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QUICK GUIDE TO FITTING AN ORCA WETSUIT

2003 WETSUIT SIZE CHART

SIZE WEIGHT HEIGHT
2 80 - 95 4'6 - 5'4
3 90 - 108 4'8 - 5'5
4 105 - 122 5'1 - 5'6
4.5 112 - 130 5'1 - 5'6
5 120 - 138 5'4 - 5'9
6 135 -148 5'5 - 5'10
6.5 145 - 160 5'7 - 6'1
SS+ 160 - 185 5'7 - 6'1
7 160 - 175 5'9 - 6'3
8 175 - 188 5'10 - 6'4
9 188 - 202 5'11 - 6'5
10 200 - 220 6'0 - 6'5
11 220 - 245 6'0 - 6'6
All sizes are unisex!

QUICK GUIDE TO FITTING AN ORCA WETSUIT

  • Weight - Is the most important guide to find the athletes accurate size.
  • Height - check that the athlete's height fits the height range, however this is a secondary measurement.
  • Ability and Preference - better swimmers like tighter suits, novice suit wearers prefer bigger suits.
Breakdown of Sizes
Orca has 10 wetsuits across its size range for men and women. All wetsuit models are available in size 3 - 10 plus size SS. The Predator is available in a specialist size 2, which is designed for smaller, elite athletes. The Speedsuit has an additional size 11, which is designed for larger athletes.

The size chart is named using numbers. Size 6, size 6.5 and size 7 are wetsuits that increase by half sizes, in order to cater specifically to the needs of the major section of the market. The size SS wetsuit is designed for athletes with shorter more solid body types.

The Elite Predator Fit
The Predator is the tightest fitting performance wetsuit in the range and is designed to be a very tight fit out of the water. The materials used in the Predator loosen up when the athlete enters the water, so that a 'second skin' fit is achieved. The Predator is marginally tighter than the Speedsuit, Sleeveless and Multisport models.

Determining Factors - Picking the Right Size

Understanding the athlete's needs
Finding the correct wetsuit size for an athlete begins by inquiring into the athlete's needs and purposes. By asking about the athlete's history, performance level, and goals for the season, training schedule and environment helps create an understanding the athlete's needs. It builds a good relationship and can allow a better sizing to be achieved. The athlete can feel confident that the salesperson is knowledgeable in how to fit a wetsuit and has the athlete's best interests in mind.

Midpoints - Weight/Height
Fitting an athlete into the suit is achieved by targeting an athlete's weight, cross-referenced by their height, to the mid ranges of measurements on the size chart. The athlete's weight is the starting point for a wetsuit fitting. Aim for the mid point in the weight range. After this, check the height of the athlete and also aim for a midrange. By looking at the athlete's build, it is easy to evaluate whether to move up or down a size. If an athlete's weight is not a clear indication of which suit to select, the following factors are relevant in determining whether to choose the larger or smaller suit:

Swimming Ability: as a general rule, the better the swimmer, the tighter the fit preferred.
Wetsuit Use: those people accustomed to wearing a wetsuit will appreciate how tight a suit can feel and will not be put off by a close fitting suit. People new to wearing wetsuits will prefer a marginally larger size wetsuit.
Build & Body type: A person with a stronger more solid build will generally be more comfortable in the larger size.

The weight/height rule is an accurate guide, however one other main issue is relevant when discussing body type. The key to a perfect fit is assessing the 'Rise' - the length of the body from the Crotch to the Shoulder. Some people have long bodies and shorter legs, while other people have shorter bodies and longer legs. It is always worth inquiring into this in order to determine whether the athlete will fit the specified size, or whether the athlete is best to buy a wetsuit one size up or down.

How to Put On an ORCA
Putting the wetsuit on correctly is important. It is helpful to use a plastic bag on the feet and hands so that the limbs will slide effortlessly through the arms and legs of the suit. It is far easier to put the suit on when you are dry. If you are wet, it is easier to put on the wetsuit when you are fully immersed in the water. Ensure that the rubber in the legs is pulled up high around the waist and hips, and that all of the rubber on the torso and arms is pulled up onto the shoulders. It is important that the rubber is fitting close to the underarm so that the underarm gussets (the Hyperstretch and Deltastretch panels on the Predator) are following the contour of the body.

The neck is a low neck and may feel slightly uncomfortable when standing dry, out of the water. The suit has been designed to fit when horizontal in the water, in a swimming position. A good test is to lie on the floor face down and feel the tightness of the neck loosen as you stretch out on the ground.

Personal Comfort Always Wins
The most important factor is the comfort of the athlete. The size chart will direct an athlete into the suit that we know will produce the best results, however athletes often have personal preferences that may suggest that another size is best. We reiterate that the athlete's comfort is paramount.

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