Orca 3.8 Full Sleeve Wetsuit
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Top Features of the Orca 3.8 Full Sleeve Wetsuit
- Innovative new Exo-Cell buoyancy system optimizes swim position
- Yamamoto #40 cell neoprene arm panels increase flexibility
- Orca’s most buoyant wetsuit
- Preferred choice of world’s best endurance distance swimmers
The Orca 3.8 uses the most advanced wetsuit technology available to ensure the optimum equilibrium for your swimming position.
The original 3.8 introduced the open water swimming world to the superior buoyancy of Aerodome – the new Orca 3.8 now raises the bar once again with the new Exo-Cell Buoyancy System. Exo-Cell is an innovative new material that is more than 25% more buoyant than Aerodome – it is used in carefully calculated positions on the front chest and rear areas of the 3.8. The System helps to raise your torso and legs in the water, optimizing the swimming position, which in turn improves swim performance.
Designed for those swimming endurance distances, or for swimmers who will benefit from an improved torso and leg position in the water, the flexibility of the 3.8 has also been enhanced with the introduction of 1.5mm-2mm #40 Cell neoprene panels on the arm and underarm areas. The high stretch inner lining allows for excellent range of motion, comfort and fast transitions, while the Exo-Cell panels are lined with a waterproof smoothskin neoprene to prevent water entry.
The 3.8 also utilizes the HydroLift Buoyancy Cells – cells of foam positioned on the upper forearm sleeve area – to encourage a better arm position in the catch phase of the stroke, increasing power and reducing fatigue.
Other new features for the 3.8 include the comfortable low profile neck seal, designed to sit flat against the neck, limiting water entry and reducing the incidence of chafing. The molded neoprene Aquatread forearm panel has been enhanced to provide increased stroke power in the catch phase, whilst remaining easy to remove during transition.
Modern triathlon wetsuits were invented by Dan Empfield in 1987 and are customized to the needs of triathletes, they generally incorporate the following key features which differentiates them from a normal wetsuit. 1, Thinner and/or more pliable rubber near the shoulders. 2, Long zippers to facilitate quick removal during transition. In addition, tri wetsuits have a very smooth, but often fragile, surface. This slick surface helps to reduce water friction and allows a faster swim. Another advantage of a tri wetsuit is the added buoyancy that the wetsuit provides, this can provide triathletes with a considerable speed and energy saving advantage over swimming without a suit.
About the Orca brand
Whilst working as a swim coach, and from his first hand experience in competing in triathlon, Scott Unsworth realised that the wetsuits used at the time were completely inadequate for swimming. In 1992 Scott started up a company called Performance Speedsuits Ltd, based out of his parent's house in Auckland, New Zealand. He began to develop his "Speedsuits", which featured greater flexibility and buoyancy than other existing wetsuits. The business started with Scott selling his Speedsuits from the back of his car at swim meets and triathlon events. The Speedsuits quickly gained a following amongst athletes and the business started to grow. Scott was taking his first steps towards introducing what would become Orca, to the world. A young New Zealand triathlete named Hamish Carter became one of the first athletes to sign up with the company that is now Orca. Over the next 13 years Hamish Carter went on to become one of the best known triathletes in the world - culminating in a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
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