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Mares Plana Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins

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About Mares Plana Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins

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Best I've used

By Bruce

I've owned a number of fins, including similar full blade, split and hingled but this is the fin I like best. Decided to try it after watching videos of sidemount divers using the same brand, next grade up. Sidemount divers tend to be cave divers and need power and efficiency. I really like the power of the fin, I trim well with it, and it is an excellent fit to my Henderson 5 mil boots. I have a 8.5 shoe size (male) and got the recommended size, small. The buckle system works fine in th...

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proper and timely service

By no n.

In 2 weeks we will be in tropical water to try. We had to exchange to small size and the process was very efficient and we were empressed the service. We thank you and will keep the name of the company for future need. Have good, healthy holidays.

The Mares Avanti X3 is the perfect combination of comfort and power for recreational divers and snorkelers. 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 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 accidently opening making them the most user-friendly system on the market. Fin comes in multiple colors and sizes, has an overall length between 22.2" to 26.4" (56.5 cm to 67 cm) depending on size. Fins are made from Tecralene, and weigh between 2.8 lbs. to 4.6 lbs. (1.28 kg to 2.08 kg).

This product can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.

http://www.mares.com/

800-874-3236

Mares Plana Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins Features

  • Mares Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins:
  • Perfect Combination of Comfort & Power for Recreational Divers & Snorkelers
  • Mid-Sized B w/3-Channels for Optimal Movement
  • Channels Optimizing Water Flow
  • Center Channel Inverted, Makes Better-Use-of-Glide Stroke
  • Upper & Lower Stabilizers Help Maximize Muscle Energy Conversion
  • Tecraclene Ribs: In Foot Pocket, Improve Fit & Permit Efficient Transmission of Kicking Action
  • Range of Sizes: Accommodate All Requirements, of Women & Younger Divers
  • Manufactured in Tecralene for Superior Performance
  • Rugged, Durable Construction
  • Orthopedic Foot Pocket
  • Foot Pocket Adds Thrust with Less Fatigue
  • ABS Plus Buckles
  • Overall Lengths: 22.2" to 26.4" (56.5 cm to 67 cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs. to 4.6 lbs. (1.28 kg to 2.08 kg)
  • Available in Multiple Sizes and Colors

Mares Plana Avanti X3 Open Heel Fins Customer Reviews

Review Summary

 
4.2

(based on 57 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best I've used

I've owned a number of fins, including similar full blade, split and hingled but this is the fin I like best. Decided to try it after watching videos of sidemount divers using the same brand, next grade up. Sidemount divers tend to be cave divers and need power and efficiency. I really like the power of the fin, I trim well with it, and it is an excellent fit to my Henderson 5 mil boots. I have a 8.5 shoe size (male) and got the recommended size, small. The buckle system works fine in th...

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Mares Avanti X3

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Reviewed by 57 customers

 

Great fins!

By Jennifer C.

from Boston, MA, US

I have flat feet and need to be very conscientious of my choice in fins due to foot cramping. I took these fins to Bonaire because I needed to wear thick soled dive booties and they did not disappoint. My dive buddy often had to tell me to slow down, as these propelled me faster than my usual split fins. They also did not cause foot or leg cramps. Though I could feel my multiple days of diving in my calves, I don't attribute this to these fins as 4 dives a day, often needing to swim a mile or so out to a buoy was likely the real cause. They are rigid but not impossible to bend, are lighter weight, and fit nicely into a small suitcase. They are a great price for a fantastic pair of fins. Very happy with this purchase.

 

Mares Avanti X3 open heel fins

By Joewhit

These fins are perfect for scuba with boots. They can also be used for snorkeling. The sizing is just about right on. They are comfortable and pretty efficient. They bend just enough to not give leg or foot cramps.

 

Made to last, comfortable to use.

By marco

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.

 

LOVE THESE FINS!!!

By Doc G.

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!

 

good product i wiil buy it again

By Joe B.

good product

 

Great deal, good fins, powerful

By Rich

Very good construction

 

great fins for a great price.

By AUSTIN

Quick delivery.

 

Great fins!

By islanddream

I've always used split fins when diving and since we always drift dive, I thought the Mares fins would work better when swimming into the current. They worked very well and I will continue to use these when drift diving. I did have a bit of a challenge at first getting the fins off in the water while hanging onto the rope on the side of the boat. These fins have buckles on both sides of the straps and the strap doesn't detach from the fin. My other fins unbuckle and the strap detaches on one side, so that's what I was used to. However, after a couple of dives, I had no problem getting the fins off and throwing them into the boat.

 

replaced a lost a pair of Mares Blades,

By Mary

I have had Mares blades up until last Dec. fits like the blades and swims like the blades

 

Best I've used

By Bruce

I've owned a number of fins, including similar full blade, split and hingled but this is the fin I like best. Decided to try it after watching videos of sidemount divers using the same brand, next grade up. Sidemount divers tend to be cave divers and need power and efficiency. I really like the power of the fin, I trim well with it, and it is an excellent fit to my Henderson 5 mil boots. I have a 8.5 shoe size (male) and got the recommended size, small. The buckle system works fine in the water but was initially difficult when dry. Read the directions, its not obvious how to use them. The fins are also short enough to travel in my blue reef bag.

 

proper and timely service

By no n.

In 2 weeks we will be in tropical water to try. We had to exchange to small size and the process was very efficient and we were empressed the service. We thank you and will keep the name of the company for future need. Have good, healthy holidays.

 

great

By vladik

Straps are a little big..Im a size 12 and got an XL...think I should of got the L.

 

Great fins!!!

By MacETAC

Delivery was very quick, and all items were carefuly packed... I tried to E mail LeisurePro, but kept getting an error message, until I received an E mail from David, and I was able to return mail him... They just need to fix the link...

 

nice fins

By Jonathan

great set of entry level fins. I got the regular and wear a size 10 and the straps are tightened all the way. So they run a little big. other then that no complants here

 

I would buy this product again and again

By Jay Y.

This is the best fin i have ever used. It propels you great with little effort. I use this fin for all my free diving whether I'm diving conch, lobster or shooting fish. It works GREAT!

Q&A

Questions & Answers

Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JT J  The decision boiled down between the Mares Quatro and these fins. I compared the length specs and the difference was negligible. The fins were for my daughter and it came down to whether it would be advantageous for her to have a three part flexible blade, or four part, and would she take advantage of the difference to justify a $30 price difference. The answer was no, so I bought the Avanti X3.
Bill W  Price and other reviews
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.
WILLIAM F  Great Fins great price
Johnny J  Mares makes the best scuba fins, period. My Tusas were good, but too tight for my wide feet. Mares sucks for some products, such as SMB's, Regs, etc, but they are the best for fins.
Leow W  Hi, got a mares avanti fins size regular, but a bit too for me, anyway to get a proper fir?? get a thick boots?
BRIAN M  Thick dive booties might be sufficient to make the boots fit, depending on how off the fit is. I can't judge that, or recommend how many sizes you can hope to adjust via different booties. Sorry.
Shopper  Are Bungy heel straps an option?
KEVIN F  You can add the bungee strap for an additional purchase.http://www.leisurepro.com/p-mrsfsb/mares-bungee-fin-straps-pair
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