What makes Orca's wetsuit so fast in the water? It's a question Wiggle's swim manager Suzannah Cranwell answers in this excellent guide; by explaining the various technologies that Orca uses in order to create wetsuits that are fast, super lightweight, and incredibly comfortable.
Introducing Orca 0.88 Free fabric technology
Over the past few years, Orca has been working to create and develop a wetsuit material that will make you faster, simply by putting it on.
This year, Orca has launched the result: a revolutionary super lightweight neoprene called "0.88 Free" - It offers the highest stretch and flexibility ever seen in a wetsuit, and it feels incredible!
Orca Wetsuits have tested 0.88 Free extensively, and they're confident that when you zip up, you'll be astounded at your performance. Here's what you can expect...
As the name suggest, Orca's 0.88 Free material is just 0.88 mm thick. Its flexibility means that it looks and feels delicate; but it is deceptively robust, and warmer than what you'd expect; this allows for an exceptional feeling for the water, with every stroke.
- Orca's new 0.88 Free material is 2.6 times more flexible than the standard "most flexible" wetsuit material on the market
- The extra flexibility of the wetsuit leads to a 3.8 percent increase in the range of motion - giving you a more efficient swim stroke
- The benefits were proven by Sebastian Kienle (an Orca Pro Athlete), who performed 2.1 percent better in the new Orca material - that's 25 seconds faster on an IRONMAN distance
Trust us, you'll feel the benefit with an Orca wetsuit!
0.88 Free - Flexibility
0.88 Free is found in the arms and shoulders on the Orca Predator Wetsuit 2016. The Orca Alpha Wetsuits go one step further - having 0.88 Free on the underarm and down the sides of your mid to lower back (latissimus dorsi); these are areas that need to be as flexible as possible, so that you can get a longer, more efficient stroke.
Extra flexibility also means that you won't be fighting to extend your arms, so you'll enjoy reduced fatigue; plus you'll be able to speed up your stroke rate, which is essential if you want to improve your times. The more flexible your wetsuit, the better!
0.88 Free - Cold protection
The 0.88 Free material features a five-layer construction, which means that it is a highly effective insulator.
To make it even warmer, Orca has added a patented heat reflective titanium coating - this allows you to stay more protected from the cold, for longer than you would normally expect from such a thin material.
This added insulation will help you to stick to your training plan, and lay the foundations for a successful racing season.
Introducing Exo-Lift technology - for added buoyancy
Your profile in the water seriously affects your performance. You need to ensure that your body is always in the most efficient kicking position - so that you can swim faster and save energy.
So, to keep your legs and hips at the right height in the water, you need buoyancy. "Exo-Lift" is Orca's secret weapon for buoyancy - it is found in the hip, quad and bum panel of the crème de la crème of the range: the Orca Predator Wetsuit 2016.
Exo-Lift is a revolutionary 4mm multi-layer material consisting of an outer layer of Yamamoto 39 cell neoprene, coated with the super fast SCS nano Ice, combined with a completely waterproof lining.
The perfectly balanced Orca wetsuit
If you are looking for the total solution: of the ultimate buoyancy and flexibility, then the Orca Predator Wetsuit is for you. However, if you consider yourself to be more of an intermediate level, then take a look at the new Orca 3.8 Endurance Wetsuit and Orca Sonar Wetsuit - there are men's and women's versions of each - to cater for the fact that men and women tend to lie differently in the water, so they need more (or less) buoyancy.