Are these good for snorkeling with no boots?
KEVIN S NO, NO, NO! These are def designed to be worn with booties. Without them, the fit will be sloppy at best. You will have numerous blisters after spending any time in them without booties. You will be very inefficient in the water without booties in these fins.
Open heel fins are THE WAY TO GO no doubt. Yes, you must have a pair of booties(or several depending on the mil thickness/water temps you will be diving in) which is an additional piece(s) of equipment to purchase, maintain, travel with.....BUT you can't beat the warmth, efficiency, land/sea/boat all terrain benefits of having booties.
Closed heel fins are used by dive excursion companies for a reason: they are cheap, more accommodating to different foot sizes, etc.
I have used these fins for 6+ years....fresh, salt, boat, shore, aquarium, cold, warm, etc.... They are bomb proof. They straps and buckles are the originals.
I recently tried a very expensive brand/make of open heel fins that boast efficiency and superiority compared to anything else out there......at the cost of nearly 6x what I paid for these Tusa Liberator X-tens. Needless to say, I would not feel comfortable using those $$$ expensive fins in a fast current scenario. They just could not provide the "kick to power" I expect if I have to move underwater with a purpose and/or against strong current.
Bottom line: I would(and likely will) buy these fins again!
AUDREY P Yes, they are good enough for snorkling. I love these fins.
PAUL W no they are not going to be comfortable. I would suggest a closed heel fin.
JERRY S I would not recommend them for snorkeling without boots. You will most likely get blisters ont he backs of your ankles. A scuba sock may for you though. At least that would help against the abrasion.
BRUCE J I have not tried them with out boots.
JILL H I wear mine with water shoes, but you can wear them without boots. Hope this helps.