Reviewing tails for mermaid shows

Updated: Sep 24

my reviews for mermaid tails I have used for mermaid shows. I do 5-7 mermaid shows a day, 5 days a week. Each show lasts 30 min. the shows are at the pirates table calabash seafood buffet in Myrtle beach in a 10,000 gallon pool inside the restaurant.

*please note this is a review of how the tails perform for shows not an overall review of the tail itself

Finfolk fabric tail (I have 4 so let’s review 3 of them)

Eternal Ember original Finfolk fabric tail

This tail is from the first release of Finfolk fabric tails, it’s one of the first fabric tails they ever made! The original Finfolk Fabrics were made from neoprene and outsourced. The printing was nice but lost some detail especially in direct sunlight. It was difficult to swim in this tail because it had no drain holes and filled with water. the vinyl also caused drag. (the new tails are printed in house on super nice and thick scuba knit which has a lot more stretch and doesn’t hold water inside like the original tails) They had plastic screws to keep the vinyl casing together and the zippers were white and could be seen easily. (the new tails have matching zippers and Velcro to hold the vinyl together) I used this tail as a photography tail only due to these issues.

I tried this tail recently for shows and was very pleasantly surprised. I added drain holes to the end And used the Linden monofin inside.( I had previously tried the shooter and wave monofins) The mermaid linden fin is a gam changer! it’s very comfortable and strong enough to overcome some of the vinyl drag. It’s also big enough to fill the fluke enough to allow some tricks for my shows! It’s not the easiest tail for shows and I definitely like the new fabric tails better but shes a nice tail.

Mermaid Kariel seaglass grotto with Butterfly fluke.

The new made in house tails are very comfortable and thick. Easy to put on and take off. They look amazing and the kids love the scales and the colors. However, The fluke is huge and wide so it’s hard to maneuver and has a lot of drag. After 4 shows and being in the tail for 4 hours, my feet hurt specially my toes. I feel like all the weight of the huge fluke has been sitting directly on my toes. I am unable to flip the fluke up behind me repeatedly for photos in this tail. Unable to do a handstand with the huge floppy fluke and the vinyl. I tried the shooter, wave, and mahina monofins inside and the only one I’m actually able to swim with (without a ton of drag and soem pain) is the mahina.

The jewel of Jupiter. (Tangerine tide as I call it)

this tail is just as cozy and beautiful but the fluke is smaller and not as wide so it’s easier to swim with and doesn’t cause pain. Still difficult to maneuver the fluke with the vinyl inside (if you use the shooter or wave monofins) but I can hold the fluke up behind me over and over for photos. Still puts pressure on my feet but not as much. with the linden monofin inside this tail gives me no issues during shows and I use it frequentl. Unable to do a handstand Though.

These tails are perfect for travel and photography and would be great for a single swim, I do use these tails for shows but not very often. It is Difficult to move the fluke and tricks are difficult. If the kids don’t touch it they believe it’s real but up close they can tell it’s fabric and see the seams. If I get out of the water they can see the imprint of my knees and one kid pointed out my heels. This would be perfect for events like a parade where you are seen from a distance and not swimming for a long period of time. It would also be great for a single swim show if you were seen from a distance and not touched just maybe not 7 swim shows in a row.

Look ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (would be 4 or 5 stars for comfort if you were wearing it for a short time.)

Believability ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Climbing on Waterfall ⭐️ once I’m out of water you can see the legs through the fabric. Also too slippery to climb up there and I look like an idiot trying

Swimming ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (the butterfly fluke is a 2 and the calypso fluke is a 4 so the 3 is the average)

Tricks ⭐️⭐️ no handstands and decent fluke slaps but it hurts my feet and ankles, flips are easy

Photo posing ⭐️⭐️⭐️(would be a 4 for dry photos or beach photos but not for show photos)

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.5 stars

The huge fluke with vinyl makes it difficult to control your fluke, do tricks, pose for photos and it adds drag. The calypso and Lorena flukes are much better for swimming than the sea nymph and butterfly flukes. I do love these tails and use them frequently just not for mermaid shows. I 100% recommend the mermaid linden fin inside the Finfolk fabric tails!

Individually scaled pink tail from

Crazy realistic, gorgeous, easy to put on and take off. Swims amazing and I can control the fluke as of it actually were part of my body. I can move the tips of the fluke to wave at kids. I can do handstands, flips, etc. with ease. Kids love it and believe it’s real. Hurts my feet after a while so I can’t stay in it for the full shift I have to take It off and take a break, I should have used a s instead of an xs shooter inside. I can hold this tail up behind me over and over for photos with no issues. Quick and my most comfortable silicone tail.

