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Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins

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About Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins

The Mares Excel+ is the perfect combination of comfort and power for recreational divers. The fin uses tri-material construction is made of Tecraclene (Techno-Polymers) and thermoplastic rubber: blade with four 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 foot pocket delivers maximum power and evenly distributes pressure over the foot to minimize fatigue. The foot pocket interior features internal ribbing that improves fit, eliminates foot suction and prevents foot pocket flexing, while transmitting more power to the blade.

The elastic Optimized Pivot Blade (OPB) system ensures that the blade is always at an optimal angle during both the upward and downward strokes, giving considerably increased efficiency. A combination of materials and geometry designed to achieve an OPB without apparent hinge points, the elastic OPB causes the blade to flex at an optimal angle during the upward and downward strokes increasing the efficiency of the kicks. All effort is translated into a positive easy thrust.

The Excel + uses Mares patented design ABS Plus Buckles (Adjustable Binding System). 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 four colors and four sizes, has an overall length between 22.2" to 24.8" (56.5 to 67 cm) depending on size. Fins weigh between 2.9 lbs to 6.2 lbs (1.23 kg to 2.8 kg) and come with a 24 month limited warranty.

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The Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins is commonly used for SCUBA, Snorkeling and more. The Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced among others. The Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins : Accommodates Boots, Comfortable, Efficient.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.

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Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins Features

  • New Foot Pocket, More Comfort, Same Great Performance
  • Elastic OPB Maximum Efficiency, Minimum Effort
  • Tri-Material Technology
  • ABS Plus Buckles
  • Foot Pocket Adds Thrust with Less Fatigue
  • Tecralene and Thermoplastic Rubber
  • 4 Colors and 4 Sizes
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins Specifications

Material
Tecno-Polymers, Thermoplastic Rubber
Dimensions
Blade Length 22.2" To 24.8" (56.5 To 67 Cm)
Blade Type
Single Non-Vented
Open Heel/Full Foot
Open Heel
Weight
2.9 Lbs To 6.2 Lbs (1.23 Kg To 2.8 Kg)
Available in the Following Colors:
Pink, Red, Blue, Silver, Yellow
Available in the Following Sizes:
Regular, Small, X-Large, X-Small
Weight [with packaging]
X-Small: 4.05 lb,
Small: 4.55 lb,
Regular: 5.2 lb,
X-Large: 5.85 lb
Mares Excel Plus 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) 22.2 (15" blade) 23 (15.5" blade) 24 (15.75" blade) 24.8 (16" blade)
Width (inches) 6.25 6.7 7.5 8.3
Weight (pounds per pair) 4.8 5.2 5.75 6.2

Excel Plus Open Heel Fins Customer Reviews

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Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Efficient (8)
  • Accommodates boots (7)
  • Comfortable (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • SCUBA (9)
  • Snorkeling (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      90% 

      (9 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      100% 

      (10 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (4), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

stiff

These are the stiffest mares fins by far. On the plus side they give a lot of thrust when frog-kicking, comparable in feel to jetfins/slipstream (but more comfortable). Helicopter turns are...Read complete review

These are the stiffest mares fins by far. On the plus side they give a lot of thrust when frog-kicking, comparable in feel to jetfins/slipstream (but more comfortable). Helicopter turns are ok, reverse swim is possible but not easy. If you're a big/stocky dude and you're pushing heavy gear through current, then they're perfect. If not then the classic Quattro is a better choice, IMHO; cheaper, less foot and ankle stress, more maneuverable, and still plenty of power.

I have no comment on the complicated mares buckles because I installed spring straps straight away when I bought them. I wear a US 11.5 and the regular size fits perfect with 5mm boot. Stiffness generates a lot of pressure on top of the foot; I wouldn't want to try the original version with the half plastic foot pocket top. Still, more comfortable and better fit than oms slipstream or jets.

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Buckle failure, foot/ankle stress

Buckle failed on my third dive -- plastic snapped in two mid-kick.

I find these fins add a lot of stress to the ankle and foot. I am a tall...Read complete review

Buckle failed on my third dive -- plastic snapped in two mid-kick.

