Hollis F1 ´´Bat Fin´´ Adjustable Spring Strap Fins 214.2200.003 014856

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Average Customer Review: based on 14 reviews.

Rating: Outstanding power and control, great spring strap
Reviewer: Gary Sanders  -  View all my reviews
Though I dive with multiple tanks and in a dry suit in California waters, I have been using Scubapro Twin Jet split fins for years as they are comfortable and gave fine control. But swimming upstream in a current seemed to need more power. I tried recent Atomic fins but found them to be too stiff and the spring strap buckles opened twice in kelp forests when kelp wrapped around the fasteners. This happened on two different pairs. When I saw these F1 bat fins, I tried them as they are more like traditional broader paddle fins. Result: While stiffer, they are easy to get used to and do indeed provide more power and quite good control for finning in reverse or rotating or station keeping or frog kicking. And the spring straps with the large loops as a handle make very easy donning and doffing. These look like excellent heavy duty fins. Yellow fin tips make it easier to be tracked by dive buddies in poor viz.

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61 out of 122 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Excellent for specific purposes and divers
Reviewer: Jonathan Shepherd  -  View all my reviews
These are great for diving with a large amount of equipment (I dive with a CCR and two or more bailout tanks) or if you like to "frog" kick. If youre a basic recreational diver you may find these to be a bit heavy and hard on your body when compared to a light-duty or split fin. You will also want a rigid dive boot, as a regular neoprene dive boot will allow the spring to dig into the back of your heel and put too much pressure on your toes. All that said construction and quality are both excellent. A note on sizing: Im a size 13 and with a rigid dive boot or a drysuit rock boot the 2XL is the correct size for me, but I did have to adjust the springs to get a snug fit.

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87 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Fantastic fins!!
Reviewer: John Prator  -  View all my reviews
I wanted a stronger fin like we had in the Navy, these looked very similar to the old "Jet Fins" so I bought them to try out. Im glad I did, very well built and I love the spring straps that are included. Fantastic fin but make sure youre used to this stiffer type fin or they may give you some cramping until you build up to them. High quality, great power, highly recommended!

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124 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Hollis Thanks for The Great F1 Fins!
Reviewer: Darrell Long
I just wanted to say I got my Hollis F1 Fins in and they looked and felt GREAT! I am a size 9EE and I purchased a pair of F1 Adjustable Spring Strap Fins Mens 7-9 /Womens 8-10(Regular)SKU#014857. The weight is a little heavy. But I think they are worth it. The value compared to the cost is a wonderful bonus as well. "Great Job"Scuba.com and Hollis!!!! Scuba Family Darrell Long

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168 out of 340 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Hollis Thanks for The Great F1 Fins!
Reviewer: Darrell Long
I just wanted to say I got my Hollis F1 Fins in and they looked and felt GREAT! I am a size 9EE and I purchased a pair of F1 Adjustable Spring Strap Fins Mens 7-9 /Womens 8-10(Regular)SKU#014857. The weight is a little heavy. But I think they are worth it. The value compared to the cost is a wonderful bonus as well. "Great Job"Scuba.com and Hollis!!!! Scuba Family Darrell Long

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176 out of 358 people found this review helpful.

Rating: I really like them!!
Reviewer: chris f.
I was a little nervous ordering without trying on these fins. I wear a size 12 shoe if I really like them but should and normally wear 13s. I also have a wide foot. I wear these with a 3mm Pinnacle boot and the fin is really comfortable. Better than my Tusa expert Zoom splits. I liked the Tusas and was worried that this fin might really work my legs but they are sweet. I get way more propulsion and dont really notice an increse in effort required. Im a 37 year old dude in average/good shape so if you are a dainty woman maybe not the fin for you.The springs make them that much better.

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147 out of 263 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Great fins
Reviewer: Tim C.
The instant you pick these fins up you know they are well made, yes a bit on the heavy side but I was looking for a well built fin. Foot pocket is comfortable for my 11 eee feet. They slip on easily with the extra large hook loop in the back. If you push a lot of weight these fins are for you, and they are a great buy. Tim

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124 out of 247 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Better than my Jet Fins and w/ spring straps
Reviewer: Scott Michael  -  View all my reviews
The fins are well made and are in my opinion work a bit better than my old ScubaPro jet fins. What really sold me was - how comfortable they are - that they come with ADJUSTABLE spring straps - the loop on the spring strap sticks up at a 45 degree angle making it easy to grab These (like Jet Fins) are heavy fins. I need a heavy fin so that is a plus for me. If your weight distribution is such that you need a lighter fin than these may not be for you.

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252 out of 519 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Hollis F1 Fins
Reviewer: Steven B.  -  View all my reviews
These are very nice fins! I needed something better suited to drysuit boots and went with these as they have std. spring straps compared to others supplied as an adder. Compared to some reasonable non-splits these are a whole step up, like swimming in a different world. Oversized finger loop works well with heavy gloves and angled feature is nice to keep it out of the way. Highly recommended, they do not disappoint! I make it a point to let everybody struggling to get a their std. fin into a drysuit boot that these are great. Ease of swimming? Went for a nice surface swim to the Madeira - once with std., once with the F1. Std. fin, exhausted, F1, fantastic. Did a long surface swim to retrieve a blown away buoy with my 17 yr. old, athletic son. He was using the std. type. It wasnt a race but I easily passed him on the way out and again on the way back. These kick!

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275 out of 578 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Wicked Fins!!
Reviewer: Colby C.  -  View all my reviews
These fins are awesome. You can motor with them bigtime. Very easy to slip on/off. Zero complaints about them. Love them and they look super cool.

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88 out of 169 people found this review helpful.

Rating: hollis f1 xxl fins
Reviewer: christopher s.
Great Fins. More flexible and powerful than jet fins. Very maneuverable. I would have given 5 stars if not for one issue, the springs. The xxl fins have the same length spring as all of the other sizes. For the xxl fins, IMHO they are too short (this is not the case for other fin sizes). Consequently, unless you have dry suit boots, there is a good possibility you will feel like your toes are being compressed into the fin pocket, which can be uncomfortable. I hear a longer length spring is in the works.

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210 out of 372 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Smooth Diving!
Reviewer: Tammara LaMar  -  View all my reviews
These fins were purchased as a Fathers Day gift for my fiance and he absolutely LOVES them!! The springs are perfect for quick on/off, the size and shape of the fins make for a very smooth kick and glide through the water. I earned BIG points when I gave these to him! :-)

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219 out of 468 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Hollis F1 Fins
Reviewer: Gary D.
As a long time and faithful Scubapro Jetfin owner , I purchased these fins based upon the advertising and the good reputation of Oceanic/Hollis to produce a quality product.Needless to say ,I was not disappointed.During my testing , myself and my dive buddy swapped fins during the dive.when frog kicking,we found that the person with the F1s had to reduce their effort to prevent from swimming away from the person using jetfins. Also there was no ankle fatigue experienced at all with the F1s. during flutter kick sprints, the F1s showed a slight advantage in speed. It seems that the deeper foot pocket (which fits better than the jets) transmits more power to the fin . The spring straps are awesome and you do not have to play trial and error with buying the correct length as the F1s are adjustable.In a nutshell , I would buy these fins again if anything ever happened to these and would recommend them to anyone who want a powerful,solid fin with less leg/ankle fatigue as most jet,turtle ,etc. designs

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206 out of 412 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Solid Performance Fin
Reviewer: Robert Walker
a new d version of a vented paddle fin design. it fits comfortably and exhibits good thrust and manuverability. the spring straps are great. it is however not a light weight fin.

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215 out of 456 people found this review helpful.


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