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The ideal partner to a wetsuit for cold water swimming, the Orca Hydro Bootie features a stretch silicone non-slip sole, a Velcro closure, and a split-toe design.
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work well but big
Decided to get these for ocean swims while on vacation. Biggest disappointment was size, I am a size 8 dress shoe/9 running and got the mediums as recommended.They were not snug when I tried them on at home. They filled w/water during the swim, which may also happen in a smaller size since the are a waterproof sock . Otherwise I was extremely comfortable in the water even though it was 'warm' (65 degrees give or take).I would recommend these but get them so they are snug.
St Louis, MO
Fit: Feels too big
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These Booties Rock!
These Booties Rock! I've been swimming in a river and cold water lake where the water temperature is currently dropping into the low 50s (river was 51 degrees last weekend). I swim in a full wetsuit, but my feet have been aching with the cold 30 minutes into the swim. I just swam in the booties for the first time last weekend. Oh how sweet! During the entire one hour swim my feet were delightfully comfortable. I tucked the top of the booties under the legs of my wetsuit and did not feel bogged down or slowed down by them at all, though they did take on some water during the swim. I loved the split toe feature due to how they stayed put on my feet. I have a size 12 foot and ordered the XXL size -- great fit, very comfortable. I will be wearing these during every cold water swim. Highly recommended!
Fit: Feels true to size
I use them everyday at work, since i work with water, there very confertable and fit perfectly. The only downside is there arent any orca water shoes to go with them.
Tampa Bay, FL
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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.