B52

22 reviews
Size Chart
Colour
Limelight
Size
All-round performance for gravel sorties and backcountry missions. With no rear pockets it won't fight with your backpack. And its long sleeves provide warmth and shade as the day changes its temper. Bombs away.
+Features
  • Stand-up collar for UV protection.
  • UPF 50+
  • Long front zip for maximum venting.
  • No rear pockets to clash with your backpack.
  • Long sleeves protect your forearms from both the sun and the cold (how does it know?).
  • No-elastic hem for warm weather comfort.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 190 gm

+HyperActive™
A lightweight summer fabric packed with technology to keep you cool and dry as. The bi-component knit backs a sharp-looking polyester outer with a smooth layer of nano-charcoal polyester against your skin. Nano-charcoal disperses sweat to accelerate evaporation and is naturally anti-microbial to fight nasty smells. The fabric dries at the speed of light - great when reduced to hand washing on tour - and even performs its quick-drying magic in the wet under a rain jacket.
  • Composition: 75% polyester; 25% nano-charcoal polyester.
+UPF 50
HyperActive's UPF 50+ rating extends your no-burn time by 50 times over bare skin. Designs with a stand-up collar and long sleeves maximise protection from the sun's UV rays. Yank 'em up if it gets too stifling.

+WhaleTail™
Ground Effect tops are cut with extra length in the back... and in the sleeves too. So when you stretch out in search of the perfect downhill position, neither your shirttail or sleeves will ride-up to expose your back or wrists to the elements.

+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.

+Compare

  Berglar Neopolitan Rock Lobster B52
Pockets Three at rear One at hip Three at rear None
Front Zip Full length None 3/4 3/4
Fabric Lightwave™
Merino
Lightwave™
Merino
HyperActive™ HyperActive™
Fit
Sizes S - XL S - XL S - XXL S - XL

+Video
+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. 

+ 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
    4.6 Based on 22 reviews
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      GB
      29/05/2021
      Graeme B.
      United Kingdom
      Great all round top

      B52 is just about the perfect top for UK conditions, either as a summer breezer or as part of layered up snugness. The colour is high vis without being obnoxious, and the cut is comfy/loose with accurate sizing. One small pocket somewhere would make this perfect, but that's the only slight criticism I can make in what is otherwise a great top.

      MD
      16/05/2021
      Mike D.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      my new B52

      Super happy to have a new one of these. I have owned a very similar Ground Effect top since 2010 and it has been a fantastic top for summer riding. Looking forward to the warmer months again and I'll be using the B52 to protect me from the sun. At the same time I bought the B52 I also bought a Baked Alaska - which is the top I'm using in the current cooler weather. I highly recommend Ground Effect clothing!

      IH
      21/04/2021
      Ian H.
      Australia Australia
      B52

      Another great GroundEffect top, I have a lot. Perfect for warm days, and I just put a warm layer over it in cooler weather.

      GD
      09/03/2021
      Greg D.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Bright and breezy

      Don't know how many GE tops I've owned but they keep getting better. Fits my aging body superbly and feel cool and lightweight. Was a little worried about the colour but use to it, love it.

      MP
      15/02/2021
      Marg P.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Summer cycle top

      I bought a men’s XXL, as it was the biggest size they have. I am 5 feet tall and weight 68ks and l like my clothes loose... and this shirt fits me perfectly. I’ve made thumb and finger openings at the sleeve cuff so my hands are covered (skin protection from the sun and small biting insects) ... the fabric is great... definitely recommend this shirt.