Price: $46 Overall length: 24" Sizes: 7
Weight: 1lb.,1oz. Warranty: 2-year limited Website: mares.com
Mares’ new Wave full-foot is made from a combination of thermoplastic rubber and techno-polymers. There’s a large flex panel in the center of the blade that’s flanked by a couple of stiffening strips and a pair of over-molded side rails. This kicker turned in some of the best overall in-water performance scores, earning the highest scores for acceleration. Test divers liked the fin’s exceptional maneuverability, and noted its ability to negotiate turns with minimal foot action. When turning on the power, the flexing of the soft blade tip seemed to help minimize ankle stress and leg strain.
Bottom Line: Earning both Testers’ Choice and Best Buy awards, the Wave delivered the best overall performance.