Best Scuba Dive Fins 2017

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ScubaPro Seawing Gorilla Finsbest scuba dive fin of 2017

Ready for a fin that looks modern and puts out a ton of power? Scubapro’s Seawing Gorilla fins checks off both of these boxes and more!

  • Open backed fins with bungee straps for convenience and comfort

  • Vented blades for extra propulsion

  • Articulated joint pivot for extra thrust in the water without extra effort thus reducing the likelihood of leg cramps.

  • Lightweight – good for travel and positively buoyant in the water unlike other high propulsion fins.

  • Comes in three colors: black, graphite (grey) and orange.

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These fins are very popular as Scubapro is considered one of the most popular brands of scuba gear. As the name of the fins might suggests….you will have “gorilla-like” strength when kicking in or under the water! At a quick glance one can see that these are open backed fins. These types of fins are best used with booties which will give you a more comfortable fit around the foot pocket area and lessens the likelihood of any ankle injuries. Bungee straps are attached to these fins to keep your feet firmly in place.

Bungee Straps?gorilla bungee strap

Other fins on the market often have click release straps that often come undone during a dive and need to be readjusted which can be quite cumbersome underwater. Bungee straps are very useful for ease of use when putting on or taking off fins and I personally prefer them when doing shorter dives. Quicker donning and removing time means more time in the water and less waiting time to get back on the boat!

The Blade

As we move down to the blade of the fin… we can see that the fins are split and held together by two hinges. The idea behind this is that the hinges allow an extra bit of stiffness and “snap” which gives extra propulsion without any extra work! Leg cramps are never your friend in the water so this extra power can be criticial to having fun.

It is worth noting that these fins are made from monoprene with a special additive to make the fins a little stiffer than its predecessor the standard Gorilla Novas. Vents can also be seen on the bottom half of the fins and allow the water to be propelled behind you thus causing you to move forward faster. This is especially useful on a surface swim!

Weight and Colorbest dive fin review 2017

Finally these fins are lightweight especially when compared to other propulsion fins such as jet fins which are negatively buoyant. Lightweight fins are a positive as they will add less weight to your luggage.  Several users noted that these fins are a little shorter than standard fins making it easier to fit the fins in their gear bag. The Seawings in come in three colors: black, graphite (grey) and orange. I recommend the orange to stay seen on and under the water!

Are these fins worth buying?

I own a pair so yes!  I prefer open backed fins and as cliché as it sounds: a good pair of fins will change the way you dive. A good pair of fins can have a positive knock on effect on your buoyancy making it more comfortable to move under the water. This in turn will decrease  your air consumption potentially giving you more bottom time. I would recommend these fins as a first pair of fins for a dive-master in training, a pair of back up fins for an instructor, or a travel guru looking for a lightweight set to carry on. These fins are a good pair to have on hand on a day where there might be a strong current on the surface or underwater.

 

ScubaPro Seawing Gorilla Fins

 

Top 5 Scuba Dive Fin Reviews 2017

Scuba diving fins are easily one of the most important  pieces of dive gear. There is nothing more frustrating than having aching legs at the end of a dive or not having enough power underwater. Whether you are looking to leisurely glide through the water at a slow and steady pace or you are looking for more propulsion in hard current, lets dive right into the best the market has to offer!

1. Atomic Aquatics Split Fins

  • Split fins to deliver more propulsion without excess effort/fatigue/cramping
  • Available in a range of colors
  • Easy release buckles for ease of use
  • 8 colors to choose fromAtomic Aquatics Split Fins

According to Atomic “even fish envy Splitfins”. These fins would be suitable for divers who find their legs tire easily in the water with conventional stiff fins, no one likes an unexpected leg cramp! These scuba diving fins aim to minimize air consumption while you kick potentially lengthening your dive time…which is awesome! I find these fins work best with the conventional kick cycle and not frog kicks so just something to take into consideration.

The Atomic Split Fins are a great overall dive fin and the multiple color choices will please even the pickiest diver.

2. Aqua Lung Shot FX Spring Strap Diving Fin

  • “Power zone” located in the foot pocket for optimal propulsion when kicking
  • Stiffness adds to propulsion in the water but soft enough that it does not cause fatigue.
  • Designed primarily for women for greater comfort in the water
  • Soft spring back provides greater comfort in the heel areaAqua Lung Shot FX Spring Strap Diving Fin reviews

While not 100% a woman’s dive fin, sizing and reviews tend to be aimed at, and coming from, women. One benefit of these fins is that small feet sizes are available. Personally I feel these fins would be a good choice for a female diver who is just beginning to put her scuba gear together. I have used these on a trip to the Florida Keys and they provide a very efficient kick without any strain. With any open backed fins, it is important to consider a comfortable pair of booties to maximize comfort and prevent rubbing.

3. Aqua Lung Sling Shot Fins

  • Streamlined foot pocket that suits a multitude of dive booties – both thick and thin.
  • Heel straps with loopholes on either end for ease of use with thick dive gloves
  • Press and release button on the heels for ease of use in the water.
  • A rigid fin for maximum propulsion.Aqua Lung Slingshot Fins

These scuba diving fins are marketed towards divers in all types of water. Particularly with regards to the ease of use with gloves and thick equipment… these fins may be favored by cold water diving, technical divers, or ice divers. As these fins are more rigid, they are great when swimming against strong currents or if you just need that extra push! Last but not least…they look awesome!

4. ScubaPro Seawing Gorilla Fin

  • Bungee straps for ease of donning and taking off
  • Available in a multitude of colors.
  • Light which makes them easily transportable and useful for traveling divers.
  • Elongated foot pocket for greater propulsionScubaPro Seawing Gorilla Fin rewview

Scubapro pride these fins as being used by  PADI professionals and rightly so. The interesting thing about these fins is the elongated foot pocket which gives extra propulsion and control while maintaining structure. They also feature bungee straps for ease of use in and out of the water.Another useful feature is the lightweight design which is great if you like to dive while you travel. Coming in 5 colors, the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins are great for professional divers or those looking for a great overall scuba fin.

5. Cressi Pro Light : Open Heel Scuba Diving Fins 

  • Comfort foot pocket for power
  • Constructed to transfer weight to heel to prevent foot cramps
  • Plenty of sizes and 3 colors
  • One of the highest rated fins availableCressi PRO LIGHT Reviews

If you are looking for a very basic and affordable dive fin, this is the one. Cressi is one of the most trusted brands in scuba diving and the Pro Light fins live up to their name. I have owned these fins in the past and they are great for beginners or anyone just looking for a reliable dive fin. The fin pocket is nice and wide and soft on the inside so fin socks aren’t a must, but I would still recommend using booties or fins socks. Propulsion wise, I would say the Pro Lights offer average thrust but at the same time will not wear out your legs.

No diver is the same – we all have different needs when we are in the water. Personally I like a stiff fin quite little the Aqualung Shot FX as I like to be able to get where I am going and chase after fish while spearfishing. In a black and white world I also like to stand out a little underwater with a burst of color – it also makes it easier for your dive buddy to recognize you underwater.  But, everyone is different. Which fins do you use – what’s most important for you when you research into fins? Is there a particular brand that you are loyal to and why?

Let us know in the comments below!