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The right pair of fins really does make all the difference, it’s important they are comfortable, secure and actually do the job of helping you propel your tube. Subpar ones are just going to make for a bad days fishing and nobody wants that, especially us!
So we have put together this helpful buyers guide to help you find the best fins for float tube fishing, there are a lot of different options out there but we have narrowed it down to 6 that we feel are personally the best (Outcast fins being our top pick) that we are going to review in more detail today.
But first, let’s actually talk about the essentials of good float tube fins, so you know what to actually look out for;
Features Of Good Fishing Float Tube Fins
Before you go out and buy just any old pair of float tube fins, there are a few features that you want to keep an eye out for.
Here are the 6 biggest and best features you need to look out for when buying float tube fins.
1. The Straps
You do want to look for adjustable straps. Some float tube fins come with adjustable straps and some come with buckles that can also be adjusted. We would recommend going with some kind of clip buckle, because this allows you to take the fins on and off without having to re-adjust the straps every single time.
2. Shape Of The Paddle
One of the most important things to look out for here is the shape of the fin or paddle. First off, you have your flat fins, which tend to be quite comfortable, soft, and flexible. These tend to be fine for thrust and maneuverability, but they do not overly excel in either field.
If you go for flat paddles, make sure they have vents. You then also have the curved paddle fins, which are not great for maneuverability, but they do provide you with a heck of a lot of thrust.
You then have fins which have a V-split or split toe design, which is actually usually combined with the curved fin model, something that also helps provide a lot of thrust, but limited maneuverability.
Finally, you also have special fins which feature the paddle on the outer side of the ankle, and these are awesome for turning and pivoting, and they allow you to move forward with a walking motion, albeit not that quickly,
Simply put, you want to go for float tube fins that are made out of durable rubber or polyurethane, just something that can survive a bit of wear and tear, as well as being in the water all day long.
Keep in mind that if you go with flat paddle fins, be sure that they have thrust vents, which help to provide you with thrust, without creating much resistance, thus allow you to move faster while also expending less energy than you usually would.
5. One Size Fits All
Now, most fins are going to come in a one size fits all size, which is admittedly not the best, as some people may experience sizing issues.
However, if this is a problem for you, there are a limited amount of fishing fins out there which are fairly size specific, it’s just finding them that’s the problem.
Finally, a good pair of float tube fins should have neutral buoyancy, so if they do come off your feet, at least they won’t sink right to the bottom.
6 Best Fins For Float Tube Fishing
So we have narrowed it down to these particular 6 as the best options, these are all of a high quality build combined with decent functionality that will propel you forward no matter where you are fishing.
1. Outcast Sporting Gear Fins
When it comes to fins for float tube fishing, the Outcast Fins are our top pick. Now, something to note here is that these are one size fits all fins, so you do have to have average size feet to use them. They do come with an easy cinch strap to keep them secure and in place on your feet.
The strap can be easily cinched and adjusted for size. Moreover, there is a secondary kicking cinch, which is a strap that goes around your ankles for increased security, plus it helps prevent you from losing the fins in the event that they fall off, which they really shouldn’t though.
They are made out of really durable rubber, so there should be no issues in terms of durability, and they are more than long and wide enough to provide you with good propulsion. They also do a pretty good job in terms of steering and maneuvering.
Keep in mind that you do want to wear some kind of booties in these fins, not barefoot. The Outcast Fins may not look like anything super special, but they definitely get the job done.
- Very durable.
- Easy to put on.
- Secure strapping system.
- Great thrust and maneuverability.
- One size fits all.
2. Classic Accessories Float Tube Step In Fins
Here we have another nice pair of float tube fins. Now, these guys are a lot shorter, but also a lot wider than the previous ones we just looked at. This means that they provide you with a heck of a lot of propulsion, all in a compact little package.
Now, they might not be overly maneuverable or good for steering, but they will definitely provide you with enough thrust to move efficiently. Moreover, the fact that they are fairly compact does come in handy, both in terms of ease of storage and transportation.
The Classic Accessories Fins are made with really durable and high quality rubber, so here there should also be no issues in terms of durability or longevity. We do like how these are step in fins, as they are really easy to put on, but you do want to wear booties or diving socks inside of them.
With that being said, they are comfortable enough, plus the dual adjustable strap system included here makes these fins easy to strap on and to secure to your feet.
Do keep in mind that these are also one size fits all fins. These are float fins that anybody can make good use of when it comes to float tube fishing.
- Great durability.
- Compact and easy to transport.
- Great thrust.
- One size fits all.
- Not the best for maneuverability.
3. Fishmaster Style Paddle Pushers
Now, here we have some super unique float tube fins, ones that are nothing like normal swimming fins you are used to, the Fishmaster Paddle Pushers. Have you ever seen Apollo the God, who has those shoes with the little wings on the sides, yeah, this is what these things look like, and they do not have the classic toe fins as other models do.
Here, you get a foot part to insert your heel into, but everything past the heel of the foot is exposed. There is a single strapping system, a cinch strap, which goes over the top of the ankle or foot joint, and can be easily adjusted to size to ensure that they stay in place.
