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The 2013 Triathlon Wetsuit Performance Test

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jul 30, 2013
Photo: John David Becker

Orca Predator

$1,000, Orca.com
*Gear Lab: Most Comfortable*

Efficiency testing: While the testers named it the most comfortable full suit, both swimmer types benefited modestly from wearing it.

Fit & flexibility: Overall comfort, not just flexibility, separates the Predator from the rest of the full-sleeve suits. While all the other suits either flexed freely or provided a little extra spring in the stroke, the Predator moved without restriction and injected a small power boost into every pull. Testers reported zero rib constriction, saying, “No area was too tight.” And despite having a low collar that didn’t chafe the testers, no excess water entered the suit.

Balanced swimmer
Race pace DPS: +1%
Average DPS: +2%

Power Swimmer
Race pace DPS: +9%
Average DPS: +9%

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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