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About Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins

The Mares Avanti X3 is the perfect combination of comfort and power for recreational divers and snorkeler's. The mid-sized blade has three channels for optimal movement. The fin blade is made of Tecraclene: blade with three channels for optimizing water flow, the center channel is inverted to make better use of the glide stroke. The upper and lower stabilizers help maximize muscle energy conversion.

Tecraclene ribs in the foot pocket afford an improved fit and permit more efficient transmission of the kicking action. The range of sizes is complete, from XS to XL size to better accommodate all requirements, including those of women and younger divers. The straps feature the ABS Plus (Adjustable Binding System) for single-handed adjustment. The Mares Avanti X3 is a successful marriage of comfort and power.

The Avanti X3 uses Mares patented design ABS Plus Buckles. It only takes one quick movement to easily open or close these buckles, even when wearing thick neoprene gloves. The double button release prevents the buckles from accidentally opening making them the most user friendly system on the market.

Fin comes in three colors and four sizes, has an overall length between 22.2" to 26.4" (56.5 to 67 cm) depending on size. Fins are made from Tecralene; weigh between 2.8 lbs to 4.6 lbs (1.28 kg to 2.08 kg) and come with a 24 month limited warranty.

The Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins is commonly used for Recreation, SCUBA, Snorkeling, Travel and more. The Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced, Advanced Diver, Beginner, Casual/ Recreational, Novice Diver, Professional, Recreational Diver among others. The Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins: Accommodates Boots, Comfortable, Efficient, Lightweight.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.

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Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins Features

  • Three Channels for Super-Channel Effect
  • Manufactured in Tecralene for Superior Performance
  • Orthopedic Foot Pocket
  • Rugged, Durable Construction
  • Foot Pocket Adds Thrust with Less Fatigue
  • ABS Plus Buckles
  • 3 Colors and 4 Sizes
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins Specifications

Material
Tecralene, Thermoplastic Rubber
Dimensions
Blade Length 22.2" To 26.4" (56.5 To 67 Cm), Blade Width 2.8 Lbs To 4.6 Lbs (1.28 Kg To 2.08 Kg)
Blade Type
Single Non-Vented
Open Heel/Full Foot
Open Heel
Weight
2 Lbs To 3.2 Lbs (0.94 Kg To 1.47 Kg)
Available in the Following Colors:
Black, Blue, Yellow
Available in the Following Sizes:
Regular, Small, X-Large, X-Small
Weight [with packaging]
X-Small: 3.85 lb,
Small: 4.65 lb,
Regular: 4.8 lb,
X-Large: 5.35 lb
Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins Size Chart
  XS SM REG XL
US Men's shoe size 4-6 6-9 9-11 11-13
US Women's shoe size 5-7 7-10 10-12 12-14
European Men's shoe size 35-38 38-43 43-45 45-48
Length (inches) 22.25 23.75 25.5 26.5
Width (inches) 7.25 7.75 8 8.5
Weight (pounds per pair) 3 3.5 4 4.5

Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins Customer Reviews

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Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins
 
4.2

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accommodates boots (49)
  • Comfortable (40)
  • Efficient (38)
  • Lightweight (18)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)
  • Not efficient (3)

Best Uses

  • SCUBA (44)
  • Snorkeling (22)
  • Recreation (21)
  • Travel (8)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      74% 

      (39 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      91% 

      (48 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced diver (9), Casual/ recreational (9), Recreational diver (8), Beginner (7), Novice diver (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Fins for the Money

Overall, these are good medium priced fins. While I like the effort to include a quick release system with these fins, I found them a little difficult to release when you want to...Read complete review

Overall, these are good medium priced fins. While I like the effort to include a quick release system with these fins, I found them a little difficult to release when you want to get them off. The finger hold to release them is just a little too small and short. After you nearly tear your findernail off trying to get them released, you are a lot more careful about getting your finger just right into the relase before you give it a pull.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small Fin but not small enough!

