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Welcome to Dive Gear Reviews, a comprehensive guide to scuba diving equipment. Scuba diving is an expensive pursuit, so looking up reviews for a particular article of equipment is a wise precaution before investing any hard-earned money in it. However, consumer reviews may or may not be written by an experienced diver, and magazine reviews could be suspect due to the advertising ties of the publication in question. Dive Gear Reviews provides cross-referenced reviews assembled by an expert, making it possible to see at a glance what multiple sources said about a particular piece of scuba equipment. If one magazine loved a scuba regulator or a dive computer, but the consumers hated it, that information will be found here.

Category Archives: Fins

Reviews of fins for scuba divers.

16
September

Aeris Accel Scuba Fins Review

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The Accel is short, compact, and lightweight open-heel fin meant to serve as a travel fin. Each fin is less than 21 inches long and weighs in at 1 lb and 5 oz, so it certainly lives up to the billing in the easy-to-carry department. The fin is of the paddle with vents design, cast […]

06
August

Aqua Lung Stratos Scuba Fins Review

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This offering from Aqua Lung is their new entry-level, paddle fin design. For something supposedly so pedestrian, it’s a pretty sleek-looking number. Basically it’s an open-heel paddle, and the only bell or whistle is the blade, which has a good balance between stiffness and flexibility. Scuba Diving gave it a Best Buy for 2013, and […]

24
July

Best Fins

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Best Fins Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Fins, Scuba Product Guides

Updated July 15, 2013 Fins are another one of those critical pieces of scuba gear, so critical that they are always among the first pieces of gear a diver acquires when she starts to assemble her kit. At the same time, many divers are surprisingly careless when it comes to selecting their fins. Figuring one […]

14
June

Tusa FF-19 X-Pert Evolution Scuba Fins

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Tusa’s FF-19 Evolution fins offer an interesting package for divers shopping for gear in the bargain basement. What makes the fins so interesting is that they are split fins, even today a somewhat exotic creature in diving, yet at the same time they are very cheap. The FF-19 X-Pert Evolution is pretty basic as split […]

28
May

Tilos Saber Dive Fins Review

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Tilos Sabers are inexpensive fins that pack some of the features one might expect to find on a fin that costs as much as $25 more. The paddle combines big rubberized side rails with an expansive rubberized center-section, plus a pair of medium-sized vent apertures below the foot pocket. This combination of traditional paddle stiffness, […]

21
May

Mares Wave Scuba Fin Review

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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 […]

18
May

Paddle vs. Split Fins

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After open heeled vs. closed, the most basic distinction in dive fins are paddle vs. split. However, unlike the heel distinctions, which are about how the fin is attached to your foot and therefore usually a matter of comfort and lesser personal preferences, paddle vs. split fin issues can have a serious impact on your […]

07
May

Open-Heel vs. Full-Foot Fins

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Open-Heel vs. Full-Foot Fins Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Fins, Scuba Product Guides

Open-heel vs. full-foot fins are one of those gear issues that tends to produce clear preferences among divers. Where one diver will say that once he went open heeled he never looked back, another will tell you that old fashioned full-foot fins are more reliable and produce more thrust. Since a pair of fins is […]

Updated March 19, 2013 Most scuba divers acquire and replace equipment on a budget, and some budgets are more expansive than others. While most divers shop on either the basis of the best gear for the least cost, or even the lowest cost outright, some divers enjoy much more expansive budgets. Also, non-divers are often […]

07
March

Ocean Quest EZ Spring Fin Strap

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One of the simplest and most direct ways to upgrade your open-heeled fins is by replacing the rubber straps with metal spring straps. Instead of having to unbuckle the straps in the water to take the fins off, an awkward task even under the best of circumstances, to remove spring straps all you need to […]

23
January

Promate Spartan Rubber Scuba Fins Review

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Promate is one of those lesser-known companies that you might never have heard of, but should have. There are some real gems in their product line, and the Spartan Rubber Fins are among them. In a nutshell, the Spartan Rubber Fin shares many of the same fundamental design characteristics as prestigious fins like the OMS […]

