SHORT REVIEW: Euro > Hybrid
I recently tore a fin pocket on one of my ~3 year old Moana Hybrid fins. Tearing a fin pocket when you live in the middle of nowhere is inconvenient to say the least, especially when you dive for work.
Fortunately I had recently found a single bodyboarding which kept the circles I was swimming in fairly large.
So on a recent trip back to the States, along with getting a new fin pocket, figured I'd get a backup pair of long blades. I'd been very satisfied with my Hybrids, but figured I'd diversify, even if ever so slightly.
I've heard Kyle Duffy from Moana go on and on about the shorter Euro blades. Kyle has been on some very deep dives (roughly twice as deep as I ever want to go), using the Euro softs, so I figured what the heck - my old pair was Hybrid Medium so I decided on the Euro Mediums.
The Euros aren't called 'Hybrid' as to avoid confusion with Moana's longer Hybrid blades, but they still have the increasing blade resistance towards the foot pocket just like the Hybrids. The Euro mediums are also noticeably softer and about 5 inches shorter than the Hybrid mediums. I wanted the shorter blades for ease of travel but the softness made me wonder how they would do in current or on deep dives.
Length Comparison - Euro on top of Hybrid
I've been out enough times and put enough scratches in the new Euros to confidently say that I prefer them to the Hybrids. They feel more responsive, are more forgiving in normal kicking, but still have plenty of strength to push through serious currents. Being shorter than the Hybrids, the Euros are also more maneuverable and handle better when doing flippy-floppy, lobster grabbing, shallow water reef diving. My new Euros are now my everyday pair, and old Hybrids the backup.
Here is a comparison photo of my old Hybrid Mediums (top) and new Euro Mediums (bottom). Yeah, I'm a cheap-ass and scored a deal by replacing my pocket with a blue one.