PHAZER PRICE $199 CONTACT aqualung.com
Most fins are made of a mix of materials: hard and soft, plastic and rubber. But what’s unusual is the way the Phazer combines them in the side rails, where you can see the wavy line created by the stiffer plastic surrounded by softer, rubbery material. Aqua Lung calls it a “wave rib”; in the water its effect is a noticeable snap with each stroke — “like they're spring-loaded,” as one test diver described it. The steeply angled blade has a wide, soft pocket to scoop lots of water and a big vent at the toe to keep it moving smoothly without overpowering the legs. That earned the Phazer a very good score for power, and for efficiency in all kicking styles. The bungee strap, with a wide, contoured heel pad and a jumbo finger loop, helped it take a very good score for overall comfort and excellent scores for easy donning and doffing. In very tough competition, it was selected among the favorites of more test divers than any other fin in its category. The Phazer is our Testers Choice for open-heel rec fins.