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Tried the swim fins yesterday = Disaster! (They are now packed up ready for return to Amazon!) During my usual 60 min sessions I do quite a few different things on my "to-do" list. Some 60%-75% necessitating me to stand by the end wall for 30secs (plus! Smile ) having a "breather" - and working out what I ought to do next (and better!) - before continuing. So I need to stand up for some 2 dozen times during a session.
When I sat on the widening-fancy steps (which have support rails on each side) at the pool entrance, to put the fins on, I had no idea what was about to happen! I stepped down into the deeper water - and my feet shot from under me, there was no way that I could stand up in that 4ft+ uniform depth water - it was like standing on a surface slippery as ice! I flutter kicked on my back to the end wall - more "uncomfortable" - (thinking I would have little opportunity for any rest at all - just keep swimming all the time) - than I had ever been since my days of learning to swim at 21. I tried to stand up again - no go - so got out (after a major struggle "inching" my way along to reach the end of pool conventional ladder) - and bid farewell to my attempts at using those fins!
The reason for the underside of the fins poor contact with the pool floor was apparent on examination. The undersides had 2 ridges (rather like car window ice scrapers) extending from the underside of the foot pocket, diminishing in height until the ridges merged with with the flatter toe end of the fins. No wonder it was difficult, or next to impossible in my case, to keep ones balance while standing on the "ice-scraper" edges. Let's face it - swim fins are meant to be used while swimming - not standing or tramping around! I don't suppose for one moment that the floor of the DWfitness club 20m leisure pool I use is much different from that of other pools. Ah well, that was another idea that crashed out! Rolling Eyes
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Good product. I got them for snorkeling but I wasn't impressed (the longer ones are better). They are short and for training (as stated in description). The 4 stars are for some little defect inside the fin (I had to trim some plastic/rubber). Good materials, good fins, but they are better for training than snorkeling.
I'm almost 77 and we go to Majorca frequently and enjoy swimming in the sea. My husband always gets well ahead of me and keeps waiting for me, BUT with my super new fins I am able to swim much better and don't get left behind the same. They are not heavy and don't tire the ankles as they are not too long. I love them.
A few things to say 1) They look sort of nice. "Dinky" is probably the word. 2) They are really, really short compared to other swimming fins. You are probably better off with something more standard if your child is using them for swim training - the coaches won't know what to make of them. 3) The EU33/34 size is nowhere near that big. Our size EU32 daughter couldn't get her (slim) foot in at all. 4) Amazon do not class these as Clothing or Footwear. Therefore they don't qualify for free returns. You will be charged £3.99 to return them when you find the sizes don't run true. Overall not one of my better Amazon experiences.
Great item and beautiful. I unpack as soon as it arrive home, looks great, nice and small. Looks easy for traveling, I buy for snorkeling. I will try soon and I hope they will great again. Hope nothing will be wrong. Thank you for the fast shipment and arrive on time as per the schedule.
An excellent pair of fins – I got them to snorkel but then tested them out in the pool and realised just what brilliant lower back and exercise they provide over the same distance swum – really helped to up my fitness while not spending more time in the pool..