There are a lot of fins on the market today, but only the Aqualung Slingshot open heal fins utilize power bands to make them more efficient.
These unique silicone power bands allow you to customize the amount of trust and effort you put into each kick cycle.
The power band is basically what give these fins trust, they stretch out and store energy at the beginning of each kick and releases it just before the upstroke. This boost of energy is what gives the diver more trust while reducing diver fatigue.
Aqualung Slingshot Review we are going to see how this fins effectively reduces diver fatigue while giving you more trust, some of the good and bad features of the fin, and what other dives who bought dive fins have to say about them.
Aqua Lung Slingshot Review Video
The Good vs The BAD
- Power Bands – Silicone Power Bands are loaded with energy on the power stroke. They release their energy prior to the up-stroke to provide an added boost of power. Instead of wasting your energy, you accumulate it and reclaim it. This helps lessen fatigue and add more trust to your kick.
- Gear Shift – Three different power band settings are available to customize your speed to effort ratio to fit the specific conditions of your dive. If you are in stronger currents increase the tension on the power bands for a stiffer blade.
- Mid-foot Flex Joint – The blade is attached to the foot pocket using two Mid-foot Flex Joint or Hinges. This takes the strain off of the toes and the top of the ankle. The result is a dramatic improvement in comfort. You can now use the entire foot to power the fin rather than just the front half of the foot, which provides the blade a significantly larger range of motion, often up to 5 times that of a conventional fin
In simple terms, if you’re looking for some new fins there is only one option to consider, the amazing new Aqualung Slingshot fins
- Price is very expensive, they retail at a price of about $180. However, there are places online where you can get them for less.
- The bands wear out and you have to replace them from time to time. It would be a good Idea to buy extra power band.
- Another disadvantage to the power bands is if they break during your dive the fins become pretty much useless.
Aqua Lung Sling Shot Size Chart
If you’re going to wear dive boots with thick soles, the rule of thumb is to add one shoe size to your normal size.
What Other Divers Are Saying About The Aqua Lung Slingshot Fins
The overall feed back from divers is very good. Divers love how these fins perform on their dives and well as how comfortable they feel. They like the fact that there is not much ankle fatigue on the dives.
However, there have been a few dives ruined by the bands breaking. I would recommend that you take an extra pair of bands on your dive trip.
Below are a few excerpts I have taken from the web.
Good fin tougher than expected
I have now used these fins for two years (over 70 dives). Great fins. Fast and comfortable. The adjustments work. Good in medium current at the 2 or 3 setting. Tougher than anticipated. Just replaced one of the slings. Took two minutes. Strongly recommend you have a spare sling or two in your save a dive kit.
Taken for Leisurepro.com
I’m the proud owner of a pair of slingshots and a brand new diver. When we were getting outfitted for classes I told my LDS that I had a bum ankle and they suggested them. Because I have nothing else to compare them to I can’t say that they are better than my other ones, but what I can say is that with severe tendonitis in my ankle that even walking will aggravate after multiple dives my ankle didn’t bother. The price was a bit much, but I can live with it. The only down side is that I have to be careful not to son behind.
Taken From Scubaboard.com
Lived up to all the rave reviews!
I purchased these fins based on the Scuba Lab reviews from 2010 where they were ranked #2 following the ScubaPro Seawing Nova. It was a last minute purchase, so I relied heavily on reviews left by other seasoned divers. I chose these despite critiques that they were heavy due to reported fragility of the Sea Nova hinge. I just returned from a dive trip and am thrilled I chose these fins. Their weight is not significant, especially once you’re in the water (did not have to change weights on account of the fins). What I did notice was how fast and efficient these fins truly were. They were easy on my joints, fit my booties perfectly not causing numbness at any point in the dive, and made me the most agile and speedy diver under the water. I didn’t use the gear settings, so I am unable to review that feature. Bottom line: You will not be disappointed with these fantastic fins. Between these and my previous ScubaPro fins, I would definitely go with Aqua Lung.
Taken from Leisurepro.com
Have used these fins on last 9 dives to include the 7th when one of the buckle attachments on the fin failed. Currently am using these fins in Africa with one side tied up with string… still working though. Would like an inside scoop on replacement buckles to bring it back up to “issued” status.
Taken from Leasurepro.com