Orca 3.8 wetsuit
Triathlon Wetsuit Reviews

3.8 Wetsuit

December 20, 2019

In this post you can find information about the Orca 3.8 wetsuit – description and key features from the manufacturer website plus added reviews and experiences from users. 

Description of 3.8 Wetsuit

The manufacturer Orca description of 3.8: “The new 3.8 is the perfect choice for the Progressive Swimmer, who needs a boost in buoyancy. This wetsuit was designed with the goal of elevating the position of the triathlete in the water, with the most advanced buoyancy technologies on the market, Aerodome and Exo-cell; without compromising elasticity when it comes to swim strokes, with Yamamoto 40. The wetsuit you need to conquer the swimming portion.”


3.8 is a wetsuit for the progressive swimmer (swimmer types defined by Orca – link in the “Related sites” section below). Models  available for men and women. Standard manufacturer price €539 ($599). Orca 3.8 wetsuit purchase options by affiliates: Triathlete Sports, Wiggle.com.

Key Features of 3.8 Wetsuit

  • 0.88 Free’s 5 layer construction and heat reflective Titanium coating – extreme stretch and flexibility, high buoyancy and insulation and low drag
  • Nano SCS coated neoprene collar
  • InfinitySkn Lining for unparalleled flexibility and next-to-skin comfort
  • High Elbow Panel (HEP) technology is used to keep your elbow up with each stroke providing you with more stability while swimming
  • Exo Cell Core Lateral Stabilizer (CLS) with Exo-Lift front panel provides streamlined body positioning
  • Coated in HydroLite with Nano SCS for lower drag co-efficient
  • Aerodome 2 (provides 30% more buoyancy than normal 5mm neoprene) placed strategically around the heaviest parts of the body

Reviews about 3.8 Wetsuits

Here I gathered different reviews about 3.8 wetsuits from different sources. I hope it will help you form your impression about the 3.8 wetsuits.

Review on the “Trivelo” website, dated October 6, dated 2019.

Short summary: I have been an Orca fan for over a decade and the Orca 3.8 continues to cement this. It is an extremely comfortable wetsuit and gives a great degree of buoyancy.

Review on the “CompleteTri” website, dated February 17, 2019.

Short summary: While advertised as a wetsuit for the “progressive swimmer”, we actually think this is an excellent wetsuit for anyone who feels their swim is not their strong leg of the race, and who might find themselves losing proper form when faced with a windy day on the open water.

Video on the Youtube channel “TriShop”, dated July 26, 2018.


Review on the “Athlos Triathlon” website, dated  May 8, 2017.

Short summary: It does exactly what it says on the tin. Maximum buoyancy in the hips, legs and lower body with excellent flexibility in the upper body. The suit almost felt like a second skin, whilst putting me in a good stable and horizontal position. Very happy with my choice for this season…10 out 10 from me!!

Review on the “Wiggle” website, dated August 27, 2015.

Short summary: In summary, this suit lives up to the high expectations that Orca bestow up on it. If you can afford to move up to this level of suit, I would highly recommend you do so. The suit gives you that extra confidence required when racing and forces your body into the correct position, what more could you want from a wetsuit!

Review on the “Triathlete” website, dated July 28, 2017.

Short summary: A smooth lining makes the 3.8 feel luxurious, but buoyancy panels along the front and the lower back to the calf are what make it special.

Video on the Youtube channel “Simply Swim”, dated June 12, 2014.


Related sites

Orca official website Orca.com

My post “Orca Brand Review”

My post “Triathlon Wetsuits – Materials and Technologies”

Wetsuit division by Orca according to swim types

Website of “Trivelo” – trivelo.co.uk

Website of “CompleteTri” – completetri.com

Website of “Athlos Triathlon” – athlostriathlon.com

Website of “Triathlete” – triathlete.com

Website of “Aerogeeks” – aerogeeks.com

Orca 3.8 wetsuit purchase options by affiliates: Triathlete Sports, Wiggle.com.

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