Best Tubing Fins?

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#16
Richard,

Will they Phorce me through the water Phaster and let me catch more Phish?

Mumbles offered me his but they're too big for me. I left you a pm as well

Thanks!, Greg
 

Richard E

Active Member
#17
Less kicking and easier kicking.

I had a pair of the Caddis fins, the deluxe model. I was fishing with a buddy of mine, and he was kicking half as much and going faster. He was using . . . drum roll please . . . Force Fins. My buddy gave me the same counsel I am giving you. He was right (don't tell him I admitted it, though). My knees, ankles, and thighs appreciate the Force Fins, and I'm sure that much more fresh for those long drives home after a hot day of fishing on a Basin lake.

If you fish for 10 hours on a lake, kicking around, and you kick half as much and cover more ground, think about how much relief that is one your joints, etc. Amortize the incremental extra cost for the Force Fins over just a couple of trips and you'll quickly figure out it's worth it.
 
#20
Richard nailed it...nothing comes even close..no gimmicks or hinges or whatever. Buck up and they'll last longer than you do! If you need to walk for a distance, take them off. I wish they made a 'lightweight' and shorter river version. The classifieds are full of the 'competitors'.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#21
If you have to walk for a distance you can do so easily in your Omega Navigators flipped up. Gimmick, hinges, or whatever you want to say your opinion is not the only truth. Force fins rock if you can find some, and they fit your foot well. In my case they just don't fit as comfortably as my Navigators, which I've tested side by side even one of each at a time with my force fins. Larger surface area, slightly more effort, slightly more output. If you won't buy force fins now you may later. If you start with Navigators now you might not need anything else.

And no, I'm not affiliated in any way with Omega. I just like offering a different opinion from someone who has a pair of BOTH.
 
#22
I had no intent on trashing your choice of fins or the quality. My only point was about the practicality or need of the 'hinges'. Any rotating component, either on a car, ballpoint pen or an F-16 is subject to failure...not a question of if, but when. A buddy has size 14 feet and while he claims it gives him great balance, he's a bit of a klutz. Anyway the Phorce Phins he got didn't fit either...with his Simms guide boots....ended up getting a cheap pair of hodgmans boots and now they fit fine. My only sugestion to improve them is to toss the buckle away and have velcro straps instead...quick and tight! A slightly shorter and lighter version really would be ideal for floating rivers, but I'm not breaking out the band saw and grinder to experiment, they cost too damn much to replace! Tightlines, Fred.
 
#24
I had a set of Caddis fins. Hell is being in the middle of a lake and having a fin come off. Maybe if I was still a skinny teen ager, I could have done the contortions becessary to get my foot up to where I could get the fin back on; but I'm not, so I kicked with one foot a long way. Then, I went out and bought some Phorce Phins--LOVE EM!!!!! Go for it and get the adjustable.
 
#25
No better advertisement for buying 'fin tethers'...cheap insurance! The adjustables are good, but I switched to the others...lgihter weight and NO weight from your boots. I wear wet socks over my waders for extra protection, but on the plus side my feet have never been warmer...fish all winter in lakes and stay warm. The reason I switched is a degenerative disc problem and just trying to lessen the weight and strain on my lower back, never know when the next time might be my last. Funny thing is that I believe this method is superior ergonomically for ease of propulsion: your foot fits farther into the fins and you end up using the larger muscles of your lower leg instead.
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#26
No better advertisement for buying 'fin tethers'...cheap insurance! The adjustables are good, but I switched to the others...lgihter weight and NO weight from your boots. I wear wet socks over my waders for extra protection, but on the plus side my feet have never been warmer...fish all winter in lakes and stay warm. The reason I switched is a degenerative disc problem and just trying to lessen the weight and strain on my lower back, never know when the next time might be my last.
Sportsman, thanks for your reply. I have some issues with my back as well, so am interested in what you have to say. I'm curious what you mean when you said you "switched to the others". What fins are you referring to? Greg
 

Richard E

Active Member
#27
Richard nailed it...nothing comes even close..no gimmicks or hinges or whatever. Buck up and they'll last longer than you do! If you need to walk for a distance, take them off. I wish they made a 'lightweight' and shorter river version. The classifieds are full of the 'competitors'.
I know it's not Force Fins bawling:, but take a pair of the competitors fins and cut/shorten them a little for moving water/river use. They really aren't for propelling you from one place to another, but really for positioning the boat. I think it was the old Water Master guys, maybe Tote N Float, that used to sell a version of those. It seems I recall they glued a piece of felt on the bottom (around the 'heel' area?), too. The fin design looked like the lowest priced Caddis models, which I have used on the Yakima. :thumb:
 

Richard E

Active Member
#28
The reason I switched is a degenerative disc problem and just trying to lessen the weight and strain on my lower back, never know when the next time might be my last. Funny thing is that I believe this method is superior ergonomically for ease of propulsion: your foot fits farther into the fins and you end up using the larger muscles of your lower leg instead.
Interesting.

The biggest benefit I've realized from using the Force Fins is how much easier they are on my joints. My ankles and knees are sooooo much happier when I use the Force Fins.
 
#29
Greg A: Force makes the same fins in a style like scuba fins...actually they make LOTS of different styles for scuba. These are identical to the adjustables and weigh roughly 30% less....take away the weight of your boots and it really makes a big difference. They are easier to put on and stay tight to your feet, they sell for a little bit less than the adjustables. Mine are XXL and allows my entire foot to fit into the fins, it's made a significant difference! Richard, I got a set of the "over the boot" fins from Dale when I bought the Abel from him: they are very light, fit well and are easy to walk in....the downside is the 'thrust' factor...about like a Caddis or similar fins.
 

Redcat22

Born to fish forced to work!
#30
I use scuba fins. Because i don't like to use my oars and the fins give me a lot of thrust. That might be why my feet get so cold.