Scubapro Jet Club

FINS

Scubapro Jet Club

IN THE PAST FEW YEARS there has been an explosion of fins onto the market. Tekkies have warmed to short stubby Jetfins with go-faster vents that have their origins in the 1960s. Freedivers,  paradoxically given the purity of breath-holding, have embraced ever-more technologically advanced fins of exotic space-age composites, even ditching pairs in favour of monofins – a case of less is more. So is there still a market, especially among divEr readers, for the simple snorkelling fin?

The lightweight fin is easy enough to carry on flights.

I’m addicted to diving, but once in a while I go and sit on a beach to chill somewhere like Lanzarote, and do a bit of snorkelling. The ease of boarding a plane with hand-luggage only is appealing. But my first trip saw me struggling to find a pair of fins that could fit in a cabin-sized case with my laptop, camera, mask and a few clothes. None of my scuba-fins would bend enough.

Eventually I contorted a pair of cheap split-fins and stuffed them in. But on leaving the sanctuary of a rock-pool and entering open water, I also encountered current.

It wasn’t strong, but it was a real struggle to make headway against it with my overly floppy flippers, which had been perfect in the pool. After that, I stayed safely in the lagoon.

The Design

Scubapro’s Jet Club is a full-foot fin.  The size I tried (8/9) fitted easily into my carry-on luggage, and the light weight is well-suited for air travel and back-packing.

This composite fin blends different materials together to provide rigidity where you need it and flexibility where you don’t. The blade is fairly stiff, with a couple of inset channels designed to direct water and propulsion behind you.

Full-foot fins need to fit well or they can chafe, especially around the ankles. I mistakenly asked for a size that was very slightly too big, but after an hour I emerged unscathed. They were comfortable.

Appeared in DIVER November 2017

Efficiency

I spent a couple of very pleasant sessions snorkelling on a small pair of Mediterranean wrecks. The Jet Clubs were efficient at the surface, where a shallow flutter-kick propelled me quickly and with little effort.

Duck-diving to the seabed at 11m, where I could use a wider stroke, I thought the Jet Clubs were very good.

I did try the fins with scuba gear, but the drag of a cylinder means that these really are pool-fins.

But for casual snorkelling they are a definite contender.

Conclusion

So who will the Scubapro Jet Clubs appeal to, apart from me? Well, I know a lot of divers whose partners don’t dive. They often have to trade diving holidays against family trips. But while a beach holiday for the kids might mean no scuba, it’s a perfect opportunity to get your children hooked on snorkelling.

Jet Clubs would be fine for youngsters, and far more convenient to pack in the strained family luggage than a set of scuba or freediving fins!

Specs

TESTER> Steve Warren

PRICES> £35

SIZES> XS-XXL

COLOURS> Pink, red, blue and yellow

CONTACT> scubapro.com

DIVER GUIDE>  8/10

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