Many fins on the market today have a button molded onto the side of the fin. Attached to the button are different styles of plastic clips which hold a rubber strap and an adjustment mechanism. Divers often find this system awkward to adjust when geared up. Manta is currently releasing a new style of mounting clip to attach their Spring Fin Straps to these style fins.
The clip is made of electro-polished stainless steel and is designed to simulate the attaching portion of the plastic clip. This makes installation a SNAP. Simply push your old clip off and slide on the new. Removal is so easy you can interchange the straps between different brands or styles of fins. (Not recommended for Force Fins, Atomic, or Tusa) Springs are also made of stainless steel with clear plastic tubing covering the spring.
Spring fin strap have a slimmer profile then most conventional fin straps reducing the potential of fouling with lines sea weed (kelp) or debris. Easy to use springs automatically compensates for different size feet and boots. Spring fin straps are easy to put on and take off and they are depth compensating because they will compress to changes in the thickness of your boots. Spring fin straps are available in four sizes and come with a 60 month limited warranty.
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Comments about Manta, Atomic Spring Fin Strap:
The spring diameter was standard...same as the Apollo set. However, the Apollo springs have a twine protector inside the spring to keep it from being overstretched. I added my own to these springs, though it wasn't easy to do.
The springs have a S shaped metal clip on the end of the springs. You bend the open end of the S around the peg that you would otherwise attach your Atomic buckle to. You need a large set of pliers, like channel locks, to do this. Large channel locks...mine were either 12 or 14 inch. It's not easy to get the perfect bend. Be careful with the peg as it's plastic and you can dent it with the pliers.
There is a plastic sleeve around much of the spring, but I wanted something easier to grasp, so I took some 1 inch nylon webbing and cut a piece maybe 8-10 inches and then looped it around the plastic tube, overlapped the two ends about 3/4 inch, and then sewed them together and to the opposite side webbing. So, I was sewing through 3 layers of webbing. When done, it looks like a figure 8 with one loop tight around the spring, and the other loop sticking up and available for grabbing when you want to get your fins off. For sewing thread, I used dental floss.
Anyway, it does work. The S clips kind of cant to the side on the pegs, but they should stay. All in all, they do work and are cheaper than the Atomic spring straps.