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Thread: your opinion on the aqualung slingshot vs atomic splits

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    Guppy
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    Lightbulb your opinion on the aqualung slingshot vs atomic splits

    whats your opinion. I have heard amazing things on both but im having a hard time deciding.

    Also whats your opinion on atomic springstraps for the open heel fins

    any help is greatly appreciated

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    I haven't use any of the fins but I have a couple friends who tried the slingshot fins and were not impressed. The way I see it is that the slingshot is a very heavy fin and the three stiffness adjustments would not be that easy to use underwater.

    Spring straps on the other way are the best accessory you could ever purchase!!! I am reccomending them to my students all the time and all of them are blown away when they start using them.

    Anton

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    The slingshot looks like a goofy gimick, and I don't see how it would improve anything over a standard fin. It's also just one more thing that can break.

    As for the spring straps, GET THEM. I don't care what brand you get, spring straps should be standard on every fin in my opinion.
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    Thanks! I will definitely purchase some spring straps for my fins

    as for the slingshot. Ive been readin up and it seems like if u break the band that keeps it from "slingshotting" there is no replacement and you have to buy a whole new pair.

    still wondering about the Atomic Split fins though

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire diver View Post
    The slingshot looks like a goofy gimick, and I don't see how it would improve anything over a standard fin. It's also just one more thing that can break.

    As for the spring straps, GET THEM. I don't care what brand you get, spring straps should be standard on every fin in my opinion.
    +1. Gimmick that can break. In return for introducing a MAJOR failure point, you get what in return for an impressively large amount of money?

    +1 on spring straps, whatever your fins. They rock. Get 'em.

    I prefer solid fins to splits, but the best splits on the market, IMO, are the Apollo Bio-Fins. Atomics are just too long and stiff, to my mind.

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    I have tried the slingshot and was OK with them, there are far worse, but would never buy a pair. I ended up leaving them in 3rd gear and I never could get them into reverse.
    Sorry I'll stay with my Mares Quattros......with spring straps.

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    Haven't tried either of those fins... but I'll also suggest spring straps! Check out the ones from Piranha - great product and they are around $22 a set.

    I have Tusa X-pert Zoom fins - and I really like them a lot. With my Mares solid fins I used to get calf cramps a lot, has not been an issue on 6 dives with the split fins. Takes a little to get used to the feeling of doing less work each time you push though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CompuDude View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fire diver View Post
    The slingshot looks like a goofy gimick, and I don't see how it would improve anything over a standard fin. It's also just one more thing that can break.

    As for the spring straps, GET THEM. I don't care what brand you get, spring straps should be standard on every fin in my opinion.
    +1. Gimmick that can break. In return for introducing a MAJOR failure point, you get what in return for an impressively large amount of money?

    +1 on spring straps, whatever your fins. They rock. Get 'em.

    I prefer solid fins to splits, but the best splits on the market, IMO, are the Apollo Bio-Fins. Atomics are just too long and stiff, to my mind.
    For someone that likes solid fins that are stiff, the Atomics, in my mind, would be an ideal crossover fin...

    I have Atomic splits and Tusa splits... love em both - as mentioned, the Atomics are stiffer than most other splits, Tusa included... They are not heavy like the Bio-fins...

    Spring straps are nice, but not for me... my problem is that I am between fin sizes, so my feet don't fit right in a large, but are loose in an extra large... Because they are loose, the spring straps don't hold my foot tight enough for comfort for me... It probably works great for 99% of people, my wife included...

    As for slingshot... If you just can't decide if you like a soft solid fin, or a stiffer solid fin, then I guess it might be for you... If, however, you find a solid fin you like, then you probably just saved yourself $100 or more...
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    I have Appolo Bio fins and like them, but they may pretty big for travelling on a cruise. Pricy too.

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    Trigger, there's a pair listed HERE in the for sale area, Atomic Splits, great price I might add.

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