Although beware that the strap right over the foot joint, the L part of your foot, can be a bit uncomfortable at times. With that being said, something we do like about the Fishmaster Paddle Pushers is that they are made out of highly durable materials that should last for quite some time to come.
Now, in terms of propulsion, here you get side fins, or more or less fins on the outside of the ankles, kind of like fish fins. It’s convenient because they do allow for quick maneuverability in terms of turning right and left, or spinning in a circle.
Moreover, they are designed to provide you thrust by simply using a walking motion, so it feels just like walking. With that being said, they really do not provide very much thrust and are designed for moving slowly. The good part here is that you can actually walk on land with them for a bit, without having to take them off.
- Great for quick turning and maneuvers.
- Very durable.
- Simple walking motion for thrust.
- Can walk on land for short distances.
- Not very much thrust.
- A bit uncomfortable and cumbersome.
4. Classic Accessories Float Tube Fins
Here we have a pair of float tube fins which are designed to provide you with a whole lot of thrust and speed so you can move your float along real quick, the Classic Accessories Fins.
These things come with vented fin blades, which add a whole lot of thrust to each kick so you can move quickly and efficiently to wherever the fish are. However, do keep in mind that when it comes to making quick turns and pivots, these are not the number one fins to go with.
Now, these fins are made out of solid rubber and other high quality components, so they are quite durable and should have no issues in terms of longevity. These float tube fins feature a one size fits all design, which is not the best, but then again it should fit most people.
The toes here are covered, so they will provide your toes with some protection, but do keep in mind that you need to wear boot or stocking foot waders inside of them.
These fins come with a real ankle strap securing system, one that is actually very easy to adjust and ensures that these things stay on your feet at all times.
- Awesome thrust.
- High level of durability.
- Protected toes.
- Easy to adjust.
- Cannot be used barefoot.
- Rear strap can be a but uncomfortable.
- Not the best for turning.
5. Float Tube Force Fin
Here we have another pair of fins which are specifically designed for float tube fishing. The Float Tube Force Fins features a really cool curved design with a split toe.
This allows you to move forward really quickly, as the split V toe does provide a heck of a lot of thrust, plus the curved design also helps in terms of quick propulsion. Every time you kick your foot, the curve snaps back and shoots water through the split toe, thus moving you forward real fast.
However, with that being said, the Float Tube Force Fin is not the best option in terms of maneuverability or pivoting. These fins can be worn barefoot if you so choose, and they come with top pad to keep your feet comfortable and to stop them from chaffing.
Moreover, the included ankle pad is also designed so you can wear fishing booties or tubing socks for added comfort and warmth. The Float Tube Force Fins comes with an adjustable rear strap and an adjustable over the foot strap, so you should be able to get a really good fit with them, although they are one size fits most, so that may be an issue.
However, these things are made out of high quality materials, so they should last you for many years to come. Finally, these fins are lightweight and easy to transport, plus they have neutral buoyancy, so they won’t sink in the water, a big bonus as far as we are concerned.
- Do not sink.
- Great for fast movement.
- Easy to secure.
- Not great for turning or pivoting.
- One size fits most.
6. Outcast Power Kick Fins
Here we have the final option on our list today, but definitely not the least, the Outcast Power Kick Fins. As you can probably tell by the name of them, these things are also designed to provide you with awesome propulsion and thrust.
Just like the other model we looked at directly before this one, the Outcast Power Kick Fins are made with an upcurved toe paddle, combined with a V split in the toe. This means that every time you kick, all of the power is used to move forward instead of causing you to bob up and down in the water, plus the split toe also helps with creating great thrust.
With that being said, these things are also not the best for quick turns or fast pivots, but they will move you forward real quick. Yes, these fins are also one size fits all fins, which is not great, but they do come with 3 straps to secure them to your feet, which is pretty convenient no doubt.
Each strap can be easily adjusted, 2 of which are on the top of the foot, and 1 of which goes around the rear of the foot. Now, the straps are not too comfy, but they definitely keep the fins in place, plus technically speaking, you probably do want to wear booties or fishing socks inside of them.
The Outcast Power Kick Fins are made with durable polyurethane, so you know that they will last for quite some time to come.
- Very durable.
- Provide good thrust.
- Great securing system.
- Not great for turning.
- One size fits most.
How Float Tube Fins Help: Why Use Them?
Well, just like when you would use fins to go scuba diving or snorkeling, using float tube fins for float tube fishing is beneficial because these things allow you to move forward much easier than you could with just your feet.
They provide you with a large kicking surface so you can get a whole lot of thrust and propulsion so you can move your float quickly and efficiently to wherever the fish are.
Moreover, float tube fins are beneficial because they usually allow you to easily turn and maneuver your float tube into position for the best casting and retrieval positions.
Both thrust and maneuverability are benefits that you get from using float tube fins. Something else to keep in mind here is that these things allow you to move smoothly and stealthily in the water without disturbing it too much or scaring fish away, something you really cannot do with just your feet alone.
As you can see, float tube fins really are great when it comes to providing you with quiet and stealthy thrust and maneuverability for all of your float tube fishing needs.
Just keep in mind the purchasing factors we discussed in the beginning, and you should have no problems choosing the right pair of float tube fishing fins for you.