Omega Amphibian Navigator Fins Review
Everyone who has ever engaged in scuba diving will understand the difficulties that come with walking when you are fully kitted up, especially with the diving fin on. To curb this difficulty in walking, climbing, and maneuvering when on land while wearing your dive fins, Omega created the Amphibian Navigator fins. They have specialized foldable frontal parts that makes it very easy for scuba divers to navigate well on land as much as it avails them the same level of freedom and ease under water. In this Omega Amphibian Navigator review, we will be discussing the intricacies of this specially crafted dive fin and also emphasize on its merits and demerits.
Omega Amphibian dive fin is a specially designed two-piece scuba fin that is attached by a special sturdy aqua-hinge system which allows the webbed blades at the front to fold up without fuss. This feature comes in handy when you are walking outside of the water. To unfold the blades, you only need to click down with a set of kicks once you are in the water and you are good to go.
Another way to unfold the blade is to press the blade down with the back of your heel until it is fully locked. The Navigator’s central web configuration is a major contributor to it increased propulsion in water and at the same time reduces load required during sustained kicking while providing maximum power and best comfort at the same time. The fins’ foot pocket portion is designed to fit a variety of wading boots or stocking foot waders.
The fins of the Navigator are designed from the finest of fin materials available. The blades are made from a combination of soft and very durable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). It has a soft TPE web which is designed to increase your propulsion when you flap your legs and reduce the load required for sustained kicking. It also has a ridged TPE blade inlay that enhances the coefficient of friction on the blade. All of these are intended to give the scuba diver using the Omega Navigator an unequaled and unparalleled diving experience.
The Navigator fin is framed in a strong elastic polypropylene G3 shell which gives it an overall strength for better performance. Its side rib tapered design employs a combination of materials which increases it elasticity while providing overall fin stiffness for greater power and kicking efficiency.
It has some heavy-duty, military grade stainless steel springs that push the blade webbing up against the shin while on the shore. Once in the water, fins blades are flipped down into swimming position by simply kicking naturally in the water or by pressing the blade with the back of your heel to lock, and flipped back up by pushing back on the release levers before getting out.
Foot Pocket & Blade: Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), Fin Frame: Polypropylene G3 Shell, Hinge Springs: 316-Military Grade Anti-Corrosive Stainless Steel
Length: 15 Inches (38 cm)
- Great Design for Fishing from Float Tube or Inflatable Pontoon Boat
- Most Important and Indispensable Accessory
- Ultra-Lightweight and Neutrally Buoyant Float Tube Fins
- Maximum Distance w/Minimum Effort and Best Maneuverability
- Best Float Tube Fin Design Ever Done!
- Unique “Flip Fin” Design
- Fins Flip-Up-Against-Shins, Allows Walking In-and-Out of Water
- Totally New Class of Fins
- Highly Efficient Non-Vented Blade Design
- Revolutionary and Durable Aqua-Hinge Mechanism
- Aqua Hinge Features: 316-Military Grade Anti-Corrosive Stainless Steel Springs
- Multi-Functional Lock Housing Prevent Blade Separation while Kicking & Hands-Free Operation
- Extra Sturdy Blade Locking Mechanism
- Web Designed from Soft, Durable Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
- TPE Web: Increases Propulsion and Reduce the Load Required for Sustained Kicking
- Ridged TPE Blade Inlays Increase Coefficient of Friction on Blade
- Foot Pocket Soft TPE: Designed for Fit and Comfort
- Patented Flip Fin Design Provides Total Mobility In-and-Out of the Water
- Foot Pocket Portion: Designed to Fit Variety of Wading Boots or Stocking Foot Waders
- Fin Frame: Strong, Yet Elastic Polypropylene G3 Shell to Provide Overall Fin Strength
- No More Tripping Over w/Walking Backwards or “Duck-Walking” to Shore
- Eliminates Worries of Breaking Expensive Fly Rod, Like w/Traditional fins
- Durable Rubber Design with Oversized Thumb Loop
- Loop & Buckles for Easy Donning and Doffing
- Available in Multiple Sizes and Colors
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Pros and Cons
- Flip fin design for use on float tubes
- Uses durable Aqua hinge mechanism
- TPE web increase propulsion with less fatigue
- Raised tread design with high slip resistance
- Curved sole for natural walking mechanics
- Rather bulky in size and shape
Omega Amphibian dive fin is a specially designed two-piece scuba fin that is attached by a special sturdy aqua-hinge system which allows the webbed blades at the front to fold up without fuss.