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!
- 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 from
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.
- “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 area
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.
- 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.
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!
- 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 propulsion
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.
- 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 available
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!