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Christos Nicholaou, Divemaster and Paddler

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Torben Lonne, Editor at Divein.com

PRODUCT REVIEW

Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins

Excellent for both divers and snorkelers, the Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel fins are lightweight and flexible. These fins are great for travellers too, their shorter length and flexibility mean they can fit in smaller bags.

Divers and snorkelers looking for a relaxed and elegant stroking experience will be interested in these fins.

The Oceanic Viper 2s come in both an open heel and a full foot design. The blade is vented, allowing good movement in the water as well as a good grip. These fins are designed to be energy efficient, ideal for beginners or those who want to spend longer in the water.

The unique shape paired with durable materials gives the Oceanic Viper 2 open heel fins excellent propulsion under the water, making swimming easier and faster.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Reasons to buy

  • This is a great pair of fins for beginners.
  • It comes in both full-footed and open-footed depending on your preferences.
  • Great for traveling scuba divers.
  • Efficient and extremely lightweight.
  • Easy to get on and keep on
  • Fits wide range of sized boots

Reasons NOT to buy

  • Still looking

Review

The Oceanic Viper 2 fins are efficient and great for travel. The fins are tough and durable, but still lightweight with a simple channel blade design. The fins are constructed using two different materials, one softer and more flexible than the other, allowing you to move through the water more efficiently.

These fins are designed for energy efficiency and will help you use the least amount of energy when finning allowing you to stay longer in the water.

As far as performance and experience, the softer stroke of the Viper 2s make for a more down-tempo swim in the water.

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Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins: Key Specifications

  • Material: Thermal plastic rubber (TPR) and polypropylene
  • Open heel of Full foot: Open heel
  • Blade type: Vented
  • Maximum length: 21 inches
  • Sizes: XS- XL (US: 4.5-13) (EU: 35-47)

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Features

The Oceanic Viper 2 have a number of features that have made them popular for scuba divers and snorkelers. The fin pocket itself is ergonomically flexible so it will fit with boots of different shapes and sizes.

Additionally, it has two little vents on the front that help you get your boot in and out by eliminating any suction. Nice rails along the bottom of the foot pocket help you get your foot in and out of the foot pocket as easily as possible.

On the underside, you’ve got more vents that help to eliminate any sort of suction when trying to pull your boot out. There is also a high level of grip that allows you to grip on wet surfaces. Whether you’re walking on sand or walking on the deck of a boat, these fins will provide you with plenty of grip.

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Strap

The straps of the Viper 2s have a standard simple buckle with a pinch clip release that is hinged so you can adjust the fin strap so it’s nice and high up on your heels, depending on where you like it. It is also fully adjustable with a one way ratchet that can be released by pushing on the buckle release.

Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins Strap Side View

Blade

The Oceanic Viper 2 fin blade is constructed using polypropylene making it durable and flexible. One of the main factors that adds to the strong propulsion of these fins is the flexible power thrust channel that directs water off the tip of the blade.

There are also two vents on either side of the fin which help to eliminate the dead zone where a lot of drag is created during each fin stroke. With the addition of the vents it allows the water to go through eliminating the drag and increasing the efficiency of the fin.

The profile of the fins is designed to be slightly angled in order to increase efficiency. Overall this blade is lightweight and extremely efficient.

Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins Blades Top View

Price/ Quality Ratio

The open heel fins come at a very reasonable price considering the quality of these efficient and durable fins. The closed heel model might appeal more to snorkelers and are slightly cheaper.

Both fins are versatile and well constructed providing excellent propulsion in the water.

These fins are made to be energy efficient, ideal for those who want to enjoy the water for longer. The energy efficient design matched with the durable materials ensures a high quality for a reasonable price match.

Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins Top View

Do we recommend it?

Yes, we definitely recommend the Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel fins for both snorkelers and divers. Comfortable, lightweight and efficient, these fins are great for all levels of divers.

They are designed for energy efficiency and therefore will allow you to swim for longer, especially good for beginners as they provide great propulsion. The Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel fins are also great for travellers thanks to their lightweight and shorter length.

What We Like

  • This is a great pair of fins for beginners.
  • It comes in both full-footed and open-footed depending on your preferences.
  • Great for traveling scuba divers.
  • Efficient and extremely lightweight.
  • Easy to get on and keep on
  • Fits wide range of sized boots

What We Don’t Like

  • Still looking

Where to Buy:

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins

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    Are the Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins adjustable ?

    The Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins have an adjustable, thermal plastic rubber strap. This makes them suitable for different sizes of foot and ankles. Read our review to see the pros and cons of this efficient pair of fins.

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    What sizes do the Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins come in?

    The Oceanic Accel Open Heel Fins come in sizes XS-XL with a maximum length of 21 inches.

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    Are the Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins full foot or open heel?

    The Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins are open heel fins, with adjustable straps.

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    Are the Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins covered by warranty?

    The Oceanic Viper 2 Open Heel Fins are covered by warranty for 12 months.

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