Throughout my years in SCUBA diving, I’ve tried various scuba diving fins but have only owned three pairs personally. To me, fins are an important equipment akin to a car’s engine and wheels. Power and control at your feet should be at your dispense when equipped with a pair of good fins. Personally, I prefer lighter fins too as my legs are heavy.
Here are my thoughts about my scuba diving fins collection :
ScubaPro Twin Jet
My first pair of fins and lasted quite a while even after I went professional. (A little about me here). ScubaPro Twin Jet is very easy on the legs where I don’t easily get leg cramps when everyone else might have experienced it once or twice at least. There were two versions, full black is negative buoyant and colour fins (mine was cobalt blue) is neutrally buoyant. With ScubaPro Twin Jet, it is very easy to kick with in waters with none to very mild current, but becomes quite challenging to move forward when currents become stronger. As I become more affluent with frog kicks (forward and backward), that’s where I found I’ve reached the limits with these fins. Because of its soft material and the split, it was difficult to execute proper frog kick technique. It is good for flutters and scissors kicks though.
This is technically my second pair of scuba diving fins. Technically, because before this pair I had the Tusa Solla for a little while but switched to the Vesna because I wanted to notch down a size lower and someone offered an exchange. Both are essentially the same fins with exception with Vesna, the blade can be removed and replaced. This allows the fins to be stored in tight spaces especially if travelling light.
The Vesna also have reflective patches which makes it great diving in low light and visibility. In terms of power, it is a big step up from split fins and still not very strenuous on legs. In conclusion, Tusa Vesna is very comfortable, lightweight and sufficient power with every kick to move forward. Being a paddle fin, executing frog kicks works like magic. The moment I had this on the first time, I could really feel every thrust forward or backward. Every dive was a pleasure.
Deep 6 Eddy Fin
I first used the Eddy Fin when one of my dive buddies was in the midst of introducing the DEEP 6 brand in the country. I was given a pair to test on ,to provide a feedback of what I thought about the fins. Prior to this, I have tried many other jet fins but was never really impressed by any. However, my perception changed when I tried the Eddy Fin. Here’s why…
Firstly, Eddy fin is very light on the legs. I have heavy legs and many other jet fins I’ve tried prior are heavy making it difficult for me to maintain horizontal trim without sculling my feet. With the Eddy fin, because it’s lightweight, maintaining my trim was really easy. Furthermore, it is good for travelling too because of its weight and length.
The foot pocket is deep and comfortable. In addition, the spring straps makes it convenient to wear the fins in a crowded boat quickly. The straps are adjustable as well ensuring the fin is comfortably secured.
It’s sufficiently stiff and powerful. While using the frog kick, it generates plenty of power even with just a flick of the ankle, which in terms provides very good maneuverability; turn left, right and helicopter turns. It’s also good with flutter kicks as well with the slightly softer fin tips which is excellent for modified flutters in tight spaces. However, this scuba diving fins is just not for snorkeling for long periods at the surface.
In summary, my thoughts are the Deep 6 Eddy Fins are a fantastic upgrade from my Tusa Vesna. Power, control, comfort, lightweight, it’s all there. Awesome as a pair of scuba diving fins for any recreational and tech dives. I still keep my Tusa Vesna for occasional leisure dives and as a spare scuba diving fins but mostly now diving with the Eddy fin. For new divers, the Eddy Fin is also highly recommended not to mention an excellent investment due to its versatility.