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Cressi Reaction Scuba Fin Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Reaction Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

Cressi’s Reaction Fins are fairly typical of modern middling dive fins. The blade consists of a long plastic paddle, and although Cressi has used three different levels of thickness in the paddle to improve flexibility, it is still a big piece of plastic and feels like it. Side rails complete the picture, giving the fins a stable ride. The flexibility issue is what separates many a mid-range dive fin from becoming upper-range scuba gear, since it means using more muscle to return from kicking. If you don’t believe that, ask someone with a nagging old ankle injury about the stress difference between a flexible and a stiff fin on the return. The fin is also negatively buoyant.

However, middling fins are meant to be merely decent kickers with scuba-friendly features at a reasonable price, and the Cressi Reaction is all of those things. Cressi’s buckles and big heel strap always earn plaudits from consumers, and the Reaction comes in five colors (as one might expect from something made in Italy). Most fins are of the open-heel type, but closed-heel fins are also available. The bottom line on the Cressi Reaction is that the fin delivers average performance at an average price tag, but with a couple of comfy extra features.

Average Price: $98