Droplets

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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.

+Features
  • Lightweight waterproof-breathable 3 layer HydroFoil™ Plus fabric with fully tape-sealed seams for maximum waterproofness.
  • Zipped fly with gripper elastic waist keeps them hitched up.
  • One piece gusseted crutch.
  • Articulated knees.
  • Zipped rear pocket.
  • Turns into itself to form a tidy package in your backpack or pannier.
  • Hazard!™ reflective labels.
  • Waterproofness: 23,000 mm hydrostatic head with durable water-repellent finish.
  • Breathability: 33,000 gm per sqm per 24hrs.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 180 gm

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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 durable 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: 23,000mm hydrostatic head with durable water-repellent finish on face fabric.
  • Breathability: 33,000gm per sq.m per 24hr.

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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 options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well. Selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.

+Hazard!™
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.

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+FAQ

+Benefits of 3/4 vs full-length over trou?
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.

+Washing

  • 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. 

  • 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 washing after a particularly grubby ride or after say 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.
  • 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. Expect ok results if the fabric is only 'wetting out' in patches (the 'mid-life' crisis). If the entire jacket is 'wetting-out' rapidly in light rain then it already has one-foot-in-the-grave and beading is unlikely to improve much from the treatment, the money may be better put towards a new 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 DWR 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.

 

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    MO
    19/08/2020
    Miriam O.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Yay for Droplets

    I am just back from a miserable day on the roads. It is quite lovely to have dry legs! These overshorts are awesome. Easy to put on over shorts and bike shoes, easy to move in, pack down rool small for emergencies and they keep you toasty. Super chuffed!

    DM
    12/08/2020
    debbie m.
    Australia Australia
    droplets

    They are comfortable to wear, pull over my cycling pants easily and they breathe well as I did not get too hot wearing them. I recently wore them on a winter cycling holiday in Tasmania. My friend had an older style pair of Ground Effects waterproof pants similar to the droplets. I was wondering why the design changed as hers seemed to be superior. The older style included a Velcro tab so that the bagginess in the knee area could be pulled in and prevented her pants rubbing against the frame of the bike as mine did.

    13/08/2020
    Ground Effect

    Hi Debbie, thanks for the review. When we changed our Hydrofoil fabric we slimmed down the leg of the Helter Skelters/Droplets and removed the velcro tabs as we had had feedback that people were not using them. Pedal, on, Ernie

    KD
    06/07/2020
    Karolyne D.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    A must-have for wet rides

    I purchased these for a forecasted wet weekend of the Old Ghost Road. The forecast was correct and it was wet! In the past this meant my shiny, noisy, clammy overtrousers would be used and I'd be thinking of them on almost every pedal stroke, but this time I had the Droplets and I almost forgot I had them on. Almost, except when I marveled at how dry my butt was. Even when it stopped raining on day 2 I kept them on to stop the puddles from soaking my lower half. They kept me dry, warm and didn't interfere with my pedaling or mess with my head. The sizing was good, and I was able to wear them over my baggies and liner and tuck in three layers of merino. High waisted enough to stop the mud splattering my lower back too. Loose enough to slip on over my mtb shoes so if I wanted to I could easily take them off or put them on mid-trail. Highly highly highly recommend getting a pair!

    PG
    17/06/2020
    Paul G.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Droplets, Anti droplets

    As always a great product. Really works well, warm and comfortable with the shorter leg. Delivery was rapid, the return and replacement to change size was superb.

    TA
    14/06/2020
    tayebeh a.
    Australia Australia

    Love this purchase, even use them on cold trail runs . It is great

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