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1.0 out of 5 starsBe careful when picking your size
Reviewed in Australia on 18 January 2020
I had read other reviews saying how hard it was to pick the right size for Australian shoppers, because they're US sizing. I did the conversion but still ended up with the wrong size. Luckily that fit my kids or else it would have been a waste of money.
I've owned these fins for ten days and used them five or six times. I paid £23.95 for 'black/red' size. In this review I will explain what my motivation was for purchasing fins and why, so far, I have found these ones to be excellent.
A year ago I took up regular freestyle (front crawl) swimming because I'd heard that it was good for relieving and repairing back pain. Until then I'd been an unrefined but competent swimmer who rarely swam. Since then, I've been swimming 2-3 times a week; building stamina and gradually learning technique via a swim website.
By the time I purchased these fins, I had a decent level of fitness and a basic understanding of what I should be trying to do/think about in the water. Fins were the next step.
To determine my required fin size I used the provided "Visual Reference Guide" (i.e. by carefully measuring the length and breadth of my feet). For me, this worked - my fins fit perfectly (they're snug without chafing and they don't fall off when I swim). The fins don't look particularly flashy (fine by me) but they do look well made and they float (as claimed), which is useful. They also come in a carry bag with handle. The fins respond exactly as I'd hoped when performing swimming drills: they provide a huge boost to propulsion, allowing me to concentrate on body alignment and stroke technique without having to work too hard. Equally, when I use the fins for leg position/strength drills, I can feel the positional improvement when I swim fin-less afterwards, and I feel muscle fatigue in the right places the following day.
To date, I can see no reason to fault these fins. I'll add to this review if my impressions change over time.
As far as long fins go they are OK. No issues with size, albeit they make it unnecessarily complicated with their colour codes. They have held up ok, but they will show some calcification after a while.. in theory one should probably wash them with clean cold water after every use, but I challenge the swimmer who actually does that. Goggles and jammers ok, but fins? No way. Good enough if you need long fins for ankle and body positioning training.
These fins are ideal for 'arm/breathing/rotation' training. They are long fins, so not ideal for leg endurance and strength training, you need shorter fins for that. The only problem is that they're a very small fit. I'm a size 9 shoe and had to return these for a larger size than specified. These fins caused cuts and blisters on my toes due to being too small. Once you get the right size, they're great.
Good find, plenty of flex. Great that they float. Only point is to check sizing, but tighter than I would have expected. Ordered the EU42-44 As I am usually a 43, but should have rather gone 1 size bigger.
I bought these fins for use in a swimming pool to improve ankle flexibility. They are the correct size for me but they rub and I wouldn't want to wear them for very long or very often. Also the length of the fin I found cumbersome. So I bought a pair of Zoggs Blue Finz which are much shorter and comfortable and work well with the drills that I do.