Mares Razor Matrix Carbon Fins

Apnea fins or freediving fins are fins with very long blades. I explain what to watch out for in freediving fins

Brief introduction to freediving.

Apnea diving, also known as freediving, is diving with the air you breathe. The diver inhales before diving and only uses this air supply. The time between inhaling and exhaling is known as apnea hence the name.

Freediving is the oldest and most original form of diving. As early as the Stone Age, apnea divers collected mussels, sponges and pearls and hunted fish with spears. Some of the paleoanthropologists (also known as prehistoric anthropology) discuss the theory that large parts of the incarnation even took place aquatically (living in water).

Nowadays, freediving is practiced as a recreational, but also as a competitive or extreme sport. In the leisure area, the main focus is on exploring the underwater world and general conditioning for scuba diving. In competitive sports, on the other hand, deeper and longer apnea times or distances are aimed for through targeted training.


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At this point it must be urgently warned against any kind of self-experiments! Not only unsecured dives, but also attempts on land are dangerous with breath hold. Unconsciousness is a life-threatening situation without quick and experienced help. There is an acute danger to life. It is therefore not advisable to try it by yourself!

SALVIMAR Uni Freediving Fins

Blade length

Standard freediving fins measure 31-38 inches (79-97 cm) without the foot pocket. Such long blades displace more water per kick, meaning the diver can move quickly through the water and cover more distance with less time, oxygen, and energy.

Material of Blades

There are 3 different materials available

1. Plastic

Since plastic is a very robust material, the fins are also quite stable and durable. Far cheaper than the other materials but also heavier.

2. Fiberglass

Fiberglass is an artificially produced material that does not exist in nature. The components of this glass fiber reinforced plastic are made up of several materials. The strength of fiberglass can be determined by the different mix and thus also the hardness of the blade.

3. Carbon fiber

SALVIMAR Carbo

is a composite material in which carbon fibers are embedded in a plastic matrix. The matrix is used to connect the fibers and to fill the gaps. The material epoxy resin is usually chosen as the matrix.

✔️ Advantages

Carbon and Fiberglass fins are ergonomic and provide efficient locomotion. The swingback behavior is better than with plastic.

The long fin blades produce good propulsion. Thanks to the large blade, a large amount of power is transmitted into the water with minimal effort.

❌ Disadvantages

of fiberglass and carbon fins are, that they break quite easily and are more prone to damage.

Blade hardness

There are three different degrees of hardness in freediving fins.

  • Soft
  • Medium
  • Hard

Most of you will immediately think I have to have the hard freediving fin. However, this is not always the best solution! Many of the professional freedivers also use soft blades.

It should be said that this also depends on your own body weight, because if someone with a light 70kg and buys a hard freediving fin, this can quickly lead to cramps in the calves. What might be OK on the surface can have a different effect at a depth of 15m! It also depends on the duration of the training because naturally you have to apply a lot more strength with a hard fin, so the training can fall rather short, which is not always optimal.

Interchangeable blades

With many higher quality freediving fins it is possible to exchange the blades. e.g. from hard to soft blades or from carbon to training plastic blades.

Comfort and shoe size

Cressi Gara professional

Often the fins are worn with neoprene socks. If that is the case, you have to include the thickness of the neoprene sock in the shoe size.

The rule of thumb is

With 3mm neoprene socks you should buy your freediving fins 1-2 sizes larger.

With 5mm thick neoprene socks you should buy the freediving fins 2-3 sizes larger.

Material of the foot pocket

The vast majority of freediving fins are of the “full foot” design with very stiff foot pockets that serve to reduce weight and maximize power transfer from the leg to the fin.

Most freediving fins have solid rubber foot pockets.


So it’s time to reveal my top 7 freediving fins!


