There’s a new crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a pretty innovative shoe-binding system designed for dive fins.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based dive company CETATEK launched the Aquabionic ABS fin system on Kickstarter with the hopes of raising US$65,000 (~53,000 Euros) to bring their innovative diving fins to life.
The aquatic hybrid shoes allow users to walk safely on any surface, and, once ready to dive, simply clip on their choice of interchangeable fin blades. Aquabionic ABS features an instant secure step-in binding connection while on hard surfaces and a one-hand instant connection to the modular fin-blades while in the water.
By eliminating fin foot pockets and traditional diving boots, the complete ABS system, consisting of aquatic hybrid shoes, fin blades and bindings, weighs under four pounds (1.8 kilos). Its packing length of 18 inches (46 cm) makes the ABS system a travel-friendly, high-performance fin.
Interchangeable fin blade modules are available for a variety of technical kick styles and for all levels of divers. The blade modules include: a warp blade, a warp hybrid blade, and a longer carbon blade.
CETATEK President and CEO Jan Ortwig explained:
“In developing the aquabionic abs line, my team and I are attempting to inspire people to embrace the ocean and to reinvigorate the sport with a revolutionary technology. Our protected slogan, ‘technically barefoot,’ paraphrases our aspiration to create the perfect balance between physical requirements, ultimate user friendliness and design.”
Early backers can pre-order the Aquabionic ABS system starting at just $195 (~159 Euros), a 35 percent discount off the retail price.
The Aquabionic ABS is set to ship in November 2018. To learn more, check out the company’s Kickstarter page or watch the video below.