Scuba Lab stated in their review:
"Best course efficiency scores... and excellent stability." - Scuba Lab
Average Customer Review: based on 30 reviews.Rating: Great fin
When refering to the sizes for the Oceanic Vortex V-12 Dive Fins, is this referring to actual booties size?
Hello Franz, Thank you for your inquiry! The Oceanic Vortex V-12 Dive Fins sizes is related to your shoes/boot size. http://www.scuba.com/scuba-gear-20/014610/Oceanic-Vortex-V-12-Dive-Fins.html If you have other questions, need help or would like to place an order, please contact SCUBA.com by calling 800-247-2822 <> 949-221-9300 or e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Im a beginning diver - and have a little age and tenderness in one knee - Im undecided between the Tusa X-Pert Zoom and the Oceanic Vortex V-12 - any thoughts?
Hello Pat, the Tusa fins is going to weigh about 1.5 pounds lighter. But the V-12 are going to be a better fins for you in all areas but weight. If you would like to place an order or have any other questions please feel free to give us a call at 1.800.347.2822
Do the Oceanic Vortex V-12s come with an adjustable strap already or must one by the spring strap? Sorry wording is a bit confusing on site.
About to buy a pair of Vortex V-12 fins. I own two pairs of booties, both of which fit well. Im not sure if they are mens or womens. One is an XS and one is Size 8. I normally wear womens 9.5. Which size fin? Im guessing womens 8-9? Thanks for confirming.
Efficient power. The V-12 Fin is an engineering revolution - designed from the ground up to deliver what others only promise - enhanced speed and efficiency with virtually no effort for the diver, regardless of size, strength or kicking style. Independent testing has shown that greater efficiency, resulting in reduced air consumption is achieved when using the V-12 than any other fin on the market.
Patented Nature's Wing propeller fin technology
Duroprene and natural rubber materials for ideal flex and memory
Oversized side rails add rigidity to the oversized blades for increased lift and efficiency
Ergonomically designed foot pocket accommodates virtually all foot sizes and boot styles
Angled blade for preferred angle of attack
Easy on/off thumb loop
Easy adjust quick-release buckles
Limited lifetime warranty
Propulsion Enhancing Vents (PEV) Fin Technology
Faster and more efficient, our PEV technology maintains comfort and control while enabling you to exert less effort, stress and strain with each stride.
During the fin stroke, water flow is directed through our exclusive Power Enhancing Vents (PEV's) and off the fin tips, creating lift and forward propulsion. This helps reduce the stress on the divers leg while accelerating water over the blade; resulting in increased velocity. Water movement through the PEV's also reduce lateral movement of the fin (wasted energy), increasing the efficiency of the klick.
Over the years I’ve used just about every fin that’s been produced. I started with the old rubber vented fins and pretty much followed the evolution of the scuba diving fin with my wallet. I’d buy every new style or design of fin that the manufacturers produced in search of just the right feel on my feet and legs. At one time or another my dive bag has had fins of rubber, silicone, plastic, polyurethane, mixed composites of materials, fins with removable stiffeners, water directing channels, full-bladed, pivots, shaped like fish tails and splits down the middle.
The split fins were finally “it” for me. I can honestly claim that until recently I was most likely the owner of one of the very first, if not the first of retail-sold split fins on the planet. The reason I know this is our company at the time negotiated the receipt of the very first split fins before anybody else on the planet and I helped to unload that truck. Upon spying the very first box of fins in my size, I promptly pulled a pair out of it and set them upon my desk. And since I made a dive later that same evening with my new prize I know I was already in the water with them before the most local of our customers had even received their shipments, which were in the hands of UPS at that time.
But alas, as is all too often the case, somebody valued my beloved fins more highly than I and they now have a new owner. Which put me in the market for a new pair of fins. I was all set to purchase the exact duplicate of my trusty split fin when I glanced toward the Oceanic Vortex V-12 fins. They had everything I loved about the old ones with a few improvements that I’d honestly not thought possible. The foot pocket is shaped in a way to allow for a wider range of foot sizes and bootie thicknesses. A great value to me living near California’s chilly waters now but still enjoying diving in more tropical locations. The top of the foot pocket opens up so as to not cut across the top of your foot while still keeping your foot securely inside. The blade is made of a very soft and flexible rubber mixture that means you’ll feel very little resistance when kicking and still give the best performance possible. One thing most people, and unfortunately most sales people in dive shops don’t realize is that with the split fin SOFTER IS ALWAYS BETTER. Stiffer split fins are a sales tool for people who can’t understand the engineering. Softer split fins are for people who want the best possible performance and comfort during their dives. What this means to me is that I’m going to keep on having longer, more comfortable bottom times due to the fact that I’m not working as hard as I would be using a stiffer fin. Less work means less breathing. Less breathing equates directly into less consumption of the air in your cylinder, which in turn means more time spent underwater! The next new change was in the blade and how it’s tipped just a bit downward. That slight angle means that more of the blade is in the most functional attitude when you are horizontal during your dive. Again, Oceanic is maximizing the efficiency of the fin while requiring the least amount of effort from you.
Over the past 10 years or so split fins have been getting “perfect scores” in all the testing that has been done on them. My old fins had the very first such score and had never gotten a lesser rating. That being said it looks like Oceanic has done the impossible. They’ve improved upon perfection with the Vortex V-12 fin.