Number #7

Mares Razor Pro Freediving Fins

Mares Razor Pro
Mares Razor Pro
  • Foot Pocket Incorporates Comfort and Efficiency,
  • One of the Lightest Free Diving Fins
  • Side Ribs Support Blade, Channeling Water Flow, Ample 22° Angle of Blade Natural Extension of the Leg
  • Side Ribs (stringers) Prevent Lateral Slippage, Design Consulted by Leading Italian Podologiest
  • Techno-Polymer Construction, Interchangeable Blade Design, Tapered Elastomer and Techno-polymer Construction for Performance, Agility and Durability
  • Designed to be Worn with a Neoprene Sock, The Foot Pocket Delivers the Perfect Amount of Power Kick with Reduced Effort

Nummer #6

Cressi Gara 3000LD

Cressi Gara 3000LD
Cressi Gara 3000LD
  • Long blade fins with softer blade for less muscle effort ideal for free diving and scuba diving.
  • The soft blade transfer power with minimum effort, make this fin very comfortable and easy on the legs for beginners or during long dives.
  • Cressi patented 3 material molding process for ensure flexibility in the foot area.
  • Comfortable full foot pocket.
  • Fins can be worn barefoot or using neoprene socks.
  • Made in Italy by Cressi.

Additionally there is a Cressi Gara Premium Medium Black Freediving Fin Bag


Nummer #5

Cressi Gara High Performance Modular Nery, Apnoe Flossenblatt austauschbar

Cressi Gara Professional LD
Cressi Gara Professional LD
  • High performance fin that requires minimum effort to load the long blades and is an excellent choice for deep free diving and spearfishing.
  • Blade made from a special elastomer polypropylene which gives a longer lasting, more fluid, softer less demanding kick.
  • Improved anatomy of the foot pocket made in particularly soft elastomer for increase the comfort.
  • The perfect union between blade and foot contributes to reducing effort and energy dispersion as much as possible during the kick.
  • Delivering the maximum power with minimum energy through its long firm blade that runs over the foot pocket.
  • Sport type: Outdoor Lifestyle

Number #4

Seac Motus

Seac Motus
Seac Motus
  • Comfortable full foot pocket.
  • Fins can be worn barefoot or using neoprene socks.
  • Interchangeable blade made from special techno polymer that maximizes flexibility and reactivity 22-degree angle between blade and foot optimizes thrust power with less effort
  • Hard thermoplastic rubber foot pocket with dual material density

Number #3

SEAC Motus Carbon Freediving Fins

SEAC Motus Carbon Freedive Fins
SEAC Motus Carbon Freediving Fins
  • Foot pocket: hard thermoplastic rubber for the sole and ribs, and soft around the foot to optimize the comfort/performance ratio.
  • Blade: unidirectional 100% pre-preg carbon and internal reinforcements in carbon with 45° weave.
  • Innovative closed-shoe free diving fins.
  • Comfortable full foot pocket.
  • Fins can be worn barefoot or using neoprene socks.
  • Interchangeable blade made from special techno polymer that maximizes flexibility and reactivity 22-degree angle between blade and foot optimizes thrust power with less effort
  • Hard thermoplastic rubber foot pocket with dual material density

Number #2

Mares Razor Matrix Carbon Fins

Mares Razor Matrix Carbon Fins
Mares Razor Matrix Carbon Fins
  • Incredible Fin Made of Combination of Woven Carbon and Fiberglass Layers, High-Quality Fin Offers Great Performance and Responsiveness
  • Blade Produced w/Pre-Impregnated Carbon and Fiberglass Layers, 3k Carbon with Fibers Woven at 90° – Blade Dimensions: (L x W) 25. 6″ x 8″ (65 cm x 20. 5 cm)
  • Fibers Cross Over Each Other Fewer Times, Increasing Responsiveness, Variable Blade Thickness and High-Performing Parabolic Flexion
  • High-Quality Manufacturing Process, Variable Side Ribs Support, Optimize Channel Thrust and Flex, Available w/Medium Strength Blade
  • 22° Blade Inclination Relative to Foot Pocket, Designed-to-Be-Worn w/3 mm Neoprene sock, Protection Bag for Transport & Storage Included

Number #1

SALVIMAR Carbo

SALVIMAR Carbo
SALVIMAR Carbo
  • TW-K03 High Module Pre-Preg
  • Carbon Fiber Blades
  • mechanically polymerized at very high pressure in autoclave
  • Amgolo slipper shovel inclined 29 degrees
  • natural rubber shoe 55 shore
  • instep with Kevlar reinforcement

Additional freediving fin equipment


Freediving Mask

have a very small volume in order to be able to balance the pressure in the mask ergonomically with little air used.


