Best for Beginners

Swimming is a great exercise and it’s one of the best ways to stay in shape. But like any other form of exercise, it can also be tedious and boring, especially when lap swimming.

That’s why swim training fins are such an innovative product – they turn swimming into something new and exciting! Whether you’re trying to build leg strength, ankle flexibility or just increasing your speed, these fins will get you moving.

Our swimmer has been up and down his local pool, putting these swim fins to the test. See what he had to say.

Our Overall Review

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

4.6

Things we like:

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    Open-toe design prevents chafing and jamming
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    100% silicone that gradually conforms to your foot
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    Great for developing strength and speed in the pool
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    Huge range of color options to suit your style
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    Comfortable and supportive foot pocket
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    Mesh bag for easy transport
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    Good for beginners
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    Cheap

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot that fast compared to other models
  • check-markReports of splitting around the foot pocket
  • check-markNon-adjustable
  • check-markNo grab handle for easy on and off

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CAPAS Swim Training Fins

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Review

These Capas swimming fins work best when you’re trying to build muscle and leg strength to enhance your pool training sessions. They certainly do the job of making you faster but when it comes to speed, let’s just say they wouldn’t take a spot on the podium.

If you’re looking for a pair of swimming fins for training that will really pick up the pace, check out Arena’s Powerfin Pros or HEAD’s Energy Swims.

Having said that, once you get the sizing right, they turn out to be super comfortable. The closed heel design inhibits hyperflexion, which is basically when your foot bends back towards your knee, counteracting the motion of your kick.

My ankles felt the workout but were also supported well so I’m thinking these fins are great for building ankle strength which helps improve your overall swimming ability.

I liked these swimming fins but I wouldn’t recommend them for anyone above the beginner level as they will not challenge you like other fins. If, however, you find you’ve already ordered and are regretting your little ‘leap of faith’ decisions, do not fret. The 30-day easy return policy means that if they don’t fit right out of the box or if you simply don’t like them, you can send them back for a full refund.

Capas Swim Training Fins Dry Ground

Features

A few design features of the Capas Swim Training Fins make them ideal for beginner swimmers who want to strengthen their kick.

Our swimming specialist put the fins through their paces by using them up and down the lanes of his local swimming club. He discovered that these fins sped him up slightly, but not to the level of other swimming fins.

Don’t forget to check out our Swimming Fin guide in order to find the right product for you!

He did however compliment how comfortable they were and how simple they were to use (i.e. no extra buckles or straps to worry about tearing) which makes them ideal for beginner swimmers.

Capas Swim Training Fins Features

Foot Pocket

These fins have a super comfortable, soft rubber foot pocket that’s designed to fit any foot shape, so you don’t have to worry about finding ugly blisters at the end of your swims – yes, even those of you lucky enough to have Hobbit feet!

The 100% silicon foot pocket is relatively easy to put on and off by placing your finger down the back of the pocket and sliding your ankle into place. Our reviewer believes that including a grab handle at the back would be beneficial for beginning swimmers. The fins would be simpler to put on and take off while yet feeling secure if this were the case.

A final feature of the foot pocket is the fact that the bottom includes some bumps and ridges to make sure you don’t slip while walking around the pool or the boat (if you’re using them in the open water – this is an opportunity to plug our Snorkeling Fin guide; Go take a look!). While this is quite a basic design feature, you’d be surprised how rare it can be to see.

We have seen some reports online of splitting happening at the top ridges around the foot pocket so this is something to be aware of, however our swimmer has not yet noticed anything of the sort in all the hours he’s put into these swimming fins.

Capas Swim Training Fins Foot Pocket

Blade

The ultra-short and straight blade of the Capas Swimming Fins ensures that each one of your kicks is picking up some extra resistance (for strength and speed). As these fin blades are so short it means that you can increase the frequency of your kick cycles compared to other longer models such as the BPS Short Blade Swimming Fins. However what you make up for in frequency, you lose in speed as there simply isn’t enough water displacement to give strong swimmers the push.

Having said this, our swimmer was in agreement with the manufacturers at Capas, in that they will help you with building leg muscle and improving on your strength, as well as your swimming technique. Remember, being the fastest product on the market is not always the aim of swimming fin designers and the idea here is that beginners can spend more time focusing on their technique and strength rather than finishing the laps quickly and heading home.

A final mention – these rails run off the underside of the footpocket which acts as a reinforcement for the frame of the blade. The comfort of these swimming fins can probably be attributed to this feature as it helps to spread the weight of the water across the whole foot.

Capas Swim Training Fins Blade

Price/ Quality Ratio

Cheap and cheerful.

The Capas Swim Training Fins are a super simple product which focuses on technique and comfort over speed – this is reflected in the ultra-light price tag attached to them. For under $30, these fins are of a high quality 100% silicon and should last you a long time – especially as there are no loose buckles and straps that can break off as with some other products.

Do we recommend them?

In our expert opinion – They’re great for beginners and beginners only. They are simple, comfortable (assuming they fit correctly) and are designed to help with technique and leg strength. They also do not provide too much resistance which can throw some beginners off.

If you frequently get blistering when wearing fins, we suggest investing in a pair of neoprene socks. Otherwise, feel free to take advantage of the generous 30 day free returns policy that Capas has for these swimming fins.

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

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

4.6

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Open-toe design prevents chafing and jamming
  • check-mark
    100% silicone that gradually conforms to your foot
  • check-mark
    Great for developing strength and speed in the pool
  • check-mark
    Huge range of color options to suit your style
  • check-mark
    Comfortable and supportive foot pocket
  • check-mark
    Mesh bag for easy transport
  • check-mark
    Good for beginners
  • check-mark
    Cheap

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNot that fast compared to other models
  • check-markReports of splitting around the foot pocket
  • check-markNon-adjustable
  • check-markNo grab handle for easy on and off

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Is it a better workout to swim with fins?

Swim more quickly and build stronger legs with the aid of fins. You can relieve some of the pressure on your shoulders by kicking harder. Training with fins promotes muscle growth in addition to improving your up-kick, ankle flexibility, overall body alignment, and conditioning.

Check out this article on the top 20 best swimming fins available this year.

Are long or short fins better for swimming?

We advise training with the short blade to improve performance in the common swimming strokes, such as freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly. Short blade fins force you to kick faster and with a higher tempo, which helps you gain leg strength and aerobic endurance. A proficient swimmer will ultimately benefit more from short blade fins.

Our swimmer’s favourite pair overall are the Arena Powerfins although there are other fins such as HEAD’s Energy Swim and TYR’s Sport EBP fins.

Check out this article on the top 20 best swimming fins available this year.

Do swim fins burn more calories?

If you want to burn plenty of calories, get dressed up in swimming gear! The top three items of gear for increasing calorie burn are your swimming fins, swim caps, and swimming goggles. While the swim cap and goggles combination, when properly suited, will give you comfort for lengthy training sessions, fins greatly increase your heart rate and pace since they stimulate more muscles.

How do I choose training fins?

With so many different designs and pricing ranges available on the market, selecting a new pair of training fins can be challenging. You should think about elements that will improve your speed, strength, and technique without sacrificing comfort and durability because swimming fins are built with specific training purposes in mind.

Check out our page on the top 20 best swimming fins available this year. Here, we share with you some of our top picks for fin items available right now online:

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