This Orca Mens Alpha Full Sleeve Wetsuit is no longer available although you may find similar or newer versions below:
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One, Ein, Un, Ichiban – which ever language you speak, the Orca Alpha is simply number one. The new generation Orca Alpha offers a wetsuit swim like you’ve never experienced before. The Alpha’s design has been refined and re-engineered in conjunction with the world’s best triathletes, including double Ironman champion Craig Alexander and ITU world champion Emma Moffatt, to provide even greater levels of performance.
Having introduced the open water swimming world to the superior buoyancy of Aerodome, Orca has once again raised the bar 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 a system of key areas on the rear area of the wetsuit to help optimize the swimming position, without affecting stroke and kick power.
The Alpha retains the FreeStroke 3 system of Nano SCS-coated 1.5-2mm #40 Cell panels through the arm, shoulder, chest and back areas. These lightweight panels are ergonomically crafted to provide unrestricted range of motion - so much so many people say it doesn’t even feel like they’re wearing a wetsuit. By combining the swim position achieved by the Exo-Cell Buoyancy System with the unparalleled flexibility of the FreeStroke 3 System, the Alpha is the ideal wetsuit for those looking for a swim advantage without compromise.
Other new features for the Alpha include the comfortable low profile neck seal, designed to sit flat against the neck, limiting water entry and reducing the incidence of chafing. The moulded neoprene Aquatread forearm panel has been enhanced to provide increased stroke power in the catch phase, whilst remaining easy to remove during transition. The high stretch nylon 4 Way Free Stretch inner lining is mated to the FreeStroke 3 System panels to allow dynamic movement, while the Exo-Cell panels are lined with a smoothskin neoprene for comfort and water resistance.
For further details about the Orca Alpha Full Sleeve wetsuit click here To view high resolution images of 2 x Ironman World Champions - Chris McCormack and Craig Alexander wearing the Orca Alpha wetsuit click here
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.
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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