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Mares Wave Scuba Fin Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares Wave Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

The Wave fins from Mares catch the recent craze in paddle fins for having a big, flexible center section. The design is fairly straightforward – a rubberized foot pocket and plastic paddle with thick, solid stiffening rails on the outside edge. A curved section dominating the center has been replaced by a rubberized insert.

The reason the idea of creating a paddle fin with a flexible core is catching on is that it allows the shape of the paddle to conform to the needs of whatever you are doing, whether you are kicking or returning. This is not a new idea, nor even the first Mares fin to tinker with it. Where the Mares Wave wins out is in two categories. First, that flexible insert is huge relative to other fins using the same idea; second, the price is quite modest for a fin of this type. It’s easy to see the Mares Wave catching on in a big way, given its mix of performance and relatively low price. The fins are about 2 feet long, and weight just a hair over 1 lb each.

Scuba Diving and Divernet both adored the Wave. The former magazine gave it both its Best Buy and its Tester’s Choice awards in fins for 2012, while Divernet gave it 9 out of 10 stars. The year is only half over, but the Wave might prove to be the all-around best fin released in 2012.

Mares Wave fins come in a variety of formats. Both open-heel and full-foot versions are available, and it comes in yellow, black, red, blue and light grey.

Average Price: $100