If Orca triathlon clothing is good enough for two-time World Ironman Champion Craig Alexander, it's good enough for me. In the U.S. Orca tri clothing lives in the shadows of more popular brands such as Zoot and 2XU, but it shouldn't. Orca's quality is top notch, it is designed and tested by athletes for athletes, the designs are the direct result of working with professional athletes that help give insight as to what works best on the race course. Orca has two main clothing categories, the 226 and the Core category.
226 for the Endurance Athlete
Because of its performance, comfort, and durability the 226 line has established a reputation among endurance triathletes around the world, including double Ironman world champion Craig Alexander. 226 represents the number of kilometers in an Ironman event, products in the 226 line have also proved popular with athletes taking on other challenges, including multisport races and ultra long distance events. Craig Alexander sported the 226 line while taking the Ironman World Champion title!
This season the 226 line features some great improvements. The 226 Kompression Tri Suit (shown on Craig Alexander above) features Orca's 70 denier Killaskn Kompress fabric that is scientifically proven to provide optimum levels of active and graduated compression, it is used in the leg and shoulder areas to help athletes race further, faster. This fabric is also antibacterial and has UPF50+ protection. Panels of the new Tri-Enduro mesh fabric are used across the back for higher levels of breathability and moisture wicking. The latest generation Vapour fabric has been refined for an even better fit and comfort. The Vapour fabric is a light breathable fabric with a high vapour transmission rate (the rate at which moisture through the fabric and away from the skin). The 3.5mm Tri-tech chamois gives increased protection on the bike, and comfort on the run. Other endurance distance-specific features include safety elastic pockets, reflective elements for visibility in low light, comfortable and low drag Hydroseal leg hems, and a new internal chest pocket, perfect for nutrition or a music player.
I love the look of the Orca 226 Tri Top (pictured), the top is fit a little more relaxed than most Orca Tri apparel and it has sleeves that help protect against the elements. It is a great multi-purpose top for racing, training and cycling.
Like the 226 Tri Suit the Orca 226 Kompression Tri-Tech Short (photographed with the 226 Tri Top) is constructed from Orca's KillaSkn Kompress fabric and uses the same 3.5mm Tri-Tech chamois. The short has a rear pocket and new thigh pockets for storage. There is increased leg coverage with the 9" inseam and low drag of Hydroseal leg hems.
The Multi Distance Core Line
Orca's Core line has a broad appeal; it has performance garments for every type of triathlete. The Men's Orca Core Tri Tank is constructed from a combination of panels of AquaGlide, Tri-Mesh and Vapour fabrics, for speed through the water and comfort and breathability on land. With longer body coverage and an elasticated waist hem the top stays where it needs to through training and racing, while the concealed front zip provides additional ventilation when required. The tank now features two rear pockets with reflective trim and wider coverage of the Tri-Mesh fabric on the back for increased ventilation and moisture wicking. The Core Tri Short features a new 6mm thick Tri-protect chamois; it is a hybrid triathlon chamois that provides additional padding and protection on the bike. The short has a secure covered pocket across the back for storing nutrition and other items and has a reflective trim for visibility in low light conditions. Other key features include the comfortable and low drag Hydroseal leg hems, a rubber waistband and internal drawcord.
The latest generation of Orca's popular Core Support Singlet (pictured) provides women with even more performance and comfort, making it an ideal multi-activity top. There is increased use of Orca's Tri-Mesh fabric on the back for enhanced breathability and two rear storage pockets, which include reflective trim for visibility in low light. The AquaGlide fabric on the front of the singlet provides speed through the water and moisture wicking for comfort on land. An internal body-contoured mesh bra provides support during training and racing, while the elastic hem band keeps the singlet in place. The Women's Core Tri Short (pictured with the Core Support Singlet) has a feminine v-shaped supportive waistband, and a secure covered pocket across the back for storing nutrition and other items, like the men's version the pocket has reflective trim for visibility in low light conditions and features low drag Hydroseal leg hems, a rubber waistband and internal drawcord.
Orca has something for every triathlete; hopefully the U.S. will be catching on to what the Aussie's have known for years, that Orca makes great products. Just ask two time Ironman champion Craig Alexander.
Author: Melanie Glover, Founder & Owner ThreeActive.com, Avid triathlete and Ironman finisher
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