for $199. I got $5 shipping. Figured it saved me about $30 - I'll take it where I can get it.)

2 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Wed May 07, 2014 1:41 pm

Fisher

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y do you want a leash for your fins there straped to your feet if you want it for when not in use i would just use a carabiner and hook it to your d ring

3 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Wed May 07, 2014 2:00 pm

chipmcd


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Yeah looking for them to bestrapped around ankles while in use.

Already have carabiner for them in the storage box.

4 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Wed May 07, 2014 2:04 pm

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chipmcd: yes you can attach the leashes to those d-rings. Here is the website that shows how there leashes go and where they attach to. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I have a buddy that made some with a small nylon dog color and a small thin piece of rope. Works the same for the fraction of the price!

Fisher: that's because force fins are super expensive and they float like a rock. I also have leashes on my force fins. So far they have never slipped off but it's nice to know that they won't go anywhere if they do.

5 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Wed May 07, 2014 2:26 pm

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Yup, Force Fins sink! I got mine leashed up while in use. I would'nt want to lose my pair, that's for dam sure! Red Smile 

6 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Wed May 07, 2014 3:49 pm

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I have never leashed mine, but often worry about it, a little peace of mind goes a long ways.


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7 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Wed May 07, 2014 5:57 pm

kobra


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The leashes I use are pretty similar to those. I got mine from Bass Pro Shop for $7 bucks. Not sure what they cost now. I've been using them for about 8 years now. Just a little insurance and peace of mind.

8 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Thu May 08, 2014 7:16 am

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Looks like a snowboarding leash.

9 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Thu May 08, 2014 7:41 am

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chipmcd wrote:Looking for some leashes/lanyard for my new Force Fins. Could you guys point me in the direction for some good ones that you use?


Also, for a connection point, would the d-ring on the heel strap suffice?




(BTW - Cabelas has them for $199. I got $5 shipping. Figured it saved me about $30 - I'll take it where I can get it.)

If you can get the Force Fins for 200 bucks that puts them in line with the high end dive fins.

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10 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Thu May 08, 2014 11:50 am

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I got out of float tubing a long time ago.  The buddies I got into fly fishing really took to tubing.  So I got back into it... reluctantly.  I have bad knees from playing baseball and basketball growing up.  All of them have Force Fins and none have anything bad to say about them.  I saw them and ordered them.

I went to see a friend at his shop, a prolific fisherman that dives as well.  Just picking his brains, I asked him if he had any suggestions for fins and my pontoon.  He suggested some Cressi.  Soft, lightweight for size, fairly inexpensive ($130) and he thought easy on my knees.  "Go to Sport Chalet, they got 'em", he said.  Went online saw them.  Damn!  Those thing will put you on plane in a float tube. Hydrofoil city. You may get cited for speeding in the No Wake Zone!  But my fins came in 2 days later.

The price of $200 for the adjustables are about $20 off regular price which you won't see too often; and the $5 shipping saved me another $10.  I figure they'll last a while so I don't think it's that bad.  Lastly, I think $200 would be an average mid-range dive fins.  Omer, Cressi and C4 totl are over $500; average high end $350!  Too rich for my blood.  Makes the Force Fins look like a steal!

11 so this is what I ended up with... on Sat May 10, 2014 11:47 pm

chipmcd


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Went to REI and picked up stuff to make my leashes.  Got some 24" pre-made webbing straps with quick release buckles and a pair of snap hooks. The webbing straps are sewn at the ends so they don't unravel.  It just happens to have a loop stitched into the adjusting end - enough space to slide the snap hook in.

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Link for snap hooks:  ($4.50   You can definitely get the hooks cheaper elsewhere but I just wanted to be done with it.)
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Total was $10.50 and 2 seconds to make.


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12 Re: Recommendation for fin leashes/lanyards on Sun May 11, 2014 7:13 am

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Those came out great!
Looks industrial strength.

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