Sputniks

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Size Chart
Men's Size Chart
S M L XL
Height

163 - 172 cm
5’ 4” - 5’ 8”

169 - 178 cm
5’ 6” - 5’ 10”

175 - 185 cm
5’ 9” - 6’ 1”

183 - 191 cm
6’ 0” - 6’ 3”

Chest

91 - 97 cm
36” - 38”

98 - 104 cm
39 - 41”

105 - 111 cm
42 - 44”

112 - 118 cm
44 - 46”

Waist

73 - 79 cm
29 - 31”

80 - 86 cm
32 - 34”

87 - 93 cm
35 - 37”

94 - 100 cm
37 - 39”

Hips

87 - 95 cm
34 - 37”

96 - 103 cm
38 - 41”

104 - 111 cm
41 - 44”

112 - 120 cm
44 - 47”

The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape and how loose or tight you like to wear your clothes. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.

Colour
Jet Black
Size

Expedition issue cycling shorts as worn by Vladimir under his spacesuit on the ill-fated 'Tour de la Lune'. Constructed from non-shiny ShockWave™ Lycra with a Softail™ pad to deliver plush, long range comfort and durability.

▸ Features
  • Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • 'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams allows the lycra to stretch freely with your body.
  • Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • 8-panel construction.
  • Hardwearing, quick drying, non-shiny ShockWave Lycra.
  • HighRise™ rear ensures a generous overlap with your cycle top.
  • Wide elastic waistband for maximum comfort.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

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4-way stretch nylon with a non-shiny finish. It's soft against your skin, yet is incredibly tough and dries quickly. Blended with 16% lycra to deliver body-hugging performance and durability.
  • Composition: 84% nylon; 16% lycra.

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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.

▸ 'S' Seams
S-shaped seams don't limit the stretch of lycra fabrics - ensuring Ground Effect shorts hug and move with your body, not against it.

▸ 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
190 gm
▸ Compare

  Limousines Exocets Supersonics Sputniks
Pad
Panels 12 12 10 8
Fabric Hot Shot™ Merino Shockwave™ Lycra Shockwave™ Lycra Shockwave™ Lycra
Bandolier™ Cuffs Yes Yes Yes No

▸ 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.

Customer Reviews

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MM
05/01/2019
Mike M.
Australia

Sputniks

I have had a few pairs of Sputniks over the years & found them to be very good value. They aren't too heavy for summer cycling, they fit well & are very comfortable. They are easy to wash & dry quickly. I would have no trouble recommending them to anyone looking for a good pair of nicks.

MG
02/01/2019
Michael G.
Australia

Affordable and Long Wearing

Like all Ground Effect gear, Sputniks are quality products. They are my summer standard knicks. Reliable, comfortable and long wearing. I run 4 pairs and they last me 3 seasons riding 6 days a week.

KG
11/12/2018
Kerry G.
New Zealand

Spuniks.

I have had these riding shorts before and cant get away from them. i find them very comfortable and don't bunch up in the crotch area . i would recomend these to anyone.

JG
08/12/2018
James G.
Australia

Long life Sputniks

I am just a little concerned that I may have over capitalised. I now have two pair of Sputniks. I being a 1938 model they will outlast me ? hate waste. However the usual cumfy great nicks are on the road regularly. Thanks Jim

CH
19/10/2018
Cheryl H.
Australia

Good pair of Nix

Comfortable and does the job

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