This top fins review compares shinfin fins with foot flippers. It clearly shows why shinfin fins are a great alternative to foot flippers.
Sick of your old foot flippers?
So many people have problems with foot flippers. I hear about these problems all the time. So let’s review these fins problems first. Let me guess, your foot flippers:
– Don’t fit you? – Hurt your feet? – Stress your ankles? – Strain your calf muscles? – Twist & bend your knees too much? – Mess up your kick? – Trip you up? – Too heavy? – Too bulky? – Fall off & sink? – Break & rot? + Overcome these flipper problems. + Take the plunge, make the change. + shinfin fins.
Foot flipper problems
What problems do you get with foot flippers? What annoys you most about them? Here is the top fins review of the major foot flipper problems that I hear about.
“Flippers don’t fit”
Finding a comfortable flipper is often very difficult. Even choosing from nine sizes, you still can’t vary the width to fit your feet. They also feel different in the water than in the shop. (shinfin fins adjust to fit your leg, for children to adults, with or without a wetsuit. Foot size doesn’t matter.)
“Flippers hurt my feet”
Flippers often cause sores, blisters and cramps in the arches of your feet. (shinfin fins fit to your legs, so they don’t hurt your feet.)
“Flippers stress my ankles”
Flipper forces must go through your ankle to push your body forward. (shinfin fins attach above your ankle, so they don’t stress your ankle joints.)
“Flippers strain my calf muscles”
Pointing your foot to keep the foot flipper in position can cause pain and cramps in your calf muscles. Point your foot now and feel the calf muscle strain. (shinfin fins are not held in position by your calf muscles.)
“Flippers twist and bend my knees too much”
The flipper extending beyond your foot causes twisting forces at your knee. It also causes your knee to drop too low, away from the natural streamlined kick. (shinfin fins avoid twisting your knees, and lift your knees straighter for more streamlined freestyle, fly and backstroke.)
“Flippers change my kick”
Flippers restrict your feet and ankles so you can’t kick normally. (shinfin fins leave your feet and ankles relaxed for your normal kick.)
“Flippers trip me up”
It can be hard and dangerous to walk with foot flippers. (It is easy to walk with shinfin fins. They flex with your ankle as you walk.)
“Flippers are too heavy”
Many foot flippers weigh about 600 g each. Some are as heavy as 800 g or more. (At only 300g, a shinfin swim fin with strap is about as light as a running shoe.)
“Flippers are too bulky”
Many foot flippers are too bulky, cumbersome and harder to fit into your bag. (shinfin fins neatly stack on top of each other, close to “flat-pack” to easily fit into your bag.)
“Flippers fall off and sink”
Flippers fall off especially in waves when the foot pocket slips or rips. Most foot flippers sink so they are easy to lose when they fall off in the sea. (shinfin fins strap twice around your leg above your heel so they don’t fall off.)
“Flippers break and rot”
Flippers often rip, especially at the heel pocket. They rot from exposure to pool water, salt water and sunlight. Broken flippers are washed up on beaches. (shinfin polyurethane is more durable than most foot flipper materials and much tougher without the heel pocket weakness.)
Why do foot flippers have problems?
Have you ever wondered why regular foot flippers keep giving you the same problems, even after nearly a century of so many different manufacturers trying so many different designs? It’s because the root cause of the problems is still there – foot flippers attach to your feet!
Evolve to shinfin benefits
If you fit fins to your legs instead, then the foot flipper problems disappear and new opportunities arise. That’s what shinfin fins are all about. Here is the top fins review of the key benefits so you can make up your own mind. Review which benefits make them the top fins for you.
shinfin fins fit easily. Foot size doesn’t matter at all because they don’t strap on your feet. They adjust to fit your height, leg circumference and leg shape. They adjust to fit with or without a wetsuit, and many people can share them too. Top fins for adjustability. They beat foot flippers hands down (or should I say “feet down”) for adjustability.
shinfin fins really are much more comfortable than regular flippers. Comfortable flexible-size fit. Comfortable feet, toes, ankles and Achilles tendons. Comfortable calf muscles, knees and back. Top fins for comfort, from the tips of your toes up to your back. They leave foot flippers for dead in the comfort race.
shinfin fins fit on your legs, not on your feet. So your feet are free to walk, swim, and climb up or down pool steps and boat ladders safely. You can dive in properly and turn easily in the water, flip-turns too. They let you stand, kneel and drop-knee on surfboards, bodyboards and kneeboards. Top fins for leaving your feet free to have fun, safely. Foot flippers pale in comparison, if you want “freedom for feet” and safety.
shinfin fins are made from tough hi-tech polyurethane, strapped around your leg, so they are stronger for less weight. Weighing less than 300g (10oz) each, including strap, they are also smaller, flatter and easier to pack. They have integral moulded polyurethane buckles and quality, replaceable, natural rubber straps. Basically, they are extremely tough and very light. Foot flippers weigh in a lot heavier and bulkier, and are often made from cheaper materials that tear easily.
shinfin fins are amazing for teaching and training your swimming technique. It doesn’t matter whether you are learning to swim or already a good swimmer, child or adult, able-bodied or disabled. They train your body and legs to be streamlined, and train your legs to balance each arm pull. They train your ankles and feet to relax, and when to flex, and train your muscles to deliver power efficiently. Interestingly, they train your swimming technique even after you take them off – you can feel your new kick pattern getting automatically imprinted into your muscle memory. They train your freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, and can be positioned to optimise your kick. Top fins for swimming style for all levels of swimmer. In complete contrast, foot flippers make you bend your knees too much and ruin your technique – not what you want from your fins.
shinfin fins are kicked from your hip, with only a little knee-bend. So they workout your hip power from your thighs, buttocks, stomach and lower torso muscles. They let you relax your calves, ankles and feet. They encourage smooth muscle power throughout each stroke, to optimise efficiency. They train the correct muscles for elite swimming – freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. You can also position these fins to different heights and angles on your legs, to optimise your muscle action. Top fins for using your muscles in the correct way. In contrast, foot flippers are kicked more by bending your knee and using your calf muscles too much, often causing calf cramps.
shinfin fins gently lift your legs and body horizontal, for less drag. They guide you into a streamlined kick from your hips and encourage you to keep your knees fairly straight – like good swimmers do. They let your ankles and feet relax, and guide the right time to flex. The up and down kicks give smooth force throughout each stroke, optimising efficiency for freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. You can adjust the fins to different heights and angles on your legs, to further optimise streamlining. Top fins for natural, streamlined swimming. In contrast, foot flippers sink your hips and thighs down in the water, and make you kick from your knees (the common “bicycle-kick” problem), creating drag and ruining your streamlined technique – not a good idea.