Mares Power Plana Fins Review
Scuba diving is as much about having the right equipment as it is about having the right skills, and the Mares Power Plana Fin is the ideal fin for those who enjoy technical diving, although they can also meet the needs of most recreational divers as well.
Features of these fins include:
- Made of high quality natural rubber
- Bungee strap
- Full size foots pockets
- Comes in sizes small, regular, extra large and extra, extra large
- Ideal for technical drives with dry suit and tech rigs
- vented open heel fin
- works for all different types of kicks
- Blade length 10.83?
- 2 year limited warranty
A Closer Look
To non divers a swim fin is just a fin and there doesn’t seem to be much difference between one style of fin and another. But to those of you who dive, you know that having the right fin can allow you be more precise in each kick, while increasing power, and reducing leg and ankle fatigue. You also know that the length of the fin can have a huge impact on the type of diving you can comfortably do. For that reason we feel that a closer look at the Mares Power Plana fin is in order.
Created for Technical Dives
The Power Plana fin is designed for technical divers who use dive suits and a full metal plated back, and well suited for this type of diving. They have negative buoyancy which is essential and also have a shorter blade than most recreational fins.
The natural rubber used in these fins makes for a very responsive and durable fin that will hold up for years for continued use.
The side bars on this fins add strength to the fins while ridges in the fins are strategically places to channel water.
A close look at these fins reveal that there are vents on either side of the fin near foot. These fins help to reduce ankle stress and fatigue.
Fitting Your Foot In the Fin
The Power Plana is also designed with a full foot pocket that is designed for you to?wear normal type dive boots with. The foot pocket is large and provides both comfort and stability for your foot.
The strap on the heel is made from the same type bungee Mare uses in their dive spears, so you know it is strong and made to be durable. The bungee strap however is not adjustable, if the strap is too tight once the fin is on, then there is a small extender that can be screwed on the strap to give you a little more room, which is all most divers need.
We find that the Mares Power Plana fin is a good looking and performing fin especially made for technical divers. However, we do feel that because it is so responsive under water that many recreational divers may enjoy using this fin as well. The fact that these fins are made from high quality natural rubber and the heel strap is durable as well, we feel that most divers will get many years of use from a pair of these fins.
What the Reviews Say
Reviews for this fins are extraordinarily good with reviews having used these fins for both technical and recreational diving. The vast majority of users found these fins to be:
- Solidly made
- Very responsive under water
- Allow for precision fin movements
- Have extremely robust straps
If you are planning on doing technical diving and are looking for a great pair of fins to help make those dives more comfortable and successful the Mares Power Plana fin may be worth considering.