Scubapro Seawing Nova Review – Cutting Edge Scuba Fin Design
If you are a diver who likes cutting edge technology that makes scuba diving easier and more fun, then look no further than the new Scubapro Seawing Nova.
Scubapro claims these fins give the thrust and power you would expect from paddle fin while giving the comfort and efficiency of a split fin.
In this Scubapro Seawing Nova review we are going to look at what makes them so amazing, the good and the bad, what other divers are saying about these new fins from Scubapro, and where to get it for the best price online.
So, exactly what Make the Seawing Nova so amazing?
A Quick Video Review of the Scubapro Seawing Nova Fins
Below is a quick YouTube video review of the Seawing Nova produced by the guys over at Simplyscuba.com. In the video, you can get a closer look at the fins and some of its main features.
The GOOD VS The BAD
Now, Let’s look at some of the great features and benefits which make this scuba fin so amazing and a great buy.
- The blade of the Fins is actually connected by two flexible arms (hinges), which allows the blade to flex more than traditional paddle fins (Your ankle is only able to bend to a certain point). Because of the increased angle of attack, the power from kicking is more focused in pushing water backward instead of pulling a flat plate through the water. This feature will greatly increase your efficiency and greatly reduce strain on your ankles.
- The blade also has up-curved edges that help with the fin’s steady feel while kicking underwater. This also helps reduces drag on both the upstroke and down stroke.
- The foot pocket comes with an extended heel plate that Scubapro claims enhances power transmission from your legs to the fins, as well as reduces lower leg strain and fatigue.
- Positively buoyant, they’re light-weight and are perfect for when traveling. Its weight is only 1lbs., 14 0z. in a size M.
- Heavy duty marine grade bungee straps system are designed for quick to put on comfort. Getting this fin off and on is a piece of cake, equally on the deck or in the water.
- Scubapro’s Seawing Nova, Is Scuba Lab Testers Choice for the year of 2010, and it is available today in white as well as black.
- Pricey, at $200 and above these fins are very pricey compared to others on the market today. However, there are places where you can get them cheap online.
- Light a buoyant under the water, many divers find them to be very buoyant on the dive and have to make an adjustment to their diving styles.
- Not quite suited for the Frog Kick, but greatly reduces stress on the knees, calf, and ankles while doing the flutter kick.
- A few divers reported tearing at the arms, however, the majority of divers in forums and on the web attest to its durability.
Scubapro Seawing Nova Size Chart
Getting the right fit is essential to diving comfortably. Below is a size chart to help you find the fit. They are 3 different charts, each designed for the different thickness of your booties.
3mm Dive Boots
5mm Dive Boots
What Are Other Divers Saying About The Seawing Nova
Overall the feedback online is very good. Divers claim that they get more power and efficiency with these pair of fins, as well as less strain on their knees, calf, and ankles. They also love the bungee strap which makes the fins easy to put on and take off.
Below are a few snippets, of what divers are saying.
Great Fins – Happy I Bought Them
I purchased these after reading all the reviews posted on LeisurePro. I used them on four dives in the Florida Keys and was extremely happy with them. They are much lighter than my other fins and are very easy to put on or take off in and out of the water. I was taking photographs and would occasionally fall behind my group and would catch up very quickly with just a few kicks. They excelled in mild to moderate current, are easy to manuever in and were effortless to use. I wear a size 9 bootie and mediums fit well. They are now my favorite fins.
Taken from Leisurepro.com
I just had my Seawing Novas out for the first time last month in Curacao. I did 19 dives with them. Overall, I loved them. Super light, the propulsion when needed is amazing. The bungee strap is awesome. Only potential downside is the positive buoyancy.
Taken from Scubaboard.com
Wow its interesting seeing all these durability issues. I have over 100 dives on my pair and they are showing no signs of wear and tear. I do not baby mine at all and if anything really abuse them. I have done giant strides from boats and shore entry’s as well and so far so good. Great pair of fins – just wish I had got the white ones for the low viz here in the lake.
Taken From Scubaboard.com
Used them for the first time yesterday. First dive didn’t think they were that impressive, but second and third dive started to love them. You almost feel like your not wearing fins, in fact I kept swimming off on my buddy. Even started dolphin kicking for the fun of it.
The spring strap is awesome and would never go back to the old style. Made it quick and easy to get out of the water and off the platform. Especially important as it was quite rough.
Taken From Leisurepro.com