Best Spearfishing Fins Reviews for 2018
Spearfishing is easily one of the most exciting, invigorating methods of fishing out there; you’re freediving into the water, holding your breath or using a snorkel, and hunting fish the way humans have done for thousands of years. It’s satisfying and a ton of fun. For the best experience, you’ll need to invest in a good set of spearfishing gloves and fins.
Spearfishing fins can range from the ultra-cheap ($50 or less) to the ultra-price ($1000 or more). But thankfully, there’s a good range of options somewhere in the middle that will work just as well. Read the reviews to see our choices for the best spearfishing fins of 2018.
Top 5 Rated Models Comparison Table
1. Cressi Gara Professional LD
2. Mares Razor Pro Spearfishing Dive Fins
3. Cressi PRO LIGHT
4. Mares Instinct Pro
5. Cressi Gara 3000 LD Fins, Grey
Reviews of the Best Spearfishing Fins of 2018
#1. Cressi Gara Professional LD Soft Full Pocket Long Blade Fins
Cressi is an experienced diving gear maker, having been making fins and other diving gear in Italy since 1946. These long-blade fins are made from a special elastomer polypropylene, that is meant to give a longer-lasting, well-controlled and stable kick every time. The elastomer thermo-rubber foot pocket forms with the blade to create nice, one-piece design, and is soft and flexible for constant comfort.
These fins are great for spearfishing and for long kicks and colder water. They’re light and flexible and really easy to move in, and the extra length ensures that they provide greater forward propulsion than shorter scuba fins.
As they are not very stiff, they do not provide the speed and energy of other, stiffer fins; if speed is important to you, choose a stiffer set.
But if you’d like a reliable, soft and super-comfortable set of fins for spearfishing, these Cressi’s will do the job.
- Flexible, soft, polypropylene build
- Elastomer thermo-rubber foot pocket is soft
- Light, flexible, easy to swim in
- Not very stiff. Slow
#2. Mares Razor Pro Spearfishing Dive Fins
The Mares Razor Pro is a cool new fin design with an interchangeable blade and supremely comfortable foot pocket, which is made of “techno-polymer” and designed by an Italian podology clinic for the best comfort and versatility. The instep is thicker, as are the tensioners under the arch, to give a springier paddle.
There are side ribs, which support the blade, help channel water flow, and prevent lateral slippage. And the 22-degree angle from the foot allows for natural extensions and swimming. The interchangeable blade is a great idea and can definitely come in handy.
Only complaint? Sizing is really off. This may have something to do with different European sizes, but these things run huge. Order a few pairs to try on if you can, to make sure you get the best fit.
Other than that, these are great spearfishing fins worth the price, with a natural extension and glide, and interchangeable blade design.
- Interchangeable blades
- Soft, “techno-polymer” material
- Natural foot extension is comfortable and easy
- Sizes run off, very large
#3. Cressi PRO LIGHT
Another fantastic set of fins from Cressi. These bad boys are designed to be a more powerful brand of fin, with a unique polypropylene blade and a variable flex that self-adjust when you’re kicking to maintain an even, powerful kick. The dual material blade uses strong polypropylene and soft elastomer, like most of Cressi’s other fins, and has been “computer-designed” to ensure the best transfer of kicking power.
The blade starts at the top of the foot pocket, which gives it 20% more useful surface area than similar fins equally as long and lets more of the kicking power come from the diver’s heel than from the middle of the foot, and there are quick-release buckles as well as full-length side rails. Lastly, the whole thing weighs 35% less than similar-sized fins.
Now, some people find that these ultralight fins are just too light and airy for free-diving, as they just don’t offer the same kicking power and stiffness that you need to really generate any kind of power.
So we’d suggest taking into account what you need; do you prefer lighter, or stiffer, fins? Are you a beginner or a seasoned spearfisher? If you know what you’re looking for, these are excellent fins that get the job done for relatively cheap. Just make sure you’re looking for lighter, more flexible fins.
