Median Strip

103 reviews
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Colour
Azure Blue
Red Hot
Size
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: 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.

+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 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
    4.9 Based on 103 reviews
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      GK
      11/06/2021
      Geoff K.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Does what it needs to

      This is a classic case of “does what it says on the box”. It is cleverly designed with 4 holes, 2 for your arms, one for your body and one for your head. The fit is great and even has convenient pockets on the back for spare tube, banana and at least one MegaNut. Another great Ground Effect product :-).

      MD
      02/06/2021
      Michael D.
      Australia Australia
      Excellent

      Fits like a glove and so well made great for autumn in Australia looks great thanks again guys. Cheers Michael.

      GE
      26/05/2021
      george E.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Great top

      Nice and breezy in the summer but keeps thr wind off nicely too

      GC
      30/04/2021
      Glen C.
      United States United States
      Not Baaaaa'd... Ewe will like it!

      Sorry, my sheepish nature makes me pun a lot! Good price, nice construction, I like the pockets. Keeps me cool on hot days. I've got a 42" chest, 5'9" tall, and 179 pounds. A Large fits perfect. I'm teaching it English, as it only speaks Kiwi now. Goes well with my Exocet shorts too !

      A Ground Effect Customer
      SC
      22/04/2021
      Simon C.
      Australia Australia
      Consistent performer

      I’ve bought Ground Effects products over the years but not that often as they just last so damn long. You won’t win any fashion prizes but your cycling wardrobe won’t look dated either. Generous fit and good quality, these are items you’ll look forward to wearing.