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    I've just ordered a float tube from reelsndeals but having to order fins from elsewhere, does anybody have any recommendations for good fins without breaking the bank or should I just buy a set of snowbee or similar as sold through the large tackle dealers.

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    I use the snowbee ones, haven't used any others but i'm not sure about the feel of them. They tie up at the top by a drawstring and don't feel particularly secure after a few hours in the water. Can't compare them to anything else though, and i must add that they have never fallen off. So maybe its just me!

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    Width gives you thrust, eg against a breeze.
    length gives you speed, so long as you can kick them
    Stiffness of fin gives efficiency, which is closely linked with cost!

    Better to buy smaller fins at first, build up a kicking style and later upgrade to something that would have broken you at first once you're confident.

    There is coverage of different types of fins and the related issues on the Irish Float tube website here:
    http://www.greenhobbymodel.com/float...ge_waters.html
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    ^^ Thanks for that, I found that site just after posting this. I have purchased a pair of snowbee fins locally to get me started, then will think about upgrading when I get the hang of it.

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    Try diving shops/websites/ebay for fins. The big ones are the dogs whatsits for wild waters, but they are a positive nuisance on small waters (Lidl do nice wee board fins you can convert easily)

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    ave got the lidl ones and they are superb compared to the ones that snowbee ect sell and for 12 quid a bargain, a cant find a link but they look very similar to these same straps and proportions

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    Quote Originally Posted by stupike View Post
    ave got the lidl ones and they are superb compared to the ones that snowbee ect sell and for 12 quid a bargain, a cant find a link but they look very similar to these same straps and proportions
    you mean these ones stupike and I do agree for the money they are very good I bought these for a friend but he keeps his wading boots on and these will not clip all around so I just kept them
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    I also have the ones that are bent at the front but the blue ones are much better
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    Don't forget to use fin savers with whichever ones you buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by breezey View Post
    you mean these ones stupike and I do agree for the money they are very good I bought these for a friend but he keeps his wading boots on and these will not clip all around so I just kept them
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    I also have the ones that are bent at the front but the blue ones are much better
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    thats the ones m8 cheers , tell your m8 to get a pair of neoprene boots alot comfier than the wading boots

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    Ring the owner of bluewatersports.eu
    Very friendly chap who recommended several to me

    He thought long and hard about what would be best suited. As Norm says there are loads of variations of fins an knowing why they are the way they are is a minefield

    Please speak to him, he's a great chap
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