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Ski-Doc Fin Protector

HortonHorton Posts: 27,743 Administrator


Leave it to Mads and the crew at Ski Doc to re-think how to protect a ski. Ski-Doc is proud to introduce their new Fin Protector which not only will protect your fin, but also the top and sidewalls of your will fit over most neoprene ski sleeves. Its really a simple concept, but having protection that fits properly, is ultra strong and design for skiers by skiers....this is truly a win win. Grab one now from Performance

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  • WishWish Posts: 7,834 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited January 2015
    Not a new idea. A copy of another design. Possibly better. That's the Fin Firkin design. Hope the folks at Firkin are working with SkiDoc and don't have patent. I've used the Fin Firkin for what seems a decade. Hands down this type of fin guard is the best as your fin is suspended inside and the fin guard does not use the fin itself as an attachment point. Looks like some good improvements on the design. Not sure it's $30more in improvements (his shipping is free I believe) but..maybe. Either way you go you cant go wrong.

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,424 Mega Baller
    Nice - I know what my father in-law is getting for fathers day to replace his pool noodle. Looks like free shipping for a couple more days if you buy it from the source.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,345 Crazy Baller
    Sure looks like a "fin firkin" to me! Bruce has been making them for at least ten years. Hope he had a patent or hope he has joined forces with ski doc. I would hate to see someone's design stolen.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,424 Mega Baller
    Not to turn this into a Fin Firkin thread, but a couple thoughts.
    1) Looks like a melted piece of PVC pipe - the skidoc looks purpose molded and has an end cap and strap on it.
    2) That FinFirkin website - just wow. After I figured out that you had to push "Home" from what should have been the home page, then you can see a picture of it.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,000 Mega Baller
    I beleive I'm the only person on here that has a ski-doc fin protector. What I liked about it over the finfurkin is that it covers much more of the tail of the ski protecting from those pesky airline people and traveling as well has an end cap and it also goes over your ski sock preventing any knocking or scratching of the fin and tail of the ski. Works great so far. I will post a pic of it later. A much more finished product than the finfirkin. The guys at ski doc are always developing new and great products for skiers I do have a number of them and they are always great to do business with.
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 849 Crazy Baller
    Cool looking reflex boot. like the lace idea.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,834 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Bruce has attempted and gone through lots of different materials. Tons of trial and error in design and the correct material. It's not your standard PVC pipe. Heat molded yes. Does the same job essentially. Cant deny that it's the same design. Not sure he is out to make big bucks or capture the fin protecting market. He just makes a simple product and runs a simple web site where you can buy one. SkiDoc looks more finished with a couple added elements. I'd be drilling some holes in the end cap though. Hate to have water collect and just sit in it. Not so sure it can be deemed a "new product". Improved...maybe.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • mmosley899mmosley899 Posts: 593 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @deanoski that boot is a Roxa ice skate boot, little forward flex in that style. I have one that I can send you if you want it...
    Mike's Overall Binding
    Sweet Home Alabama Skiing
    Senior Judge, Senior Driver, Tech Controller
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 849 Crazy Baller
    edited January 2015
    Mike, I sent you a note. thx Deano
  • MrBMrB Posts: 146 Baller
    Cool website for Fin Firkin
  • MrBMrB Posts: 146 Baller
    $19.95 plus free ground shipping. Nice.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,834 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    That's a 3 for 1 deal comparatively.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 681 Crazy Baller
    Nice thing about the FinFirkin, if you leave it on you ski like a friend of mind did, you can still make it up on your ski. After falling on his pull out twice, he got on the boat to check his ski and found his Firkin. That was 2013. He did it again last summer. I dug out a Sharpie and now there is a warning label on his Firkin. Something along the lines of "remove before use, dumba$$."
  • FWinterFWinter Posts: 117 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @mattP You're not alone mate, I've had one for the last month or so and I've done a fair bit of travelling with it to and from Florida from Louisiana. Really good. I used the Reflex foam thing before which was great but didn't protect the end of my ski. Best thing about it is that you can stick a ski sleeve under it and it'll stay on and protect it. Ski-doc is the way forward. Not expensive either, they should sell a bunch of these, well worth it.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,000 Mega Baller
    @BlueSki‌ that is funny. I may have done that once... with my old fin protector, but with the Ski-Doc that goes over your sock and is that bright orange almost can't get into the water with it on your ski.
  • Tyler_RTyler_R Posts: 46 Baller
    @MattP‌ this sounds like a new game to see who can ski more balls with a fin protector on.
    The John Daily of Watersking

    Formerly TylerR and personal nuisance to Matt Page
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,254 Mega Baller
    Awesome 196 with no trunk.
    Shut up and ski
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,570 Mega Baller
    Insane Fun? Doing different things and expecting the same results!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,424 Mega Baller
    These showed up yesterday in the mail, look pretty decent. I'll have to see if I can get one of the skis down to try them out.

