Black Hole

29 reviews
Jet Black

Challenge relativity with this stretch merino neck gaiter. Deflects icicles and asteroids from your neck, nose and chin when time warping through the depths of winter.

  • Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino hi-performance thermal fabric combines a merino inner layer with a hard wearing nylon outer and lycra for stretch.
  • Toasty - slightly warmer than the Scruff (made from Heatwave™ merino).
  • One size fits all.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 80 gm

4-way stretch winter luxury uniquely combines superfine NZ merino against your skin with a tightly woven, hardwearing nylon outer and lycra to stretch and move with your body. Warm as pie. Developed by Ground Effect and knitted just for us.
  • Composition: 38% merino; 46% nylon; 16% lycra.

+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.


  • 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.

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    Paul D.
    Australia Australia
    Black Hole

    Absolutely best thing to buy for winter. Keeps the cold out.

    Julie B.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Black Hole Review

    The only problem with it for us was how we wanted to use it, which probably wasn’t what it was designed for. We wanted to bring it up over our face when biking but it was too big and because of the shape of the back of your head it slipped down. Probably need a balaclava.

    Anita E.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Keeps my neck toasty warm

    I love pairing a Black Hole with my Ice Queen top. They work together perfectly for my morning downhill commuter ride. My only complaint is that the Black Hole is black, so they’re a little easy to lose.

    Steve K.
    United States United States
    Great neck and face protection during the winter

    As I have aged, I have found that I need face and neck protection in what were once warmer temperatures. I bought a Black Hole and a Scrunch a few seasons back. The Black Hole is softer, stretchier, and warmer than the Scrunch. The long length allows me to capture the bottom in my jacket, and the top with my head covering. My helmet holds it all in place! I wear the Black Hole for temperatures below 50F (10C) and the Scrunch up to about 60F (15C). Lately I have been wearing the Scrunch as a face mask while on the bike. The US did not handle COVID nearly as well as NZ did, so we are going to be wearing masks for a long time. Great stuff. My only request would be more colors!

    Jane S.
    Australia Australia
    Nice and toasty

    Excellent product, only comment is that there isn't enough elastic to keep up over nose and ears, but can address the ears by pulling over head.

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