Underdogs

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Dog day underwear for your Juggernauts and Snipes or to morph your Supertankers into fully spec'd riding shorts. Consider scoring a spare pair to extend ride time between washing loads when on tour or thrashing your local trails.

▸ Features
  • Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • Breathable lycra mesh liner.
  • Twin flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • Wide elastic waistband.
  • HighRise™ rear has you covered.
  • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs glue these shorts to your thighs.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

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Our Softail™ pad delivers supreme comfort for those gnarly long days in the saddle.
  • Differential density, multi-level foam construction provides additional padding at pressure points without increased bulk.
  • 3D anatomical shaping, 4-way stretch and seamless construction hug your body for a performance fit.
  • Polyester-knit face fabric against your skin disperses heat and moisture.
  • Anti-bacterial finish and dries rapidly after washing.
  • Made by TMF in Italy. Market leaders in cycling pad design and innovation. Manufactured in strict compliance with European environmental standards.

▸ Lycra Mesh
4-way stretch nylon with mesh eyelets for accelerated cooling. A lightweight knit blended with 12% lycra to deliver body-hugging performance.
  • Composition: 88% nylon; 12% lycra.

▸ Bandolier™
Textured-lycra bands glue the legs of our premium shorts to your thighs, and provide muscle support – all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.

▸ HighRise™
A stretch lumbar panel and HighRise™ rear overlap with your cycle top to keep you covered. No bare skin or lewd exposure.

▸ 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.

▸ Weight
130 gm
▸ Compare

  Stowaways Innuendos Underdogs Flatliners
Pad None
Style Bib Shorts Shorts Shorts
Fabric Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra

▸ FAQ

▸ Should I wear underwear with these shorts?
Hell no. You want to have as smooth an interface as possible between your bum and the saddle. The seams on your underwear will inevitably be in the wrong place - causing rubbing and saddle sores. Also underwear is generally cotton - nice for everyday use but damp skin below is more susceptible to chaffing.

▸ 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. 

  • With shorts in particular, cold-water detergents and those with bleach or fabric softner can cause 'nappy-rash' so if you're experiencing issues in that department try a warm 40ºC machine wash and a change of cleaning brew. 
  • A washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
  • UV rays accelerate the decay of lycra. Our fabric is knitted so the lycra component lies on the inside of the fabric - shielding it from the sun when you're out riding. Consequently you should avoid drying these shorts inside-out. It's not a bad idea to do so occasionally as the sun does help keep the pad hygienic - although it is treated with an anti-bacterial finish anyway. But drying in this manner is a trade-off with the damage done to the Lycra.
  • It's common practice to not wear underwear with your riding shorts so you need to wash your shorts daily. And it's recommended to give your shorts an initial wash when they're new - the eXo™ pad in particular becomes less stiff after the first wash.

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    SF
    12/01/2020
    Steve F.
    New Zealand

    Underdogs Highly Recommended

    When my old underdogs finally bit the dust there was no debate on what was going to replace them. The mesh is great for ventilation and surprisingly hard-wearing.

    MD
    09/01/2020
    Marc D.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    My first Underdogs

    These were the first padded underwear I have used, despite having cycled several thousand k's commuting to work - my bottom is feeling much more comfortable! Should have bought some years' ago! Looking forward to seeing how they last.

    RF
    05/01/2020
    Rangi F.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    A Second Pair

    Bought another pair of Underdogs - one to wear while the other is on the washing line. Always pays to look ahead and keep riding in comfort.

    JF
    27/12/2019
    Julie F.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Great cycling gear

    I recently purchased some Underdogs and other cycling shorts for my husband. He’s rapt. Loves them all. Easy to wear and not restrictive at all. Definitely recommend

    CH
    05/12/2019
    Carol H.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Dove Tails

    Recently replaced my ancient dove tails. Forgot how wonderful it is to ride in comfort. Certainly makes my adventures more enjoyable. Love these inners. Will have to get another pair I think.

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