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Hollis F1 Scuba Fin Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Hollis F1 Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Sometimes referred to as “the bat fin,” the Hollis F1 has met with rave reviews. Some divers have labeled it the best product in the entire Hollis/Oceanic/Aeris inventory. Hollis describes them as delivering “power without compromise,” and the fins are certainly big, sinister-looking and muscular.

F1s are made entirely from heavy duty natural rubber, and that construction gives rise to the F1’s sole negative. These fins are tough, but they are also very heavy. The smallest size of F1 fins weighs in at a hefty 3 lbs, 4 oz. (1.5 kg). They are also very negatively buoyant, something Dive Gear Reviews frowns on in a fin, since it means you can’t risk taking them off in the water while getting back onto the dive boat. If you lose your grip on a Hollis F1, you might lose it for good, and that would be painful given how expensive these fins are.

In all other respects, however, the F1 is an excellent kicker. The blade is noticeably wider than the typical paddle fin of this type, so the F1 provides plenty of power. The natural rubber construction makes the fin flexible-but-durable, as well as endowing it with a soft, comfy foot pocket, and that pocket comes with five drainage holes. Pointing to the Hollis F1’s status as a premium dive fin is the stainless steel spring strap, which comes as standard. As befits a piece of gear dubbed “the batfin,” the Hollis F1 comes only in black.

Average Price: $150