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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.

Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Aqualung’s Slingshot fins are the sort of product a gear geek would adore. “Power bands” on the blade enable the wearer to lock the fins into one of three positions, which change the power-to-thrust ratio. Basically, the #1 setting performs something like a flexible split-fin, and as the bands are dialed up, the fin’s pivot point gets stiffer. The bands are simple enough to adjust that a diver can make changes to the band setting in mid-dive if necessary. This feature is something like variable sweep wings on an aircraft, enabling a diver to go from flexible and easy to stiff and powerful with a few snaps, and unlike variable sweep wings the Slingshot doesn’t require hundreds of hours of maintenance.

On the downside, many owners reported that the fins were very heavy on the feet, and Slingshot fins are definetly negatively buoyant. Some have also reported difficulty in swimming with the frog kick, a popular style with wreck and cave divers who are concerned with stirring up silt. However, on this score the consumer commentary forĀ  Slingshots was decidedly mixed. Some reported no problems with frog kicking whatsoever, while others said the fins made it very hard. It’s possible that those who had problems with a frog kick failed to try out other power band settings.

Average Price: $135