Witches Britches

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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.
  • WXL size option.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

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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. Selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.

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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.

▸ '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
250 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.

  • Wash colours separately.

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    IM
    20/11/2019
    Ian M.
    Australia

    Witches Britches: black magic!

    Have been wearing Witches Britches for more than a decade, and just bought my fourth pair (after two others were stolen). They are amazing! After thousands of km in the saddle, I have yet to wear a pair out. Versatile but particularly suited to temps in the range 8-22 deg C, perfect for all but the hottest or coldest days so a good choice to pack on most cycling trips. Comfy, durable, easy to wash and wear, reasonably quick-drying and best of all they look great. Highly recommended.

    JB
    31/10/2019
    Jenny B.
    Australia Australia

    Witches Britches

    This is my second pair of Witches Britches. The first pair lasted about 13 years and are still wearable. The fabric is slightly different this time but still very comfortable and warm and I hope will last as long as the first pair. Worth every cent.

    VW
    16/10/2019
    Viv W.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Witches Britches

    Out of the pack and into three solid days back to back cycling around Taupo (how lucky are those locals!) with limited washing. No probs, pure comfort all the way.

    YM
    15/10/2019
    Yvonne M.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Witches britches

    I bought the cheaper pad version to replace my well worn old pair. I think i should have splashed out for the better padding. Still a good warm resilient fabric. I hope they last as well

    EG
    20/08/2019
    Emily G.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Comfort and flexibility

    After riding in my partner's shorts for far too long and putting up with the discomfort, I decided I needed female designed tights. These tights are amazing and made such a difference to my comfort levels! The quality is soft and warm, the fit is nice and tight and they design is sleek. Highly recommend - don't put up with a sore bottom or ****** and buy a pair of these!!

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