This is a small fin, but if you have small feet womens 5 1/2 or smaller it's not small enough. However this is an affordiable fin and it has a very soft rubber...Read complete review

This is a small fin, but if you have small feet womens 5 1/2 or smaller it's not small enough. However this is an affordiable fin and it has a very soft rubber around the ankle area that is easily trimed back up to 2 1/2 inches if needed with an exacto or razor blade for propper ankle and heel fit.

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1.0

Size chart is not correct

By LP XCustomer

from Idaho

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Accommodates Boots

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins:

      First time ordering with Leisure Pro
      Sizing chart is completely off. The XS fins fit my booted size 10 foot!! These were recommended by LeisurePro for my wife with a size 5 foot--Bad recommendation.
      I wouldn't use Leisure Pro's team again to make a recommendation.
      Customer Service-POOR--See Service/Delivery Comments

      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small
      • Width:
      • Feels too wide
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Made to last, comfortable to use.

      By marco

      from Roatan, Honduras

      About Me Professional

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Reliable
      • Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • SCUBA

        Comments about Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins:

        As promised, something that has performed well beyond expectations. Initially I trusted the dive shop employee who sold my first and only set of fins. They were bought in at a shop in Jacksonville. The cost was about $125, although a quick search on LeisurePro list them for way less. They were purchased right before doing the PADI Rescue course. Approximately 12 years later and over 5000 dives they are still going strong. Now that's value, and no warranty required.

        There is a Mares dealer here in West-End who sells these and newer versions of the fins but the only thing that has been replaced is the straps. When the weather gets nasty on the north side we dive the south. At times we do shore dive in Flowers Bay over by Church Wall. That's when the open heel fins earn their money. To clarify, we carry a large variety of closed heel fins, some of which are never picked because they are simply to hard to put on and much less take off while hanging to the back of the ladder.

        I've tried the split fins and they definitely have less resistance and thus less stress on your knees. I'd hate to have to tow someone back to the boat against a current using split fins however. I'm just making the case that the Mares Open Heel fins are good and reliable.

        On a separate note, we have used a variety of close heel fins for just about all our rentals when boat diving. During that time, it is also the Mares closed heel fins which have lasted the test of time.

        They get the double oks from this reviewer. That's not to say I'm not going to try a different pair.

        Until next time, happy bubbles.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        LOVE THESE FINS!!!

        By Doc Glock

        from Fayetteville, NC

        About Me Advanced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accommodates Boots
        • Efficient
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recreation
          • SCUBA

          Comments about Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins:

          I love these fins, even though I ordered them at least a half-size too big, (so I wear socks in my booties and they fit fine). My fault. My Dive Master/Instructor had a set of these and of all the fins I tried, I liked these the best, so I bought a set. They are the perfect balance and combination of performance and comfort. The fact that they look fantastic is just icing on the cake. (I have the yellow color). I ordered these with several other items and all were delivered EARLY, and packaged very well. Always a fantastic buying experience, and great people, thank you Leisure Pro!

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          good product i wiil buy it again

          By Joe Batista

          from San Diego Ca

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accommodates Boots
          • Comfortable
          • Efficient

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • SCUBA

          Comments about Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins:

          good product

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Great deal, good fins, powerful

          By Rich

          from Myrtle Beach, SC

          About Me Beginner

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins:

                Very good construction

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                KATHY B  I had these fins in the past and loved them. They move a lot of water and are great in current. They do take some getting use to when you change from a split to the Mares Avanti though. Great fin.
                Nicole L  I am looking into purchasing the Tusa Sport Adult Series Wailea Snorkel set for both snorkeling and for scuba diving. Are the short fins good for scuba diving? I have only used the ones that are offered at the resorts where I dive and they are always the long ones, but they do not fit me well and I am looking for something more comfortable. I like the way they fit, just wanted to see the pros and cons of short fins. Thanks, Nicole
                KEVIN F  They are not suitable for scuba diving. Most shorter fins are not intended for diving. However, the Aeris Accel and Aqualung Hotshot fins are smaller in length and suitable for scuba diving.
                Shopper  If I wear 9,5 shoe size with a 5mm bootie, should I buy a small size?
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