Hi! I’m Andrew. I’m a freediver who likes to help others find the find equipment for their fin needs. I’m often asked “what type of fins should I buy and I decided to create an buyers to help others pick out the right fins for their diving needs.
Lets get it started!!
Product: C4 Skorpio Flame Carbon Fiber Fins
I’d like to start out by saying this is the pair of fins that I personally use, hence the reason why I put them in the #1 one spot of my list. In short this is the “original” carbon fiber fin that made a really big mark on the freediving scene. The reason for it is that they have are one of the first companies to actually research the best type fins.
For starters, they are made of carbon fiber, not plastic. Carbon fins have the ability to “snap” to a true position. Meaning when you kick it cases the fin to fold and the carbon will move back in to a straight position, moving you forward in the most hydrodynamic way possible. Plastic on the other hand has “memory,” meaning if you bend it will not snap back into place, thus making it less powerful and you must expend more energy when swimming.
My final thoughts are that these are great fins and I HIGHLY recommend them. Interested? Go here to learn more about the c4 Skorpio Flame
Product: C4 Blue Flap Carbon Carbon Fiber Fins
If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a huge fan of c4 products. Out of all the companies I am aware of, they probably put the most money into research and because of it, have the best products. The Blue Flap are the next generation from the Skorpio listed above, the main different being the the angle of the fins and the length of the carbon fiber. The Skorpio fins have a 25 degree angle, where the Blue flap’s have a 29 degree angle. The result is you can swim though the water much more comfortable and have less stress on your knees and ankles.
These are a great pair of fins and I would recommend getting them if you are looking to get the “best of the best” or have knee problems. As I mentioned a moment ago the ankle makes it much easier on your joints and the extra carbon will help use less energy (and less kicking.)
Interested? I recommend our friends over at Just Spear fishing to learn more about this product.
Product: Omer Stringray Freediving fins
If you are just starting out and do not want to make a heavy investment I would have to recommend the Omer Stringray’s. The brand c4 and Omer actually work very closely together. They are both companies that put a lot into research to ensure they service the freediving and spearfishing community to the best they can.
What many people do not know is that the c4 fins (listed above) actually have Stringray foot pockets, the part you put your foot into. The reason for this is that this fin is known for having one of the most comfortable foot pockets on the market. If your on a budget, this is the pair I would get.
Product: Cressi Pluma Closed-Foot Diving Fin
Cost: $ (Super Cheap)
I’ve never actually used this pair of fins before, but i felt included to include a pair that was very affordable. I’ve heard ok things about the brand, I would get this fins if I was going away and needed something to get by. Another scenario I would get this is if I had a family member or child who I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on for a gift.
I would not plan on spending my freediving career in these fins, however they would get the job done.
Product: FINIS Competitor Monofin
So you want to be a fish? The single fin’s are a lot of fun and the only set I have personally used is the Finis. They are a one of the few decent fin and the only one I feel conformable sharing. If my memory serves correctly, my only issue with them is that they are not made of carbon fiber. My feeling is if you are going to drop around $300, you may as well buy the c4′s listed above that will stay with you for your entire life. However, many people like this style of fin and I decided to list it in this buyers guide.
Is that it?
Nope! I suggest you check back with this list regularly. I have lots of freediving friends and I plan to keep on blogging about my experience using their fins. So stay turned and please read below before you decide to buy any fins.
What should you take into account before you buy freediving fins?
As I mentioned earlier in the article, by far the best material on the market today is carbon fiber. The reason for this is that that they “snap” or return to their original shape. Envision this in our head, you kick your feet in the water and the carbon fiber of the fin moves as a result of your kicking. If you are going to buy freediving fins and spend +300, you might as well buy the pair the will last you forever, which is carbon fiber.
If you do decide to get the higher level carbon fins, you should remember many of them require neoprene socks. Without them the fin will be a bit too big. The reason for this si that the manufacture will take into account that will most likely be wearing a free diving wetsuit. You do not “have” to wear a wetsuit, just remember that their products are designed for people who take the art of freediving very seriously.
Where should you go to find Freediving fins for sale?
All the links I listed above are all trusted sellers I have personally purchased gear from. If I couldn’t find someone I have bought something from in the past, I didn’t list them here and simply posted an amazon link.
Still got questions?
If that is the case you are welcome to contact me and ask away! If you are new to freediving I suggest you check out this article from mens heath. Its a great read and should answer many of your questions.