Scuba Gear Reviews by Gordon O.
Aqua Sphere Vortex V8 Hand Paddles
Rating: Great Buy & they Work 11/14/2011
Hand paddles. Ive not seen a consistent name for this kind of product. I think of them as fins for the hands. My swimming workout seemed to be lacking something. SO I looked for an inexpensive "hand fins" so that I could experiment with them. These work extremely well and are well priced. I have 2 minor concerns: 1. The teenager deep inside me thinks they look dorky, like I put them together in my basement with sheets of plastic, surgical tubing and a hole punch. BUT THEY FUNCTION PERFECTLY!!! 2. I wonder whether, eventually, algae will start growing in the surgical tubing and gross people out. Im thinking probably not: I only use them in chemically treated swimming pools and I try to blow out the water after every swim. Still...THE FUNCTION PERFECTLY!!! and for a GREAT PRICE!!
IST Sea Diver Snorkel Fins
Rating: Perfect Choice for my Budget 11/14/2011
These fins are tough, durable, and seem to be allowing my feet to grow accustomed to them - Im developing callouses where I need them. Theyre extremely inexpensive yet do the job well. I have wide feet and these are ALMOST too narrow. I swim laps in a pool for 30 min 3-5x/week. "Swim" fins, as opposed to snorkel/scuba fins, lack the resistance I need for a good workout. So, I use snorkel/scuba fins. Other Fins Ive used. Ive been wearing out a pair of cheap fins every 18-24 mos. They tend to break down where rubber and plastic are joined. Add to that, prior fins have tended to chafe my little toes. (Ive got wide feet.) Theyve given me blisters and Ive had to tape up my toes before swimming.