The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape and how loose or tight you like to wear your clothes. Measurements refer to your body not the garment. Jackets and baggies are sized to fit over under-layers - so you should be the same size in both. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.
Men's vs Women's Sizes
If you're struggling to find exactly what you need in the Outskirts™ women's range, check out our men's products for further size options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well.
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Three-quarter length rain pants for mountain biking, commuting and bikepacking. Super light and compact to stow when not in use, and easy to yank on over your cycling shoes when service calls. HydroFoil™ Plus waterproof-breathable fabric keeps rain off your thighs and track or road splatter from your bum. Essential bad-weather insurance for any ride.
Specifically developed for high aerobic activities, HydroFoil™ Plus combines a lightweight ripstop nylon shell with a composite membrane that is completely waterproof, totally windproof and extremely breathable. The outer fabric is the latest new-generation Pertex® Shield+ membrane. It is more than twice as breathable as most other quality waterproof-breathable fabrics, and has a small amount of stretch allowing a closer fit. The outer fabric is treated with a water repellent finish that encourages rain to bead up and roll off, while there is a lightweight tricot mesh on the inside for greater durability and improved moisture dispersion.
Composition: 100% nylon with PU laminate.
Waterproofness: 23,000 mm hydrostatic head with water repellent finish on face fabric.
Outskirts™ garments are designed specifically for women. However If you're struggling to find exactly what you need in the Outskirts™ women's range, check out our men's products for further size options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well.
Ground Effect clothing is crafted right here in Aotearoa | 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.
We've extensively tested both full-length and 3/4 waterproof pants over the years. In our experience 3/4's provide the best trade-off between functionality and performance in most conditions - especially for mountain biking, bikepacking and touring.
They are easy to whip on and off over your shoes.
Repel rain from the most exposed areas - your bum and thighs.
Avoid 'chain suck' at your ankles.
Minimise overheating when pedalling hard.
However full-length over trou are sometimes best - notably for commuting when you want to keep your long pants dry, or when touring to really cold and/or wet places.
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 Ecostore, Earthwise 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 repellant finish.
Wash with any of the plant-based products listed above. You can also use a specific sport wash like Grangers Extreme Cleaner, Nikwax Tech Wash or Atsko 'Sport Wash'. Around NZ$30 from most outdoor shops. Any stubborn stains should be dabbed not rubbed clean. For grease spots you can use a degreaser like Swarfega. It's aggressive stuff though so take care - it might be best left alone as added character.
Keep it clean, but don’t wash too often. General wear along with washing progressively removes the water repellent treatment from the outside the fabric. This treatment helps rain to bead and run off - and enhances the overall performance of the fabric. Dirt, body oil, sunscreen and sweat also attack the water repellent treatment and can cause the waterproof-breathable membrane to delaminate. Wash frequency depends on how often and how hard you use your garment. We suggest at least a couple of times a year - certainly after a muddy mission, an especially sweaty ride, or say half a dozen sessions in the rain. Use your judgement - if the garment looks dirty, the fabric is 'wetting out’ too quickly, or feels clammy then it's probably time for a clean.
When the fabric starts 'wetting out', it's time to apply some love. You can help restore the water repellent treatment after washing by line-drying your jacket, then chucking it in the dryer using a warm (not hot) cycle. This 'recharges' the treatment so it lasts a bit longer. When this trick no longer does its magic you can beef up the original treatment to some extent with a product like Nikwax TX Direct - $39 from Ground Effect. A bottle is good for two or three rounds with your jacket. The effectiveness of this process depends on the age and condition of your jacket.
Note that while the fabric's wetting-out impairs performance, particularly breathability, the HydroFoil laminate should still be waterproof.
Always ensure your HydroFoil garment is completely dry before storing. Putting it away damp can destroy both the water repellent finish and the waterproof coating. Hanging on a hook or coat hanger is best. Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.
Great fabric and like the short legs for cycling. Got 2 sizes bigger than usual after reading reviews re waist size. Waist only just fits me, pants are baggier than I'd like otherwise, so I think the shape is a bit strange as per prev reviews, which is a shame - otherwise great pants.
Rain pants arrived the day before departure, and they were put to good use. The waist fit was a bit tight for a 12 especially with the thin elastic. A softer top would be more comfy. The fabric stood up to almost continuous rain and I liked the 3/4 length. The excess knee fabric did rub on the frame bag, but maybe this is unavoidable if you are allowing for maximum flexion. Pleased to have these in my cycle kit.
The waist on these pants is really tiny. I take a size 6 and have a waist size of 66cm - the elastic on the waist of these pants is super tight on me and really digs in. The pants are quite baggy on me - which I expected because they are a size 8 - but the waist is super tight. You guys need to take a look at your waist sizing and allow more elastic in the waist or make it adjustable - your current waist to hip proportions are really strange.
Hi Rachael. Thanks for your feedback - it sounds like we need to take a look at those. We'll get in touch with you via email to sort it. Pedal on, Cherie
I bought Droplets for a group cycle tour called Muddy Murray this month.
The tour lived up to its name as vast areas are in flood along the river. The overpants were excellent for purpose. They kept my knees warm as well as dry. I had knee replacement surgery 12 months ago Light weight and compact for packing