Freediving is one of my favorite sports in the world. While off the coast of Vietnam, I trained for three days and set my own PR’s three days in a row! However, when I came home and started searching for a new pair of fins, I quickly realized there were not too many great opinions on the multiple shapes, sizes, stiffness, and types of freediving fins. So without going into insane detail, I will simply start off with a few that I have used and include details inside. Let’s get started!
If you are a beginner, or simply do not want to break the budget, these fins are perfect. I had these fins for close to three years before they were unfortunately stolen. If you go here and read the product description, they make it sound like rocket science, however all they are saying is these fins are very good at channeling water to create maximum power.
Few personal tips for the Mares Instinct Pros:
- Be sure to grab fin socks if you decide on these fins as they tend to run large.
- These fins are quite stiff but will get you down quick!
- Let me repeat, these fins require leg strength but I prefer stiff fins.
Don’t let the “scuba” portion of the title fool you, these are great freediving fins! In my opinion, Cressi and Mares are the two ways to go in the freediving world though I will include a couple other brands in this list. Once again, the description on these, “new engineering plastic is less reactive and nervous than the Compoflex”, is full of wonderfully complex adjectives most of us do not care about.
In short, the Cressi Gara Fins fins are more fluid and can be used for freediving, spearfishing, and scuba diving. Long blades, mid to high level stiffness, and a well designed foot pocket allow for solid thrust without heavy effort. These can be a little pricey, but 5 stars after 20 reviews shows they are worth the extra dollar!
Similar, but easier on the effort than the fins above, the Cressi Gara 3000 LD’s offer a softer blade at a solid price. While fin socks are not as needed with this model, I always prefer to dive with them as I hate even the thought of a blister.
Long and softer fins make for easy propulsion and the description says best in “cold water.” However, these will work in any temperature. For the price, these are a good bet for the slightly experienced or new diver. Coming from Cressi, quality will not be an issue. Just be sure to take a close look at sizing as some reviewers lean towards fin socks, while other do not!
Let’s take a quick step away from my favorite brands. If you are looking to go FAST, these are the fins for you. “The 22-degree blade angle fits the anatomically correct natural angle of the foot and leg for optimal performance with less effort.” What does this mean for you? You can go fast, for a long time, and not have your legs be complete noodles.
I have tried these fins once and while I like the feel, I always fall back on my Mares. I would recommend these to anyone, but as always…look pretty heavily into sizing so you don’t have to send them back. Head here to see the reviews which will help with sizing.
Close cousins to the Cressi 3000’s earlier on this list, the 2000′s are simple, to the point free diving fins. Features include an above-the-blade soft foot pocket, long blades, and a comfortable feel. Warning: this does not come with the bag in the photo! Not that it really matters, but a few of the reviewers were upset that their $150 fins didn’t include a $10 bag. Not a big deal to me.
As always, be sure to read up on sizing as it appears these come in euro sizes? Just be careful and read the sizing info.
So that is it for now! While there are tons of fins out there, including some sweet ones by Omer…these are definitely the tried and tested. I will have a lot more freediving content on the way so stay tuned. Go get out in the water!