Marco Polo

5 reviews
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Colour
Charcoal
Size
Sartorial smarts for pedalling to all four corners of the earth. Lightwave™ merino subdues olfactory evidence of big days in the saddle. While polo shirt styling and 'off-camber' chest pocket help blend in when refuelling with the locals.
+Features
  • Lightwave™ hi-performance knit combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
  • 'Stiff upper lip' collar deflects UV's and upholds dress codes.
  • Hi-Impact Nylon reinforcing on shoulders for portaging your bike.
  • Zipped 'off-camber' chest pocket for storing shades and tunes.
  • Ground Effect 'Multi-Day Mission' patch.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 220 gm

+Lightwave™ Merino
A bi-component summer-weight fabric combining merino and polyester yarns. Superfine 19.5 micron merino wicks sweat away from your skin while the polyester provides a durable, non-pill outer. Lightweight at just 150 gm/m2 and machine washable.
  • Composition: 46% merino; 54% polyester
+Man vs Wild
Merino is unrivalled for comfort as a body layer. It absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres, mopping up excess sweat rather than letting it settle on your skin. However high-aerobic activities like cycling will often overload ordinary merino. Lightwave's polyester component repels moisture to reduce total saturation of the fabric - so it dries faster to help keep your cool.

+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.

+FAQ
▸ Why are Heatwave and Lightwave Merino so comfortable next-to-skin?
  • Heatwave and Lightwave combine 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, Popsicle and Hot Toddy are intended to be used as a stand alone cycle top in cool, as opposed to cold, conditions.
  • The Thermos, Ristretto and Submerino are all base layers - best worn directly against your skin.
  • The Median Strip, Berglar and Hoola 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.
+Compare

  Median Strip Marco Polo  Stingray Haywire
Pockets Three at rear One at chest Three at rear None
Front Zip Full length Short 3/4 None
Fabric Lightwave™
Merino
Lightwave™
Merino
HyperActive™ HyperActive™
Fit
Sizes S - XL S - XL S - XL S - XL

+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 colours separately.

+ Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $7 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$7 by tracked airmail to Australia.
  • Around NZ$15-25 by tracked airmail to destinations elsewhere in the world - calculated in our shipping cart as you check out. 
    • More shipping and tax details in our FAQ.
    Customer Reviews
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      JZ
      07/12/2019
      Jack Z.
      Australia Australia
      Really comfortable Polo.

      I was concerned that the size S Marco Polo might be a bit small for me but it is a perfect fit. The material is really comfortable and I can easily wear the shirt for a couple of days between washes.

      GA
      18/09/2019
      Glen A.
      Where's the ladies version

      Would the top pocket fit a cell phone like a S8 or S10. Also a good place for your coffee purse. Noone's going to touch it there! Unfortunately a lot of woman's wear lack pockets or useable pockets. Just a thought.

      19/09/2019
      Ground Effect

      Hi there, thanks for your feedback. Yes, the pocket fit most mobile phones. Hope that helps. Ernie

      RE
      07/06/2019
      Robert E.
      Australia
      Marco

      How stylish is my new Marco Polo top!Can’t wait to wear It on our bike and barge tour of Burgundy next September!

      BF
      01/04/2019
      Blair F.
      New Zealand
      Marco Polo Shirt

      Material is great and comfortable. Already had comments on how good it looks. Arrived the day after ordering

      RP
      07/12/2018
      Richard P.
      Australia
      Marco Polo

      Love this garment. It fits and feels superb:) Highly recommended!!