Force Fins

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
#1
I have found when there are overwhelming recommendations given for a product on this forum, that's the direction I'd like to be headed. This would be for use with a Water Master in lakes. I want to go adjustable. I wear a size 14 ultra light wading boot in lakes.

Anyway, I have read most of the threads on this subject, and they have been very helpful, but here is the question:

Is it the Adjustable Force Fins (MSP $244.95) that I should buy? or... Is it the Float Tube Force Fins (MSP $189.95, also adjustable) that I should buy?:confused:

I have found better prices on both, and I notice that the fly shops mostly sell the Float Tube Fins. Seems like the forum recommendations are refering to the Adjustable (regular) Force Fins though.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
 
#3
Gregg, I have a set of the non adjustable force fins that I picked up used. I then noticed that my wading boots would not fit in them. So I put a set of Sims neoprene socks over my wader feet and then put on the fins with the teathers. The ineresting thing that I found was that my feet stayed much warmer than with my boots and old fins. What I believe helps keep my feet warmer is that they are not being compressed by the boots and the lacing on my old fins plus the room to move my toes in the open toe design. The non adjustable fins have a formed foot pocket so that there is no excess pressure on the top of my foot. If you have trouble with cold feet you may want to borrow a set and give them a try before dropping the big bucks.

Mike
Fellow WM owner
 
#4
Gregg, the link Troutpocket posted shows the fins you want..if you want the adjustables. The 'non-adjustables' Mike uses, along with myself, have a lot of advantages as he stated...plus a few more: they are lighter and take about 5 seconds to put on, they never loosen up and no extra weight from your boots. The downside: you need to protect the neoprene of your waders, so I just slip a pair of wetsocks[when it's cold] over the waders booties. When the lakes warm up I use a pair of sandals with velcro straps just to walk to the launch. During the summer when waders aren't necessary I use an old pair of scuba booties with a side zipper. My fins are an XXL and even though I wear a size 10 1/2 to 11 shoes or boots, these work perfectly for me. These are the fins I offered to let you use, hopefully this week??! I am sending you the PM I promised...right now!
 

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
#5
Troutpocket... I love that site. No tax, free shipping, and close.

Mike and Sportsman... You just about have me convinced on the original Force Fins. I really don't need to share them, and I have seen some reviews where individuals felt it took extra time to put them on and take them off. Anyway, here are the contenders listed below. Check out the sale on the Force Fin Adjustables (2nd link). Quite a current discount; puts them in the ballpark with the Force Fin Float Tube Fins (3rd link).

I guess if I go with the Originals, I would be in the market for neo socks, booties, or water shoes.

Thanks for your feedback guys!

Any more opinions out there? Think I might want to order tonight.

http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/FRFO.html

http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/FRFOA.html

http://www.flyfishusa.com/float-tubes/force-fins.htm
 

mtnwkr

aka Mtnwkr
#6
I recently got some force fins and I'll never look back. I use the non adjustables and love them. I wear an 11 in street shoes and use the size xl force fins. I got some neoprene socks by Agua Lung at the local dive shop with kevlar on the bottom so you can walk around in them. The size xl slips right over my sims waders and the combo fits perfect in the fins.They are great for walking in, they don't add any weight, and my feet have another 3mm of neoprene to keep them warm.
These are the socks but they were much cheaper in the shop. http://www.dolphinscuba.com/Product...gdftrk=gdfV2891_a_7c89_a_7c198_a_7cBT_D100032
 

sroffe

Active Member
#7
I have been using the non adjustable force fins for a long time now. I have a pair of rubber soled booties that I slip over my wader stockings to protect them. I just purchased a set of adjustable force fins used. I didn't really like them that well. I went back to the old reliable. The fit better, and don't feel like they're going to fall off. I may work with the adjustable a little while longer and see if I can get them to work.
 
#8
MtnWkr, thanks for the info on the Aqualung's. My old Hodgmans socks are just about worn out and I wanted to get a little better quality this time. Sroffe: Just before I sold my adjustables I was going to throw the buckle away and have my Dry Cleaners sew ' indusrtrial strength ' velcro onto the straps....I think it would be an improvement.
 

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
#9
Here are my key findings:

1) I decided to go original non-adjustable; based on type of use, fit, comfort, ease of use, and no real need to share them.

2) I learned that after shoe size 11, it is all about the girth(width) that matters.(lol) Doesn't matter that I am a size 13 or14 shoe length. It's about the width of your feet and the thickness of the layers applied, e.g. reg sock, wader stocking, neoprene sock, neoprene boot with soft or hard sole, wading boots. There are comments about this associated with the Force Fins sizing chart, confirmed by a Sales Rep. I ordered an XL based on my narrow B or C width foot, light reg sock, wader stocking, 3 mm neoprene sock; separately, a 3 mm neoprene dive boot with a rubber sole.

3) Neoprene socks, dive booties and boots... the selection is a bit more limited for size 14 or larger. Think I found a good 3/4 rise soft dive boot though.

Not sure why, but I will have to go elsewhere for the fin tethers, savers, ties, ect. They didn't carry them where I ordered from. Anyone know a place to pick them up locally in the South Snohomish County area?

Thanks for the help. Hope I was able to pay it forward to someone else.
 

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
#12
Asking about fin tethers at the two local dive shops, was like speaking to them in a foreign language. They understood the concept for fishing, but I guess if you were diving, and lost one, you would just dive down and get it. I did pick up a pair of Outcast Kicker Keepers at Pacific Fly Fishers tonight. Both fly shops I inquired with carried fin tethers. I really thought it might be the other way around.
 

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
#13
YES!!!

My fins and dive boots arrived this afternoon. Everything fits perfectly. I intend to use my golf sandals with velcro straps to protect the wader stocking feet going to and from the water without wearing the fins. The 3/4 rise dive boots with zippers and rubber soles fit great in the fins without waders.

Now, I just need some neoprene socks to wear over the wader stocking feet in cold water conditions. At that point, my set-up will be similar to Sportman's (post#4). I edited my findings in (post #9) for clarity in case someone does a search regarding this subject.

This thread can be put to bed now. Thanks for all the help I received along the way!
 
#14
Get some kevlar footed neo socks like the ones I linked to then you can walk around in them and have the warmth and protection you need.
 

Brian Miller

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#15
I put my (just happen to be Orvis) neoprene (warm water) dive booties on (over the wader stocking feet) at the car and walk to the water in them. I put the non-adjustable Force fins on at the water's edge, now while able to sit down in the WM. Why the sandals?