Flexible, Buoyant, fast and comfortable. If you're a good swimmer looking for the most flexible, unrestricted wetsuit on the market to complement your technique and get you moving even faster through the water than the 1.5 Alpha is the suit.
|Wetsuit Type:||Full Sleeve|
The Alpha 1.5 is ideal for someone who is a confident swimmer and is looking for freedom of movement, a total feel for the water with a little bit of buoyancy to help with their body profile.
Need help finding the best size for you? Click here for Orca's Sizing tool. 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.
0.88 FREE 0.88 Free is a revolutionary material developed by Orca. The five layer construction combined with a patented heat reflective Titanium coating is the secret behind the extraordinarily high insulation effect in such a lightweight material. This results in extreme stretch and flexibility, high buoyancy and insulation as well as low drag in the water. 0.88 Free really is the ultimate weapon for speed in the water.
44-CELL Yamamoto Corporation is regarded as the world’s top producer of neoprene for triathlon wetsuits in the world, and it’s 44cell neoprene is the pinnacle for flexibility, suppleness, fit and comfort. Orca uses 1.5mm panels of Yamamoto 44cell neoprene in the key underarm area of the Predator to complement the super stretchy 0.88 Free arms-providing you with a wetsuit swimming experience never felt before.
EXO-CELL Exo-Cell is a unique sandwich-designed neoprene that provides over 25% more buoyancy than Aerodome. Panels of Exo-Cell are used in strategic panels on the Predator, Alpha and 3.8 to optimize swimming position.
HYDROLITE HydroLite panels make transition that extra bit faster using the super-fast SCS (Nano ICE in the Predator) which combined with a special lining absorbs less water to improve buoyancy whilst also being extremely sleek making the suit fast to remove in transition saving you precious seconds.
NANO SCS Super Composite Skin (SCS) has become the benchmark for coating the smooth skin neoprene used in triathlon wetsuits, to reduce friction and increase speed through the water. Orca uses Yamamoto Corporation’s latest Nano SCS for an even lower drag co-efficient, ensuring the fastest swim possible. The underwater co-efficient of dynamic friction of the Nano SCS is 0.026 in comparison to 4.0 of regular neoprene. Less friction = more speed!
YAMAMOTO The Yamamoto Corporation is the world’s main supplier of high performance neoprene. Its seal represents quality, technology and innovation.
From the beginning of the Orca brand, their biggest focus has been on how they can help athletes swim faster when they’re in their wetsuits. Orca know that not all swimmers are alike, so within their wetsuit range they offer wetsuits to suit every swim style and budget so that every athlete’s individual needs can be met. In over twenty years of studying swimmers, they’ve narrowed these main requirements down to the following:
Those who are streamlined naturally strong swimmers and have good body position and technique are looking for the most flexible suit around to complement this and make them even faster.
There are those middle of the road swimmers who don’t have a particularly bad technique but would still benefit greatly from some extra buoyancy. At the same time they want that feeling of freedom and flexibility with every stroke.
Not everyone who swims has the natural buoyancy in their body that avoids needing to kick a lot to keep their legs from dropping and creating drag. Male and female buoyancy needs also differ, with women naturally carrying more buoyancy in their hips, so have different buoyancy requirements in a wetsuit to men.
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 realized 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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|X Small||78 - 83cm||31″ - 33″||144 - 160cm||4′ 9″ - 5′ 3″||46 - 53kg||101 - 116lb|
|Small||83 - 89cm||33″ - 35″||157 - 167cm||5′ 3″ - 5′ 6″||54 - 61kg||119 - 134lb|
|Medium||89 - 94cm||35″ - 37″||165 - 177cm||5′ 5″ - 5′ 10″||60 - 67kg||132 - 148lb|
|Large||94 - 99cm||37″ - 39″||170 - 185cm||5′ 10″ - 6′ 1″||66 - 74kg||146 - 163lb|
|Extra Large||99 - 104cm||39″ - 41″||177 - 189cm||5′ 11″ - 6′ 4″||73 - 79kg||161 - 174lb|
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