Witches Britches

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Jet Black
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Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble... genuine black magic for piloting broomsticks and fighting winter chills. Witches Britches combine 8-panel performance with below-the-knee styling and Merino Lycra to keep you and your knees toasty warm.
+Features
  • HighRise™ rear ensures a generous overlap with your cycle top.
  • Wide elastic waist band for maximum comfort.
  • 'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams allows the lycra to stretch freely with your body.
  • 8-panel construction.
  • Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 250 gm

+Hotshot™ lycra
4-way stretch winter luxury uniquely combines superfine NZ merino against your skin with a tightly woven, hardwearing nylon outer and lycra to stretch and move with your body. Warm as pie. Developed by Ground Effect and knitted just for us.
  • Composition: 38% merino; 46% nylon; 16% lycra.

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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.

+Softail™
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.
  • Bacteriostatic finish for added hygiene.
  • 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.

+'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.

+Compare

  Black Widows Witches Britches Short Cuts
Pad eXo Softail Softail
Fabric Hot Shot™
Merino
Hot Shot™
Merino
Shockwave™
Lycra
Panels 10 8 8
Bandolier™ Waist Yes No Yes
Bandolier™ Cuffs Yes No No
Sizes 10 - 16 8 - 18 8 - 18

+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.

  • Wash colours separately.

+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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      JC
      17/06/2021
      Jeanette C.
      Australia Australia
      Witches Britches

      Wearing my third pair after 16 years of cycling, although the 2nd pair were made from a different fabric and were a firmer fit, not so comfortable as the other two. They wash well, extremely comfortable to wear in hot or cold weather.

      JV
      16/06/2021
      Jude V.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Witches Britches

      I now own two pairs of witches britches because I love to wear them when biking in winter. They are made of great quantity fabric and are very comfortable. I wear shorts over the top of mine and on freezing cold days I wear long merino socks underneath. I totally recommend this garment.

      RM
      13/06/2021
      Raynie M.
      Australia Australia
      Surprisingly disappointed - see through.

      I love the Ground Effects brand and was so excited to finally purchase the Witches Britches but they are see through! If you combine with other pants or shorts they work a treat but you may get too hot. Positive is the padding is comphy and fabric is soft. But(t).. Beware the shadowing of butt cheeks / other bits and good natured mockery of riding associates.

      14/06/2021
      Ground Effect

      Hi Raynie, Ouch. Sorry the Witches' are not doing the trick for you. We have sent you an email about sending them back for us to suss out. Humbly yours, Ernie.

      HS
      25/05/2021
      Heather S.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Great leggings

      Seriously comfortable and wash up well.

      PP
      24/05/2021
      Penelope P.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Witches Britches

      I purchased these for my 77 year old mum and she loves them. She likes the length from crutch to waist and the leg length. You have gained a big fan!