Rock Lobster

177 reviews
Size Chart
Colour
Limelight
Olive
Deep Marine
Size
Avoid being boiled alive when the sun turns up the volume. The Rock Lobster boasts its own theme song for company, plus a stand-up collar and long sleeves for shade on those long exposed days on the road.
+Features
  • Stand-up collar for UV protection.
  • UPF 50+
  • Long front zip for maximum venting.
  • Long sleeves protect your forearms from both the sun and the cold (how does it know?).
  • No-elastic hem for warm weather comfort.
  • Rear security pocket coupled with elasticised pockets for on-the-go access.
  • 'Backpack-friendly' rear zip slider garage.
  • S and XXL sizes in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 220 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
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      CC
      28/04/2021
      Camilla C.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      A perennial favourite

      This is the go to all season bike top! Long sleeves to protect from the sun and the scratches, long zip for the sweaty uphills. I’ve bought many of these over the years and keep coming back for more.

      BE
      22/04/2021
      Brendan E.
      Australia Australia
      Brilliant!

      After a lifetime of cycling, finally found the most comfortable top I've ever worn. My Rock Lobster seems to keep me at the prefect temerature regardless of the weather. On cooler days I simply add a base layer and good to go! Supremely comfortable. I just love it. Highly recomended.

      MT
      16/04/2021
      Malcolm T.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      The wife loves it!

      We both have Rock Lobsters. Great for UV protection on arms and neck; cool when you're hot and warm when its cool!

      MC
      08/04/2021
      Mike C.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      B52 summer top

      As usual I didn’t even bother looking at all the other tops from different stores. I just went to the best around for all round performance and wasn’t disappointed. All the clothing I have brought over the last few years is top quality and out performs the rest. Peddle on Ground Effect you are awesome.

      M
      03/04/2021
      Michael
      Australia Australia
      Sleeves

      I purchased the rock lobster at the beginning of summer. I got the small, the sleeves are loose and much too short for my long arms, leaving a gap of 6 to 8cm when the sleeves ride up as I ride. The sleeves need to have a tighter cuff and should be at least 8 cm longer to reach my gloves.

      05/04/2021
      Ground Effect

      Hi there Michael, thanks for you review. Hmm, that is an unusual one but if you are tall and skinny you may find this an issue. If you order something and this is the case you can always pop it back to us unused for a refund or exchange. Pedal on, Ernie.