Draft Dodger

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Preferred garb for dodging the authorities and bracing winds as you head for the border. WindFoil™ softshell shuts out nasty drafts and drizzle when you're propelling your treadly on its tour of duty, or spinning yarns around the campfire.

  • Full length front zip to prevent burnout.
  • Zip pockets for parking your hands and loose change.
  • Foreplay™ arm vents - zip 'em down for additional cooling.
  • Raglan sleeves for enhanced fit.
  • 360° Hazard!™ reflectivity.
  • S size in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 380 gm

WindFoil™ combines the insulative benefits of a polyester micro-fleece liner with a smooth, highly water resistant, softshell exterior. A totally windproof, yet highly breathable membrane is sandwiched between the inner and outer fabrics providing effective protection in cold, dry conditions.
  • Composition: 100% polyester with PU membrane.
  • 100% windproof.
  • Durable water-repellent (DWR) finish on face fabric.
  • Breathability: 4000gm per sq.m per 24hr.

Approved clobber for terrorising the city, cruising the highways or café surfing. Unfashion garments combine comfort on the bike with sharp looks for when you hit the pavement.

Night travel is a spooky experience. Many Ground Effect garments feature our Hazard!™ reflective logo and piping to help remind traffic that we're on the road too.

+More than Kiwi Made
Ground Effect clothing is crafted right here in New Zealand. Has been ever since we started back in 1994. Manufacturing locally works for us. We operate a quick-response system - holding minimal stock of any one item, but churning out a few more quick-smart when the pile gets low. The upshot is that we are seldom caught with our shelves empty, so orders get despatched the same day you place them.


  Draft Dodger Hoodwink Frosty Boy Toaster
Activity Urban & Tour Urban Mtb & Road Mtb & Tour
Windproof Full Full Front only None
Vents 2 at forearm - - -
Pockets 2 hand pockets Single at chest 3 rear pockets plus single at chest Single at chest
Hood No Yes No No
Hazard! Reflectivity Yes No Yes No


  • All Ground Effect clothing enjoys a warm 40ºC machine wash. Try to avoid cold-water detergents and those with bleach, 'oxygen whitener' or fabric softener.
    • The cold-water varieties have little enzymes that are super-charged to brave the cold but can damage technical fabrics and cause skin irritation. 
    • Bleach rots natural fibres like merino, strips the dye, attacks laminates of waterproof fabrics and can also cause skin irritation.
    • Sodium Percarbonate (the main ingredient in oxygen whitener) can make colours run.
    • Fabric softener and stuff containing it like wool wash destroys the water repellent finish on waterproof and water resistant fabrics, and can cause colours to run. 
  • As a rule of thumb, a product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like EcoverEcostoreEarthwise or Aware.
  • Hand washing is sometimes the only option on tour, but a washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
  • Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so hanging on the line or drooping over the bedpost is generally the best option. High heat can damage some fabrics so if you do take your threads for a spin, set the device on 'medium' or 'warm' rather than hot. A lap in the dryer is recommended for your rain jacket, after it has dried on the line, as it helps recharge its water repellent finish. 

  • Be sure not to wash with socks, fluffy towels or flannelette sheets. Lint clings to the fleece on the inside of your top making it age before its time.
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David H.
Japan Japan
Perfect for a 0 degree commute.

I live in Japan. This Draft Dodger replaced my old one. I went for the same jacket because I loved my old one so much. The first one is still going strong, but as I need it for mountain biking as well as commuting, I felt I needed two. The Draft Dodger sees me nicely through my early morning, 6km, winter commute in temperatures averaging 0 degrees, sometimes with rain and occasionally with light snow, in which it performs very well. I wear it over an undershirt, collared shirt and a thin sweater. The ventilation at sleeves and front are perfect for temperature control once the body has warmed up some. It's also a top performer on the trail, with the high collar and good length at the arms and body to stop cold drafts from seeping in. However, I do have a few nitpicks. Firstly, the loss of the old design's hood and back pocket with hi-vis flap equates to slightly less jacket for roughly the same price. Also, no extended tabs on the pocket zippers makes them a little difficult to find, especially with gloves. Finally, the sleeve vents are all but impossible to open or close one handed. Even using both hands, you have to position the fabric just right to get enough tension for the zipper to work. Overall, I recommend this jacket for all winter (and chiily spring and autumn) riding.

Clayton J.
Australia Australia
Draft Dodger - light, warm,efficient.

I have been using my frosty boy on cold days for a few years. I thought the draft dodger would also be great. It is. I am really pleased with the light weight, being warm on cold days and comfort. Full length zip is a winner. Beautiful fabrics and design. Decent length sleeves. Perfect fit. My wife reckons I look sexy in it. Cheers and too many beers, Clayton

Mike L.
New Zealand New Zealand
Draft Dodger

Shouldn’t come as a surprise with GE gear, but the Draft Dodger exceeded my expectations. Really warm, perfect fit, looks great and, as always, great service. Thanks guys.

Mike S.
New Zealand New Zealand
Too good to cycle in ?

The Draft Dodger is my favourite jacket, great fit - not too tight but not baggy, nice and warm and shrugs off those spring showers. So good I bought a second as I was wearing the first one off the bike all the time.

Glen C.
New Zealand New Zealand
Draft Dodger

Great jacket for chilly rides. Windproof and warm. Better than I expected.