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Funny how some threads seem to live forever. There's lots of good information accumulated in this one.

 

For travel and tropical water the fairly new Scubapro Go Travel may be worth considering. They are lightweight, and very comfortable to wear barefoot. I'm a big guy, and find them a bit soft when I really want thrust, but most of my photo dives are quite slow so I can live with that.

 

For travel (to tropical water) I switched to barefoot fins years ago. When I don't need boots / socks it also saves weight, and its one less item to forget or lose. Other barefoot fins often give me blisters after 2-3 days of intense diving, the Scubapro Go Travel is the first barefoot fin I have tried that doesn't.

 

The spring strap design is actually really comfortable, and makes them fit most people.

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+1 for the Scubapro travel fin. Very easy to wear

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Agree with the Scubapro Go travel fin sentiment ...very comfortable, indeed.

 

Only negative....Maybe a little lacking in power if needed.

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Any opinions on the OMS Slipstream fin? I see they have a new material and have slightly changed the design...

l love mine. Previously dove the Tusa split fins, the Scubapro Twinjet Max split fin, the Hollis F2 and finally landed on the old style slipstreams and pretty much wore them out, so I bought the new style in white.

 

Another possible suggestion would the IST military style fin:

http://istsports.com/web/category.php?id_category=60

 

 

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At my first dive center, people swore by Aqualung stratos-1(full foot), they have weird sizing although. I remember, some staff used them for seasons together, even in current 2-3 knots. Personally, my size was a issue and I landed up with blisters a lot of the times with those so I used Mares Avantti Quattro- amazing fins but they were super heavy. Aqualung came out with a stratos 3 (also full foot) which fit me perfectly, since then I have been very happy with the propulsion. I travel with them wherever I go, quite lightweight and yet they give me the power I need, in all situations. The blade is perfect stiffness for me, but this might not be the case for everyone.
In my experience, I would say try out what works for you best, we each have different strength generated by our kicks which varies by the length of the kick, leg strength, possibly the wave, oscillation etc, and maybe various other factors too..Some say- Strong legs would do better with a stiff blade, and weaker ones need more flexible fins.

The gull's, for most they are overly flexible and personally I don't move with them :D but then some people really it. They sure feel good to touch :notworthy:


If you like a pair, stick with it :)

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Hi, my favorite are ScubaPro Seawing. They provide great propulsion and I can do modified frog kick in them. One drawback to these is that you cannot do a traditional frog-kick in these. However, if I were ever in a strong current I would want to have these on. Recently I did 150 dives in these, all while photographing with a full frame Ikelite set-up. They worked great.

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