- Flexible and very light
- Longer blade allows for power transferred from heel
- Quick-release buckles
- Full-length side rails
- Not firm enough for strong kicking
#4. Mares Instinct Pro
The Instinct Pro spearsfishing fins from Mares are made of polytec, and offer a good, semi-rigid design for both power and durability. There are side ribs that help support the blade, as well as channel water flow for a smoother glide and prevent from them slipping laterally. Great for preserving your energy on every kick and extending your dive. The tapered V-blade is made from polytec (we think that’s the same thing as “techno-poly” above) and provides a good wide base for kicking.
These fins are excellent for both freedivers and spearfishers alike, providing a good balance of both rigidity and flexibility. Easy to swim in, paddle, and still get some good speed going.
Only cons? They run a bit large, as usual with these kinds of fins, so be sure to try a few pairs out. And if you are new to freediving, they may be a bit stiff for you.
But other than that, they are another excellent pair of fins from Mares, high-quality and solid but not too expensive. A good pick if you’d like a balance between both rigidity and flexibility.
- Semi-rigid but flexible
- Durable, polytec construction
- Enhanced foot pocket is super comfy
- V-shape is good for paddling, channeling water
- Run large
- Too stiff for beginners
#5. Cressi Gara 3000 LD Fins, Grey
The Gara 3000 LD fins are based off the famous original Gara 3000, but with softer, more flexible fins. They have longer, thinner blades, which require less effort when kicking and allow you to conserve some energy for longer dives. The flexible blades are superior in cold water, which stiffens the blade material.
Cressi used a 3-material molding process to make these, creating a custom-fitting foot pocket made of soft elastomer (much like the Cressi fins above). The soft fin is also designed to help novice spearfishers (that’s you) develop the stamina and practice the skill of finning, before moving on to a thicker, more expensive fin.
Again, the only real complaint with these is that the sizing tends be off; the soft fin also doesn’t create as much power as other fins, but we can’t really complain, as they are designed for beginner divers.
And for that reason, we think these are an excellent set of spearfishing fins. Comfortable, flexible, easy-to-use, perfect for the novice diver who wants a reliable set of fins.
- Good for beginners
- Soft, flexible fins
- 3-material molded design; soft elastomer
- Sizes run off
- Soft fins don’t create a lot of speed
What To Look For In A Set of Fins for Spearfishing
This is very important. How stiff a fin do you need? Generally, stiffer fins will provide a stronger kick, displace more water, and thus propel you faster. However, this requires more energy, and can be more difficult than a softer, more flexible fin – which won’t move you as fast but will be easier to paddle with. If you’re just starting out, you might prefer more flex.
Spearfishing fins come in all different shapes and materials; cheaper ones will be made of plastic, while the most expensive, top-of-the-line models might be made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. Middle-of-the-road options will generally be made of higher-quality polypropylene and other plastic synthetics, which offer a good mixture of flex, stiffness and durability.
Spearfishing/freediving fins are noticeably longer and thinner than scuba fins. This is because the blade is graded in thickness; it actually is thicker and stiffer at one end (near your foot) and thinner at the far end. This allows it to create more energy and move more water with a single kick, making moving underwater even more efficient.
Our Top Choice for the best spearfishing fins are the Gara Professional LD. These high-quality and reliable spearfishing fins are made of a special elastomer polypropylene and give a flexible-yet-stiff, long-lasting kick, good control and flexibility, and a nicely constructed foot pocket. They’re not super-fast fins, but good for beginners, and seasoned pros who want a flexible but high-quality fin.
For a cheaper option, pick up the Cressi Pro Light. They don’t have all the features, fancy materials and lightness of the more expensive Cressi or Mares fins, but they’re a reliable pair with a self-adjusting, variable, propylene flex. A decent budget buy.
But whichever fins you decide to go with on our reviews list, the best part is always just strapping them on and getting out into the water. Happy spearing!