For any scuba diver, finding the right flippers, aka “fins,” is crucial for enjoying your underwater adventure. A good pair should be lightweight, flexible and built to last. Depending on your preferences, you can choose open-heel or full-foot flippers, but both should be comfortable wearing barefoot or with booties. To help you find the best model, we did some research and rounded up a few of our favorite options on the market for adults. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert diver, one of our picks will make your time in the water more fun.
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1. Oceanic Viper Open Heel Fins
These lightweight open-heel flippers have Power Vents designed to reduce stress while accelerating water over the blade. Flexible Power Thrust Channels direct water off the tip of the blade for improved power and efficiency.
Pros: They come in a variety of colors to choose from. Oversize blades produce increased thrust and propulsion. Generous yet streamlined foot pockets can fit a wide range of styles and significantly minimizes drag. These have easily adjustable quick-release buckles.
Cons: Some wearers may find them a bit long.
2. Mares Superchannel Full Foot Scuba Fins
These full-foot fins feature Superchannel technology that allows for optimal power and maximum kick efficiency to prevent leg fatigue.
Pros: The foot pockets are designed to mold to any foot type. Vertical ribs anchor the blade through the kick cycle to eliminate any side to side wobbling, keeping your feet stable and powerful. They’re offered in silver, red, blue and yellow.
Cons: These run big.
3. ScubaPro Go Travel Fins
This compact style is made of tough, durable and moldable Monoprene.
Pros: The fins have a hook and hole at the tip for easy storage to tie them onto your backpack. These feature ScubaPro’s innovative Piggy Back Stack system, which interlocks one fin blade to the other to create a snug pairing that makes packing and traveling much easier.
Cons: These may be a little tough on sensitive skin, so you might prefer to wear something with them.