I would like to know the materials generally used in the snorkeling equipments. Unfortunately, I am allergic to silicone and need to make sure the strap around the neck won't be a problem for me.
These days, the snorkeling equipments do use silicone, so if you have a silicone allergy then we recommend not purchasing these products.
One of my kids has a silicone allergy, so fortunately for you I have already done the research on this! If you are out there looking for snorkeling fins, you won't find much in the silicone free department. However, if you look around for SCUBA fins, you will find a pretty decent selection. The SCUBA fins will offer a heel strap that clicks to tighten, and is made entirely of plastic. The only drawback: you will need to wear neoprene dive boots. They are quite comfy and keep your feet warm, but it is another expense.
Aaron, thanks for the reply. I will definitely look into getting SCUBA fins. I've already accepted the fact that I will have to pay extra on a few things here and there because of my allergy, and this option doesn't sound unreasonable at all. I'm wondering if I can just buy the booties and wear them with silicone snorkeling fins since my skin wouldn't come in contact with the fins at all. Maybe that would save me some money_..
Donna, unfortunately that will not work. Snorkeling fins are generally too narrow around the ball of your foot to allow for a bootie. It would be pretty uncomfortable if it were even possible, in my opinion.
Worst customer experience ever on my end. Moving on!