Marco Polo

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Sartorial smarts for pedalling to all four corners of the earth. Heatwave™ merino subdues olfactory evidence of big days in the saddle. While polo shirt styling and 'off-camber' chest pocket help blend in when refuelling with the locals.
  • Heatwave™ hi-performance knit combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
  • 'Stiff upper lip' collar deflects UV's and upholds dress codes.
  • Hi-Impact Nylon reinforcing on shoulders for portaging your bike.
  • Zipped 'off-camber' chest pocket for storing shades and tunes.
  • Ground Effect 'Multi-Day Mission' patch.
  • Sewn in emergency tube repair patch, because you can never be too

    Merino UnFashion Summer Top

    Merino UnFashion Summer Top

  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 220 gm

A bi-component thermal fabric combining merino and polyester yarns. Superfine 18.5 micron New Zealand merino wicks sweat away from your skin while the polyester provides a durable, non-pill outer. Mid weight at 170 gm/m2 and machine washable. Developed by Ground Effect and knitted just for us.
  • Composition: 51% merino; 49% polyester
+Man vs Wild
Merino is unrivalled for comfort as a body layer. It absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres, mopping up excess sweat rather than letting it settle and cool on your skin. However high-aerobic activities like cycling will often overload ordinary merino. Heatwave's polyester component repels moisture to avoid total saturation of the fabric - so it dries faster to keep you toasty.
+Snug-as-a-Bug Fit
Heatwave™ Merino tops are intended to hug your body, ensuring the fabric sits against your skin to wick sweat away - keeping you dry and not chilling out.
+Hot 'n' Cold
As a single garment Heatwave™ Merino regulates your temperature through a wide range of conditions. Delivering comfort in all but the hottest climes. Yet it is versatile enough to layer under a WindFoil™, microFoil™ or HydroFoil™ shell in winter.
+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.
▸ Why are Heatwave and Lightwave Merino so comfortable next-to-skin?
  • Heatwave and Lightwave combine the comfort, warmth and low-odour properties of merino wool with the durability of polyester. Merino wool absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres like polyester or polypropylene. This makes it very effective in dealing with excess sweat - it is absorbed into the fabric rather than settling (and cooling) on your skin. The polyester component repels moisture which avoids total saturation of the fabric - helping it to dry faster. The strength of the polyester also maintains the shape of the garment and minimises wear 'n' tear and pilling.
  • The Baked Alaska, Popsicle and Hot Toddy are intended to be used as a stand alone cycle top in cool, as opposed to cold, conditions.
  • The Thermos, Ristretto and Submerino are all base layers - best worn directly against your skin.
  • The Median Strip, Berglar and Hoola are riding jerseys, with additional features including three rear pockets and long front zips. For use in both hot and cold climes and versatile enough to wear as an insulation layer in winter.
  • 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. 
  • Wash colours separately.
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    Jack Z.
    Australia Australia
    Really comfortable Polo.

    I was concerned that the size S Marco Polo might be a bit small for me but it is a perfect fit. The material is really comfortable and I can easily wear the shirt for a couple of days between washes.

    Glen A.
    Where's the ladies version

    Would the top pocket fit a cell phone like a S8 or S10. Also a good place for your coffee purse. Noone's going to touch it there! Unfortunately a lot of woman's wear lack pockets or useable pockets. Just a thought.

    Ground Effect

    Hi there, thanks for your feedback. Yes, the pocket fit most mobile phones. Hope that helps. Ernie

    Robert E.

    How stylish is my new Marco Polo top!Can’t wait to wear It on our bike and barge tour of Burgundy next September!

    Blair F.
    New Zealand
    Marco Polo Shirt

    Material is great and comfortable. Already had comments on how good it looks. Arrived the day after ordering

    Richard P.
    Marco Polo

    Love this garment. It fits and feels superb:) Highly recommended!!

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