Dovetails

103 reviews
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Colour
Jet Black
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 A mesh liner that fits like a dove under your Tantrums or Martinis. Pack a spare pair when on tour to extend riding time between washing loads.

+Features
  • Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • Breathable lycra mesh liner.
  • Wide Bandolier™ waistband.
  • Twin flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • HighRise™ rear has you covered.
  • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs.
  • WXL size option.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 120 gm

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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.

+Lycra Mesh
4-way stretch nylon with mesh eyelets for accelerated cooling. A lightweight knit blended with 12% lycra to deliver body-hugging performance.
  • Composition: 88% nylon; 12% 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. Selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.

+Bandolier™
Textured-lycra bands glue the legs of our premium shorts to your thighs, and provide muscle support – all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.

+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

  Rendezvous Dovetails
Pad
Fabric Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh

+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.

+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.

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    RJ
    19/09/2020
    Ron J.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Dovetails

    Lovely soft lightweight fabric. Would give 5 stars however bandoliers too tight for my thighs. Cut the bands off and now much more comfortable!

    PW
    19/09/2020
    Pam W.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    does the work

    lightweight but stretchy and adequately padded. perfect for under longs or shorts. runs a tad large I'd say with the stretchy material compared to other GE products.

    LM
    18/09/2020
    Louise M.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Dove tails

    Excellent, really comfortable esp for those 50km+ rides!

    JC
    07/09/2020
    Jen C.
    Australia Australia
    Ohh la la

    My last pair of liners lasted well over 10 years. The original shorts & liners that attached together with press studs. They were well & truly stretched & falling apart. After trying on my new Dovetails, I can’t wait to head out for a ride. Instant comfort & I haven’t even put my backside on the saddle. Light, airy & well made. Looks like there’s been improvements with the padding during the last 10 years! Chuffed that I’m still the same size after 10 years!! Super quick delivery to Oz. Awesome. Thanks Ground Effect :)

    NP
    02/09/2020
    Nicole P.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Perfect for Beginner Cyclists

    Purchased so I can enjoy cycling for longer periods of time without being sore for days. So far so great. Not as padded as I was expecting but that’s probably best as I can wear these under anything and it doesn’t look like i'm wearing anything padded. Perfect fit and no more sore bum!

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