The Best Scuba Diving Fins of 2018
Here is a list of the best scuba diving fins of 2018, from some of the top dive gear brands in the world. We listed both open heel fins, as well as covered foot and free diving ones.
Fins are a vital part of all diver’s gear, and having a good pair of fins can make your dive experience all the better. No more renting and using the old, flimsy fins on offer at the dive shops, we will make it easy to find your very own, perfect for any situation.
Thats what this guide is for. There re a lot of dive fins out there, and this guide is meant to make it easy to find your best possible match, based on budget, fit, preference and more. If you can’t find something perfect for you here, I don’t know where else you will!
Dive Fin Reviews
- OPEN HEEL BOOT FINS -
For you Mares lovers out there, the X-Stream fins are an awesome choice. They are high quality fins with adjustable straps, and come in many different colors.
Thesea re probably the best fins from Aqua Lung, which is one of the best scuba gear brands on Earth. Having used these, I have ot say they are pretty awesome
Atomic Aquatics Split Fins Smoke on the Water
These awesome looking fins are one of the more expensive ones on this list, but worth it. If you are a Atomic Aquatics fan, then this is the fins for you.
These are the fins I use, as well as tons of tec divers and professionals. The only downside is the weight for traveling, but underwater they are perfect.
Mares Volo Power Fins
Here is another great option from Mares, maybe even better. Just like the X-Stream, they are open heel and come in lots of different colors. You can’t really go wrong with Mares.
Cressi offers a lot of cheap options for fins, and you are almost sure to see them in dive shops for rent. But you probably wont see these Thor fins, as they are more high quality, and too expensive for shops to stock in numbers for divers.
TUSA X-Pert Zoom Z3
Tusa is another brand you might see a lot in dive shops around the world, as they make great cheap fins that are reliable. But dive shops don’t normally stock the X-Pert Zoom, as they are much higher quality than mass produced rentals.
There is nothing cheap or gimmicky about Sherwood, and they make a ton of high quality gear. So if you are a Sherwood fan and in the market for fins, then these are the ones for you.
- CLOSED HEEL & FREEDIVING FINS -
Cressi Gara Modular Pro Fins
In my opinion these fins are too long for scuba, but they are a huge favorite for free divers and spear fishers. These long fins are high quality, as Cressi specializes in this sort of thing. Great fins.
Here is Mares version of the long, full foot fins, that are better for free diving than scuba. Get these if you love Mares, but the Cressi ones above might be a small favorite, if not.
Beuchat Mundial One Freediving Fins
Of course we had to get some Beuchat gear on this list, as they are one of the best gear brands out there. One thing I love about Beuchat, is that they are so cheap, considering how high end the gear is.
Last but not least, we once again have to throw some free diving fins from Sherwood in the mix. As I said before, Sherwood makes some of the best dive gear averrable, so if you want free diving fins, these are great options.
So what fins should you choose?
Still not sure what one to go with, with all these great options? There are a few factors to consider when choosing the perfect computer for you, so lets go through those, and then I will just give my recommendations and all time favorites, that you cant go wrong with.
Obviously you should think about your budget, check the prices in the links above, and that will be a big factor. But obviously since there are a lot of options around the same prices, there will be more factors to think about.
HOW OFTEN WILL YOU DIVE?
If you are diving frequently, are a Divemaster or instructor, you are going to want a good pair of fins that will last, and that easily propel you and save energy. If you are diving a few times a year, you don’t need the most expensive and top of the line.
What do I recommend?
For me personally, in nearly every single situation, I highly prefer open heel fins with boots. Having boots makes it much easier to do shore dives, where you need to walk over rough ground to get into the water.
For instance, the famous Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt, you have to walk a good 200 meters over jagged rocks, to get to the “Bells” entry point. It wasn’t a problem for me, but the divers using full foot fins had to do the whole walk barefoot, and it wasn’t fun.
I do like freedom though, so I use a small ankle boot with 3mm neoprene, as appose to a full zip or velcro style hightop. Very comfortable.
As for the fins themselves, I personally use the ScubaPro Jetfins, and I notice that they are very popular with tec divers and instructors as well. They are heavy fins, and propel you easily with much less effort.
Another thing I love about the Jet fins, is that they have a easy ankle strap, without any buckles or clasps. You just stretch it over your heel and it springs tight. It makes for fast and easy removal or putting on, which is handy in some situations. No need to tighten or adjust. just pull on.
The ultimate Set-up
Want the ultimate gear set-up combination? If you are a scuba diving fanatic and want to be kitted up from head to toe in the top of the line gear, here is what we think you should get. WARNING: This set-up can cause serious gear envy in other divers.
With everything listed here, expect to pay around $3300 for everything.