Do you use open heel or full foot fins in warm water? Why?

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asked May 16, 2017 in Scuba Diving by hurfish (3,024 points)

5 Answers

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answered May 23, 2017 by alwaysdiving (780 points)
I always use open heel fins (scubapro jets) with booties for diving. I'm used to them, and I like having the booties for shore entries/exits.

My freediving fins are full foot pockets
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answered May 16, 2017 by Pablo (1,108 points)
I always wear booties and an "open heel", so I won't get a blister or abrasion. Especially with a walk in dive, it's easy to get sand in your fin. A little extra protection never hurts.
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answered Jun 5, 2017 by Lietzke00 (713 points)
I prefer open-heel fins with boots, definitely! I started out with those in my OW classes, then managed to forget ONE fin on my very first dive trip! (I was checking if my fins would fit in a particular suitcase and forgot to take the "measuring" fin back out!) Unfortunately, the dive shop at my destination had only full-foot fins for rent. I wasn't a fan... they weren't as easy to put on or take off as my open-heel fins, and when we knelt in a sandy area to demonstrate OW skills, sand got inside both fins and started rubbing sore spots on my feet.

Besides, boots provide great traction on a wet boat deck and protection from rocks or other debris on the beach for shore dives.
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answered May 16, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
open heel with boots always, warm, cold whatever. Less chance of loosing a fin. also if the fullfoot fin doesnt fit just right you can get blisters and raw spots on your feet. Just my opinion but works for me.
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answered Jul 12, 2017 by Brilliant1 (595 points)
Open heel with booties because I've gotten blisters from full foot fins.
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