WE TESTED 12 OPEN-HEEL RECREATIONAL AND TECHNICAL FINS
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.