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Post Number:#1  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:28 pm

Name: Leaderfins Sports Monofin Advance.
Origin: Estonia
Material: Rubber and Fiberglass
Construction: Rubber footpocket and brakets, 20 layered hand tapered fiberglass, handmade.
Blade profile: Hard
Demension: 72cmX70cmx3cm
Drive technique: Dolphin kick.

The fins front profile:

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Back profile. The pattern is etch on the fiberglass to denotes the area according to flexibility.

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Logo. just a sticker they paste on the fins.

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Lateral wing to stop the blades from skating on a power stroke and concerntrate the thrust on one direction.

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Front profile of the blades. just cannot imagine this blade flexing on a stroke. hard as katapink on viagra.

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Blades look smooth buy on closer inspection can see and feel the weave of the fiberglass.

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Foot pockets are from durable vulcanize rubber. looks big but the pockets are small. just a strap to lock it in.

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Side rubber reinforcement is to makes the outer part of the fins rigid. this part is not suppose to flex as much as the center part to achive a spoon effect during the stroke. also to cut down on turbulende at the edge and stabilize the fins.

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fins are still dusty from fiber dust. fresh out of the workshop.

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the etching pattern looks nice also.

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Front monted snorkel with head band. have not assemble them. need also to get a snorkel mouthpiece. we use a front mounted snorkel to cut drag and also a side mounted one will vibrate like hell at speed. monofins swimmers has known to reach speed up to 3meters per second. but vision will be affected because of the positioning of the snorkel.

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to make things complete. a sticker of the sarong diver on the front.

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another picture of the sarong diver. makes you proud.....

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a bag to stow my estonian baby.

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equipment pocket on bag with brand. bag is optional.

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when i got this thing. i was scared...i dont know whether i can drive this fins....a lot of things went through my mind....should i op for the sorter profile blade..should i specify a smaller dimension.....well..have to try and see laa..

later after testing will give you guys a review and maybe photos and videos of the fin in action...proviced i can drive the fins....huhhuu
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#2  Postby sheik » Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:08 pm

when are you taking the toy for a drive? may i try. pool session? this sunday?
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#3  Postby ikan » Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:52 am

serious stuff bro .... adapt and be comfortable with the tool .... am quite curious to see it in action, slow-mo wld be good ....  ;)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#4  Postby LaraCroft » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:00 am

Hah! Your baby has finally arrived! 'Yang ditunggu-tunggu dah tiba'!

One sexy baby man.. So, kalau berani kasi trial run kat pulau la..  ::)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#5  Postby sheik » Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:43 am

versus current, how?
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#6  Postby Spazm » Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:11 pm

versus current, how?


when u are freediving.. current is no problem bro..:)...very streamlined..:)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#7  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:06 pm

when are you taking the toy for a drive? may i try. pool session? this sunday?


can...no problem...what saiz are your feet?
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#8  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:11 pm

Hah! Your baby has finally arrived! 'Yang ditunggu-tunggu dah tiba'!

One sexy baby man.. So, kalau berani kasi trial run kat pulau la..  ::)



heh....gerek kan! (heh..sexy isnt she)
takbleh main pulau lagi...ini bukan barang buat main punya....kena kasi test kat pool dulu...nanti ade yang terkorban kat laut nanti (not prepared to use it in open waters....this is serious stuff....have to test in the pool first...to avoid any accidents in the island)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#9  Postby Cher » Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:31 pm

Wooo hooo! We have a merman in MUW!!!!!

Mephisto, nanti nak see you drive this baby k!
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#10  Postby bijan » Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:41 pm

warghh...mephisto's "most wanted" already reached him..aper lagi..test power ar dlm pool!(why wait? try it out in the pool!)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#11  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:07 pm

Initial review of Leaderfins Sports Mono Fins Advance.

Last weekend i got the chance try out the monofins in the pool on Saturday and Sunday.

Fins are negative in bouyancy. they sink. but at depth this is good cause the knees tends to straighten out because of the weights. this help when doing the dophin stroke as modulation from the shoulders right until the feet get translated into power because of the whip like effect on the negative fins.

