Orca Orca Sonar Triathlon Wetsuit
Triradar Tested suits under £400... Though it sits towards the top of our sub-£400 test bracket, the Sonar looks and feels worth it. Fit felt more relaxed than previous versions we’ve tried – not because it’s baggy, but we found the old Sonar prohibitively tight. Improved stretch in the top half might have something to do with it too, and there are no annoying plastic panels on the forearms. The suit is designed to be a well-balanced option for intermediate swimmers and that suited our tester: the extra buoyant panels around the hips and torso gave a noticeable boost in the water, while the flexibility added by the new Super Stretch lining was also immediately noticeable. Our sprint times showed the difference too, with this making for one of the fastest splits on test.
Perfomance 4/5 - Value 4/5 Value 4/5
The new Sonar provides the perfect mix of flexibility and buoyancy - now offering flexibility, which some brands reserve for their elite wetsuits, at an intermediate budget. Carefully placed Aerodome2 panels lift the body into...
the new Sonar provides the perfect mix of flexibility and buoyancy - now offering flexibility, which some brands reserve for their elite wetsuits, at an intermediate budget. Carefully placed Aerodome2 panels lift the body into the most efficient swimming position, saving you precious time in the swim. If you've been a fan of the Sonar over past years then this season's evolution is one you don't want to miss out on!
YAMAMOTO: The Yamamoto Corporation is the world's main supplier of high performance neoprene. Its seal represents quality, technology and innovation.
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.
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!
INFINITY SKIN: It's what's on the inside that counts and Orca's unique InfinitySkin lining plays an integral part in the unbelievable flexibility of our top end wetsuits. Constructed from a high stretch nylon, InfinitySkin 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.
AERODOME 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.
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