Cressi Frog Plus Review – Power Meats Efficiency
When the first Classic Frog Fins were first introduced it made quite a stir in the diving industry. This was one of the first scuba fins designed with the blade pitch to an angle different from that of the foot-pocket.
Also, the blades started from the upper part of the foot pocket. This gave 20% increase in useful finning surface, as well as a distinctive look to your traditional paddle fins.
The new Cressi Frog Plus Fins uses this same feature plus a few more to make an even more efficient pair of fins.
In this review, you are going to find out what new features makes the Frog Plus fins even better than its predecessor, some of its good and bad features, as well as what other drivers are saying about these fins.
Cressi Frog Plus Review Video
Below is a short video review of Frog Plus fins, made by the guys over at info-on-scuba-diving.com. In the video, you can see the fins in action, as well as get a closer look at some of its features.
What Are Some Of The Good and Bad Features Of These Fins?
Now let’s take a closer look at some of the features of these fins.
- Durable – The Cressi Frog Plus fins uses three different materials to make the fins durable and almost indestructible. You can literally fold the blade onto itself without the fair of it cracking or breaking. With proper Fin care and maintenance, you should have these pair of fins for many years to come.
- Channel Blade System – The use of harder techno polymer alongside softer silicone-based material allows the blade to curve into a “U” Shape while kicking. This creates a channel that concentrates the water flowing down the blade to create a “jet”, which propels you forward more efficiently, saving you precious energy on your dive.
- Comfortable Foot-Pocket – The foot-pocket is made from soft rubber, that also extends along the line of the blade for added stability and keep the shape of the blade. Each foot pocket has a couple of hole in at the toe end. This allows water drain reducing the vacuum effect while taking off the fins. It also has good non-slip on the underside of the foot-pocket for stability while standing up.
- Blade Positioning – Traditional paddle fins blade normally begins in the middle of the foot pocket. However, on these pair of fins, the blade actually start from the top of the foot pocket. This crease the usable blade of the fins by 20%, resulting in more power and greater efficiency.
- The fins are fitted with conventional rubber straps and quick release buckles. However, I would suggest that you buy a pair of Cressi Spring Straps. This way you won’t have to worry about the rubber fin strap braking, and your feet will be snugly in place sending more power to the blades.
The bottom line is the blade mounted on top of the foot-pocket and the channeling effect make these pair of fins a very powerful while at the same time being very efficient with minimal strain on your legs.
What Are Other Divers Saying about These Fins?
The feedbacks are quite positive actually. They got a rating of 4.5 out of 5 at Leiursepro.com and 8 out of 10 at simplyscuba.com
Many divers like that the fins are light and make excellent travel fins. They also like that they work great with almost any kicking style.
But, these might not work divers that rely on powerful kicking. Some divers have criticized fins for flexing too easily. These would be perfect for recreational divers or someone with bad ankles or get craps easily, but not so well for technical diving.
Below are a few snippets from across the internet of what other divers are saying:
I bought my sons(16&18) a set of these. It was a definite upgrade to the fins they had. They love them. I tried them and they are much lighter than my atomic split fins. Good propulsion and easy on the legs.
Excellent fin for the price. Not too heavy and power isn’t compromised. Strap at the back can be a bit fiddly with gloves on but that is my only gripe.
I also have a pair of Apollo split fins, and I have to say that I love the Cressi Frog Plus fins more. It is lighter and not as long as and thus makes it easier to pack and travel with. I took it with me when I went diving in Curacao and also used it when I took my rescue diving course. The Frog Plus fins can accommodate pretty much any kicking style with ease. If you have strong legs and you’re looking for fins that can propel you from point a to b rapidly, this fins might not be for you. If you’re a casual, recreational diver or someone who get cramps easily, you should give this fins a try.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is the blade mounted on top of the foot-pocket and the channeling effect make these pair of fins a very powerful while at the same time being very efficient with minimal strain on your legs. And, for the price, you cannot find a better pair of fins.