Helter Skelters

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Jet Black
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Out-of-control rain pants for mountain bikers, the playfully insane and long distance tourers. Three-quarter length styling makes 'em easy to pull on and off, enhances breathability, avoids chain suck and reduces bulk when stashed. 3 layer HydroFoil™ Plus fabric shields your thighs from deluges and your bum from rear wheel splatter.
+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: 220 gm

+HydroFoil™
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.

+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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    CA
    11/12/2020
    Chris A.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Helter Skelters

    It's been wet and warm in Welly lately - and the Helter Skelters have been fantastic on the commute and off road. Not baggy but just enough movement to keep me comfy. Once I get used to the 3/4 look I think I might be moving into a new fashion class.

    BB
    07/12/2020
    Bevan B.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Halter skelters

    New purchase so only one wet ride and they did a fine job so have bought a pair for my wife Like the zip back pocket ! And good fly for easy access Will be difficult to improve the simplicity Maybe one extra top button But will get very well used perhaps also for hiking as well as biking

    AB
    22/11/2020
    Andrew B.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Fantastic waterproof over-trousers - totally recommended

    The Helter Skelters are an essential item for bike packing or commuting in wet weather. I purchased these specifically for the Paparoa Trail and they kept the rain away for many hours. They are lightweight, comfortable and the fit is absolutely superb. The three quarter length is brilliant for biking and ensures the trousers stay away from the pedal/chain. Overall a very well designed quality product. Very highly recommended!

    WS
    17/11/2020
    William S.
    Australia Australia
    Look good and stay dry!

    I recently purchased these pants as a last minute decision before I embarked on a bikepacking trip into the Australian Alps. On my journey I rode in rain, cold and drizzly conditions, all of which was done comfortably and confidently in these pants. Having never worn three quarter length rain pants before, I was impressed by their ability to keep me cool and well ventilated. They pack down and into the rear pocket as a nice neat bundle, easily popped away into a bag until needed. As well utilised on the bike, off the bike they were just as great for getting around town. Thank you for the amazing quality and craft that is these pants. As a first time buyer of a Ground Effect product I'm sure I'll be back for more!

    NG
    07/11/2020
    Neil G.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Essential winter leg wear

    Just purchased these to combat the UK winter weather. As ever, you get what you pay for, and with customs duties and shipping this makes GE gear quite expensive into the UK, however, the quality is second to none. There are other expensive bands on the market where I think a lot of the cost goes on fancy marketing campaigns, not with GE though. These shorts work brilliantly, keeping you dry and comfortable without overheating. Knee pads fit underneath fine and the length is perfect to cover the knees (and I am very tall at 1.95 metres)