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Snake Bites

4-way stretch thermal lycra 3/4 length bib tights.
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Essential bodywear to survive nuclear winters and sub-zero training rides when there's no chance of overheating. Bibs keep you tucked in and the long front zip lets you relieve pressure without breaching too many by-laws.

eXo™ skeletal pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
3/4 length thermal lycra tights for mid-winter performance.
Heatwave™ Merino bib with long front zip.
No-elastic waist means zero pressure around your midriff.
Flat seams. Yum.
Hazard!™ reflective logos on each calf for increased nocturnal presence.
Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino.
Bandolier™ textured-lycra cuffs.
Weight: 280 gm.
Made by us in New Zealand.

Tell me about the pad in these shorts.

> The state-of-art eXo skeletal pad delivers maximum performance for those who ride long and fast. The pad and nylon lycra outer fabric are laminated as a single layer and sewn in as a separate panel - offering a near-seamless interface between the pad and body of the shorts and increased precision with direct contact between the pad and your saddle.

> Combined with variable density foams, 3D anatomical shaping, 4-way stretch and seamless construction, the eXo pad packs one helluva punch.

> There are two main differences between the women's-specific and men's-unisex versions of the eXo pad. While the moulded part of the pad remains the same, the pad is shorter at the front in the women's version. The position of the pad in the short is also gender specific, with differently shaped panels in the short's gusset supporting the pad.

What's the difference between the Daddy Long Legs and Snake Bites?

> The Daddy Long Legs are a layering garment that you wear over your lycra shorts. A double layer of Hot Shot lycra around your knees and kidneys provides additional warmth in those critical zones. The calf zips allow you to whip them off over your cycle shoes when the going gets hot.

> Snake Bites are two garments in one... a pair of Hot Shot Merino lycra thermal 3/4 tights coupled with a Heatwave Merino bibs.

> Snake Bites have our eXo pad for all day riding comfort. But you lose the versatility of the Daddy Long Legs than can be added or removed at your will - providing slightly less absolute performance but greater versatility.

> The Daddy Long Legs are also available in an XS size - which roughly equates to a women's small.

Washing Instructions?

> Hand washing is sometimes the only option on tour, but a washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.

> With shorts in particular, cold-water detergents and those with bleach can cause 'nappy-rash' so if you're experiencing issues in that department try a warm wash and a change of cleaning brew. As a rule of thumb, product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like Ecover, Ecostore, Earthwise or Aware.

> Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so drying on the line or hanging over the bedpost does the trick. Or use a dryer on a warm (not hot) cycle.

> UV rays accelerate the decay of lycra. Our fabric is knitted so the lycra component lies on the inside of the fabric - shielding it from the sun when you're out riding. Consequently you should avoid drying these shorts inside-out. It's not a bad idea to do so occasionally as the sun does help keep the pad hygienic - although it is treated with an anti-bacterial finish anyway. But drying in this manner is a trade-off with the damage done to the lycra.

> It's common practice to not wear underwear with your riding shorts so you need to wash your shorts daily. And it's recommended to give your shorts an initial wash when they're new - the eXo and Softail pads in particular become less stiff after the first wash.