Putting on the fins is a hassel because of the design of the heel strap. i expected it to feel like putting on a fullfoot fins, but fullfoot fins the rubber at the heel is soft. this one is hard and is it not strechable. also the foot pocket gets smaller from back to front. this is suppose to hold the foot firmly so there is efficient energy transmission from foot to fins.so the trick is initialy put you foot as far as it will go then with the might of Zeus try to pull the straps behind the heel. when this is done automaticly the foot will get push to the front and fits snugly. then do it for the other feet. i do this by putting the legs together and lean them to one side to work on the straps.

The foot pocket fits just nice but on the first session i got blisters on toe, foot arch and the heel. i decide to wear a 3mm neoprane socks on the second session and this solve the blister problem.

This baby is FAST!!!

on a surface swim, the shockwave on the water starts from the head, not from the shoulders as with other fins.

initial stroke is difficult because the resistance impose on the fins. this is due to the large surface are and the weight of the fins. but when you get the momentum, the stroke is easy and relaxing. i really enjoy the fins in this phase cause there is simply no effort in driving them. and on top of it you are going really fast. i estimate that compare to the normal freediving fins that i use, for a given distance and at optimum performance, the monos cut time by 10-15% and effort 20-30%. but on the initial phase the freediving fins beats the monos because of their low inertia but when the monos are on high gear, it will leave the longfins behind.

on a dynamic run you will spend less energy, less time and operating at a higher speed for a given distance.

to drive the monos is difficult initialy because modulation of the body must start from the shoulders unlike other fins in which modulation from the waist is enought to drive them. also the legs must work and syncronise together
because i found out if 1 leg is out of sync, the slower leg will pull the fins and make it yaw to the inside and this will
change the direction in which the diver is going. and this is apparently the way to steer the fins but turning radius is big, almost plus 50% of a freediving fins. also during the stroke, power through both leghs must be evenly match if not the fins will skate to the direction of the weaker leg and this will cause a lost of momentum.

other than that, it is fairly easy to be learned and also the blades after 2 sessions in the water tends to get more flixible when dry. i guess its takes a bit of running in and to release the manufacturing stress from the blades.

so with the above findings  i have concluded that i need about 2 months practice to master this fin, to get the technique right and to built the strenght and stamina do drive is properly.

also with the advantage of this fin i will try to set a new personal best in Dynamic Apnea of 75 meters from the current 50 meter record.
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#12  Postby Snafu » Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:50 pm

Good luck bro ... 75m eh!!!!!

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Post Number:#13  Postby jgshuwei » Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:27 pm

Good luck bro ... 75m eh!!!!!

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Post Number:#14  Postby bijan » Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:41 pm

all the best bro..u stick to ur routine, u surely can beat the record bro..
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#15  Postby ikan » Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:56 pm

75 m??  the very best of luck brooooo ....

U can try to put silicon grease around the heel strap to avoid blisters ... it usually works with full foot fin ... i dont know abt this particular fin though .. coz am just thinking with the goal of 75m dynamic apnea, u might just want to reduce the drag much as u can ....
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Post Number:#16  Postby LaraCroft » Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:36 pm

Hmm... 75m you say? 75m horizontal I think is doable bro.. Watching you go at the pool weekends.. Yeah its doable. All the best to you bro..

Call me.. I'll be your record noter and time your speed for you.. That'll be cool man.
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#17  Postby OziDiver » Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:12 pm

man thats some serious stuff you got going there, best of luck bro! 75m here we come!  ;)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#18  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:02 pm

thanks guys for the support.

will try.

currently have achive 50 meters dynamic with freediving fins but on full throttle. my legs starts to cramp on the last 5 meters.

i plan to do 50 meters with the monos on a constant basis from now on. without effort. this is my benchmark.

75 meters is my goal. used to say i cant do 50 but have made it happen. now i want to do 75. hope fully by the end of the year but i am being realistic so i give it a year..

thats 0.75 of a lap in an olympic standard pool. looks daunting....but i will try....
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#19  Postby Nizaha » Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:48 pm

Hi mephisto

I wish best of luck..


