Best Fins for Freediving: 2020 Buying Guide
On tropical vacations, when we aren’t fishing for pelagic fish we’re often freediving for tasty treasures close to the beach. Combine freediving with a fishing kayak, and you’ve got a couple of days of fun underwater exploring where normally only scuba divers could get to. Freediving is a great way to see many different species of fish without investing in a scuba setup or paying for a scuba guide. It’s also a fun way to treasure hunt for lost things on the bottom (like magnet fishing) or for hunting fish with a pole spear and spearfishing wetsuit. But what makes the best fins for freediving? We’re here to help!
In this buying guide, we polled our most avid freediving fins and cataloged their top choices. We also reviewed many of the most common models before putting together the following list of best fins for freediving. The freedivers we interviewed ranged from hardy spearfishers to amateur vacationers. We chose them at various price points and feature levels. Don’t worry, there’s a pair of fins for all skill levels! Let’s dive in (pun intended).
In a Hurry? Here’s Our Top Picks…
Overall Best Fins for Freediving
Seac Motus Long Blade Freediving Fins
The Seac Motus Long Blade Freediving Fins are our choice for overall best fins for freediving for many reasons. They’re one of the most common choices for both experienced freedivers as well as freedivers just starting out. The Seac Motus Long Blade Freediving Fins feature a closed-toe design that increases traction with heavy paddling as well as comfortability over long diving sessions.
They also have an interchangeable blade design that allows for different blades to be switched in and out depending on your application. The blades are made from a hardened techno polymer that maximizes response and durability. They also feature a 22-degree angle between the blades and your feet, which optimizes thrust power with the lowest amount of effort.
The Seac Motus Long Blade Freediving Fins come in 1 and 1.5 size ranges depending on how large your feet are. They range from size 4.5 on the small end and size 14 on the large end. The foot portion of the fins is made from softer rubber to ensure comfortability and stamina when freediving for long distances. The fins weigh roughly 4 lbs depending on what size you get.
- Top choice for experienced freedivers and amateurs.
- Interchangeable blades.
- More expensive than other options.
The Seac Motus Long Blade Freediving Fins are our top choice for best fins for freediving due to its feature-rich design and reasonable price. Sure, there are less expensive options on the market, but few have the level of quality and flexibility as the Seac Motus Long Blade Freediving Fins.
Runner Up Best Fins for Freediving
Cressi Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins
The Cressi Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins are our runner up in this buying guide. They are the world’s first fins that combine three different materials in joint design. Cressi is also a time tested brand that has been making high-performance fins for many years. The Cressi Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins feature a soft elastomer foot portion that wraps anatomically around your foot for enhanced comfort and performance. It also aids in the transmission of thrust from your legs to the fins.
Cressi also designed them with endurance and comfort in mind – they can be worn comfortably with or without neoprene socks. The Cressi Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins can flex between being used for freediving as well as scuba diving. They’re a great option if you enjoy doing both.
The Cressi Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins are made with a proprietary polypropylene polymer that provides performance-enhancing sensitivity while remaining rigid and durable. The Gara 2000 HF fins have Cressi’s patented three material design to produce one of the most technically advanced long blade diving fins.
- Feature-rich freediving fins from a time-tested brand.
- Great for freediving and scuba.
- More expensive than other options.
The Cressi Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins are a great option for freedivers who want to stick with Cressi or want a pair of fins they can use for scuba diving as well. We like the Cressi Gara 2000 HF Freediving Fins almost as much as the Seac Motus Long Blade Freediving Fins, so it may come to personal preference as which you choose to buy. You can’t really go wrong!
Best High-End Fins for Freediving
Scuba Pro Seawing Nova Fins
The Scuba Pro Seawing Nova Fins are our choice for the best high-end fins in this guide. They are the most technologically advanced fins in our buying guide and are absolutely top-notch for both freediving and scuba diving. The Scuba Pro Seawing Nova Fins are jam-packed with proprietary technology that makes them one of the highest performance fins on the market.
They feature a hinge technology that enables the entire blade to pivot and generates thrust more effectively than a rigid blade design. The hinge snaps back into place when kicking that produces additional thrust to propel you through the water.
The Scuba Pro Seawing Nova Fins are made of Monprene (a specially blended polymer) that has the perfect balance of stiffness and flex for optimum propulsion. They also have Scuba Pro’s efficient 45-degree angle of attack that provides the most effective propulsion no matter how you kick. The Scuba Pro Seawing Nova Fins also features an engineered polymer footplate with molded grip pads to ensure your feet don’t slip when paddling intensely.
