Deep Six Eddy Fins
I ordered a new set of fins a couple weeks ago while at Beneath The Sea. They are called the Deep Six Eddy Fins and are great option for anyone looking for a neutrally buoyant Jetfin-style fin similar to OMS Slipstreams or the UTD Precision Fins. Although they are made by a relatively new scuba gear company called Deep Six, the owner Chris Richardson formerly managed HOG/Edge and is well-known within the diving community.
UPDATE: 06-12-2017 If you want to purchase a pair of these fins, use the coupon code “WRECKLESSDIVER” to get small discount on any Deep 6 product. Feel free to send me am message or email and I’d be glad to answer any questions.
Neutrally Buoyant Fins?
A little background information, a lot of rebreather and sidemount divers tend to prefer a lightweight and neutrally buoyant fin to help with trim issues. While I can’t really speak on the sidemount aspect, most rebreathers tend to be butt heavy due to placement of tanks/valves. A lighter fin will often help with this issue and can alleviate minor trim issues.
Despite the fact that ScubaPro Jetfins, with their many clones, or even the Hollis F1 fins are fantastic fins for diving a heavy set doubles and/or drysuit diving they are not optimal fins for rebreather divers or for anyone who needs a lightweight fin for traveling.
A lot of people consider the “holy grail” of rebreather fins to be OMS Slipstreams or even the Dive Rite XT Fins. Both fins have their very ardent supporters and you truthfully really can’t go wrong with either of them. I myself am a huge fan of OMS Slipstreams. I even hoarded multiple pairs in different sizes when OMS stopped producing them before being bought out by DUI.
Enter the Deep Six Eddy Fins. At first glance they look like your standard run-of-the-mill Jetfin clone however this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unlike Jetfins/Slipsteams the foot pocket is shaped different and more much accommodating. I think the running joke here is that the Eddy Fins are actually designed to fit human feet. So far I’ve found them slightly more comfortable than my OMS Slipstreams although to be honest I never found my Slipstreams to be uncomfortable. I am just stating that I think the Deep Six fins are more comfortable.
Sizing / Foot Pocket
I wear a size ML TurboTec boot on my drysuit and wear a size 8-8.5 men’s shoe. With JetFins or Slipstreams I need to use a pair of XL fins with my drysuit however due to size/shape of foot pocket on the Deep Six Eddy Fins the size large fins fit perfectly.
In addition to being neutrally buoyant, they’re also short with a very stiff blade similar to Jetfins/Slipstreams. It’s a design you’ll instantly recognize. They definitely seem stiffer than Jetfins and Slipstreams. They are very good fins for frogkicking or back kicking. I assume they’re also good for flutter kicks too but I forget how to do those. 🙂 Like all good fins should they also come standard with adjustable spring straps.
Lastly..they are available in orange which is fantastic for low visibility diving or if you want to look like you have duck feet. The orange makes you really easy to spot above and below water! Have no fear though if you’re a no-fun curmudgeon or DIR-type they are also available in tried-and-true black so you won’t get kicked out of the quarry.
This is not my video but it gives you an idea of how light they are.
So what is the final consensus?
While I only have 5 dives on these fins so far I think they are quickly becoming a new favorite. I’m really digging the orange and I find the foot pockets to be very comfortable.