Ok, so I bought a paid of XL Jets awhile back and all of my pool dives and one OW dive with them, I was able to do a back kick... roughly...Sometimes I'd float there and look like I was trying a new dance. Others, I'd really move backwards. I was happy with that, never thought I'd be able to do it.
Bad thing is, my XL Jets were really to tight for my feet so I had to get rid of them.
So, I was told that Turtles are "in between" the XL Jets and XXL Jets. I tried a pair of XXL Jets on and even with my size 16 foot and my regular everyday SHOE, it was still to big. My 3mm boots wouldn't even come close.
So I sold my XL Jets (I probably shouldn't have.) and bought a pair of Turtles. I slipped my 3mm boots on and my feet slide into the pockets of the Turtles with no problem. (*) The ss springs that came with them slipped right over the back of my feet. PERFECT! So I thought....
A few days after getting my Turtles, I go jump in the pool with them on. i have to say, they felt very weak. I tried doing a frog kick I couldn't really "feel it".... I tried to do a helicopter turn, couldn't do it. (I had no issues with the Jets, I could do it easily.) Then, I thought, if I can't do these easy ones, I know I can't do the back kick. I tried it and I was correct. I couldn't even "feel" how my feet were moving let alone actually kick backwards.
Talking about frustrating. I could so easily do the kicks with no problem whatsoever with the Jets. Si I get up to the side of the pool and doff my bp/w. I pull the fins off and I start looking at them. I first notice that they are REALLY soft. Very flexible. I remember the Jets being super stiff. The Turtles almost felt like my Volos.. ugh, crap.. anyways. It seemed like every time I kicked, I wasn't really going anywhere. Even with a flutter kick, it felt like I needed to kick twice as much to get going. I know when I'm diving, I don't want to sprint here, sprint there but, I had to try to sprint just to get moving.
So here is where the (*) comes into play. I notice that the ss strap isn't really "tight" against my foot. I do have some "play" with my foot in the foot of the Turtle. Maybe if I bought some new ss springs (Thinking WayWardSon.) that it would tighten everything up and then I could "feel" the fin better like the Jets..
What are your opinions? Comments? Questions? Need something clarified?