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August

OMS Slipstream Scuba Fin Review

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

Relative to other high-end paddle fins made from a single material, such as the APS Mantaray and the Hollis F-1 “batfin,” the OMS Slipstream has one big advantage: Slipstream fins are made from lightweight, durable monoprene. Slipstreams weigh in at 2 lbs, 6 oz (1 kg), as compared to 3.4 oz (1.5 kg) for the F-1s. Mantarays are lighter at 1.7 lbs (0.77 kg), but made from stiffer plastic rather than an artificial rubber. This is exactly the effect OMS hoped to achieve, since the Slipstream is essentially the exact same design as the old Jet fins, which were made from rubber. Another plus of the new material is that Slipstreams are neutrally buoyant.

In field testing, acceleration with the Slipstream was rated as poor, because while you can pick up speed quickly with these fins, they have high resistance and require a lot of muscle power on the return to do it.┬áIt seems that in switching from rubber to monoprene, OMS lost some flexibility. On the other hand, they put out good return for the energy in cruising mode and are very maneuverable. Divers with well-conditioned legs (i.e. those who stay fit by running, biking, swimming or some other sport) might not even notice the difference. However, if diving is your main form of exercise, then these are a poor choice for general purpose fins. You simply won’t get the most out of them.

Consumers and field testers also hated the buckles that come with the Slipstream’s basic straps. Anyone who intends to buy OMS Slipstream fins should pay the extra money and upgrade to OMS’s excellent stainless steel spring straps.

Like most of the OMS product line, the Slipstream was designed with tec diving in mind, so the fin doesn’t even come in sizes at the smaller end of the size range. It’s an all-business fin meant for people wearing bulky drysuits, and comes only in black. However, despite the roomy footpocket, consumers and field testers alike reported the fit was stiff and uncomfortable.

Average Price: $110