I want to upgrade from my split fins,but I'm stuck between these Hollis F-1's and the Scubapro Jet fins.
Can anyone help me out?????
Pro's & Con's
The F-1's are a heavy fin if your traveling and wear the XXL like I do the additional weight may be an issue. However they are an extremely powerful fin and when I was diving in Utilla Honduras several of the technical divers I was diving with mentioned how much they like it and how they felt for cave/wreck diving it was a safer fin as to how the buckle's were molded into the construction providing no gaps for lines, etc to get caught on when diving.
For normal easy conditions diving might be a bit to much, for heavy conditons dry suit, or technical when your pushing a lot of weaght they are supposed to be great.
These fins are miles away from split fins. They are not quick! Split fins will run circles around them. The kick they like the best is the frog. This is not a fin you take to travel with unless you need the control. They are a technical fin. They give you lots of control!!! I can back up a length of a pool. They are very heavy and negative buoyant as well. Great for underwater photography which I use them for. They are also excellent for dry suit diving.
I love these fins!! But on trips when I need speed (sharks and other big creatures), I take a lighter conventional fin. My suggestion is stay away from the split fins in general unless you want to race down the reef with little control.
I've been happy with the Hollis F1 fins. However I've never tried the Scubapro Jet fins. Previously I used Atomic Split Fins but had to switch for dry suit diving with size 13 Rock Boots. The Atomic XL was not large enough but the Hollis 2XL was a good fit. Compared to the Atomic, the Hollis fins are stiffer. I think the Atomic fins have better kick efficiency. However in some situations I found the Hollis advantageous in that regard such as sculling or avoiding silt-up. The Hollis has a spring strap which I like. There is an over-size loop on the spring which helps when putting on or off with a gloved hand. The Hollis fins seem like they are made well. The might be a little heavier but I never felt like that caused a problem. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Thanks for the INFO. David. I'm also using the Atomic split fins,but I'm tring to make the move from Rec. to Tec and I'm told that spilts aren't going to cut it.
The Holis fins are great for fast speed. I use them for wreck diving. I found the Holis gives much more quick power than the longer more flexible fins. The heel spring is also a big advantage.
Hi Danny, the Hollis are nice fins, I felt they had uneven power. The down stroke was full power, but the return stroke felt very soft. You have to hold them at odd angles to get power from the return stroke.
They are well made and the heel strap are nice. I went back to the SP jet within a month.
I have used both the Hollis F-1's and Scubapro Jet Fins.... in fact I originally wanted to get the Jet Fins and they weren't available at the time.... I had some diver buddies that had both types of fins so i was able to test them both out. The Hollis Fins I believe performed just as good if not better than the Jet Fins not to mention that the Hollis Fins come with the spring heel straps which is a $30. + option on the Jets.
I wouldn't think twice about getting the Hollis F-1 fins, you wont be sorry.
I like the Hollis fins. The spring makes them easy to take on and off. They provide plenty of kick power. I would replace them if I lost them.
It depends on the use. For recreational diving I use my scubapro jet fins. If I am doing techincal diving, I use my F1s. the F1s are a very stiff fin and unless you are a avid runner, they can tire you out pretty fast using a standard kick stroke. They both are a great fin, so it just depends on the use.
Saw your question out here. I have both the Scubapro Jets and the Hollis F1's.
The Jets are shorter, wider, heavier and stiffer than the F1's and also only have a partial foot pocket. These fins are great when frog kicking, making precision turns and back kicking. While these are pretty much a technical diving standard they are absolutely fine for your everyday reef dive.
The F1's are a little lighter, longer, thinner have a full foot pocket . They feel more like a everyday fin but are still sturdy and stiff enough to be a tech divers fin.
If you are used to split fins the Jets would be the absolute opposite end of the fin spectrum. The F1's will feel more familiar will be much more versatile than your split fins
Overall I prefer the F1, but having dove extensively in the Jets, I do wish the F1's were a tad bit wider. Hope this helps
Both are great fins. I own a pair of each. I personally prefer the scubapro jet fins. The F-1 seems to have a larger foot pocket and feels loose on my feet.
When you hear people rant about how good this fin is and then you try it out....I've tried a lot of fins Im a tech diver. and I never found a fin that could give me the results that this fin has giving me over the years.I love everything about this fin,its light,its flexible,no fatigue.And when you need to get some where quick it does that as well. No matter what my mission is I know without a doubt that this piece of gear is the very last piece of my gear I worry about....anybody in the teams,combat or rescue will tell you this is the best hands down plain and simple, buy it !! joe S : search,rescue and recovery diver.
The Hollis fins are less stiff and easier to fin than Jet fins yet provide great propulsion.
The holis are great. Just make sure to get the right size for the exposure suit you have and your foot size. I also have the Appolo and the. Hollis are superior