are force fins worth it?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by nwtroutguy, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. nwtroutguy The Tug Is The Drug

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    Bothell, washington
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    Just wondering about buying a pair. Anybody have input on using them and how effective they are.

  2. Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    TriCities, WA
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    People swear by them. I was excited to try them out. Then I used a friend's a couple times and they didn't seem all that much better to me. But I was in his float tube, not mine. But again, it wasn't like I was pulling a water skier across the pond either, as some may have you believe you can do with those things.

  3. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Only you can define "worth it" in terms that will make sense to you. I have a pair of the adjustable force fins that I bought from a member here and a pair of Omega Navigator "flip up" fins that I bought for much less than retail from a shop in Florida. These two perform just about dead even for me. I believe the Navigators to be a bit more powerful, and as such more resistance workout for my legs while using them. I've never had an issue with that. The force fins are quieter, meaning they are shorter overall in length and when kicking the force fins don't come to or as near the surface on powerful kick strokes and therby not roughing up or splashing the water as I kick. Both are a comfortable fit over my boots. The Navigators don't fit over my bulkier simms boots but fit over my korkers great. I do like them both, but must say that I'm more often packing the navigators for an outing so for some reasons that might not yet be known I prefer them slightly over my force fins. (Most who have compared the two are the opposite of me though, search for other threads and find many discussions about the force fins). Both are a HUGE improvement over the Caddis and Creek Company fins I had before. Both are $pendy! Best of luck in your search.
  4. Islander Steve

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    Langley, Wa..
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    I have a pair and believe they take less effort to use than a set of standard style fins. How much effort compared to how much you want to spend is where things come into question. For over 5 years I used my flat, stiff (cheap) Caddis fins. They work just fine. I only have the force fins because they came with a used pontoon boat I purchased. I would not have gone out and bought them because of the cost. But I'm a cheap old fart and don't mind kicking my butt around the lake. My advice would be to try a pair first if you can. Then you can make the decision if they are worth the extra money for the effort they save.
  5. Denny Active Member

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    Once I got a pair, I wondered why I didn't get them earlier. Yep, they're pricey. But, you'll own them longer than your current pair of waders and wading boots, and probably longer than your current rod and reel and even your current flotation device.

    It's an investment well worth making, no differently than your other gear.
  6. Jerry Metcalf FishyJere

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    Enumclaw, WA
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    Yes, especially if you fish from a pontoon.

    I estimate you get half again as much thrust over flat fins. It puts hours on your day.

  7. Tim Lockhart Working late at The Office

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    Mill Creek, WA
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    Absolutely yes. Especially in a's your only form of thrust. I've used both and hands down force fins are worth the hefty price tag. Of all the gear I fish with these are at the top of the priority list - before rod, reel, waders, tube, etc. And they do have a direct effect on how many fish I take in a day, more than all my other stuff combined.

    Fairly easy to find used.
  8. Mike Ediger Active Member

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    Spokane, WA
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    Yes. If one guy in FF is fishing next to a guy in regular no-name fins you will absolutely see a difference immediately. Otherwise you might not notice it until the end of the day when are aren't nearly as tired as you were with the old style fins. You move with much more ease and with less effort. At the end of the day your legs will thank you!
  9. Mark Yoshida Active Member

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    Seattle WA
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    I just got some this year. I had old Contacts that worked great for me until I was at Lenice with a group of gents who out kicked me in my pontoon and I ended up using oars to row back in to shore. Now they were sitting lower in the water in their vboats, but as soon as I got back home, I seriously checkout the force fins.
    Be sure to take the boots you intend to wear to a shop to fit the fins. I called the force website and was told to purchase a size that he thought I should get and they would have been 2 sizes to small for my size 9 Simms boots. I have not had a chance to go back to Lenice and fight the wind, but I have noticed that I can fish all day and the legs would not be as tired nor would I get cramps.
  10. Mark Walker Active Member

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    So. Cal.
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    Definetly get my vote!:thumb:

    **May the "Forcefins" be wth you**:rofl:
  11. troutpocket Active Member

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    Ellensburg, WA
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    They are worth taking the time to find a good used pair. $159 is stupid. I have two pair that I paid ~$75/pair for.
  12. miyawaki Active Member

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    Kent, Washington, USA.
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    You can also walk forward in them.