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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#20  Postby jgshuwei » Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:10 pm

thanks guys for the support.

will try.

currently have achive 50 meters dynamic with freediving fins but on full throttle. my legs starts to cramp on the last 5 meters.

i plan to do 50 meters with the monos on a constant basis from now on. without effort. this is my benchmark.

75 meters is my goal. used to say i cant do 50 but have made it happen. now i want to do 75. hope fully by the end of the year but i am being realistic so i give it a year..

thats 0.75 of a lap in an olympic standard pool. looks daunting....but i will try....


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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#21  Postby Johnny Ong » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:30 am

Im kinda interested in freediving.
Where can i get a monofin? How much is it?
I like the way it moves in the water with monofin. Jus like a dolphin.
Mephisto when u free? Wanna learn fr u la
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Post Number:#22  Postby kimseng the maverick rogue » Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:43 am

yea, i wan to learn too.... when are you doing a session ???? ;)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#23  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:17 pm

johnnyong85 wrote:Im kinda interested in freediving.
Where can i get a monofin? How much is it?
I like the way it moves in the water with monofin. Jus like a dolphin.
Mephisto when u free? Wanna learn fr u la


Sunday, 23 March 2008, Cheras pool, 1100.

Contact me at 0133508842 if you want to try the mono fin, but to teach you...i am still learning...we can learn together.

as for monofins:

www.leaderfins.com
www.mat-mas.com
www.finisinc.com
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#24  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:20 pm

kimseng wrote:yea, i wan to learn too.... when are you doing a session ???? ;)


Come laa this sunday and stop playing your X box laa...heh. play the Mundial comps for  change.
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#25  Postby kimseng the maverick rogue » Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:46 pm

Mephisto wrote:
kimseng wrote:yea, i wan to learn too.... when are you doing a session ???? ;)


Come laa this sunday and stop playing your X box laa...heh. play the Mundial comps for  change.

me training for competition larr.... need practise with my team.
how about this, u teach me free diving i teach you how to snipe ppl in COD 4....hahaha :P :D :D (racun racun in process)

nampak gaya mundial pecah dara in tioman...lol ;)
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#26  Postby ScubaBunny » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:21 am

Apa pecah-pecah dara ni.. = No longer a virgin.. (the translation..)  :laughing11:

By d way.. I guess the meditation and the breathing helps..  ;)

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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#27  Postby Johnny Ong » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:01 pm

THx to Mephisto for coming to Cheras pool today and teaching me so much thing bout freediving.
B4 this, i was having a lot of wrong thought bout freedive, now i learned! Thx agn Mephisto!
This is the 1st time I see monofin with my true eyes! lol :D but got no chance to try it. :crybaby2: The strap of the foot pocket losen dy.
But i did try the long-fin. The movement with long-fin on is superb la. I think im gonna get a pair soon.
With the right technique, freedive in water is relaxing! Can throw anything behind and swim the way like dolphin does!
Hope to hang out with ya next time.

PS: any1 who is interested in freediving, let's hang out! ;)
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Post Number:#28  Postby Johnny Ong » Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:41 am

hihi, where to get long bladed fins r?
Damansara where? I cant rmb dy... hehe :D
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#29  Postby Mephisto the Heretic » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:37 pm

PM Scuba Symphony for more details on their shop location and about the price for the fins.

Sorry about the monos. let me repair the foot pocket and whens it done you can try it.

Later i can let you borrow some books on freediving, currently they are with Laboure, when he finish with it, i will pass it to you.

I see you have potential John and if possible, save some money and get the AIDA 1 STAR certification in Thailand.

You wont regret it.

I glad you realise that freediving is relaxing and that is the key to freediving. Practice and you will enjoy it more.
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Re: Weapon of choice.

Post Number:#30  Postby joe » Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:06 pm

just like duyong  :D...try to snap pic with backlight  :D
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