Median Strip

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Middle-of-the-road luxury for backcountry warriors, tarmac heroes and retro-grouches. Odour resistant Lightwave™ Merino is cool enough to wear on all but the hottest summer days. Walk the line.
+Features
  • Lightwave™ hi-performance fabric combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
  • Full front zip for maximum venting.
  • Raglan sleeves.
  • Rear security pocket and twin elasticised angle-pockets.
  • 'Backpack-friendly' rear zip slider garage.
  • WhaleTail™ covers your back.
  • No-elastic hem.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 230 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 and machine washable.
  • Composition: 46% merino; 54% polyester.
  • Weight: 150 gsm.
+Man vs Wild
  • Merino is unrivalled for comfort as a body layer.
  • Its natural fibres help fend off the big stink on multi-day epics.
  • Merino 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. Ideal for going hard 'n' fast, and for wearing under your rain jacket.
+Hot 'n' Cold
Lightwave™ Merino regulates your temperature through a wide range of conditions. Delivering comfort in all but the hottest climes - from spring through summer and into the tail end of autumn.
+UPF 50
UPF 50+ rating extends your no-burn time by 50 times over bare skin. Designs with a stand-up collar and long sleeves maximise protection from the sun's UV rays. Yank 'em up if it gets too stifling.

+WhaleTail™
Ground Effect tops are cut with extra length in the back... and in the sleeves too. So when you stretch out in search of the perfect downhill position, neither your shirttail or sleeves will ride-up to expose your back or wrists to the elements.

+More than Kiwi Made
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.

+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, Isotherm, Ristretto, Submerino and Inferno are all base layers - best worn directly against your skin.
  • The Berglar, Flying Nun, Median Strip, Hula, Neopolitan and Lozenge are riding jerseys, with additional features including rear or hipster pockets. 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 EcostoreEarthwise 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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    Filter Reviews:
      AK
      02/05/2022
      Angus K.
      New Zealand

      Median Strip

      Great product & very comfortable. I am between sizes & used the overnight exchange option to change size. This worked a treat.

      PJ
      18/04/2022
      Peter J.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Peter J Median

      Great product, Though was looking for a 100% merino product, my fault as i should have read the full blurb properly, One thing that bothers me is that we continue to wear synthetic based clothing, that just ends up in the waste stream, we could be wearing natural fibres, i.e wool linen cotton etc,. I now go out of my to source and locate natural fibres for clothing especially for cycling. There got that of my chest , keep up the great work with great products.

      A Ground Effect Customer
      DC
      08/04/2022
      David C.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom

      Wouldn't recommend

      Having had Baked Alaska and Ristretto tops for probably nearly 20 years I went straight to Ground Effect for a touring merino Jersey, unfortunately after only two trips to warmer climes (it's been winter in the UK) the Jersey already has a hole in it on the main body at the top of the pocket, I wouldn't mind but I've barely used the pockets, I'll try and repair it but not the quality I was looking for.

      11/04/2022

      Ground Effect

      Hi David, sorry you've had issues with your Median Strip. We always like to put things right, so we have contacted you via email. Pedal on, Ernie

      GL
      01/04/2022
      Geoff L.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Median Strip Review

      I have purchased many items from GroundEffect and as usual the quality is second to nun.... The Median Strip is both comfortable extremely well made and very good looking.... You won't be wrong buying this well worth every dollar

      DK
      18/02/2022
      Dave K.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Median Strip

      Love my Median Strip. Good fit. Great quality