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Reviews: Comfortable Fins Avoid Cramps, Strain, Pain, Sores, Blisters, Rashes etc.


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Good cardio exercise fins strengthen kick with no cramps

Good cardio exercise fins strengthen kick with no cramps

Katsuji’s story from Mandaluyong, Philippines

“I found shinfin fins quite useful, and keep on using to strengthen my kick. Unlike others like Zoomer, the shinfin fins do not give me cramp. I found that it also gives me a good cardio exercise, too. I just wish that it is a bit easier to remove. Perhaps my getting used to it will ease it off. Thank you for great invention!” Then, after reading fin quick-release tips“This certainly helps!

Yes, please feel free to use any of my message for your reposting on your web, with any revisions/editing that you may find fit. I think I was lucky enough to have been able to spot the shinfin fins over the internet (just by the luck really), and would be more than happy if more people also discover the benefits of shinfin fins, just like me. Keep up the good work.”

Reply: Yes, they do give you good cardio exercise and help to strengthen your kick in the proper way for good swimming – without the cramps that you get from normal foot flippers.

Also see swim fitness fins reviews.

Phil from Huntington Beach, California, USA

No toe rash & scars. No calf cramps. Feet free body surfing & bodyboarding fins.

“I wanted to get back to you on my shinfin fins. I really like the fact that when I am body surfing or bodyboarding in beach breaks, my feet can be free to move in shallow water. In real big surf, I can increase my propulsion greatly by putting on my regular foot propulsion fins also! The fins do tend to lose position some in big wipeouts, but my foot fins could come off at times also. Thanks for your nice product!

Reply: I’m happy to hear that you like the shinfin fins so much, and also in combination with foot flippers for big surf (we have other customers that do that too). I guess you have strong legs! When you say that: “The fins do tend to lose position some in big wipeouts”…do you find that they straighten out again by themselves after a few kicks, or do you have to tug them back into position with your hands?

“I used to use the old Voit USA company UDT fins for many years. I don’t know if you have heard of them. They were real calf cramping fins! No more toe rash from those fins. Your new idea is also ending any chance of toe rash! My shinfin fins tend to self-adjust to big wipeouts most times. I hardly ever lose my foot fins off my feet, but I guess the propulsion you need is always missed after any big wipeout! I always worried about toe scars getting infected and it finally happened in Hawaii once. I got growths that were hard to get treated. Thanks for putting a great new fin on the surf market, you can use my testimonial if you wish.”

Also see body surfing fins reviews and bodyboarding fins reviews.

Dass from Middletown, Connecticut, USA

No calf cramps in swimming lessons. Learn to swim fins.

“I just started taking swimming lessons. I have never been able to do a lap in the pool. My fear was always if I cannot touch the bottom I am not getting in. I have a great teacher but to make it all work even better I have shinfin fins. The fins are great!!!!! They have helped me learn to swim and also given me the confidence to stay in the water even when I cannot touch the bottom.

I used to use normal fins and they always hurt my calfs but with the shinfin fins my legs move in the correct form for swimming and just make everything easy. Now I swim laps for about 30 minutes non stop! People come up to me wanting to know why are my fins different and I explain how they work and point them to your website. So hopefully you might get more orders from the US. Thanks Marc for this great invention!”

“Only one issue, getting the fins off has been a little difficult. Any pointer on that would greatly help.”

My reply – I recommend the quick-release method in the fin fitting tips. I have a suggestion for you. Immediately after you have swum with the shinfin fins for a while, take them off and swim a bit more. You should find that your body remembers the shinfin kick pattern, so your “no-fins” swimming improves too. If you keep doing this each time you go swimming then you should notice continual improvements in your swimming technique. I would be very interested to hear how you get on with this.

“Thank you for the suggestions. I will try them out today when I go out for a swim.”

Also see learn to swim fins reviews.

Wendy from San Francisco, USA

No ankle strain. Less leg fatigue. Bodyboard fins.

“When I caught the Beyond Tomorrow story on shinfin fins I was ecstatic. I bodyboard in northern California where the seas are rough. Have NEVER been able to find a set of fins I was comfortable with. All very heavy and make my feet very sore. Your shinfin fins appear the perfect answer for me and I have ordered a set to try! I do have one question, however. The water of the northern pacific is cold and I have to wear a full wetsuit, including booties, year round. How do your fins work over booties? Hoping your answer is “fabulously.”

