Do they have good thrust? Are they easy to move around in? I do not want to be doing a lot of work.
Thrust is well above average. Kick is slightly limited on one-side (there's a rigid stop on one side of the fin, so it goes up, easier than down - which is positive for most divers).
They are not the easiest to kick, this requires medium-to-strong muscles. If you want easy, relaxed kicking - look elsewhere. This is the fin that will generate plenty of thrust when you need it, but strong muscle must be applied.
I did NOT like these fins at all. I tried out a pair of the fins at a local dive shop before I left on my trip. The fins were difficult to move in the water. To make sure I asked one of the dive master to try out the fins. She did not like them either, and had the same complaints. So I returned the fins.
Mares X-STREAM OPEN HEEL FIN has wonderful thrust with little expediture of energy.and maneuvering is great...the fins are easy to get on but even easier to remove ...this is a major plus as I have limited flexibility..I TOTALLY AGREE diving should be as work free as possible and I count my X_STREAMS a real asset..
They have very good thrust, I am very happy with them. I find it very easy to move around in the water with them
These x-stream are really good. Great thrust and yes, I would say they are easy to move around....Overall I am really happy with them.
Love the Fin
Easy on and off, no suction problem in the foot pocket.
Good snap to the kick from the hinge
Good smoth thrust
These have worked wonders for me. Nice thrust, soft feel. Love them!
These fins are very comfortable and have good thrust. I was very happy with them...even when there was a current to swim against.
Yes, every easy to move around in. FAST! I love these fins. They are the best ones I've tried. Very light. I've worn them diving and snorkeling and didn't have any leg fatigue.
It's all a balance. They're not as 'easy' as some splits; nor are they as 'hard' as some of the larger more technical ones. Techies probably will find them falling short, Some using the natures wing may find them not as 'easy'. Great 'all around' for recreational. Not small or light for travel.
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Hi this is Michael A,The down thrust is great.A nice up movement,very little effort. Light for travel. Nice comfortable fit.Open heel is the only way to go.The clips are very easy to use, simple and quick,adjust nicely.Mares did it right.Yes, about as easy to get around in, as you can get.
These fins provide WONDERFUL thrust with little to no effort. On the physics side of things, they actually "store" energy by flexing slightly on each stroke and release at the end of each stroke. I would certainly recommend these to anyone who wants a great fin at a great price.
All I can say is awesome! All I have to be compared are my Volo Power, these are much much nicer.....
I'm 6'0, 250lbs. And these new fins are smooth, comfortable and seem efficient compared to the volo power.
Stay safe and enjoy!
Best find ever tried by me great thrust light weight vented technology in the but really works I use daily one note dont crush our bend in your bag take care they will last hope this helps
I have been using these fins for a year now and find them to be excellent. Very little effort to push through the water.
I really like the X-Stream fin. I purchased them due to a number of positive reviews that I read relative to speed, thrust and maneuverability. They work well both under the water when diving and at the surface while snorkeling. Check out www.scubadiving.com under the gear section, then search for x-stream to access some articles.
These are the most amazing fins - I love them. I can't believe I am writing this about fins as I never thought different fins would make that much difference. I have gone diving with them quite a bit and I found they have excellent thrust and are super easy to move around in. They are also very comfortable. I used to sometimes get foot cramps in my old fins but never these. I am really happy I got them and have made diving even more enjoyable.
They work great. We originally had the Apollo Bio fins and these Mares put those to shame. Less weight, easier to move around in the water. One caveat, they tend to be a little buoyant compared to the neutral Bio fins.