Look ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Starts to hurt my feet after about an hour and a half

Believability ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Climbing on Waterfall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Swimming ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tricks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Photo posing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ 5 stars my favorite tail for shows!

Koi fish Basic silicone tail from

My warmest tail because of the neoprene inside. Kind of difficult to put on. It has a Luna inside so the propulsion is less than it would be if I put a different monofin in there but it still swims great. Harder to control the fluke and because there is a Luna monofin I can’t hold the fluke up for photos. After a while (3-4 hours) the side seams dig into my sides. The adults love this tail the most. Kids think it looks like a cat not a koi lol. Everyone thinks it looks real.

Look ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Believability ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Climbing on Waterfall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Swimming ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tricks ⭐️⭐️

Photo posing ⭐️⭐️

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.5 stars

Warm and cozy and realistic but the floppy fluke is difficult to do tricks and pose for photos. If it had a different monofin inside it would be a 4

Ariel green full silicone tail from or madebyamer on Etsy

This tail has a finis wave monofin inside

Look ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love the scales and the fluke but this was the practice tail for learning how to assemble the new scale sheet so the construction is messier than tails I would normally make.

Comfort ⭐️⭐️ once I’m in the water it’s pretty cozy but it’s very tight and squeezes my knees and hips. It starts to hurt after a few shows

Believability ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ if the heels weren’t as noticeable I would give it 5 stars. The kids always believe it’s real. If the kids got closer they would be able to see the imperfections (again practice tail) and that would ruin it for some but from a distance it’s awesome

Climbing on Waterfall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ easy to get up there with this fluke but not easy to pose because of the weird seam and the wide fluke

Swimming ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ has a bit of drag but once you start swimming it has great propulsion. The fluke is wide so it’s a bit difficult to maneuver at times

Tricks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I can do all the tricks in this tail, flips, handstands, fluke smacks, etc.

Photo posing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ easy to lift the fluke and hold it behind me, the weight is distributed evenly so once the fluke is up I could hold it there for a long time

Performs well but it’s a hassle. This tail is great for shows overall but it is difficult to put on and it is squeezy so it is uncomfortable especially when I’m in it for an extended amount of time. The fluke is huge which makes the tunnel difficult since the fluke gets caught on the pool heater pipes

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.5 stars I took off points for the pain and the difficulty behind the scenes

Mertailor original Fantasea Fin with the patina dream fantasea skin (not the whimsy)

Look ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 It’s a beautiful tail but the color of the tail matches The color of the pool so I disappear a little (but I knew that would happen.)

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The foot pockets are very cozy and the tail skin is possibly the most comfortable tail I own. it’s swimsuit fabric and I feel like I could stay in this tail for days and still be comfy.

Believability ⭐️⭐️⭐️ the tan section is a bit see through I wore blue bottoms and felt like people could see them. when I get out of the water you can see my legs and when I do handstands you can see my heels very clearly. It’s a fabric tail so that’s expected. It does exceed my realism expectactions because you can’t see my legs and knees very clearly.

Climbing on Waterfall ⭐️⭐️⭐️

this tail is slippery and its hard to get up there. you can kind of see my legs and swimsuit bottoms through it once I’m out of the water and I worry about the fabric getting ripped on the rocks.

Swimming ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

this tail is amazing in the water it swims great and it’s the best for maneuvering and turning but it’s kind of heavy and sinks a bit.

Tricks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ perfect for all the tricks except handstands because you can see the ankles but it performs really well And I can hold it up for a handstand.

Photo posing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Floppy and realistic yet easy to hold behind my head for photos

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 stars

overall awesome tail I’m impressed and will definitely be swimming it this tail often. I just wish it was less of a pain to get the fin inside the skin.

Mertailor fantasea fin too with a custom body and fins from

Look ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beautiful tail very detailed with lots of extra fins but has a lot of wear and tear from being used so much

Comfort ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The foot pockets are very cozy but after a few hours the tops of my feet start to hurt

Believability ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kids always believe it real even some teenagers and adults

Climbing on Waterfall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The easiest tail to climb the waterfall in

Swimming ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So easy to swim in and fast! The fantasea fin is absolutely amazing. It’s difficult to maneuver in small areas with a wide fluke but the flexibility of the fin helps

Tricks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The fluke is heavy so handstands are difficult but can be done. Flips are easy.

Photo posing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Floppy and realistic yet easy to hold behind my head for photos

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 stars, if it wasn’t so fragile it would be my favorite tail for shows.

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