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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Beginner's question about purchase of fins

Beginner's question about purchase of fins

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1 Beginner's question about purchase of fins on Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:55 am

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I have a Super Fat Cat ordered, but have never utilized a float tube/fins before. My next purchase will be fins, and would appreciate some guidance pertaining to making a choice. It seems that many people like Force Fins or Flipfins. Conversely, not to many people seem to recommend the less than $50 offerings from Caddis, Outcast, Classic Accessories, etc. I don't have a problem investing the money upfront in a quality product instead of purchasing better later as a consequence of not being satisfied with the cheaper version. What would you recommend and why? I wear a size 13 wading boot, so that may limit options. Thanks.

Ron

2 Re: Beginner's question about purchase of fins on Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:52 pm

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Hey buddy

You will do no better than the Force Fin float tube fins.   Their scuba fins are laughable, but these are the finest fins for the serious float tuber.

They flex on the down / back stroke (making the downstroke easier on you), then they stiffen up on the upstroke (so you have power and thrust.)  They're indestructible, adjustable to fit OVER any size boot, and they will last forever.

They were ridiculously expensive when I bought two pair back in the early 90's - and they still are.

These fins have outlasted half a dozen tubes, probably a couple of dozen rods, at least three sets of wading boots, 4 sets of waders, miles of line and many thousands of fish.

(protip:) See the V at the toe end of the fin? That also serves to keep your fly reel out of the water (lift your foot - set it there) while you're tying on a new fly or leader as you sit in your tube.

You will never regret buying something that lasts.  These are the longest lasting Float Tube kit I have and I could not love them more.

Bite down hard, get these and you'll never look back. These fins are absolutely without peer.

- Ken

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I would like to say I have been using for the last 10 years a pair of dive fins I am not even sure what they are but they work very well for me. I would also like to say this might be a good idea to try some fins on with your waders on to make sure they fit right. I am sure you will get more info from the guys here and I am sure you will make the right choice welcome to the dark side RJD.


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I can say if you want the best fins that will last 25 years or so get the Force Fins; especially if money is not an issue. I have a pair of Force Fins I bought used that are great, but they do not fit over my booties. I also have some Omega Fins that I wear half the time.  I have bought several pairs of fins and the Force Fins feel like they are easier on the legs.
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I probably should have added:  I always wear boots when I'm tubing.  Mostly because its often a schlep to the put in point, and most of the time I'm wading in water that's in the 40's or 50's with the air often in the 40s, 30s or much lower - so I layer up.

Many folks slide their stocking foot wader feet into fins, wearing crocks or other light over-shoes to the water.

I have boots I wear over my Simms - so the Force Fins work great.  There are no other proper fin with a proper foot pocket I could get these boots into.

Some of the guys I fish with wear Scuba booties over their stocking foot waders  - so they can also get into proper scuba fins. I prefer hard sole boots over soft sole Scuba booties.

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The Outcast fins look like a knock off of the Force Fins for about half the money, but I don't think I've seen a comparison review.

FWIW, My experience with regards to fins matches what Jerdon said in his review, in that I wear scuba fins and the large blade favors longer strokes from a more laid back position. Which is great for trolling, or when you have to push hard for any reason, but I also like to sit upright and use more of a "pedaling" type stroke, like riding a bicycle backwards and I can see where the FF would be better for that.

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I do know two people who used the Outcast semi knock off of Force Fin. They both stopped using them. I did not try them myself, but they felt way to stiff to compare with the Force Fins.


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I've only used Force Fins for the past two years and am extremely satisfied with them.
I bought mine on eBay for $80.
I did not purchase the adjustable type. I have a size 10 foot and I wear a thin water shoe,
(I don't wear waders) so I use the size XL.
This FF will also work with my waders and or just my water shoes.

If you buy the FF ... just know that they don't float! You will need to purchase a fin leash.

I hope that this helps you.

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Well I'm on my third set of fins, first was the Creek Company duck feet fin, heavy, and not easy on the legs, cramps after a long float. My second pair, which I still have, was the Out Cast knockoff of the Force Fin. To many straps and buckles, but I did wear a size 12 booty with them. I'm old and they were just to much work getting them off and on, and I did not care for shoe type booty that I purchased from Bass Pro. Now I have a set of dive fins ($76), nothing fancy, but what a difference they have made. I purchased the Edge dive fin, no heel, extra large. They are very easy to kick with, no cramps, easy off and on, just a delight. Now I can stay in place against the current and not worry about my legs cramping and as Bob said a joy to trolling in the tube. I have not had the experience using Force Fins, but $$ played in my decision. Maybe someone on the forum will let you test the FF..............GT

10 Re: Beginner's question about purchase of fins on Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:08 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I probably should have added:  I always wear boots when I'm tubing.  Mostly because its often a schlep to the put in point, and most of the time I'm wading in water that's in the 40's or 50's with the air often in the 40s, 30s or much lower - so I layer up.

