FINS

WE TESTED 12 OPEN-HEEL RECRE­ATIONAL AND TECH­NI­CAL FINS

Scuba Diving - - Scubalab -

1AQUA LUNG PHAZER MSRP $189 CON­TACT AQUALUNG.COM

The Phazer’s col­or­ful side rails pro­duce a no­tice­able spring-loaded snap with each stroke. The blade has a soft in­te­rior that scoops lots of wa­ter for power and ef­fi­ciency in all kick­ing styles. The bungee strap was rated ex­cel­lent for ease of don­ning and doff­ing. In tough com­pe­ti­tion, the Phazer was se­lected among the fa­vorites of more test divers than any other fin in its cat­e­gory. The Phazer was our Testers Choice for rec fins.

2ZEAGLE RE­CON MSRP $159.95 CON­TACT ZEAGLE.COM

The Re­con proved to be an ef­fec­tive kicker in ev­ery style, tak­ing top scores for frog kick and sur­face swim­ming. The beefy side rails and in­te­grated sup­ports built into the bot­tom of the foot pocket helped it earn the high­est score for power in its cat­e­gory. It was rated ex­cel­lent for don­ning and doff­ing thanks to its spring strap and large ver­ti­cal fin­ger loop. For out­stand­ing per­for­mance and ver­sa­til­ity, the Re­con was our Testers Choice for tech­ni­cal fins.

3SEAC PROPUL­SION S MSRP $89 CON­TACT SEACUSA.COM

The rigid rails on the Propul­sion S al­low for good power and ac­cel­er­a­tion, while the chan­nels run­ning up the length of the blade keep it nice and flexy, cre­at­ing a good bal­ance be­tween per­for­mance and ease of kick­ing. The long blade per­formed well in all styles of kick­ing — in­clud­ing sur­face swim­ming — and for over­all com­fort. Pro­vid­ing a nice mix of all-around power and sta­bil­ity and a mod­est price, the Propul­sion S was our Best Buy.

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