- The most advanced technology of any fin on our list.
- Works great for both freediving and scuba.
If budget isn’t an issue for you, we highly recommend the Scuba Pro Seawing Nova Fins. They will last your entire lifetime and will allow you to dive further and faster than pretty much any other option on the market. If you’re an experienced freediver looking to step up for freediving game, then get the Scuba Pro Seawing Nova Fins.
Best Freediving Fins for Spearfishing
Seac Shout Camo S700 Fins
The Seac Shout Camo S700 Fins are our choice for best fins for spearfishing. We like them the most for spearfishing due to their quiet paddling design and camo coloring. Both of these features will help you sneak up on unaware fish while spearfishing. The razor-thin design eliminates extra drag and noise while paddling without reducing thrust capabilities. The Seac Shout Camo S700 Fins are designed for long freediving sessions and will be comfortable with or without neoprene socks. Pair them with a solid spearfishing wetsuit, and you’ll be able to stay out on the water for hours.
The Seac Shout Camo S700 Fins are available in 5 different sizes and 3 different camo colors. The smallest weighs 1 kg while the largest weighs only 1.24 kg. This light-weight design helps them swim silently through the water while hunting fish. The Seac Shout Camo S700 Fins are designed entirely in Italy and have been a top choice among spearfishers since 1971. They can be used both for freediving and scuba diving. The Seac Shout Camo S700 Fins’ camo coloring comes from an injection color system technology that gives them a unique look great for hunting.
- Great for spearfishing and hunting.
- Camo coloring.
- Doesn’t have as many features as other models.
The Seac Shout Camo S700 Fins are our choice for best fins for spearfishing and freediving. Their camo coloring and silent swimming design are optimal for hunting fish underwater and makes them ideal for spearfishing. While their design is intended for freediving, they will also work well with most scuba setups.
Best Budget Fins for Freediving
Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins
The Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins are our choice for best budget freediving fins. They don’t have as many features as other models in our guide, but they do have everything you need to start freediving. THey’ve also been described as the “best entry-level freediving fins on the market”. The Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins have a 4 channel design structure that helps with water canalization along each blade. This means better propulsion and faster swimming.
The Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins have passed the most intense stress and anti-shock laboratory testing. Side wings enhance swim performance and stability that make the Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins a great choice for freediver just starting out.
The Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins have anti-slip rubber sole pads that work wonders when walking on slippery surfaces both underwater and out of water. They are made from a reinforced soft plastic that provides both ergonomic comfort in the foot pocket as well as performance on the blade. The Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins are a favorite for diving centers as their design will last hundreds of hours of heavy use.
- A great entry-level choice for freediving fins.
- Doesn’t have as many features as other models.
- The foot pocket isn’t adjustable.
The Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins are the best option for freedivers that are on a budget. We recommend trying them on at a local freediving shop if you can as the sizes aren’t adjustable. If you’re looking for a great budget set of freediving fins, then look no further than the Aqua Lung Stratos 3 Freediving Fins.
Before we close our buying guide, we wanted to highlight some of the features we looked for when picking out our choices.
Long Fin Blades
The most important aspect of freediving fins is their propulsion ability. This is almost always tied to how long the fin blades are. The longer design allows you to move more water each kick which equals faster swimming ability. Since you don’t have any other way to propel yourself and only a limited amount of oxygen, swimming fast is really important. Having a longer fin blade also allows you to swim further while expending less energy, which means you’ll be able to free dive for longer periods of time. Very important for both pole spearfishing or unhooking a stuck magnet fishing magnet. Imagine trying to hunt a grouper or mackerel with slow fins!
Comfortable Foot Pockets
Another really important feature we looked for when reviewing the best fins for freediving is how comfortable the foot pockets are. Having comfortable foot pockets means that you can swim for longer periods of time without getting uncomfortable. Getting blisters on your feet due to an uncomfortable foot pocket is one of our least favorite things while freediving, and can ruin a great day out on the water. It’s also worth noting that often times closed foot pockets are the most comfortable unless you wear neoprene socks. The downside to closed foot pockets is that they aren’t adjustable in size. So you’ll need to try them on to make sure they fit correctly.
Lastly, we also reviewed the best fins for freediving on how light they are. Having light fins not only makes them easier to travel with (especially in smaller boats like inshore kayaks) but also improves their performance underwater. The lighter the fins are, the less drag they have when paddling through the water. We picked out fins that had thin, light-weight, designs that ensured they weren’t too bulky for travel and kept paddling silent and speedy.