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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.

DIVE PINK & FIGHT BREST CANCER! For every Pink Fins $20 will be donated to fight breast cancer.

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.

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

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Most Liked Positive 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...

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Hate the buckles

Get spring straps immediately or carry a pry bar to open the buckle. Locked or unlocked it doesn't matter, they don't work. Like all Mare products they have to make something that is garbage. Not only would I not recommend these to a friend I wouldn't give them to a friend, could barely bring myself o give these to an enemy.

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Great fins at a great price!


What can you say about Leisure Pro? I ordered these on a weekend, and it seems like they arrived the following Monday (actually might have been Wednesday, but much quicker than I expected). I love the Customer Service they have extended to me in the past (I have bought almost everything imaginable from them - BCD's, Regs, Computers, etc.), they almost always have the items I am looking for in stock, and their prices can't be beat.


A looker fin, great performance... BUT


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


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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.


release clips NOT hard to use


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.


excellent 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

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Michelle M  blade width?
ROBERT O  Around 10 inches. I have several pairs of Mares. They're a good fin for snorkeling or deep dive.
Dan G  How long are these fins in total? Need to tell if they fit in my suitcase.
Frank L  XL are 26.25 inches long. Regular size are 25 inches.
Dan G  Thanks for the quick reply Frank. Will you ship to my vacation home in New Zealand? Regards, Dan
Frank L  We do ship to New Zealand, but it is pricey.
Nicole P  I am a women's size 9 and use neoprene booties (they don't have a rubber sole) and I ordered a size regular, will these be to big?
JULIA L  If Regular is a size Medium, they should fit. I purchased these to accomodate a full neoprene boot as opposed to a low cut bootie. I am a women's size 9 1/2 - 10.
ROBERT O  Yes they'll work!
Frank L  More than likely, yes. You should be a small.
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