We've tested the best bodyboarding fins on the market

mardi, avril 28, 2020

These are questions we get on the daily on our live chat our social media channels:

« Do you recommend asymmetrical or symmetrical fins? »
« Which model of bodyboarding fins is the most powerful ? »
« Which bodyboard swimfins are the most confortable ? »
« Do you have fins that are good for bodysurfing and bodyboarding ? »
« Which fins do you recommend for drop-knee or jackstance ? »

We've tested all the best bodyboarding fins & bodysurfing swimfins models on the market for you and gave them marks according to different criteria. Those models are the Stealth S1, S2, S3 & S4, Vulcan V1, V2, V3 black and V3 PLC, Dafin, Kick Fins and Orca Swimfins.

We evaluated all these bodyboard fins according to the following criteria: power, stiffness, foot pocket comfort, muscular fatigue and defined the most appropriate styles for their use: prone, drop-knee, bodysurfing.

Stealth S1 :

Un true classic in this industry going to the essential. If your foot is used to it, you probably won't ever want to change. For the newcomers, you may need some time to adapt. 

 

  •       Power (1 being the weakest and 10 the most powerful) : 8/10
  •       Stiffness (1 being the softest and 10 the stiffest) : 8/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort (1 being the least comfortable and 10 the most comfortable) : 7/10
  •       Muscular fatigue (1 being the least demanding and 10 being the most demanding for your legs) : 7/10
  •       Style : Can be used in every style of riding but more appropriate to prone.  

Stealth S2 : 

Another classic from Stealth Swim Fins. The brand has invented this straight cut. They're slightly stiffer than S2 and also have an improved drainage system.

  •       Power : 10/10
  •       Stiffness : 9/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 6/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 8/10
  •       Style : Can be used in every style of riding but more appropriate to prone.

Stealth S3 :

Almost identical to S1 have an improved foot pocket drainage system that's available on all Stealth newest moulds. 

  •       Power : 8/10
  •       Stiffness : 8/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 6/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 7/10
  •       Style : Can be used in every style of riding but more appropriate to prone.

Stealth S4 :

Stealth S4 are a modern remake of the old Redleys Fins.

A classic that got back on the market. We reckon old school rippers should enjoy. 

  •       Power : 8/10
  •       Stiffness : 8/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 6/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 8/10
  •       Style : Drop-Knee, Prone, Bodysurf

Vulcan V1 :

The Vulcan Fins, developed by Pride Bodyboards with the aim of providing more comfortable and ergonomically designed swim fins. You'll see fine details on the fins that are the result of a great mould work. One of the only brand in bodyboarding to own original moulds. 

The V1 are the most flexible fins we have on offer. They will come in handy if you surf in cold water or don't have the opportunity to surf weekly. For beginners too.

They incorporate 40% of recycled rubber in order to reduce the impact of these swim fins on rainforests and biodiversity. 

  •       Power : 5/10
  •       Stiffness : 3/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 10/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 4/10
  •       Style : Prone

Vulcan V2 :

The V2 have 3 densities of rubbers which allow this model to be stiffer, more powerful while still being one of the most comfortable. 

  •       Power : 6/10
  •       Stiffness : 5/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 9/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 6/10
  •       Style : Prone 

Vulcan V3 Black : 

Unlike V2, V3 have straight cut. They're also a bit stiffer. The black limited edition has a neoprene insert in the foot pocket which compensate the increase in stiffness and give them the best comfort/power ratio on the market.

  •       Power : 7/10
  •       Stiffness : 6/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 10/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 6/10
  •       Style : Prone

Vulcan V3 PLC : 

The V3 have been developed in order to meet PLC's need in terms of stiffness and power when it gets big. The result is without compromise one of the stiffest and most powerful we've seen.
We only recommend if you can surf regularly.

  •       Power : 10/10
  •       Stiffness : 9/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 6/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 7/10
  •       Style : Prone

Dafin :

A classic used by lifeguards on the North Shore and bodysurfers all over the world. 
Hard to give them a mark on stiffness as the contrast is really strong between the blade and the foot pocket. You should own a pair if you bodysurf, do some water photography or work as a lifeguard. 

  •       Power : 8/10
  •       Stiffness : 6/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 8/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 6/10
  •       Style : Bodysurf

 

Kick Fins :

Developed by the same company as the Dafin, these fins have been developed for Drop-Knee purposes in mind. Their style can be recognized from miles. 

  •       Power : 6/10
  •       Stiffness : 4/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 8/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 5/10
  •       Style : Drop-Knee

Orca Swimfins:

 

Probably less sexy that its cousins, these fins offer the best quality/price/power ration on the market. They can be used in all styles of riding and they also incorporate 40% of recycled rubber.

 

  •       Power : 9/10
  •       Stiffness : 7/10
  •       Foot pocket comfort : 6/10
  •       Muscular fatigue : 7/10
  •       Style : Prone, DK, bodysurf

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