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Scubapro Seawing Nova Scuba Fin Review

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

Updated September 27, 2013

The Seawing Nova is Scubapro’s effort to build on past efforts and create a jack of all trades dive fin, something that is comfortable, light on the foot and yet still provides enough thrust for finning against the current. The wing-shaped blade is connected to the foot pocket by a pair of flexible struts, allowing the blade to pivot. Ribs in the blade give it stiffness, while the upturned edges on the outsides of the blade improve its stability. The design also gives water somewhere to go other than straight back, and without covering the paddle with vents. It all sounds a bit like aircraft engineering, but the end product works well enough, blending the stiffness of a paddle fin with the flexibility of a split fin.

The fin earned high marks with testers for acceleration, maneuverability, efficiency and top speed. These are fins that deliver a lot of power, aren’t awkward in the water and do it all without wearing you out.

A comfortable foot pocket and the bungee-like foot strap round the picture out. The latter comes as standard, in place of an adjustable buckle-based strap. Many owners describe the bungee-strap as being almost as good as a stainless steel spring-strap,  making the fins easy to get on and off in the water or on a cramped dive boat.

Scuba Diving named it a Tester’s Choice in 2010 and again in 2013, Divernet gave it an outstanding 10 out of 10 rating, and LeisurePro users rated the fin at 4.7 out of 5. The Seawing Nova has elicited some complaints, however. These fins are light and positively buoyant. Some divers hate that, but as a rule Dive Gear Reviews prefers positive buoyancy in a fin since it reduces the risk of losing the fin while pulling them off in the water. Some divers also say the struts attaching the blade to the foot pocket are flimsy, but given the overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Seawing Nova, that complaint is hard to take seriously. Simply put, Scubapro put out a winner in the Seawing Nova, and it is one of the best all-around fins available.

The Seawing Nova weighs in at a modest 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg). It is therefore light enough to count as a travel fin, but its a big and wide fin, so packing it away might prove a problem nonetheless. It comes in two colors, black and white.

Average Price: $140