Exocets

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Faster than a French missile locked on your tail. The state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad is laminated to the shorts' body for unequalled precision and performance. Their 12-panel design, Bandolier™ cuffs and s-shaped seams ensure the Exocets fit like body paint. First choice for owners of the rainbow jersey and aspirants alike.

Three Month 'Free' Trial. Ride the Exocets (hard) and if they don't blow you away, return them to us within 90 days for a full refund.

▸ Features
  • eXo™ skeletal pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • 'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams.
  • 12-panel construction.
  • XXL size option available.
  • Full flat seaming for a contour-fit.
  • Wide elastic waistband for maximum comfort.
  • HighRise™ rear overlaps with your cycle top.
  • Bandolier™ textured-lycra cuffs glue these shorts to your thighs.
  • 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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This state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad delivers maximum performance for those who ride long and fast.
  • Pad and shorts' outer fabric are laminated as a single layer – providing increased precision with minimal movement between the fabrics and your saddle.
  • Near-seamless interface between pad and body of the shorts.
  • External and internal differential-density mouldings provide 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.

▸ '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.

▸ 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.

▸ Weight
220 gm
▸ Compare

  Limousines Exocets Supersonics Sputniks
Pad
Panels 12 12 10 8
Fabric Hot Shot™ Merino Shockwave™ Lycra Shockwave™ Lycra Shockwave™ Lycra
Bandolier™ Cuffs Yes Yes Yes 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.

▸ 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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    18/11/2019
    Carolyn
    New Zealand

    Comfortable and last well

    I splashed out on these for my husband two years ago, before travelling overseas for 12 months. They have had almost daily wear for our overseas adventures (8000+km cycled) and then back home too. He said they are really comfortable; much better padding than previous other well-known brands and they have lasted so well - they are still comfortable for long rides back home. There is not much sign of wear after all the riding he's done, but I will be getting him another pair this Christmas! Definitely value for money in terms of comfort, quality and wear.

    RG
    11/10/2019
    Rod G.
    Australia Australia

    Comfy pants

    After too many years in worn out knicks, the comfort of the Exocets is a treat. A fantastic, snug fit and miracle comfort form pad makes long rides a whole new experience. Thanks again GE for another well made product.

    MB
    24/09/2019
    Mark B.
    Australia Australia

    Brilliant cycling nicks!

    This is my eight pair. When you’re on a good thing… One pair came to me with a small stitching problem which is being handled politely, apologetically and efficiently. Many thanks.

    PT
    16/09/2019
    Peter T.
    Australia Australia

    Best knicks ever, except ...

    Definitely the nicest knicks I’ve ever had, just bought my second pair. One thing to be wary of: as they get older the pad can delaminate all at once in the washing machine. Not good if you are on a multi-day ride. But while newish, or for day rides, they are wonderful. I did get 8000 km out of them before they fell apart.

    AO
    02/09/2019
    Alan O.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Exocets do the business

    Good padding and comfort. Snug around the waist and thighs.

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