Next is the new flagship of the DOL-Fin line, the ORCA 2. I got to swim quite a bit in the prototype during my visit. The new fin has all the performance of the ORCA, but is a great deal easier to make and therefore less expensive. I am told that constant weight divers will love this fin. The original ORCA’s negative buoyancy causes it to have a tendency to want to lead you to the bottom plate during freefall unless you add more neck weight to compensate. The ORCA 2’s positive buoyancy corrects that problem and also raises the legs for a more comfortable and efficient pre-dive breathing posture and duck dive position. Additionally, you can drop it in the ocean and not fear your investment sinking to the bottom.
The ORCA 2 also incorporates a new foil suspension system. It has a much more fluid feel than the previous suspension design, and makes almost no noise in the water. The new system has all the benefits of the old system, but feels smoother, looks cleaner, and has no metal parts sticking out to get bent.
The new foot strap design is a big improvement too. Now the main and heel straps are independently adjustable, the metal from the original ORCA straps is gone, and side release buckles are added to the heel straps to allow rapid egress.
The ORCA 2 is an awesome fin. It is easily as good or better in power, performance, and feel than the ORCA it replaces.