The Stealth comes with lots of rubber armor protecting the neoprene on the top of the foot. The heel cap is also well armored, and it includes a fin strap keeper. The uppers reach six inches above the sole. The zipper has an efficient zipper lock. A gusset behind the zipper helps block water.
An elevated heel contributes to comfort and eases foot strain on those long hikes to the water’s edge under a heavy load.
The beefy outsole virtually eliminates flex and compression, and when fitted inside a fin it minimizes the up and down motion of the foot while kicking.