Thinking of upgrading your entry level suit and looking for elite level flexibility at a great price? The new Sonar wetsuit offers the ideal balance of buoyancy and phenomenal flexibility - offering you the best advantage in the swim.
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The Orca Sonar is great for you if you are stepping up from an entry level suit and are looking for extra speed, flexibility, buoyancy. Someone who is planning to give middle distance / half IM, 70.3 triathlon a go.
The Sonar is a great intermediate suit and ideal if you are looking to move on from your entry level suit. The suit combines 4mm aerodome in the lower back with 1.5mm infinityskin in the arm to give you that lift in the water as well as the perfect level of freedom in your swim stroke.
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Fitting your wetsuit is of great importance and should be done with care and attention. Please refer to our Guide – How to put on a wetsuit – for further information or watch the brands video guide.
SCS Acting as a coating over closed-cell neoprene, Super Composite Skin (SCS) has become the benchmark for coating the smoothskin neoprene used in triathlon wetsuits, to reduce friction and increase speed through the water. The micro-cell structure of the SCS coating repels water when in contact with air and reduces surface resistance when in contact with water. Less friction = more speed!
39-CELL Yamamoto 39cell is an extremely flexible neoprene which supports an uninhibited natural swimming motion. 39cell extends to a 513% elongation rate, meaning this material is sure to move with you. Added benefits of zero water absorption and zero weight variation can mean only one thing: more speed. A fine balance between buoyancy and flexibility, 39cell is a durable material which will stand the test of time and distance, representing the best neoprene available in it’s class.
AERODROME 2 Beneath the dimpled surface of Orca’s Aerodome 39-cell neoprene are hundreds of air cavities, which provide 30% more buoyancy than normal 5mm neoprene. Aerodome panels are strategically placed around the heaviest parts of the body, lifting you into the optimum swimming position. Aerodome 2 is an upgrade that uses a new lining to increase flexibility and comfort.
INFINITYSKN It’s what’s on the inside that counts and Orca’s unique InfinitySkn lining plays an integral part in the unbelievable flexibility of our top end wetsuits. Constructed from a high stretch nylon, InfinitySkn is strategically placed where ultimate stretch is required and allows the wetsuit to move dynamically through your swim stroke.
SUPER STRETCH The all-new SuperStretch lining featured on the chest of the Sonar is a light weight lining that is super stretchy due to it’s makeup and the way it has been knitted. It absorbs little water, meaning the panel stays more buoyant and contributes to making the chest really stretchy for unrestricted breathing.
YAMAMOTO The Yamamoto Corporation is the world’s main supplier of high performance neoprene. Its seal represents quality, technology and innovation.
TIME TO SUIT UP - The Orca Swim Scale
Based on common errors in swim technique Orca has identified patterns that have been repeated by triathletes over the years. According to these behaviour patterns, they’ve have identified three types of triathlon swimmers; Natural, Progressive and Total.
Total swimmers make only small mistakes and this is often found in their kicking technique, A little extra buoyancy helps solve this by raising the legs for a more effective horizontal position. For each type of Swimmer Orca has two suits, each at varying price points.
Total swimmer includes the Predator and the Sonar wetsuit. The sonar uses 1.5mm neoprene in the upper body area as well as fast in the water SCS, flexible infinity Skin and carefully places Aerodome2 panels lift the body into the most efficient swimming position, saving you time in the swim.
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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