Average Customer Review: based on 12 reviews.Rating: Mares Raptor split fins
I presently have a pair of Mares power Volos. Will I notice any more power or control if I switch to these split fins? Also, my Volos fins are 7 years old. Will the newer straps on the split fins easier to use ( this is the only gripe I have with the Volos). Should I spring for the bungee straps?
I own the mares raptor split fins with adjustable strap size small for women. Ive made the strap as tight as it goes but still have a problem with the back rubber slipping off my dive shoes while diving. Therefore I find myself constantly adjusting the fins while diving. Will spring straps keep the fins on better?
Im looking to buy split fins for my girl, she is a size 9... She lives in southern cali and will be doing beach entries so I will be getting her 5mm booties with a thick soul... One comment raised concerns about tight fits on larger booties. The size recommendation is for small, but Im wondering if I should size up to accomodate the boot. Thoughts?
The fins are typically sized taking into account the use of a hard sole boot by the manufacturers. Their advice is to always purchase a fin based on the normal sneaker style shoe size the user wears and do not adjust. The only exception I've found is if the user wears a size 9.5 and the fin size ranges are something such as 7-9 then 10-12 for example. The 9.5 person has to choose between very snug or very loose or, of course, choosing a different fin. In that case the boot sole and thickness would become a consideration.
410014 - Mares Raptor Adjustable Strap Fins
Mares applies its world class Fin R&D to split fin technology
• Nature’s Wing technology
• Whale Tail design great power
• ABS Plus buckles
Raptor uses an advanced design and combination of materials to create the highest performance split fin ever. The Raptor's design including the Whale Tail foot pocket for maximum energy transfer delivers the maximum thrust and efficiency in the split fin category.
Material: Thermoplastic rubber/Technopolymers
ABS Plus Buckles: These unique, patented buckles are the most simple and easy to use buckles available in the market. It only takes one quick movement to easily open or close the buckle, even when wearing thick neoprene gloves. The double button release prevents the buckle from accidentally opening.
Open Heel Foot Pockets: The open heel foot pocket is designed to accommodate dive boots with a sole, and to offer excellent adherence between the boot and the foot pocket in order to transfer all the force exerted by the leg to the blade, without sacrificing yield yet still ensuring superior comfort.
The lower section of the foot pocket is longer, in order to better transfer power to the blade and minimize the risk of cramping. In addition, the inside of the foot-pocket features internal ribbing to improve fit and stiffen the sole.