  13. IveofIone Active Member

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    FrankenFins!! About 4 years ago I was looking for new fins and was just aghast at the price of Force Fins. They are a wonderful product but in light of the fact that they have been around forever, their tooling is completely amortized and they are doing no R&D to improve the product or reduce cost, they are simply price gouging because they can. They are riding a gravy train fueled by fly fishermen and our desire to have a decent product. Notice I didn't say a decent product at a fair price. There is far less rubber and technology in a force fin than there is in a radial tire for my truck yet the cost is about the same. Just to be contrary I decided I wouldn't help fuel their gravy train.

    Enter FrankenFins. I bought a pair of Montana fins for under 40 bucks(the same fin is sold under several other names I believe) because the had excellent 1-strap attachment and were easier than most to get in and out of. I also bought a pair of those cheapo plastic backpacking fins which are only adequate for about a 5 acre lake with no wind. As you can see I cut the cheap fins down and attached them to the Montana fins with pop rivets. The result was a fin that is powerful but relatively soft to kick, attaches easily and is pretty lightweight. The wear represents about 4 seasons of hard use and not even a loose rivet to this point. And they have never loosened once while in the water. Total cost was probably around $60 for what has proven to be a very nice fin. Best of all I probably have the only pair of FrankenFins in existence!

    The name is courtesy of Roper. He took one look at them and said:"You have FrankenFins!" And so I do.

  14. Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    boring, oregon
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    I prefer a fin with more "force"....... I can over power forcefins when I'm in a traveling mode...................Longer scuba style are my preference.....I do not wear a boot, only a lite neoprene sock to protect my waders

  15. Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    Burien, Washington
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    Force fins are the best fins I've used. I been fishing with mine for at least 15 years, I had several others but force fins work the best for me. I can creep foward in my pontoon boat with my fins. The only bad thing about mine is they don't float, the adjustable velcro stlye floats. Make sure to protect your investment with fin tethers! :beer2:
  16. PeteM Member

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    Snohomish, WA, US.
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    I used a pair of Scuba fins for years. I picked up some used force fins. My findings; much less fatigue, quieter, and easier to walk in. I don't think I would buy them new just because of the high cost. I would live with my scuba fins. If you watch the boards, you can pick up a used pair if you're patient.

  17. l8apx New Member

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    I'd suggest avoiding the "adjustable" model if possible. That's the style that I've got, and it takes just a wee bit longer to put them on as you've got to cinch the back strap, then the top, then the back again to get them snugged up. Some days they loosen a little bit during the day and I find that annoying as I'll have to retighten them as a result.

    I've never used the standard style, but would imagine that would eliminate these hassles.
  18. Couleeflyfisher Member

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    The name is courtesy of Roper. He took one look at them and said:"You have FrankenFins!" And so I do.


    I've, your ingenuity is amazing, from your pram, fins, and a few other things I'm aware of. By the way, it doesn't look like you need them any more but a year or so ago you were looking for fins and I offered a new pair if you stopped by. Deal is still on if you want them, I've got several new pair around here plus several other sets I'm not using.

    Hey, have a good winter and keep us apprised of any new winter projects of interest.
  19. Zack Dudley Take em'

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    Port Orchard, Washington
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    Force fins are well worth the money i use them for commercial diving and scuba, very little fattigue to your legs and ankles.
  20. Beckler Member

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    Redmond, WA
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    IMHO they are well worth it. My lake fishing buddy has had them for years and moves along so effortlessly compared to my plodding along in regular fins. He says he is barely finning and the next thing I know he is across the lake. Of course I haven't coughed up the money yet, but I will someday!