Tournadoes

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Jet Black
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Merino luxury for long long days assaulting the gravel. Thigh and rear pockets let you store snacks, phone and other essentials to travel light, fast and unencumbered. While Merino Lycra lets you push harder between spin cycles at the laundromat.

Three Month 'Free' Trial. Ride the Tournados (hard) and if they don't blow you away, return them to us within 90 days for a full refund.

+Features
  • eXo™ skeletal pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino.
  • 'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams.
  • 10-panel construction.
  • Two thigh pockets and two large stretch mesh rear pockets for carrying your daily needs.
  • Full flat seaming for enhanced comfort.
  • Lycra mesh back panel and wide shoulder straps for maximum comfort and cooling.
  • No-elastic waist means zero pressure around your midriff.
  • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs glue these shorts to your thighs.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 230 gm

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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.

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This state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad delivers maximum performance for those who ride long and fast.
  • Pad and shorts' outer fabric are laminated as a single layer – providing increased precision with minimal movement between the fabrics and your saddle.
  • Near-seamless interface between pad and body of the shorts.
  • External and internal differential-density mouldings provide 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.

+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.

+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.

+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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4.8 Based on 30 reviews
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    MY
    25/09/2020
    Mark Y.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Tournadoes

    I've had a couple of pairs of Exocets and upgraded to Tournadoes for longer days - so far I'm very impressed with the fit and the feel, and my butt is happy. Haven't used the pockets too much, but did cary a couple of bananas with ease. Cons - don't be in a hurry for a 'No 2' toilet break! Another great Ground Effect product Thanks

    RW
    24/09/2020
    Rob W.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Warm and comfy

    A comffy pair of bib shorts for those longer rides where you need the extra padding and a bit of extra warmth

    MM
    17/09/2020
    Mathew M.
    Australia Australia
    Good Gear!

    These are incredibly comfortable. Made to fit the antipodean physique rather than petite euro sizing. While distinctive in appearance the Tornadoes are comfy, reasonable warm and well made. Not using the side pockets personally but could appreciate the ease of access to gels and the like for the competitive rider. Good gear, can recommend.

    CH
    29/08/2020
    Christine H.
    Australia Australia
    Best eva

    My son won some $$’s for a bike event and purchased a pair. I wanted something really special for his birthday and his wife knowing how much he loved them suggested a second pair. My gift hit the spot perfectly.

    PS
    20/07/2020
    Paul S.
    Australia Australia
    Tournadoes comfort

    Just received and started wearing in my first pair of Tournadoes. Like the way the leg cuffs grip snugly and the extra warmth from the blended merino is appreciated in a cold Melbourne winter. A very comfortable and well fitting pair of knicks - highly recommended.

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