Aug 31, 2012
Voit Duck Feet Update!
Got my new Duck Feet in the water last evening for a mat-paddle at Pismo (surf only 1-2') and I really liked them! It's been a long time since I've use Duck Feet fins without any grinding on the blades -- to soften them up at the tip -- so I'd forgotten what a great design the original is (with the ribs intact, etc). The water flows nicely over the fin, and the twisting motion seems to propel you forward.
Haven't tried the black and red V-Ducks yet. They appear to be stock Duck Feet with the tips cut off, and I like the longer Duck Foot shape a lot, so these may be too stubby for me...but I'll have to try them and see.
The craftsmanship of these fins is excellent. The stiffer areas in the ribs and the bottom of the footpockets are consistent. And the distribution of the hard and soft areas is faultless, based on my initial test. A very good design.
They are very soft in the tip area -- even softer than I've used in the past via grinding the tip thickness down -- and I was mildly skeptical when I opened the boxes. But once I got them in the water they were very natural feeling in terms of the amount of power they generated, the twisting action, and how they relate to my foot and calf muscles. My legs were tired this morning (I kicked around for over an hour) but I had no sign of cramping or soreness. Actually, my fatigue today reminds me of how I feel when I spend an hour swimming in a pool with no fins...very stretched out and relaxed, not tightened/knotted up.
You can see in the photo that I applied a layer of neoprene that slips into the inside/top of the fins. I like to use oversized fins (XLs) with booties and a little extra padding to make the fit firmer.