Moderately priced at $299, the Orca Equip Wetsuit is an excellent choice for what is considered in its price point, a mid-tier triathlon wetsuit.
With SCS coating throughout the majority of the Orca Equip wetsuit, its composition is 39 cell Yamamoto neoprene. At the torso, chest and and arms, the thickness is 2mm. Varying neoprene thickness throughout the suit is important, as less neoprene is needed in certain areas, notably the arms. You’ll likely want the flexibility and range of motion there.
Throughout the lower back and torso, 3-5mm neoprene panels are used throughout the suit for buoyancy. This is important, many swimmers, eh hem, triathletes tend to sink their lower half of the body while they swim.
The one insight I would impart is the fact that the Equip, like other Orca wetsuits, have a “performance” fit to them. Because many of us don’t have the luxury to try on wetsuits before buying them, this bit of information might be important. When you fall in between sizes, it’s not a bad idea to select a size up when making the purchase. From my experience fitting people, and back when I took a lot of customer service calls, this was often the case with these types of suits.
The Orca Equip is a good buy. My person philosophy with triathlon wetsuits is that because they’re thrashed at races, and heavily used in training, I don’t intend them to last often more than two years. Because this is a suit with all the key intermediate features, at this price point it’s a no brainer. But if you’re able to afford it, and are in the market for higher end Orca Wetsuits, a Sonar, 3.8, and Alpha is something worth looking into.
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