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Black Hole

40 reviews
Jet Black

Challenge relativity with this stretch merino lycra neck gaiter. Deflects icicles and asteroids from your neck, nose and chin when time warping through the depths of winter.

  • Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino hi-performance thermal fabric combines a merino inner layer with a hard wearing nylon outer and lycra for stretch.
  • One size fits all.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 62 gm

+Hot Shot™ Merino
4-way stretch winter luxury uniquely combines superfine merino against your skin with a tightly knitted, hardwearing nylon outer and lycra to stretch and move with your body. Warm as pie.
  • Composition: 28% merino; 44% nylon; 28% lycra.

+More than Kiwi Made
Ground Effect clothing is crafted right here in Aotearoa | 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.


  Black Hole Scruff Bandito
Fabric Hot Shot™
Weight 62 gm 48 gm 40 gm


  • 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 Ecostore, Earthwise 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 repellant finish.

  • Wash colours separately.

+ Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $9 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$12 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.
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      Not snug

      Very disappointed in this, it doesn't come near my neck so no warmth in it for me and if I pull it up on my chin it misses by inches so just falls down. I am female, no doubt would be much better on a man's neck--especially a rugby playing Kiwi but for a woman, disappointing. I will be giving mine away. Like all Ground Effect clothes, the quality of the material is good and it's well made. Probably my fault, I should have figured something like this couldn't be a one size fits all.


      Ground Effect

      Hi there Cathryn. Unfortunately sometimes our sometimes our sizing downs't quite suit everyone. Not a problem to fire back for a refund, as long as it's unused. Pedal on, Ernie

      Warwick M.

      Warwick Mason

      As with all Ground Effect gear, the Black Hole is EXCELLENT. Don't actually need it when cycling in Auckland .... but purchased it to keep my neck warm when motorcycling on cold mornings. It's PERFECT! Thank you.


      Black Hole Beauty

      When the frost is biting and you are descending at speed you will think this is the best investment you ever made. I have been buying this brand for 19 years and never been disappointed with it.

      Muni C.

      An all round buff

      Ground effect initially sent me my first black hole by accident. But I tried it and loved it so much I bought 3 of them. Lol. A buff, a hat, a neck warmer that never slips down. You name it does it. Brilliant

      Jeffrey C.

      Black hole

      The neck and upper chest is always tricky to keep warm when you're on a bike. The Black Hole is a perfect piece of kit and keeps me toasty as I'm zooming along on my road bike