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Aeris Velocity X3 Scuba Fin Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aeris Velocity X3 Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

The Velocity X3 is Aeris’s premium dive fin. The fin has a wide, angled blade with a big rubber center section bordered by siderails. Aeris says they improved on previous designs by stiffening the side rails, and the center of the blade features vents for greater kicking efficiency. Vents of this sort give water somewhere to go during a kick other than straight back, where part of the water winds up on the blade of your other fin, thereby reducing your efficiency. The tough siderails and flexible center and vents have some of the feel of a split-fin, but still give that wide, stiff blade surface that fans of traditional fins prefer. Reports from magazine testers and consumers indicate that the X3 is a powerful, stable kicker in any and all swimming styles. The fins are also regarded as stable and maneuverable.

The foot pocket for this open-heel dive fin is of the open-toe type, and the consumer commentary points to the Aeris Velocity X3 as a comfortable piece of footwear. A steel spring strap is standard on the X3, making it a very easy find to get on and off. The fin comes in black and black with blue, light blue, red or yellow trim.

Consumers also say these fins are very tough. However, on the downside they are somewhat heavy (over 2 lbs) and negatively buoyant. Those are minor points, however, for a durable set of fins that deliver plenty of power in comfort.

Average Price: $100