I offered a reader of this board some opinions about these new fins,
which I repeat below:
) Saw a mildly breathless mention of them in Rodales, ScubaLab
feature, which promised a test of them soon.
2) Called the company and ordered some, without waiting for the review
to come out. I have begun to dive again here in Massachusetts, having
gotten over the shock
of realizing that I am older (and fatter and can no longer fit into a
medium wetsuit, buying a large one in September. I suppose a dry suit
will eventually be a part of my
life). I can now afford to trade up from the equipment I started diving
with in the mid-1980s, and had recently bought a Zeagle weight
integrated BC to replace my old
3) Personally, I think the Eco model wd be fine. I suppose it saves on
*** costs which is why its a little cheaper. Also the white
sidebars would make a diver a bit
more visible, helpful and safer in many conditionsyoud have to ask the
company if theres any real difference
4) Slightly more of my diving is cold water than warm. Im looking to
make things as easy as possible, hence the new gear.
5) In a week of tourist diving in Aruba, I really liked the fins a lot.
(When I switched back to my Mares Plana Avanti they felt like huge heavy
boards strapped to my
feet.) The Biofin is shorter (ca 24 in) and, obviously, more flexible.
6) I reserve judgement on whether theyre as much an improvement on the
surface as they are at depth.
7) At depth I got terrific results. I liked the ease of motion. Did not
entirely eliminate body roll, but came close. Companions and divemasters
("Hey, your fins are
broken!") tried and liked them also.
8) And less effort meant surprising air economy, surfacing with 100% to
200% more air than usual. This really surprised me. Im usually pretty
good with air anyway,
but in these Aruba resort-diver conditions I regularly had low fills.
Thus: 2500 psi, 95 ft max, half the dive at 65 ft, total time 55 min,
1200 psi remaining. Perhaps not
entirely the fins, to be sure. And this is a bit subjective. Still,
9) My shoe size is 9 to 9 ?. The fin size is M, so youd probably be ok
with a L. Contact the company.
10) I will get back to Bonaire (another mild-current environment) ASAP,
but I look forward to trying them under New England conditions of cold
and dark, possibly as early as April. With more weight and
under some current, the work the fins must do will be greater. Im
optimistic, though. Write me again in 3 or 4 months to hear what Ive