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About Mares Wave Open Heel Fins

Another new entry in open heel fins, the Wave uses three material construction to apply specific properties where needed. The upper part of the foot pocket is molded in soft rubber to guarantee the maximum comfort. The blade has big soft rubber insert perfect to get the ideal Super-Channel water flow. The remainder has the rigidity and strength needed for superior propulsion.

The ergonomically designed 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.

Wave 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.

The Super-Channel is designed for the diver who wants the perfect blend of power and efficiency in one fin. The new blade design with a large central Super-channel and two traditional lateral channels provide excellent thrust while maintaining hi-efficiency and minimizing leg fatigue. The blade is constructed of Tecralene and Thermoplastic rubber for extended durability.

Fin comes in three colors and three sizes, has an overall length between 23" to 26" (58.5 to 66 cm) and weights 2.8 lbs to 3.7 lbs (1.26 kg to 1.7 kg) depending on size, and come with a 24 month limited warranty.

The Mares Wave Open Heel Fins is commonly used for SCUBA and more. The Mares Wave Open Heel Fins is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Mares Wave Open Heel Fins: Accommodates Boots, Comfortable, Efficient, Lightweight.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.

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Mares Wave Open Heel Fins Features

  • Mares Wave Open Heel Fins
  • Channel Designed Blade:
    Design Inspired by Marine Mammals
    Perfect Blend of Power and Efficiency
    Large Central Super-Channel
    Two Traditional Lateral Channels
    Channels Provide Excellent Thrust, Maintains Hi-Efficiency, Minimizing Leg Fatigue
  • ABS Plus Buckles (Adjustable Binding System):
    1-Quick Movement, Easily Open/Close Buckles
    Easy Buckle Use w/Thick Neoprene Gloves
    Double Button Release, Prevents Buckles from Accidentally Opening
    Most User Friendly System On-the-Market
  • Easy Grip Heel Pull Tab for Donning and Doffing
  • Tri-Material Construction
  • Foot Pocket Adds Thrust with Less Fatigue
  • Techno-Polymers and Thermoplastic Rubber
  • Non-Vented Blade Design
  • Blade Lengths: 23" To 26" (58.5 cm to 66 cm), Blade Width 7.9" to 9.1" (20 cm to 23 cm)
  • Wight: 2.8 lbs. To 3.7 lbs. (1.26 kg To 1.7 kg)
  • Available in Multiple Sizes and Colors

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4

(based on 7 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great in strong currents

Took these to Cozumel and they embarrassed my friend's splitfins, especially in strong current. The Wave's are light, stiff, have a wide flat blade, and tall/deep stringers to keep water overflow to a minimum. Three of our DM/instructors had negative things to say about splitfins for Cozumel's strong currents. I still love my Atomic Splitfins, but didn't bring them for comparison.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Would never buy them again

Bought these last season and went through my open water and advanced certification, found then a little challenging to get on in the surf. Just completed my rescue dive course and they broke in half just passed the side reinforced area. Lousy design, and not at all happy that after only 30 dives they are ruined.

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1.0

Would never buy them again

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Bought these last season and went through my open water and advanced certification, found then a little challenging to get on in the surf. Just completed my rescue dive course and they broke in half just passed the side reinforced area. Lousy design, and not at all happy that after only 30 dives they are ruined.

 
5.0

This is the future, folks

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Delivery was prompt, fins came in perfect condition. Don't worry, LeisurePro will make things right if something does happen during shipping--I know from experience!

 
5.0

Love these

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Love these fins!

 
4.0

Nice comfy fins

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Nice open heel fin. Very efficient. I kept looking back at my dive buddy and having to slow down until I got used to them. Stiff enough for good control. The button release takes a bit of getting used to but it's manageable. Will probably replace with spring straps at some point.

 
4.0

Great in strong currents

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Took these to Cozumel and they embarrassed my friend's splitfins, especially in strong current. The Wave's are light, stiff, have a wide flat blade, and tall/deep stringers to keep water overflow to a minimum. Three of our DM/instructors had negative things to say about splitfins for Cozumel's strong currents. I still love my Atomic Splitfins, but didn't bring them for comparison.

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brandon w  Are these positively or negatively buoyant? Also...how stiff of a fin are these?
Steve S  They are negatively buoyant. They are a bit stiff, but not bad.
MAKOTO F  I'm pretty sure they're negative but I never took them off underwater to check. I'd say they're medium stiff--stiffer than most splitfins, less stiff than jets or any of the hard plastics.
Aubrey W  They are slightly negatively buoyant. They are moderately stiff with a more flexible center channel. Sort of the best of both worlds. I haven't had any cramping issues, yet they work well for frog kick and in current.
KENNETH R  My experience is that the fins are negatively buoyant, but depending on the body of water you're diving. A recent trip to the salt-heavy waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands had them neutral. And they're completely comfortable but a bit on the stiff side. Personally, I liked the combination as it meant with a couple of strong kicks I could get anywhere I wanted/needed quite quickly, especially reassuring when diving with my Jr. OW certified children.
RUSS D  Neg and kind of stif
Roberto V  I intend to use this boots for tropical diving. Can you use them without boots or socks, or is it too uncomfortable?
ROBERT M  You'll need boots for proper fit and comfort. I wore my fins with both 3 and 5 mm boots for tropical diving.
PHILIP M  It might be uncomfortable. I have size small small and my foot size is 8 (41 Euro) width D and with a bare foot the gaps between the sides of the fin pocket are huge.
Kasia W  These fins are designed to be used with boots. The foot pockets are roomy and they will not be comfortable or efficient when used barefoot.
Aubrey W  The foot pockets are designed and sized for a boot. I use a light 2 mil tropical boot. I also use the Mares bungee straps for easy on/off.
RUSS D  In no way possibly could these be used without boots
LINDSAY D  No, I would not use these without boots. These are meant to be worn with boots (I would not really recommend them for warm weather otherwise) and I would expect that without boots they will not fit your feet snugly enough when you kick (even wearing socks, I think your foot would be flopping around inside). Also, you will probably get blisters or cuts without boots because they are fairly rigid. I have to say that these fins are HUGE. I have some US Divers (Aqualung) barefoot fins and these were about a whole 1/3 larger in length, and weighed probably double --- and I was wearing a women's XS! These would definitely NOT fit into a carry on rollerboard, even a normal suitcase I would probably have to place them diagonally. On the other hand, they do provide good propulsion when kicking.
SCOTT F  We have always used these with lightweight boots. They come standard with the thick rubber mares strap and I would imagine could become very uncomfortable.
THOMAS K  I think you need to use them with some sort of boots, otherwise they will not be comfortable, and are really too big to fit on a bare foot. I use Mares Equator 2mm Dive Boots. They actually help to walk on the boat/shore. And, even in tropics, they are fine.
Lindsay D  Hi will the seasoft 3mm sunray boots in size xxs fit into the xs mare waves?
PHILIP M  Not sure. I have the size small (S). But, they are very wide. I use 3mm Cressi and XS Scuba boots and you can easily fit a finger between the sole/base of the boot and the side of the foot pocket. The top to the foot pocket just touches the top of my boots, but as you move toward the toes you can fit one finger between the top of the boot and top of the foot pocket. With my Atomic Aquatics size small, my 3mm boots are a nice snug fit.
john b  We found that the size 4 Tusa Imprex 3mm dive slipper (smallest we could find at the time) worked with the Mares Avanti X3 Open-Heel XS fins. The straps are cinched all the way pretty much but it works ok.
Marilyn S  Yes they will fit.
RUSS D  I love my fins fit good with booties
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