Mares Excite ed Excite Pro

Apparso su DIVER maggio 2018

MARES IS SYNONYMOUS con uno dei pochissimi prodotti subacquei diventati iconici: il Plana Avanti pinna, launched more than 30 years ago. And ever since, Mares has struggled to eclipse the Avanti’s reputation and entice divers with a completely new type of pinna.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Mares must feel very smug. There are lots of Avanti knock-offs out there. The Avanti and its immediate successor, the Avanti Quattro, have been immensely popular, and versions of the Quattro remain in the company’s current line-up. It was a pinna L'ho posseduto e mi è piaciuto moltissimo.

Mares’ success in fin design came with innovative technology that enabled it to blend different materials. This allowed the blade to flex and cup water in a way that was more efficient than competitors’ fini modellato da un'unica lastra di plastica o gomma pesante.

Design

The Mares Excite and Excite Pro reviewed here also blend different materials together, in this case rubbers and thermoplastics. They are graceful-looking fini con linee eleganti e strette e lame lunghe.

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Bungee emozionante.

But looks aren’t everything. The three main functions of a fin are comfort, propulsion and manoeuvrability. Has Mares got these right?

The short answer is unequivocal – yes. In performance tests under water, it seems form does follow function. I used the Excite and the Excite Pro over about half a dozen dives, but the one that confirmed their performance for me was a hard-swimming yomp into deep water against the clock.

In quell'immersione ho percorso circa mezzo chilometro con gli Excite Pro. Sono riuscito a scivolare a ritmo serrato, aiutato dal respiro facile regolatore Stavo testando.

Come l'Avanti, la pala dell'Excite ha pannelli flessibili che si deformano per raccogliere l'acqua, dirigerla dietro di te e aumentare la spinta, riducendo allo stesso tempo lo sforzo.

Part of the secret to good fin performance is

to reduce turbulence. Turbulent water impairs the efficiency of your fin, and Mares has worked hard to minimise this.The Excite’s foot-pocket blends seamlessly with the blade to help water flow smoothly onto the blade.

Side-ribs, much deeper on the fins’ underside, channel the water-flow along the length of the blade and help to keep it from uselessly spilling off the sides.

Anche le nervature che forniscono rigidità e dividono i pannelli flessibili delle lame sono dotate di minuscole alette per dirigere ulteriormente l’acqua – almeno, questo è ciò che

Presumo che lo facciano.

In uso

These are easy fins to use when adopting a crawl stroke, frog kick or, with a little practice, when reversing. Swimming backwards, apart from letting you show off to dolphins, which have yet to master the art, is a useful technique. It enables you to get very close to something like coral, then gently back away without harming it.

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Eccita il bungee Pro.

I use this skill when shooting close-ups and also when filming, when I need to keep people swimming towards me in frame. The blades don’t hook up on each other as you swim, as wide-bladed fins can do.

La parte inferiore della scarpetta ha una superficie antiscivolo, quindi avrai meno probabilità di scivolare sulla barca o sul molo prima di saltare.

The foot-pocket features internal ribs that keep your boot secure while using the fin, yet prevent the suction effect, so your foot won’t stick when you want to take the fin off.

Holes let water in and air gently trickle out, so if you use them for snorkelling there’s less disturbance to marine life from bubbles escaping as you duck-dive.

Inoltre non intrappoleranno e non verseranno acqua sul ragazzo a cui li hai consegnati.

The bungee fin-straps were a pleasure to use. I was shore-diving, and usually shuffle onto the beach with my fins on. I’m one of those divers who struggles woefully in hip-deep water to get my fin-straps off without falling over, especially when encumbered with cameras. But the large thumb-loops are easy to pull off, even when wearing thick gloves. They are, however, very secure during your dive.

You can also use the loop to hang your fins from a bolt-snap on your harness until needed. The straps can be bought separately, and will fit many other brands of fin.

La differenza tra Excite ed Excite Pro è sottile. Si dice che l'Excite sia ottimizzato per il comfort; il Pro, con pala leggermente più rigida, per la propulsione. Ciò implica che la Pro sia più adatta a un forte nuotatore, cosa che io non sono. La mia corsa ad alta velocità fino a 40 metri e ritorno mi fa pensare che le distinzioni tra i due siano lievi e la maggior parte delle persone non le noterà.

Conclusione

Both the Excite and Excite Pro are very efficient fins, capable of impressive performance. They are easy to use, comfortable to wear and manoeuvrable. And the bungee strap is a very nice feature. Recommended. My thanks to Dive Charters Gibraltar and Gibraltar SAC for their test support.

Specifiche

TESTER> Steve Warren, fotografia Nicky Martinez

PREZZO> £132. Bungee fin-straps are available separately, £32

MISURE> XS-XL

PESO> 2.76 kg al paio (medio)

COLORI> Eccita, blu o giallo; Excite Pro, grigio

CONTATTI> mares.com

GUIDA SUBACQUEA>  10/10

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