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Welcome to Dive Gear Reviews, a comprehensive guide to scuba diving equipment. Scuba diving is an expensive pursuit, so looking up reviews for a particular article of equipment is a wise precaution before investing any hard-earned money in it. However, consumer reviews may or may not be written by an experienced diver, and magazine reviews could be suspect due to the advertising ties of the publication in question. Dive Gear Reviews provides cross-referenced reviews assembled by an expert, making it possible to see at a glance what multiple sources said about a particular piece of scuba equipment. If one magazine loved a scuba regulator or a dive computer, but the consumers hated it, that information will be found here.

Oceanic Viper Scuba Fin Review

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

Oceanic’s Viper fins are a very run-of-the-mill scuba fin design, but the dirt cheap prices at which these fins are available make them a major option for divers collecting a set of scuba equipment on a budget, or perhaps dive shop owners building up an inventory of rental gear. Like the Aeris Mako or Mares Superchannel, the Oceanic Viper is a paddle fin with a flexible rubber middle channel. The fin is lightweight (albeit negatively buoyant), and would therefore make for a decent travel fin, were it not the normal length for a paddle fin. The Viper has a decent, average amount of acceleration and power with above average maneuverability. Where Oceanic’s Viper really stands out is in its price tag, which is sometimes cheaper than some sets of kiddie fins. These fins are so cheap that they create a case for no diver doing without a decent pair of fins. Predictably, Scuba Diving magazine made the Viper its 2007 Best Buy. The fins are available in red, yellow, blue and black, and in both open-heel and full-foot formats.

Average Price: The list price for Viper fins is $80, but the fins are often discounted to as low as $40.