My reply – Yes, they can be worn with booties. It is important that the booties are streamlined and flexible at the ankles to avoid drag. It is best to try your fins in a pool first to get used to the streamlined kick (if you are a good swimmer too, then you will already know it). Then wear your wetsuit and booties and get used to swimming like that before moving on to your board.

“Overall I LOVE them!!! First off I am an occupational therapist, so I have a special appreciation for the ergonomics and biomechanical advantages of the shinfin design! Really takes the strain off your ankles for kicking power and I feel far less lower extremity fatigue and strain when I use them! For lap swims in a pool they are perfect and I think they would be also be great for snorkeling!!”

That being said, I have a couple of things that I have found somewhat problematic! First off, even if you get the straps wet, they are not easy to fasten!! Quite difficult, actually! Now, I must add here that I have mild arthritis in my hands, so I am more sensitive than others might be, but I feel it a design area that could use some improvement! Secondly, In really rough waves, I do find that the fins can get turned sideways on my shins and I need to reposition them quite frequently!! But, even with those comments, I still think shin fins superior to any fins I have ever used!! I hope you find my feedback useful!! Thanks for taking the time to ask for it!!”

My reply – How to fit fins with weak fingers describes how people with arthritic hands can fit the fins securely for rough waves.

Also see swim training fins reviews.

Sue from Old Erowal Bay, Australia

No toe cramps: fitness fins

“I swim several kilometres a week for fitness purposes and I love my shinfin fins. It didn’t take me long to get used to them at all. I found that compared to flippers they give me a much better workout. I was having a lot of trouble with my flippers, my feet and toes kept cramping and some days it was so bad I was unable to continue swimming. Since I’ve started using my shinfin fins the cramps have almost completely gone. I am learning to relax my feet more and use my upper leg instead as you suggested.”

“The only problem I am having is adjusting the straps and getting them tight enough (I don’t have the strength in my hands) I think it’s because of this that they are rubbing on the top of my foot just above my ankle. Can you suggest some other sort of strap ie: Velcro. I’m only in my 40’s but unfortunately I have arthritis in my hands and I’m finding the buckle a bit difficult to adjust. I have been going to experiment myself but I thought you might have some ideas.

My reply – How to fit fins with weak fingers describes how people with arthritic hands can fit the fins securely.

“It’s fine if you want to use my email. I have read all of your information on buckling and tightening the straps. I will continue to work with the straps, we’ll see how I go. I definitely won’t be going back to flippers.

Also see swim fitness fins reviews.

Susan from Canberra, Australia

No feet cramps. Changed muscle sets for training fins.

“The fins are great. I can definitely feel the change in the muscle sets that are used with the shinfin fins compared to the other foot fins. I have also had no more problems with cramping in my feet. No questions at this time, thank you for your follow-up.”

My reply – We get a lot of feedback like this. Also, have you noticed improvements in your “no-fins” swimming technique (arms too) and speed? Training with shinfin fins carries across directly to “no-fins” swimming. I do feel that the fins have some very great public health benefits. I’ve spent years designing them to work with (and teach) the normal streamlined kick used by good swimmers, exercising the thighs and torso etc. People really seem to like this and enjoy swimming more. From the feedback we are getting, they are encouraging more people to swim for fitness/exercise – especially people who find it difficult to swim without fins but who have real problems with foot flippers. And their “no-fins” swimming improves too as a result.

Also see swim training fins reviews.

Evelyn from Santa Cruz, California USA

No foot cramps. Learning freestyle fins.

“You might say that I am a very satisfied customer. I’m 63 years old and just learned to swim the crawl stroke with my face in the water. My kick is still weak and I am easily winded, but both are improving. The fins have helped me a lot, and, using them, I have been able to pay more attention to and improve my stroke. The best part – NO FOOT CRAMPS! I use the fins for the first half of my workout only, and my swimming without them has become much better as well. Buying them was a spot-on decision, and I am going great with them.”

My reply – That’s great that you are getting on so well with your swimming – we get a lot of feedback like this. Yes, it is a good idea to do some no-fins swimming after swimming with the fins. That way the streamlined kick pattern, horizontal body position and improved arm stroke that you get with the fins, seems to transfer well to your no-fins swimming (as you have found). Well done.

Also see swim learning fins reviews.

No tired ankles: snorkeling fins

Afton from St. George, Maine, USA – “I just returned from a snorkeling trip in Bermuda. I enjoyed using my shinfin fins. With traditional fins I ended up with tired ankles and the strap chafing on my heel. On this trip I was always the last one out and felt the same as when I first went in. I will definitely recommend them.”

Helpful for hip: pool & surf fins

Tom from San Diego, USA – “The fins work great and the level of comfort is excellent. Finally the limiting factor isn’t pain in my feet. Much different feel from traditional fins, but this is a good thing. I also feel they are more helpful for use with my hip. Rather than stressing all the other joints as regular fins did, pressure is concentrated in a more natural area. I’m still experimenting with adjustment and placement for best performance in surf.”

Comfortable kneeling: kneeboarding fins

Graham from Buderim, Australia – “The fins are definitely a break through. Very comfortable and NO FOOT CRAMP! Good sprint speed for catching the waves (kneeboard). Light. Suits straight leg kick style for kneeboarding. Comfortable in kneeling position. Easy to walk and jump off rocks for water entry.”

No sore feet: snorkeling fins

Jo from Canberra, Australia – “Hi Marc, last year I purchased two pairs of shinfin fins. We went snorkeling at Byron at Xmas. Snorkeling was very rough, too deep, strong current – didn’t see a thing… BUT shinfin fins were excellent. Despite not being strong swimmers could keep up with rest of strapping young men in rough seas and current. Design meant that my sister with the tender scars on top of both feet did not get sore feet. So were very good and am very happy with them. Going to Vanuatu or Fiji in June this year for some hopefully better snorkeling and will be further delighted with these fins I’m sure. Have a great New Year.”

Easier to use, less strain: snorkeling fins

Jono from Perth, Australia – “The fins are working a treat, I have taken them out a few times snorkeling and once I got used to them they became a lot easier. I realised that they are a lot easier to use and less strain on your legs. At first I was a bit hesitant about the shinfin fins but now I realise how good they really are. My brother has tried them and wants to buy a pair of his own already.”

No lower back problems: pool fins

Tony from Kiama Downs, Australia – “I have been using the fins in the pool recently as part of my swimming regime to assist with my crook lower back. They certainly do not cause my lower back any problems when swimming. I am still learning to use them but have found them to be very comfortable and have no problems with calf or foot cramping I get with normal fins.”

No ankle strain: fitness fins

Vicki from Sandy Bay, Tasmania – “Have enjoyed swimming with the fins. After one recent swim I tried a normal pair of flippers on and found them quite hard work on my ankle that is still aching at the end of the day! No such problems with shinfin fins. They also happen to fit in the swimming bag a bit easier too!”

Diana from Tweed Heads, Australia – “The shinfin fins are great. It’s the first time I have been able to use flippers without hurting my feet so I am really happy. When I do freestyle now with or without the flippers I am lying flatter in the water and my swimming style has improved.”

No toe or feet cramps: learning to swim fins

Margo from Weetangera, ACT Australia – “Been using the fins about 3 times a week. Lots of interest from other ladies in the lap lanes! I find that shinfin fins make learning to swim feel very easy, which is a great confidence booster, but almost too easy, so that I’m not sure that I am expending sufficient effort! It is incredible to me that I can swim 50-60 25-m laps without feeling tired, whereas about 30 laps used to be my limit before. But what is really exceptional is the fact that there is no cramping in feet or toes – wonderful!!”

Martha from Tennessee, USA – “I swim at least one mile every other day in pool but intend to increase this to at least two miles over a period of time, slowly. I found your web site very easy to use. It had all the information I should need. Ordering was a breeze with fewer steps than some sites I have encountered from other companies.

After about one month –I have been wearing them every time I swim since receiving them. I did have a little problem getting them on at first but that has gone away now that I am used to them. Takes no time at all now to do it. The foot (flipper) problem has disappeared and no more rubbing the side of my foot and having cramps. The only thing I can complain about is that I found some muscles that had not been used. You can tell the difference right away. I do swim a little slower for now but it is only because the muscles need to build up some. I can’t complain about taking an extra ten minutes for now.

They will make me a better swimmer and I am looking forward to six months after first starting to see what the difference will be. Some of the other swimmers have said they sure look funny but I say put them on and tell me that two laps later between trying to catch your breath. I am 50 years old, very active sports wise,do yoga twice a week in a class and swim a mile four days a week. They are all you say they are and I am very glad to have them.”

“It is now taking me about 50 minutes for the swimming alone (without fins). I really cannot explain it other than a fatigue factor about the last ten laps. Think need some of the muscles to build up little more. Really never swam it without fins the whole mile only four laps or so to warm up. Foot fins take 40 minutes for me and I have cut the time down with the shinfin fins from the first week but think took that time to get use to them at first.

