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APS Mantaray Scuba Fin Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on APS Mantaray Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

APS Mantaray is a small, family-owned company operating in California. Run by avid diver John Wagner, the company is passionately invested in scuba fins, and at the time of publication produced only two products: the Mantaray Fin reviewed here and a universal fin strap. Wagner’s fin is molded from a single piece of plastic, is wider and shorter than the typical mid-sized dive fin, and comes with flexible side-wings. A pair of big vents above the center and two sets of gills just forward of the center of the fin blade round out the features relevant to swimming with this particular set of gear. The end result of all these features is a fin that accelerates quickly, while offering minimal resistance, good maneuverability and a stable platform. However, although the APS Mantaray Scuba Fin has quick acceleration it has below-average peak thrust for a fin of its general size and cost category. Basically, a diver wearing these kickers can expect to be nimble, but to not reach speeds of even 2 mph in the water.

Although the APS Mantaray Scuba Fin is not really advertised as a dive travel fin, it could be very easily considered one. The extra width and shorter blade are already mentioned, features that make packing dive fins much easier as a general rule. The largest fins measures only 19.75 inches long (50.1 cm), and weighs in at a modest 1.7 lbs (0.77 kg). Furthermore, the APS universal strap eliminates the cumbersome, drag-inducing buckle system, making it easy to manipulate while ensuring a lower profile in the water. The fins come in blue, black and white and in a variety of sizes.

Scuba Diving magazine said of the APS Mantaray Scuba Fin that it “offers comfort and average performance in a compact, travel-friendly package.” Diverwire was even more enthusiastic, labeling the fins an “Advanced Propulsion System,” and LeisurePro users gave it a 4.5-Flag rating. Overall, Dive Gear Reviews thinks these fins are ideal for a diver who wants maximum maneuverability with a minimum of effort, or for the traveling diver who wants an excellent, compact set of scuba fins.

Average Price: The APS Mantaray is listed at $149, but discounts in the $100-range are widely available and a diver should never need to pay that list price.

* The APS Mantaray has been discontinued, but new and unopened fin packages are still available through some internet retailers.