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This suit is ideal for those that can struggle with the swimming aspect of their triathlon. With the Orca® Men's 3.8 Enduro Fullsleeve Wetsuit you'll have every advantage you can get.
I’ve been swimming this last season in a sleeveless wetsuit. I choose a sleeveless suit because I have long arms (I think that my great grandfather was a orangutan) and the full sleeve suits that I’ve tried seem to inhibit my reach and full range of shoulder motion. But as the seasons changed and the water in the river and lake that I swim in began to plummet into the low 50s, the sleeveless suit just did not offer the warmth that I needed. I knew that there had to be a full wetsuit out there that would accommodate my need for both warmth and buoyancy as well as exceptional shoulder and arm flexibility. I emailed no less than 10 wetsuit companies and shops that sell wetsuits online, explaining what I was looking for. The feed back kept pointing me to higher end wetsuits; that is where one finds the technology that combines buoyancy and great flexibility. After doing my research, I felt that the most bang for my buck would be the Orca 3.8 Enduro. This wetsuit is specifically designed for the longer swim. I was amazed at how supple and comfortable the wetsuit material was as I first tried it on. I could not believe the flexibility in the shoulders and in the arm pits — I barely felt that I was wearing a wetsuit. The swims have been delightful. I have full range of motion, and my reach is in no way inhibited. The buoyancy of this suit is incredible, offering great stability and facilitating the streamlined position. My only complaint is that the zipper seeps in more water than I’m used to. I understand that wetsuits are designed to let in a bit of water, and then the body warms that thin layer of water to provide protection from the cold. It would not matter to me if the water were a bit warmer, but at 51 degrees (as the river was last weekend) I really feel that flush of cold water on my lower back and between my shoulder blades, and don’t like it much. Having said that, I’m generally warm enough throughout the entirety of my swim so that I think that I’ll be able to continue to open water swim into the early winter months. One other thing is that the neck on the wetsuit comes up a bit high on my neck for my liking, and unless I wear some body glide it will chaff my neck pretty good. If it is helpful, I’m 6’1” and weigh 205 lbs. Even though those stats put me into a size 9 on the Orca sizing charts, I was told by an Orca Sales Associate to order the size 10. Whereas the fit is very comfortable and the flexibility is everything that I hoped it would be, I wonder if a size 9 would lessen the flooding at both the zipper and the left arm. Overall I’m very happy with the 3.8 and highly recommend it, especially if you are doing longer swims.
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In 1992, Scott Unsworth, a former New Zealand age-group triathlon champion, stopped competing due to a chronic back injury. Through his experience working as a swim coach, and from his first-hand experience in triathlon competition, Scott saw that the wetsuits being used by triathletes were completely inadequate for swimming, and he started a company called Performance Speedsuits Ltd.
Scott's early designs were directly inspired by his personal experience with the demands of the sport, and to this day Orca's designs and features are the direct result of working with professional athletes. In the five short years since Orca was launched in 1995 the brand was able to firmly establish itself as a favorite among the world's elite triathletes, and at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia two thirds of all triathlon competitors wore Orca Speedsuits in the swim leg of the event.
Orca products continue to be designed by and tested on athletes, not computer models, so you can be sure that the designs, materials and production techniques that go into Orca's championship-winning suits are always on the cutting edge.