Many folks slide their stocking foot wader feet into fins, wearing crocks or other light over-shoes to the water.

I have boots I wear over my Simms - so the Force Fins work great.  There are no other proper fin with a proper foot pocket I could get these boots into.

Some of the guys I fish with wear Scuba booties over their stocking foot waders  - so they can also get into proper scuba fins.   I prefer hard sole boots over soft sole Scuba booties.

- K


To the OP, use whatever works best for your situation but, define your situation first.  Since the title of the thread is "Beginner's questions about purchase of fins" I guess you're gonna be wading (pun intended) through a lot of responses.

I have Force Fins Float Tube Fins as well. I've only used one other pair of fins before (Caddis) and that was when I first started.   They were a set that my uncle let his clients use who wanted to fly fish from a tube.  There were not many choices in the late 80'/early 90's. for fins.  

Side note:  If you haven't picked up waders yet, do yourself a favor and just get stockingfoot waders. I think they allow you to be more adaptable. If you're just gonna float tube and you can find the perfect fitting boot foot wader then, try it. Most of the one's I tried on were sloppy at best. If you plan on even wading the easiest of rivers in boot foot waders, like the Kern for instance, the odds of twisting an ankle go up.  One pair of waders and different footwear for different occassions

I wear wading boots, flats boots and Crocs with my stockingfoot waders and each have their purpose.  Wading boots are for wading and cold weather tubing w/4mm neoprene. The Crocs see duty for wintertime surf fishing or when the schlep to the drop-in is a little longer. The flats boots are just for float tubing (someday they will be for flats wading!) They protect my waders (the neoprene booties) from abrasion and allow me to walk to the drop-in in them. One good thing about Force Fins Float Tube Fins, they're very adjustable and that keeps them fairly tight at all contact points when adjusted properly.

Sorry for the long winded approach about wader and footwear. Just throwing 2 cents out there.  As for the fins, they are purpose built for float tubing but not the only choice as mentioned by others. Since they are a step-in type and very adjustable, they work well for both my wading boot and flats boot. It is almost impossible to find a slip-on type fin that will accommodate a wading boot.

All my buddies I tube with have Force Fins. I haven't heard or come across many stories of failures with them. They may seem expensive but if you keep an eye out you may find a deal on them. I caught mine 12-13% off on sale at Cabelas, which put them under $200.  On top of that, I got them with free shipping (ordered my K-Pump at the same time.)

Good Luck and Tight Lines!

11 Re: Beginner's question about purchase of fins on Thu May 03, 2018 11:30 am

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I personally have a strong preference for dive fins and have been using them in float tubes for 25 years.   I have a pair of force fins I bought several years ago but I think they are less efficient.  The strap on the force fins allows my foot to move which causes an inefficient transfer of energy to the fin.   The straight dive fins allow my legs to be straighter in front of me, reduce drag, and move MUCH faster.   I use inexpensive dive fins that has the 'cup' where your foot goes into, and a rubber adjustable strap that goes around the heel.  I use neoprene booties with the strap retainer nub, and the dive fin fits snugly over the toe.   I bought an extra strap assembly that I keep in my float tube just in case I break a strap.  

Wayno

12 Re: Beginner's question about purchase of fins on Thu May 03, 2018 5:08 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I personally have a strong preference for dive fins and have been using them in float tubes for 25 years.   I have a pair of force fins I bought several years ago but I think they are less efficient.  The strap on the force fins allows my foot to move which causes an inefficient transfer of energy to the fin.   The straight dive fins allow my legs to be straighter in front of me, reduce drag, and move MUCH faster.   I use inexpensive dive fins that has the 'cup' where your foot goes into, and a rubber adjustable strap that goes around the heel.  I use neoprene booties with the strap retainer nub, and the dive fin fits snugly over the toe.   I bought an extra strap assembly that I keep in my float tube just in case I break a strap.  

Wayno

I am just then same I have been using dive fins for about 25 years and I have to say they work just amazing. Just my 2 cents dive fins are the way to go.


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