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October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

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Ever found your self looking for a new car, and thinking “WOW! I never knew there were soo many options!” Fast n’ sporty, economical, sleek and powerful.  The same can be said for today’s market of diving fins. There’s the new fast n’ sporty Mares X Stream.  Something we have not seen yet from any other company, this fin is light-weight and possibly the fastest in its class as well.  We have not seen a lot of these yet but we will have some fun testing them out for sure!  Some of the previous generations of fins including the Quatro and Quatro Excel, both by Mares, are still some of my favorites. Unfortunately the power bar they inserted in the Quatro Excel leads to tearing of the fin.  Therefore for now I recommend staying with Mares Quatro the most reliable fin we have been able to find on the market today.

Secondly, we tested Aqua Lungs Sling Shots, another futuristic design, with their built-in power band system.  Allowing the diver to adjust the tension in the fin,taking the fin from stiff and rigid to soft and flexible in just a few seconds.  Great idea and for the most part the people we have had try these either loved them or hated them.  On the plus side, divers found them to have a ton of power and to be very comfortable during extended dive times. However, a few people missed out on the dive completely due to spending the time setting the adjustable power bands or playing with the settings.  And some divers had their power bands break completely. This has happened quite a few times now and for that reason it’s hard to recommend a fin like this.  With the kind of tension put on these bands, I feel Aqua lung should do one of two things a) make a stronger band or b) provide extra bands with every fin purchase.

Scuba Pro has always had a place in my heart, up to the past few years, when I think they started just repackaging some of their great products and re-marketing them (that’s for another blog); just my opinion of course!  I do like there split fins however, both the Twin Jet and the Twin Jet Max have performed well. Very maneuverable, very comfortable fins.  But I do remember getting stuck in a current one day and having to help a diver wearing a pair of these back to the boat … Don’t think I’d like to do that again.  The power in these fins are just not enough.  Again great comfort, great maneuverability, just not enough power.  Now going up against the new fins such as the X Stream and the Sling Shot, Scuba Pro has come out with the Seawing Nova, looking forward to trying these in the next few months!  On a further note once you get outta recreational diving I do know a lot of people who have gone with the Scuba Pro Jet Fins and find them more than adequate for Tec diving … still a little heavy though.

For now, I think I’ll stick with my tough, durable and proven Mares Quatros – plain black, good quality, great power!  They have hundreds of dives in and are three or four-years old.  I did replace the straps once.  However, I went to the spring strap design and don’t think I’d ever go back!  So what about you what do you have? What are you thinking to get?  Anything on your wish list? Let us know, we wanna here from you!

 

Ever found your self looking for a new car, and thinking “WOW” I never new there were soo many options! Fast n’ sporty, economical, sleek n’ powerful.  The same can be said for today’s market of diving fins. There’s the new fast n’ sporty Mares X Stream.  Something we have not seen yet from any other company this fin is light weight and possibly the fastest in it class as well.  We have not seen a lot of these yet but we will have some fun testing this one out for sure!https://divemastersintraining.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/aqua-lung-slingshot-fins.jpg?w=300Secondly, we tested Aqua Lungs Sling Shots another futuristic design with their built in power band system.  Allowing the diver to ajust the tention thefin has, taking the fin from stiff and ridged to soft and flexile in just a few seconds.  Geat idea and for the most part the people we have had try these eighter loved them or hates them.  On the possitive side, divers found them to have a ton of power and very comfortable during extended dive times. However, a few people missed out on the dive compleatly for either spending the time setting the adjustable power bands and playing with the settings.  Or having the power bands break compleatly.