THOR PRICE $179.95; $189.95 with EBS straps CONTACT cressi.com
With a big, soft-centered blade set at a pronounced angle, the Thor scoops up a fair amount of water with each kick, but the triangular vents along the side of the blade help keep things moving without stress on the legs. That earned the Thor a very good score for efficiency in the flutter kick, where divers noted its ability to maintain a good turn of speed with relatively little effort. Our test fins had adjustable straps that performed well enough, but the Thor is available with the EBS bungee strap we’ve used (and liked very much) on other Cressi fins. As with some of the other new fins in our test, the Thor was available at test time in limited sizes, but those who could wear it rated it very good for comfort and fi t. “Nice, solid fin,” was a typical test-diver comment.