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There is actually quite a lot of science behind fin design. This is why many manufacturers scowl when they hear the word “flippers”. Fins are made from special materials for ultimate performance and durability. Blade length, vents and channels work together to give you optimum propulsion underwater in the right diving environment. Whether you like to flutter, scissor or frog kick, Mike’s Dive Store has the best of the bunch.
As well as standard paddle and channel blade fins Mike’s also has a good selection of split blade fins. They cut through water with much less resistance than a paddle fin. They pair well with divers who prefer to flutter kick and they reduce the risk of cramp. The two separate parts of a split fin create a vortex with each stroke to propel you efficiently through the water.
Technical diving fins are designed to be heavy for dry suit users. Their short wide blade provides maximum forward thrust while maintaining great manoeuvrability. Their length reduces the risk of kicking up sand and silt and work well for divers who choose to frog kick. Scubapro's Jet fins are still one of the best fins on the market 50 years on, reducing drag despite their beefy construction. Likewise, the Apeks RK3 is a rugged thermoplastic rubber fin featuring an over-sized foot pocket to accommodate drysuit boots and a spring strap for easy donning and doffing. The RK3 is based on one of the first vented rubber fins sold in North America called the Rocket.
As well as standard diving fins we also have a variety of dedicated freediving fins for apnea and spearfishing. This type of fin tends to be longer with more flexible blades and are very efficient in transferring your kick power. Some are made from a strong carbon fibre or techno-polymer material with interchangeable blades and many are camouflage, so you blend in with the surrounding environment.
You can find out more about the different designs and how they affect performance, thrust, energy efficiency and comfort by reading our guide Choosing the Right Diving Fins.