21
August

Tusa SF-15 X-Pert Zoom 3 Scuba Fin Review

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An upgraded version of Tusa’s old X-Pert Zoom, the SF-15 Zoom 3 is a split-fin design featuring longer blades positioned above the foot pocket, while keeping the company’s standard 27-degree blade angling. Tusa claims the latter feature transmits all of the wearer’s muscle energy into propulsion. Monoprene side rails and beams stiffen the blades enough […]

21
August

OMS Slipstream Scuba Fin Review

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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 […]

17
August

Hollis F1 Scuba Fin Review

Written by 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 […]

04
August

Mares X-Stream Scuba Fin Review

Written by 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 […]

02
August

Scubapro Seawing Nova Scuba Fin Review

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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 […]

01
August

Cressi Frog Plus Scuba Fins Review

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Cressi’s Frog Plus is another example of that Italian firm’s well-made, conventional paddle fins. As such, it is a great fin for novice divers because it produces good performance even when used by someone who doesn’t know anything about finning (as opposing to swimming), and the fins are nearly indestructible to boot. Basically, they are […]

27
July

Aeris Velocity X3 Scuba Fin Review

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The Velocity X3 is Aeris’s premium dive fin. The fin has a wide, angled blade with a big rubber center section bordered by siderails. Aeris says they improved on previous designs by stiffening the side rails, and the center of the blade features vents for greater kicking efficiency. Vents of this sort give water somewhere […]

17
June

Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review

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Aqualung’s Slingshot fins are the sort of product a gear geek would adore. “Power bands” on the blade enable the wearer to lock the fins into one of three positions, which change the power-to-thrust ratio. Basically, the #1 setting performs something like a flexible split-fin, and as the bands are dialed up, the fin’s pivot […]

19
May

Aqua Lung Express Scuba Fin Review

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Aqua Lung’s Express fin is a paddle fin with a wide-bladed design. Like almost all Aqua Lung fins, the Express is designed so the fulcrum point of the kicking action is centered on the middle of the foot and reduces strain on the toes and the ball of the foot. In front of the foot […]

26
April

Oceanic Vortex V-8 Scuba Fin Review

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Oceanic’s Vortex V-8 is essentially a bargain-basement split-fin, making it a logical choice for divers who want split-fins without paying a premium to get them. The fin boasts composite construction with side channels, and a soft, open-toe foot pocket with a big thumb loop on the strap. In terms of performance, the fins deliver average […]

26
April

Scubapro Twin Jet Max Scuba Fin Review

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Scubapro’s Twin Jet Max is a dual-material split fin, giving it stiffness while retaining flexibility. The blades also have channeling side rails and drag-reducing vents, so the design delivers on its promise of minimizing stress on the ankles and calves, and requiring very little effort to bring back from kicking. The fins are also very […]

23
April

Oceanic Viper Scuba Fin Review

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Oceanic’s Viper fins are a very run-of-the-mill scuba fin design, but the dirt cheap prices at which these fins are available make them a major option for divers collecting a set of scuba equipment on a budget, or perhaps dive shop owners building up an inventory of rental gear. Like the Aeris Mako or Mares […]

23
April

Mares Avanti Superchannel Scuba Fins

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The Avanti Superchannel from Mares is of a similar design to the Aeris Mako, namely a paddle fin with the big rubber section in the middle. This both improves the channeling of water down the paddle and the flexibility of the overall fin. Scuba Diving loved the Superchannel, giving it both a Tester’s Choice and […]

15
April

Cressi Reaction Scuba Fin Review

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Cressi’s Reaction Fins are fairly typical of modern middling dive fins. The blade consists of a long plastic paddle, and although Cressi has used three different levels of thickness in the paddle to improve flexibility, it is still a big piece of plastic and feels like it. Side rails complete the picture, giving the fins […]