New In – The Orca Open Water RS1 Thermal Wetsuit
It may be May, but the water is still really cold. So, we’re pleased to announce that Sharks Swim & Triathlon has recently taken delivery of the Orca Open Water RS1 Thermal wetsuit, which is ideal for people starting open water swimming for the first time or if you feel the cold all year round.
This wetsuit provides the most thermal protection of the Orca range. It features a specially developed inner lining to maximize heat retention for open water swimming and has a second layer of “batwing" neoprene that provides more insulation down the zipper and neck areas, minimising the inflow of cold water.
The RS1 Thermal wetsuit features Yamamoto 39 technology in the torso which is up to 5mm thick to provide maximum thermal insulation where it is needed most, without affecting the positioning of the swimmer or restricting movement. This material provides 85% more insulation compared to not wearing a wetsuit. The Thermal X high-performance inner lining retains heat more efficiently than our standard linings. It is also comfortable and soft to the touch.
To avoid heat loss in the back through the zipper, this model also features a "Batwing" construction consisting of a second layer of neoprene. This layer prevents water from seeping through the zipper and coming into direct contact with the body, keeping a layer of warm water inside. It also guarantees a comfortable snug fit in the neck, reducing friction and water entry from the neck area into the suit.
Importantly, the Infinity Skin 2 inner lining provides a feeling of absolute freedom. Designed from a high-elasticity nylon incorporating bamboo fibres, this technology is used in the lining of the wetsuit to provide greater flexibility in every stroke. It maintains body heat longer and reduces bad odours and the presence of bacteria in your neoprene. It is also composed of natural and environmentally sustainable materials, to avoid skin irritation and to care for the environment.
The combination of laser cutting on the neck and the inverse Velcro reduces friction, preventing any abrasion on the skin.
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We always recommend you have a fitting before you buy any wetsuit, including the Orca Open Water RS1 Thermal suit. You can find out why this is so important here and, as fittings are by appointment only, call us on the number below to book your slot: