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Orca Kaisei Men's Wetsuit Review

by Mick
(Wellington, NZ)



I bought the Orca Kaisei wetsuit last year. I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was so cheap, but it is definitely the best triathlon wetsuit I have ever worn.

As soon as I hit the water I felt more buoyant. I felt like I was going faster and since wearing it my times have really improved. It is very flexible around the shoulders and does not restrict movement at all so my stroke doesn’t feel inhibited in any way. There is good movement around the shoulders and the front 5mm panel is great as it really helps my position in the water and I feel like my glide has increased. Over 1500m I’ve taken about 1.5 – 2 minutes off my best time and that’s not because I’m fitter! It is comfortable to swim in and it looks great as well – and it looks more expensive than it is!

The construction and quality seems very good. Not only is it great to swim in, it doesn't rub or chafe anywhere.

My only warning would be to be careful with sizing when you buy. I am 6'1" (183cms) and 210 lbs (95Kg) and so I came out right in the middle of a size 9. I really struggled to even get it over my thighs and backside. In the end I gave up and sent it back to change it for a size 10 which is still a pretty tight fit but perfectly okay.

It took a couple of outings to get used to the fit but it is definitely comfortable and doesn’t feel too tight or restrictive when swimming. Because it is so tight it isn’t the easiest to get on but then none of my wetsuits have been! The material seems very durable so tugging it on and off seems pretty safe.

Swimming is my least favorite discipline in a triathlon but this wetsuit is starting to make me look forward to getting in the water.

I would say the Orca Kaisei has delivered exactly what it promised. A top quality wetsuit at a great price. Orca have a great reputation and from the research I did prior to buying this suit, they are a front runner in wetsuit technology, which makes this triathlon wetsuit even better value.

I would definitely recommend it and suggest that anyone considering getting into triathlons and wants a good value wetsuit without compromising on quality should consider the Orca Kaisei wetsuit.

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Aug 09, 2015
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Right size NEW
by: Jj

I was looking into getting the wetsuit and your review is amazing. I used to be a d-1 swimmer so I am definitely looking for something flexible. I am wondering though would I be a 9 or a 10? I am 5 10" but my chest is 46" and my biceps 16" which always makes the arms super tights. I am 202 lbs I guess my main concern is the height given that you are 6'1 . Let me know your opinion thank you!

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Careful With Size Choice!
by: Eric

I would agree that you should be careful with choosing the right size when buying an Orca Kaisei wetsuit. I am right on the edge of size 7 and size 8 according to the Orca sizing chart (81kg, 5"11).

I read that you should get the smaller size, so I got size 7, but it was way too small, I couldn?t even get it on. I ended up getting the size 8, but even that is really tight. It is particularly tight around my quads and they?re not even that big!

This makes it pretty hard to pull the wetsuit up high enough, and so it feels tight along the back around the zipper. Having said that it is not so bad that I can?t use it and for the price it is excellent quality.

I?m pretty careful taking it on and off as the fabric is thin and feels like it would tear if you tug too much.

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