The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape, height and how loose or tight you like to wear your clothes. Measurements refer to your body not the garment. Jackets and baggies are sized to fit over under-layers - so you should be the same size in both. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.
This colour/size is temporarily out of stock. For orders placed today we'll get one to you in about a week... or consider another colour if you can't wait.
Multicolour indulgence for the bike park and after-match sorties to the icecream parlour. Lightwave™ Merino smells good and wicks away the hard work. Would that be one scoop or two?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ecostore, Earthwise 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.
I bought an Orange one at at the start of Winter, road tested it in Auckland and then in the Deep South Island through Rain, Ice and Snow. It seemed lonely, so I bought this Blue one to keep it company.
Like the Orange one it keeps me toasty on the bike without overheating, looks cool in the Ponsonby Bars and makes me look even slimmer.
I highly recommend this top whatever the colour :-)
I bought the Burnt Orange Neopolitan as I realised most of my Merino tops are Black or Gray and after a Bike accident wanted to be visible as winter approaches.
Gave it the visibility/ warmth test in Auckland over the past few weeks and it passed with flying colours. ( I was warm and no cars hit me!)
But there was another benefit...the Neopolitan makes me look skinny (well I have been trying to lose weight, but the top shows it!)
We are now in Queenstown and just did the Lake Hayes / Lower Shotover bike trail in just a few degrees above zero...The Neopolitan kept me toasty without overheating aided by another merino singlet and an old Ground Effect Yellow shell from around 2014 (Afterburner? Ground Effect gear just lasts!)
I'm so impressed by Ground Effect Gear and how it does the job as well as making me look like a model!
I may yet buy a blue Neopolitan because I think my orange one needs company!