Taking your first step into open water swimming can be a daunting experience, the Orca S5 looks to make the transition from pool to open water as smooth as possible by offering a suit that is flexible, buoyant and warm, whilst still offering performance boosting hydrodynamics.
Orca continue to improve on their S-series of wetsuits, now onto the S5 generation, Orca have produced an entry level wetsuit that offers class-leading performance and incredible value for money.
Made exclusively from Yamamoto neoprene the S5 features a high quality 39 cell grade neoprene on the front of the suit that is hydrophobic, allowing you to slice through the water thanks to it's drag reducing qualities.
There is thinner, 2mm, 39-cell neoprene on the shoulder and arms to free your range of motion meaning that your stroke is not impeded. There is also Silicone print Hydrostroke forearm panels. This material is designed to catch the water as you go through the pull phase of your stroke, adding greater traction and power to your stroke.
The S5 is equipped for a fast T1 transition thanks to the Speed Transition calf panels and the long zip, which extends down to the lower lumbar, allowing for a speedy exit from the suit.
39 cell Yamamoto neoprene front panels - High grade SCS coated neoprene for excellent flexibility, comfort and range of movement
SCS coating - Hydrophobic and drag reducing
Speed Transition panels - Fast removal of suit enabling faster transition times
High stretch 2mm neoprene on arms and torso for maximum flexibility
Orca is a manufacturer that can trace its roots back to New Zealand in the early 90's. Scott Unsworth competed in triathlons and believed he could design greater wetsuits than were currently available. Starting the business in his parents house he developed wetsuits which were more flexible and buoyant than other existing wetsuits.
The company went from strength to strength growing more popular amongst triathletes. Hamish Carter was one of the first athletes to sign up for the company, today known as Orca, and for over a decade became one of the most renowned triathletes in the world – earning a gold medal along the way at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.