After about three months –I do have a story to tell you. I was unable to swim for about 8 days while suffering from a sinus infection. On Friday I felt like going back to the pool but decided to use my old foot fins because still a little weak. I kicked off and before I knew it I was already at the other end of the pool. I knew the shinfin fins were helping but wow! I swam it in half the amount of time it use to take me with the foot fins.

I had decreased the time with the shinfin fins in the last few weeks that it takes me to swim the mile but still was taking longer than I thought it should but now I know that they are helping me so much more than I thought. I do not plan on using the foot fins but it did show me how much I have improved using your shinfin fins. Now I know that there were muscles that I could not have been using with the old foot fins. I swam in a totally different position and could feel the difference. shinfin fins from now on.

After about two years –I am still using my shinfin fins. They are still so much better than anything I have used in the past. Due to illness I could not swim for a period of time but am now back to swimming at least three days per week. I would not change back to anything else. All those problems the others cause are gone now thanks to the shinfin fins. Thank you so much for asking and thank you for shinfin fins.“…

I feel that the shinfin fins have made me a stronger swimmer. Can tell a difference in leg strength and tone. For a granny I can keep up with the younger swimmers in the pool. I am also impressed with the long wear of the fins. Mine look almost brand new after all this time and use. The straps have not stretched or broken. I look forward to many more hours in the pool with my shinfin fins.

“I do feel the action of the legs more and other people have commented on how smooth I swim and that I do not splash water like some others. Usually I am to busy swimming to notice that but I take their word for it. I have told them they should try the shinfin fins and gave them the web site to see for themselves.”

Barry from San Pedro, California, USA – “I have been very happy with the fins … they have been a big help. My unaided kick is very bad and that puts a lot less stress on my shoulders and elbows. The fins largely correct the problem and I have had much less trouble since I have been using them.”

Dave from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – “This has also been great therapy for my knees. While I was recovering from the knee surgery the fins were helpful in allowing a good kicking workout with most of the force moved up into the thigh and belly – but allowing all the value of light force and increased circulation.”

Bill from Christchurch, New Zealand – “For me the biggest advantage with shinfin fins is that I no longer suffer strains in the tendons/ligaments in my feet as I did with the flippers when bodyboarding. Sometimes it would take almost a week to recover from a foot strain with the flippers.”

Russ from Redwood City, USA – “shinfin fins are my saviour. If they did not exist, I could not swim. I have severe foot problems. These fins take the stress off my feet, transferring it to my shins. I went snorkeling in Hawaii two weeks ago, two days in a row, without pain. These fins represent the genius of elegantly simple solutions to complex problems. Do you want me to make TV commercials?”

George from Ottowa, Canada – “I tried them right away (only freestyle kick). This is my first observation: a) The allow for a relatively fast kick b) They guide to a “higher on the water” and a better balanced position for the freestyle. c) They take the load off the knees – this is important for me because I bought the fins for my niece (a 15 year old competitive swimmer) who has some knee ligament problems. I am extremely happy with the purchase.” …and then, 4 weeks later… “I really like the fins. I am going to order another pair for myself.”

Tony from Singapore – “They really performed wonders to my swim style. Congratulations, you have really created a little miracle, which will certainly help countless others with my similar predicament. I will certainly recommend it to friends. In particular, I liked the fact that it prevented my feet and calves from cramping, something which occurred after 2 laps with ordinary fins. Also breathing was made much easier, and I now look forward eagerly to the next session.”

Mike from Ontario, Canada – “They give me a great workout especially the thighs and the entire trunk area…..which is a pleasant surprise as I’m always trying to increase my strength in my lumbar/abdominal/buttocks area. I’m swimming twice a week for about 45 min each time. So yes I like them a lot, and yes they are just what I need for my strength training. As for one, I’m back doing the front crawl steadily with more authority now…..before my back/ trunk muscles weren’t strong enough to allow me to just let loose…..not quite perfect yet but I’ve noticed a big difference in my lumbar/trunk stability…..a very nice surprise….my knees are feeling better, as I’m getting more power in my legs……..and my ankles couldn’t be happier….I can’t wait to get to the pool now as I’m seeing results quite quickly.”

Bill from Virginia, USA – “These are the only fins I have ever used that do not cause my feet or calves to cramp. A great innovation.”

Above are just the comfortable fins reviews. Please also see more fins reviews.

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