I use the ScubaPro Jet Fins (split fins). I also have a pair of stiff fins, which I stopped using as soon as I discovered the split.
People that complain about flexibility and swimming against a current may be at a different level than "the rest of us". The split and the flexibility make them much more comfortable, and efficient at casual cruising speeds. If you intend on breaking some kind of speed or current-fighting record, then do factor that in. :)
Another factor: the color in the Jet Fins determine their buoyancy, I think the black ones sink, the others more or less float.
In California we use the spring straps mainly because the regular straps catch the strands in the kelp forests. They cost about $60, and are a definitely desirable upgrade as they adjust automatically to your foot (whichever size boot you have that day) and are a breeze to don and doff, yet they are relatively costly (about 60% of the fin cost spent on the strap).
I will be diving in NJ ( I live in Eatontown). But, this trip isn't ocean, it will be at Dutch Springs. I am a newbie still and this will be skills related. I need the strap style fins so I can adjust them for thicker, cold water booties. 40-50 degree water- brrrr.
Thanks for the tip on the flexibility. That is the exactly the type of info I am looking for. I'd like to get a well rounded- multi-tasking pair.
The only problem with split fins is that they can be too flexible to swim into currents. I have scuba pro split fins. A lot of people like the spring fin straps. I'm not sure where you will be diving, but here in NJ, we don't remove any gear, including fins, until we are on the boat. The dive boats here have "T" ladders that you can climb with your fins on.
I like my Apollo spilt fins for Scuba, and they are vary fast for swimming if you like to swim with fins. I know there are some sites that rate fins, they might be able to give you better advice. Happy Diving!
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