Scubapro Seawing Nova Gorilla Review: Stiffer For More Demanding Dives

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Manufacture:

Design
Functionality
Durability
Price

Summary:
The Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins are made with nearly indestructible materials, they are highly responsive, and offer a lot of thrusting power. If you are going scuba diving in demanding waters, these could be a great option for you.

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Scubapro is a highly trusted brand name in the world of scuba diving and snorkeling. If you are looking for new scuba gear, particularly fins, it is a great brand name to trust. This particular model is a fairly new one that has quickly become quite popular thanks to its high level of performance in pretty much every relevant field.

The Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fin is a redesigned version of an earlier model that was really popular in the 1980s. These fins come highly rated and are great for scuba divers of all kinds. They might cost you a pretty penny, but their advanced design warrants the investment.

Who These Fins For?

Scubapro is a highly trusted brand name in the world of scuba diving and snorkeling. If you are looking for new scuba gear, particularly fins, it is a great brand name to trust. This particular model is a fairly new one that has quickly become quite popular thanks to its high level of performance in pretty much every relevant field.

The Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fin is a redesigned version of an earlier model that was really popular in the 1980s. These fins come highly rated and are great for scuba divers of all kinds. They might cost you a pretty penny, but their advanced design warrants the investment.

Overview of Key Features

The Seawing Nova Gorilla Fins are truly a unique pair of fins.  In the video below, the guys over at Simplyscuba.com did a great so unique. 

Monprene Elastomer

One of the best features of the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins is the fact that they are made out of Monprene Elastomer. This material is said to be virtually indestructible, plus it also has a special additive which works to increase the stiffness and feedback. In other words, these fins are extremely tough and durable, plus they provide you with a lot of propulsion power. The stiffness if these fins make them great for many different kinds of kicks, for quick acceleration, and for superior handling too.

G4 Articulated Joints

Another awesome feature that these things come with is the G4 articulated joint. In layman’s terms, the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fin’s blades can actually pivot in the water. They will bend and flex, but they won’t break. In other words, the articulated joints help to increase your thrust power by just that much more.

Heels and Feet

Something that is pretty neat about the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins is that they have a closed-back heel made with a marine-grade bungee strap. It’s a good choice because this material is really flexible and stretchy, plus it is self-adjusting. This makes it easy to take the fins off and put them on, plus it ensures that they stay in place as needed. They hold onto your feet really well. When it comes to the bottom of the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins, they feature a re-engineered footplate with grip pads on the bottom, which means that you will have some good traction on slippery surfaces.

Wing Tips

The other feature that needs mentioning here is the addition of variable blade geometry wing tips. These wing tips are arced upwards slightly in order to help provide you with more power, thrust, and stability. They also help to ensure that the fins maintain a 45 degree angle whether you kick hard or not.

Scubapro Seawing Nova Gorilla  Specs 

Foot Pocket

Open Heel/Full Pocket

Blade Style 

Hinged 

Buoyancy

Positive

Length
(Approx.)

24 Inches

Weight 
(Approx.)

3.4 LBS

What Are Other Divers Saying About These Fins?

For the most part, everybody is very pleased with the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins. People have noticed that the sizing chart is a little off. However, for the most part, people really like the high level of mobility, speed, and power you can get from these things.

The Gorilla Novas  are stiff and work great in strong currents. They are very easy to put on and remove in the water too. Highly recommended!

Charlie G

Scuba.com

These are a Stiffer version of the seawing nova, better engineered for improved frog kicking and bigger guys with stronger legs

Piper D 

Leisurepro.com

Love these fins because they are super responsive

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Linda

Amazon.com

How Does it Stack up? Our Rating

Design

Everything for the arced wing tips to the articulated joints make this an awesome scuba fin.

Functionality 

When it comes to maneuvering, thrust, and power, these fins are top notch. The only drawback is that they don’t always fit right.

Durability 

Being made of a very strong material, these things are virtually unbreakable.

Price 

The biggest downside here is that they are very pricey.

What Did We Like?

There are quite a few things that we like about the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins. First, the bungee foot straps are very comfortable, and they form to the back of the heel for a great fit.
Moreover, the bottoms of the heels have good traction, so we don’t slip and all on wet surfaces when walking with them. We also like how these fins are made with extremely durable materials. The manufacturer wasn’t kidding when they said that these fins are virtually indestructible. They are excellent for providing thrust with any kick type, plus they are easy to maneuver with.

What Didn’t We Like? 

There isn’t much that we didn’t like about these fins. One small aspect is that the sizing chart is a little off, so they might come a little too big. Also, they are fairly expensive, which is an obvious drawback, but other than that, we really like the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins.

We Like

  • Lightweight and provides a lot of thrust
  • great for maneuvering and all types of kicking styles. 
  • Secure comfortable fit 

We Don't Like

  • Some report the Sizing chart might be off
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    Bungee Straps might not be ideal for small feet

FAQ

Are these worth the price?

Do I need diving boots?

Are these good for professional diving?

The Bottom Line

All in all, we think that the Scubapro Seawing Gorilla Fins are some of the best scuba diving fins out there right now. They are very responsive, they minimize drag, the increase your thrust a whole lot, and they are pretty comfy too. We would recommend taking a closer look at them.

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