DaFin Swim Fins Introduction
DaFin Swim Fins, developed by Andy Cochran are an excellent choice for your bodysurfing excursions and much more. Endorsed by Mark Cunningham, Brian Keaulana, the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, and the U.S. Lifesaving Association, DaFin was created with waterman and lifeguards in mind.
DaFin Swim Fins are constructed with high quality Natural Malaysian Rubber through a unique proprietary manufacturing process which make them durable.
They are offered in a variety of colorways, the main colorways available are:
- Red-Yellow (Lifeguard Colorway)
- *Limited Edition Colorways are available periodically
Fit and Comfort
DaFin swim fins fit true to size and each fin is able to function on either foot compared to foot-specific fins such as Churchill Makapuus. These are one of the most comfortable swim fins out in the market. The dual durometer rubber makeup of the fin gives it a nice snug and comfortable fit, whilst offering a great deal of power.
The top foot pocket of the fin as well as the strap is a soft and flexible composition of Natural Malaysian Rubber. The softer rubber saves your feet from any blisters and chafing that is associated with some other fins.
DaFin swim fins bring the user high performance in any water conditions. The bottom foot pocket of the fins are solid so that one can generate more power and protect their feet when standing on coral and rocks. On the bottom of the foot pocket is a hole in the middle to drain out any debris that gets in the fin. This is a little troublesome because not all debris can drain out since the hole is in the middle of the bottom foot pocket.
DaFins also have “strakes” (the raised lips on the top of each side) built in which help to maintain control of the kick and maximize propulsion generated from each kick.
The way this works is the “strakes” act as a barricade that prevents the flow of water moving to the sides of the fin (develops more power) and in return gives the user control. This can be compared to trying to lift a bucket out of water quickly compared to a flat object, more force is needed but the outcome is a stronger amount of energy.
Another feature that DaFin swim fins provides is that they float. The Natural Malaysian Rubber they are made of make them float. This is a huge bonus because when the fins come off in bigger surf, they are easier to find.
- Sturdy build from high quality materials
- Available in a variety of colorways
- Comfortable foot pocket and fit
- Perfect amount of flex
- Ability to wear either fin on either foot
- Great amount of propulsion/power
- They float!
- Drain hole located on the middle of the bottom foot pocket
- Price is a little steeper than other fins on the market
The only downside to DaFin swim fins is the location of the drain hole, it would be optimal if the drain hole were moved to the bottom of the foot pocket near the toes so that all the debris can drain out. Other than that, DaFin swim fins offer a great amount of power and maintain a high level of comfortability.
Price: $55-75 USD
Overall, DaFins are an amazing high performance swim fin. DaFin swim fins are a great investment for anybody in the market for an exceptional pair of fins.