Rock Lobster

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Size Chart
Colour
Azure Blue
Limelight
Silver
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.
  • Sewn in emergency tube repair patch, because you can never be too well prepared.
  • S and XXL sizes in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

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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.

▸ Weight
220 gm
▸ Compare
  Zip Tie  Road Rage Rock Lobster  Stingray
Pockets Four at rear Four at rear Three at rear Three at rear
Activity Road Road Mtb & Tour Mtb & Tour
Sleeves Long Short Long Short
Fit
Sizes S - XL S - XL S - XXL S - XXL
▸ 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. 

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    PT
    18/05/2019
    Peter Talbot

    Ideal for touring

    8 days riding in Albania; still snow on the ground so the air could be chilly; but sunny during the day. The Rock Lobster was warm enough, but cooled well when sweating. Perfect for keeping sun off arms and neck. Best thing was it was odour free throughout, and the best wash it had was a quick rinse. My cycle buddy is heading on a tour in Central Asia, and having seen it in action on me, he’s a convert now too.

    LP
    17/05/2019
    lisa p.
    Australia

    I Don't ride in anything else!

    Awesome cycling top, very breathable and keeps the sun off the arms. It is easily the most comfortable cycling top i have worn, there ya go i've said it!

    R.
    11/05/2019
    Robert .
    Australia

    Rock Lobster

    My first Rock Lobster and I love it. I mainly use it when touring and enjoy the great sun protection it provides. Unlike most long sleeve jersey it is very comfortable when the weather is hot.

    GF
    29/04/2019
    George F.
    New Zealand

    Rock Lobster

    Excellent shirt for MTB, much more of a relaxed fit than the zip tie.

    JW
    02/04/2019
    Jan W Aalders

    Stands the test of time

    I bought my first Rock Lobster back in the last century. It was in the Agent Orange colour and it lasted years. I moved to the short sleeved Road Rage jerseys when they first came out and wore them with arm warmers in the Sydney winters. However, I just couldn't hack SPF 50 cream on my arms in summer and bought myself another Rock Lobster. It has seen a lot of use this summer, and, if anything, it is better than the "last century" original. Most of my cyling wardrobe is Ground Effect stuff and I happily recommend it to my friends. Keep up the great work of making practical cycling gear.

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