Cressi Calibro Mask

Cressi Nano Mask
Cressi Calibro Mask
  • The Calibro & Corsica is the combination of 2 high-end products developed and manufactured in Italy designed for freediving and scuba diving lovers.
  • The first and the only mask in the world equipped with the exclusive Fog-Stop System that drastically reduces the fogging on the lenses. Patent pending.
  • The Calibro is equipped with Cressi’s patented Integrated Dual Frame Technology which offers exceptional field of view and perfect sealing.
  • Designed for an extremely hydrodynamic and compact shape and a particularly wide lens, maintaining the mask extremely close to the face.
  • The Corsica is very light and comfortable. A large diameter snorkel tube provides unobstructed ease of breathing. Soft bendable snorkel tube to maintain proper and comfortable positioning.
  • Anatomical hypoallergenic silicone mouthpiece provides extreme comfort during prolonged use. It is ultra-flexible and can be folded and stored in the BCD pocket.
  • The Calibro & Corsica is designed and made in Italy by Cressi, a brand pioneer in freediving, spearfishing and scuba diving equipment since 1946.

Surface safety buoy

It is always important to dive safely and especially during freediving this can only be done with a surface safety buoy.

  1. passing boats can see the orange safety buoy
  2. you can hold on to it when symptoms of fatigue occur
  3. to store equipment during the dive
Surface Marker Buoy
Surface Marker Buoy
  • Torpedo style buoy is a sleek design made of sturdy 420D nylon and TPU rip resistant fabric, that can be easily towed through the water with minimal resistance making it ideal for dragging accessories, as well as, surface signalling around boating areas
  • Includes an internationally recognized dive flag (8″ x 8″ size) with greater strength to prevent the flag from folding or flopping improving visibility on the surface which can be easily seen by boaters or jetskis, in addition there is a high visibility reflective band that can be easily seen during dusk by boaters
  • With 5 D-clips and 6 Velcro straps included, this torpedo float is ideal for spearfishing, diving or snorkeling by holding needed accessories to the torpedo float. Clip on your speargun, netting or drybag with personal effects to the buoy to ensure they don’t get lost while underwater
  • Includes a 60ft line that can be clipped to a dock or boat and is oral inflate only
  • A whistle is also attached for additional safety and surface signalling in case of emergency.

SALVIMAR Elastic Weight Belt with Stainless Buckle

An Elastic Weight Belt is a great addition as it doesn’t slide upwards as you descent due to the rubber and elastics.

Elastic Weight Belt
Elastic Weight Belt
  • Package Dimensions: 6.8 L X 12.6 W X 24.2 H (Centimeters)
  • Product Type: Outdoor Recreation Product
  • Country Of Origin: Italy
  • Package Weight: 0.42 Kilograms

Garmin Descent Mk1

This serves more than just your freediving needs!

Garmin Descent MK1
Garmin Descent MK1

What we like:

  • Color display
  • Above Water GPS Map
  • Connectivity-Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, Wi-Fi
  • Apps for cycling, climbing and scuba diving
  • Multigas
  • CCR capability
  • Freediving mode

If you are looking for Spearfishing Guns have a look here.


Gloves

Cressi High Stretch Neoprenhandschuhe
Cressi High Stretch Neoprenhandschuhe
  • Five finger gloves made from single-lined soft, high-stretch Neoprene.
  • The inside is covered in Metallite to make them easy to put on.
  • The entire surface is covered with a non-slip finish for a sure grip in all situations.
  • The preformed shape favours the natural position of the hand, with semi-bent fingers.
  • The High Stretch Gloves are designed in Italy by Cressi and made in China. Cressi has been an Italian brand pioneer in scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming equipment since 1946.

This was my Equipment Guide and list of the Top10 Best Freediving Fins in 2020! I hope you enjoyed the article. Please share this Article with on your social platforms website or leave us a Comment.

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