Hi, I used to have the tusa x-pert split fins full foot for traveling. I'm looking for another pair of fins good for travel (light, can be packed, effective) full foot because I don't want to take my booties. I was looking at this model (Deep Sea Star). Do you have any advice? How do they compare to the old version of the x-perts? Any other model you would recommend?
I love these. I take them to Mexico for snorkeling and just "flipping out". I love them so much I have given 4 pairs to people for birthday presents. Everyone that tries them on comments on how comfortable they are. I haven't tried the old version of the x-perts, but I do love these.
I'm not familiar with the x-perts you mentioned, but I'd guess that it really depends on what you're using the fins for - snorkeling, scuba, bodysurfing, bodyboarding? I've traveled in Central America and West Africa with these, using them for snorkeling and bodysurfing. I've found them to be inexpensive and very functional. They fit my wide feet well, but better with open-heel 2mm fin socks, and I even use fin keepers when I'm in more turbulent water (b/c losing a fin in turbulent water is a huge bummer). I don't think they're such a good fit for those with narrow skinny feet.
My wife bought the Deep Sea Star June 2013 for scallop season in Florida and loves them. She had tried different fins but was never particularly fond of any of them. Several years back she found an older pair of Deep Sea Star at the Goodwill store. After using them a few time she immediately preferred these over the other fins she had bought. After a couple of years using the fins from Goodwill and liking them better than the other fins, she bought a new pair from Leisure Pro. They are only used a few months during the summer so she wasn't looking for an expensive and heavy pair. The Deep Sea Star are comfortable, light, and affordable.
I've used these fins as you want to and found them quite adequate. They're cheap but they work fine for travel diving. Can't compare to your old fins.
I am not familiar with the Tusa x-perts so I can't make a comparison, but the Deep Sea Star fins worked great for me snorkeling in Hawaii and the Caribbean. They are very similar to the types that the snorkel excursion boats have for customer use. I found them to be effective. They are made of a rubber type material, so they are not very lightweight.
Hope this helps.
Not really dive fins, too short. Extremely comfortable and good fins for non-challenging snorkeling though.