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Mares X-Stream Scuba Fin Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares X-Stream Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

X-Stream fins are Mares’s top of the line when it comes to dive fins. Like the Seawing Nova, the X-Stream uses the pivoting-paddle design, but with four pivot points instead of two. Thus, the X-Stream too combines some of the best elements of a conventional paddle fin and a split fin, delivering thrust on both the downward kick and the upward return. The central part of the paddle blade is made from the same soft rubber as the foot pocket, granting it flexibility and the ability to channel water. The result is a light fin with both stability and good power.

An interesting feature is the perforated foot pocket. Closed foot pockets are essentially drag-creating cups in the water, and even open-toe foot pockets still create some drag because the foot itself plugs up most of the open toe. The X-Stream’s perforated foot pocket gives water as much opportunity to escape as possible, reducing drag to the utmost extent. The buckles are the standard type for all Mares open-heel fins.

Weighing in at 1 lbs, 12 oz (0.8 kg), these fins might very well have the highest power-to-weight ratio of any scuba fin on the market today. Mares X-Streams are not exactly travel fins, because they aren’t compact. However, the amount of weight they contribute to the 50 lbs airline limit is negligible, and these things are so light a diver should never mind lugging them around. The buoyancy is slightly positive, always a plus in terms of not losing the fins while getting back onto the dive boat. Mares X-Stream fins come in red, yellow, blue and black.

Average Price: $200