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Short Cuts

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Colour
Jet Black
Size

 No compromise summer shorts for slicing 'n' dicing the singletrack or blasting the open road. Short Cuts combine the comfort and performance of the Jitterbugs with below-the-knee styling. Never be caught short again.

▸ Features
  • HighRise™ rear ensures a generous overlap with your cycle top.
  • Wide Bandolier™ waistband for maximum comfort.
  • 'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams allows the lycra to stretch freely with your body.
  • 8-panel construction.
  • Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • Hardwearing, quick drying, non-shiny ShockWave Lycra.
  • WXL size option.
  • 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.

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Outskirts™ garments are designed specifically for women. However If you're struggling to find exactly what you need in the Outskirts™ women's range, check out our men's products for further options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well. Selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.

▸ '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
200 gm
▸ Compare

  Black Widows Witches Britches Short Cuts
Pad
Fabric Hot Shot™ Merino Hot Shot™ Merino Shockwave™ Lycra
Panels 10 8 8
Bandolier™ Waist Yes No Yes
Bandolier™ Cuffs Yes No 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.

▸ Hitching up ya britches?
  • The challenge in fitting 3/4 length shorts and tights is the inherent tension of the fabric between your hips and knees. Even with stretch fabrics this can encourage your pants to creep down off your hips so the pad no longer fits snugly against your bum. It's more likely if you're lucky enough to have a longer-than-average femur.
  • The trick is to inch up the fabric below your knees so there is less tension along your thighs. If you are a girl, think about how you pull on your fishnet stockings. If you are a boy, think about something else.

▸ 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

4.7 Based on 81 reviews
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    DG
    22/07/2019
    Diana G.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Short Cuts Review

    Hi GE I've had your cycle pants in a long and short style now for over 15 years of commuter riding and just branched out to get another pair... went with the short cuts as a different option to my existing and am delighted. They are super lightweight great cut and excellent butt cushion. Thanks for continuing to create and provide awesome gear :)

    LJ
    28/04/2019
    Lianne J.
    New Zealand

    1st purchase from Ground Effect

    I recently purchased a pair of cycling pants from Ground Effect who were recommended to me by a friend. Brilliant product and fantastic company with super fast and friendly service.

    TG
    22/04/2019
    Tina G.
    New Zealand

    Short cuts

    Great bike pants, nice fit & super comfortable

    JC
    03/03/2019
    JENNY C.
    Australia

    Short cuts review

    This is the second pair of short cuts i have purchased and cannot speak highly enough of the comfort. The padding does a wonderful job while on the seat riding long distances. I just road the Otago rail trail and 3 of us ladies were wearing these pants. We all love their comfort, stretchy enough in all the right places, and wash and dry overnight. I wouldnt wear anything else, just love them.

    ND
    10/02/2019
    Nicola D.
    New Zealand

    Good pants

    These are great pants with good padding, but would be great to have a drawstring around the waist to cinch them in and hold them up (for us lady’s with larger bottoms and smaller waists) and a pocket for a key and some lip balm! Overall though pretty happy with them!

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