I find these fins add a lot of stress to the ankle and foot. I am a tall slim guy and I find that these fins actually cup and move too much water vertically as opposed to generating forward power. Because these fins move so much water they actually tend to move you around if you're slim.

If you're a bigger person and like a REALLY stiff fin then this in the one for you. Otherwise, I'd be looking at other fins.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A looker fin, great performance... BUT

By B.DM

from Bangkok, Thailand

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Accommodates Boots
  • Efficient
  • Looks
  • Power

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Stress On Calf

Best Uses

  • SCUBA

Comments about Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins:

I have used this quattro excel, avanti X3, and Quattro Plus. So I hope this review is useful to buyers

First off, this fin has a great look underwater, easy to notice if you are a dive leader.

Secondly, it pushes you through water as well as the rest I have. Only thing is that the foot pocket is shorter than the others, and that tends to put stress on my calf to a significant compared to other two. However, it gives to most powerful frog kick out of the three. All in all it resulted in the highest air consumption of all three for me.

Thirdly, its the heaviest of all three. Not as heavy as rubber jet fins, but heavy enough for a travel concern.

if you want to spend money on a looker that yields an uncompromised performance, this is the one. But if you seek a more comfortable choice, get the X3 or Quattro Plus

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

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5.0

Mares Super-Channel fins

By Sharkie

from Austin, TX

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Accommodates Boots
  • Comfortable
  • Efficient

Cons

    Best Uses

    • SCUBA
    • Snorkeling

    Comments about Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins:

    i used this product last this November as a rental for my open water free dive in lake Travis and bought them as soon as i got back to the dive shop.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    release clips NOT hard to use

    By steelerman

    from parsippany new jersey

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accommodates Boots
    • Comfortable
    • Efficient

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • SCUBA
      • Snorkeling

      Comments about Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins:

      just got back from Maui. dove molokini and turtle town for three days. the fins are really good. strong side rails you can really get good trust forward with less leg motion. some are saying that the fins are too stiff, i found them to be perfect for scuba and they work fine for snorkeling too. we did a couple days at kapalua bay and napali with the turtles and had a ball, the fins were fine.

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

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      5.0

      excellent fins

      By steelerman

      from parsippany new jersey

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accommodates Boots

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • SCUBA
        • Snorkeling

        Comments about Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins:

        if you have an older pair of excels then the buckle is " snappy " a little stiff. but the newer pairs have a buckle assy. thats different. two small grey buttons you squeeze and the assy. comes apart. i got the pinks for my wife and just got the blue for myself. great fins

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

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Buckle failure, foot/ankle stress

        By Peter

        from Canada

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mares Excel Plus Open Heel Fins:

              Buckle failed on my third dive -- plastic snapped in two mid-kick.

              I find these fins add a lot of stress to the ankle and foot. I am a tall slim guy and I find that these fins actually cup and move too much water vertically as opposed to generating forward power. Because these fins move so much water they actually tend to move you around if you're slim.

              If you're a bigger person and like a REALLY stiff fin then this in the one for you. Otherwise, I'd be looking at other fins.

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

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              stacey s  Do you have to wear booties w these or can you go barefoot?
              JULIA L  Wear booties, they are a stiff fin.
              sherry W  how much does size s weigh without packaging?
              Steve S  The size small fins weight about 4 pounds total.
              Leandro M  I am deciding between Mares Quattro Plus, Excel Plus and X-Stream. Which one do you think is best, and why? I see that the Quattro has very good reviews, but they do not have the Optimizing Pivotting Blade, does that really make a difference? Or is it just marketing? I am a begginer diver, but I am fit and have strong legs (I workout everyday).
              PASCAL G  I PERSONALLY THINK THERE IS SOME MARKETING BUT EACH FIN WILL PERORM DIFFERENTLY DEPENDED ON THE STYLE. NO BRAINER GET THE ONE THAT IS COS EFFECTIVE. THATS WHAT I DID. EVERT PAIR OF FINS I OWN IS MARES SO YOU CANT GO WRONG EITHERWAY. MARES MAKES A GREAT PRODUCT.
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