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Not that impressed
on April 25, 2012
When we got to Oahu, we saw this this level of gear was what you were able to rent at the Hilton Hawaiian village. So, not that high end a set. It's always a risk buying things like this online, and I have a few gripes, but here goes.
They're short and, as such, you don't get as much power with them as you do a regular length fin. I knew this going into the purchase though. Nice for navigating in small areas but I miss the power of my other fins. My foot is a 9.5 women's (normal width) and my boot fit just fine. The bottom of my fin says (M 7-10 40-44). Hope that helps someone with sizing. Easy to adjust.
Now, I'm not sure what the boot is made of but I think it might contain latex as after the first 2 days of snorkeling, my feet are covered in red, itchy bumps only where the fin boots meet with my foot (seems like an allergic reaction and I "AM" allergic to latex). I've written to US Divers and they haven't replied to my inquiry two days later. On their site they say that it's some sort of composite...but a composite of WHAT?
It's silicon but it leaks around the edges. Hence, a bad fit. I have a normal sized head so I'm not sure what the problem is. Fogs continually (and I'm an experienced snorkeler). Doesn't seem to tighten very easily. It has a single piece of glass on the front, but it does NOT have glass on the sides.
Has a crappy clip - snorkel comes off of my mask CONSTANTLY. Nearly every single time I take my mask off my snorkel detaches from the mask. REALLY frustrating. This is a DRY snorkel - first I've ever used. It's a bit frustrating to use. Something I didn't realize about dry snorkels is that the breathing tube gets narrower towards the top - which means that you have to suck harder to get the air you need. If you're doing some serious swimming and need that extra air, you'll find yourself getting a bit winded. I also noticed that the top part would slap shut when I tilted the snorkel in a certain way, cutting off the air. (Maybe it was supposed to do this but it was always a bit of a shocker to me). If they could make a dry snorkel with the same diameter as a regular one, that would be really nice. I don't like to fight to get my air.
Nice as you can sling the entire thing over your shoulder. Has room for a few extra things in there as well. It has mesh so water and sand fall right out. There's also a small pocket where you can put in a business card or something to identify that it's your bag.