buy me

Popsicle

Women's windproof Merino riding top.
NZ$159
buy me
If you're new to Ground Effect, join as an online revolutionary and we'll knock $20 off your first order. If you already have a My Acc, login and use your Ground Effect Dollars to save.

A hot 'n' cold top that propels you at the speed limit across the gap between summer and winter. Its WindFoil™ front takes the edge off biting winds while the Heatwave™ Merino sucks sweat away from your skin to keep you dry and comfy. Lickety split.


>
Heatwave™ hi-performance thermal bodywear combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
>
WindFoil™ softshell front deflects chilly winds.
>
Long front zip for temperature control.
>
Women's fit follows your curves 'n' swerves.
>
Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
>
'Snug-as-a-bug' fit keeps the fabric against your skin to wick sweat away.
>
Integrated thumb loops keep your wrists under wraps.
>
Twin rear pockets with zips and Hazard!™ reflective piping.
>
Secret tube repair patch.
>
WhaleTail™ longer back for greater cycling warmth.
>
Weight: 230 gm.
>
Made by us in New Zealand.

What's the difference between the Popsicle and the Ice Queen?

> Both have WindFoil softshell fronts to block chilling winds and keep your torso warm. The Ice Queen is a much warmer top with the entire front and yoke constructed from WindFoil, plus the front of its sleeves. Only the front panel on the Popsicle is WindFoil. The balance of the Ice Queen is made from Thermostat™ - lightweight, quick-drying laminated fleece, while the Baked Alaska uses the thinner Heatwave Merino., while the Popsicle uses the thinner Heatwave Merino.

> The Ice Queen is ideal for winter riding while the Popsicle is more suited for spring and autumn.

How is the Popsicle different from the unisex Baked Alaska?

> Both share similar design features and use a combination of our WindFoil softshell and Heatwave Merino fabric.

> The Popsicle is a more fitted garment - tighter at the waist and flared at the hips.

> The women's sizing fits down to a smaller size than the unisex range.

Why use two different types of fabric on this top?

> For short trips in stable weather conditions, a Ground Effect composite top lets you travel light and fast with just a single thermal layer. These designs combine a WindFoil™ front with a breathable Heatwave™ Merino back. A long front zip for ventilation allows you to manage your body temperature through a wide range of conditions. Apparently you can have your cake and eat it too.

Why is Heatwave Merino so comfortable next-to-skin?

> Heatwave combines the comfort, warmth and low-odour properties of merino wool with the durability of polyester. Merino wool absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres like polyester or polypropylene. This makes it very effective in dealing with excess sweat - it is absorbed into the fabric rather than settling (and cooling) on your skin. The polyester component repels moisture which avoids total saturation of the fabric - helping it to dry faster. The strength of the polyester also maintains the shape of the garment and minimises wear 'n' tear and pilling.

> The Baked Alaska and Popsicle are intended to be used as a stand alone cycle top in cool, as opposed to cold, conditions.

> The Ristretto, Model T, Robin Hood, Submerino and Hot Toddy are all base layers - best worn directly against your skin.

> The Median Strip, Berglar and Flying Nun are riding jerseys, with additional features including three rear pockets and long front zips. For use in both hot and cold climes and versatile enough to wear as an insulation layer in winter.

Washing Instructions?

> Try to avoid cold-water detergents, those with bleach, fabric softener or 'oxygen whitener'. Bleach rots natural fibres like wool. Sodium Percarbonate (the main ingredient in oxygen whitener) can make colours run. Fabric softener can do both.

> Warm machine wash, 40°C.

> Where possible look for a product with a neutral pH level (pH 7) to avoid damaging the wool. 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.

> Wash colours separately.

> 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.