Getting ready to buy either the atomic split fin or the new atomic blade fins- (1) what is the difference, (2) what is the length and weight of each?, (3) what would be advantage of split over blad and vice versa? Thanx, Bill
It is as simple as personal preference. Split fins are easier to kick with far less resistance which often can equate directly into less air consumption and longer dives. But many people simply prefer the feel of a paddle style fin and if that's the case there is no reason to not use them.
BladeFins are designed as a “paddle” fin concept popular with divers who prefer a powerful swimming style to sprint through the water in the most demanding conditions. The addition of BladeFins diversifies the Atomic fin family and complements its well-established, top selling SplitFins™ product line. These two distinct Atomic fin designs offer divers a choice of fins best suited to their personal swimming style.
Atomic BladeFins differ significantly from conventional paddle fin designs by uniquely combining two frame structures that work in tandem to maximize kicking power. A “Power-Loop Monocoque” engineering structure is paired with a specially-designed “Frame Rail” design to give divers more power and thrust to move efficiently through the water with every kick.
“Single-shell Monocoque engineering is often utilized in aircraft and Indy race car designs,” explains Dean Garraffa, Atomic Aquatics co-founder and President of Huish Outdoors Dive and Watersports group.
“When you use this technology in a diving fin, every part of the kicking motion is optimized. The foot pocket Power Plate and Power Rail work in tandem while vertical stabilizers at the tip of the fin helps channel and control the water down the blade for an exceptionally efficient performance,” Garraffa stated.
According to Garraffa, the BladeFin has been in development for several years and follows the Atomic product design philosophy of only introducing products that deliver superior performance for divers. Like all Atomic Aquatics products, BladeFins feature a distinctive, appealing style. BladeFins are designed with sweeping curved accent lines, continuing Atomic’s “wicked” style evolution that started with its Venom mask and SV Series snorkels. BladeFins are available in 6 colors including blue, yellow, silver, red, pink and purple.
BladeFins received the prestigious “Tester’s Choice” Award from Scuba Diving Magazine, becoming the latest in a long line of Atomic Aquatics products to be recognized by the industry for superior design and performance. Atomic continues to lead the scuba diving industry in the development of new products and technology designed to make the sport simpler and more enjoyable.
About Atomic Aquatics:
Atomic Aquatics was founded in 1995 in Huntington Beach, California. The company is best known for manufacturing high-performance regulators for scuba diving, introducing the world’s first titanium regulator in January 1997. The company also manufactures fins, masks, snorkels and dive computers.
Atomic Aquatics is part of the Huish Outdoors family of companies. The company currently owns a variety of world-class brands in the SCUBA diving industry including Atomic Aquatics, BARE, Stahlsac and Zeagle. The company also distributes SharkSkin products.