    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • EricKelleyEricKelley Posts: 282 Crazy Baller
    I'll stay with the Firkin, who wouldn't with that name and the cool Tshirts that go with it. Girls prefer men who like Firkin.
  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    I will say that the end cap will make it impossible to put on backwards. A friend put my FinFirkin on my ski backwards and cracked it. Still worked for another year or so until I stopped using it and ultimately lost it though. It's probably still floating around my house somewhere though.

    IMO we have the perfect blend of protection. The FinFirkin is an excellent fin protector for those who are budget minded. The ski-doc is really nice as well and has better protection but also has a steeper price tag.
  • MarkMMarkM Posts: 112 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I use 2 flips flops and tape
  • firkinguyfirkinguy Posts: 23 Baller
    There have been several people to put the Finfirkin on backwards. It will still work but not as well and can crack if installed this way. I now normally include an instruction sheet for first time buyers that contains installation instructions.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,834 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I've never even come close to putting my Firkin on backwards. You'd really have to not pay attention to do that. Just look at the pic above. I don't even see how it can be put on backwards. Unless it's a really skinny ski.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • skialexskialex Posts: 898 Crazy Baller
    After reading the above posts I really wanted to comment. I work a lot on my skis and my friend's skis and I have developed some personal ideas, so I want to share my thoughts.
    Personally I don't like fin protectors very much (with an exception of the above two types) and ski bags/hard cases, unless you are getting on a plane.
    The wood ones touch the fin and in extreme situations can hurt it; also they do not fit my wing at 9.5 angle unless I trim the wood. Overall they give good protection during travel.
    The plastic ones of the same design have a very snag fit and they might move your fin while you try to put them on. Also because they are slim there is an increased possibility to forget them on and try to ski with.
    The foam ones offer very good protection but keep the moist in the fin and fin clump.
    The tube ones are touching the bottom of the fin and they can make it move.
    Fin Firkin let the fin suspending inside and also let the fin block and fin to dry and not develop rust leading to stuck bolts and fins, (I like it a lot).
    I also like Ski Doc products, the simplicity of camera mount and the slick design of the work stations (I want to buy one). Their fin protector looks very durable, and a good choice for air travel but its close type might also keep the moist in.
    I only use a fleece ski cover which protects my ski and car interior from scratching and try not to bang my fin around wile caring it. Neoprene sleeves work the same way but their close type at the back keep the end of the ski wet (Goode offers one with Velcro that help you to have most of the fin block exposed).
    I can afford to use a fin protector only for travel (I have a wood one), I'm very careful with my ski and measure the fin if needed, but I also understand why a lot of skiers are using one. I also understand why some skiers wants their fin stacked not be able to move and use a fin protector to ensure that fin would not move.
    Now reading this I’m thinking of buying a Fin Firkin and use it more. Maybe next time I visit the US.
    The above are my personal thoughts.
  • firkinguyfirkinguy Posts: 23 Baller
    The Finfirkin was originally designed to be an inexpensive product that you can slide on your ski when you get done with a slalom set. Whether it be back in the boat or on a dock. I don't know how many times I would see people (myself included) get back in the boat after a set and set their ski down on the floor of the boat. And what happens when the next skier was getting ready? The tool steps on your ski. Or someone has a ill trained dog or uncontrollable child running around on the dock. A slalom ski is a magnet for these mishaps. Because us slalom skiers need to have an excuse for a bad set, I felt it might be nice to try and take one excuse off the table and give some of the other countless excuses a chance. It is nice knowing that your fin has not been bent or moved since the last stellar set you had. I would watch people tinker with the fin for weeks moving it ever so slightly and making notes and moving it again only to toss the thing in the back of their vehicle when it was time to leave. Reminded me of Rays Rule of Precision: measure with a micrometer, mark it with chalk and cut it with an axe. So that is why the Finfirkin came about.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,834 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    How did the name come about? @firkinguy
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • firkinguyfirkinguy Posts: 23 Baller
    I was looking for something that would rhyme with Fin. I found the word Firkin which has several meanings. One of which is a cask or enclosure. Firkin is also an actual volume measurement in Europe for wine and beer.
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