Supertankers

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Hucking urban obstacles, scything through traffic or doing the post-race lounging thing. These hardwearing Hi-Impact Plus shorts are as comfortable and good looking on the bike as off. When combat calls, just add a mesh liner and stir to create instant hi-performance baggies.
+Features
  • Non-padded 'Strictly Ballroom' action gusset for pedalling freedom.
  • Combine with Innuendos, Underdogs or Flatliners mesh liner for increased performance.
  • Easy-Rider stretch lumbar and hip panels.
  • Smooth fitted waist with belt loops and zipped fly.
  • Heavy duty Hi-Impact Plus™ takes the knocks and dries quickly.
  • Open hand pockets plus zipped rear security pocket.
  • Contrasting bartacking for extra grunt.
  • Long legs hang around your knees.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 350 gm

+Hi-Impact™ Plus
Hard wearing and quick drying nylon fabric - tightly woven to deliver bulletproof durability, with some stretch for comfort. Hi-Impact Plus is slightly gruntier than the standard brew for a nudge more urban style.
  • Composition: 97% nylon; 3% lycra.

+Easy-Rider™
Stretch hip panels and Trim Tabs™ keep Ground Effect baggies hitched up. Intelligent design reduces surplus fabric for a smoother and therefore more comfortable interface between bum and saddle. There's also less risk of getting hooked up on technical trails.

+Luxury Liner
These baggies are supremely versatile. Add the InnuendosUnderdogs or Stowaways lycra mesh liner to deliver no-nonsense performance in the saddle. Whip ‘em out for washing or when moving into après ride mode. Winterise by using a pair of Geronimos or three-quarter length shorts as the liner.

+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.

+Compare

  Hydroslides Juggernauts Snipes
Fabric

HydroFoil
Hi-Impact Stretch

Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Stretch
Liner Separate Separate Separate
Trim Tabs™ Yes Yes Yes
Leg Vents No Yes Yes
Leg Length Above-Knee Mid-Knee Above Knee
Fit
Sizes S - XL S - XXL S - XL
  Double Happys Slim Jims Supertankers
Fabric Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Plus
Liner Integrated Separate Separate
Trim Tabs™ Yes No No
Leg Vents No No No
Leg Length Mid-Knee Above Knee Mid-Knee
Fit
Sizes S - XXL S - XL S - XL

+FAQ

+Baggy vs Lycra
A stretch short will always deliver more performance than a baggy number as there's no surplus fabric bunched up between your bum and the saddle. However, baggies are the default choice of battle-hardened cyclists off road, on tour and around the streets. They combine a loose but not super-baggy fit with an optional mesh liner and moulded pad... providing the performance benefits of conventional stretch shorts with minimal compromise.

+How should the waist fit?
These baggies feature a stretch-fit waist that delivers a snug, performance fit. Pull them over your hips, and there should be a 3-5 cm gap before you close the dome. The waist is then under tension so your pants stay put when hitting the trails or tarmac.

+Are they water-resistant?
The Hi-Impact™ Stretch fabric has a water resistant treatment. While the pants are not waterproof, they do provide some short term resistant to drizzle and light rain. They are windproof, dry faster than lightening if you do happen to get caught out and are extremely hard wearing. For increased rain protection checkout the splashproof Hydroslides with their HydroFoil™ Plus rear panel.

+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. 

+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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      MC
      24/02/2022
      Mark C.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Last pair lasted 20years !!!!

      Yes…. You are reading this right Put on the new pair and could feel that they are cut right and are made to cycle in. (No doubt that I will get another 20 yrs out of the new ones) Thanks Guys !!!

      CM
      10/01/2022
      Chris M.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      My 5th pair of Supertankers

      I live in them, on and off the bike. I think these are my 5th pair in over a decade. They aren’t cheap, but they last better than anything else I’ve had, plus family members can buy them for you too!

      PC
      23/12/2021
      Penny C.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom

      Repeat purchase as a present

      I bought these as a present and they were sent directly overseas. It was a repeat purchase as the last pair (bought 2017/20218) were so well-loved. It was easy to order online, I got information about the dispatch and they arrived rapidly. Good service.

      BM
      08/12/2021
      Bryan M.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Problem with Supertankers

      Look so sharp and comfortable I don’t want to get them dirty

      JG
      07/12/2021
      Jack G.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Jack

      Best all round shorts ever for cycling or everyday wear. I have had 6 pairs in the last 20 years. Highly recommended.