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Hot Toddy

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Not quite a dram with a slice, but this thermal top will keep you equally toasty during the depths of winter. Layer under your Ice Queen or She Shell and discover the unrivalled properties of merino wool against your skin. Giddy up.
  • Lightwave™ hi-performance thermal fabric combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
  • Three panel lined hood fits smoothly under your helmet.
  • Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • Front zip for temperature control.
  • 'Snug-as-a-bug' fit keeps the fabric against your skin to wick sweat away.
  • WhaleTail™ longer back for greater cycling warmth.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 250 gm

+Lightwave™ Merino
A bi-component thermal fabric combining merino and polyester yarns. Superfine 19.5 micron merino wicks sweat away from your skin while the polyester provides a durable, non-pill outer. Lightweight and machine washable.
  • Composition: 46% merino; 54% polyester.
  • Weight: 150 gsm.
+Man vs Wild
  • Merino is unrivalled for comfort as a body layer.
  • Its natural fibres help fend off the big stink on multi-day epics.
  • Merino absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres, mopping up excess sweat rather than letting it settle on your skin.
  • However high-aerobic activities like cycling will often overload ordinary merino. Lightwave's polyester component repels moisture to reduce total saturation of the fabric - so it dries faster to help keep your cool. Ideal for going hard 'n' fast, and for wearing under your rain jacket.
+Hot 'n' Cold
Lightwave™ Merino regulates your temperature through a wide range of conditions. Delivering comfort in all but the hottest climes, as well as a thermal layer under a WindFoil™, microFoil™ or HydroFoil™ shell in winter.
+UPF 50
UPF 50+ rating extends your no-burn time by 50 times over bare skin. Designs with a stand-up collar and long sleeves maximise protection from the sun's UV rays. Yank 'em up if it gets too stifling.

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 size options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well.

Ground Effect tops are cut with extra length in the back... and in the sleeves too. So when you stretch out in search of the perfect downhill position, neither your shirttail or sleeves will ride-up to expose your back or wrists to the elements.

+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.


  Ice Queen Popsicle Hot Toddy
Windproof Front & sleeves Front only None
WindFoil™ front &  Thermostat™ back
WindFoil™ front &  Lightwave™ Merino back
Lightwave™ Merino
Front Zip Full length 3/4 length Short
Pockets 3 rear
3 rear
Sizes 8 - 18 10 - 16 10 - 16

▸ Why is Lightwave™ Merino so comfortable next-to-skin?
  • Lightwave™ Merino combines the comfort, warmth and low-odour properties of merino wool with the durability of polyester. Merino wool absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres like polyester or polypropylene. This makes it very effective in dealing with excess sweat - it is absorbed into the fabric rather than settling (and cooling) on your skin. The polyester component repels moisture which avoids total saturation of the fabric - helping it to dry faster. The strength of the polyester also maintains the shape of the garment and minimises wear 'n' tear and pilling.
  • The Baked Alaska, Popsicle and Hot Toddy are intended to be used as a stand alone cycle top in cool, as opposed to cold, conditions.
  • The Thermos, Isotherm, Ristretto, Submerino and Inferno are all base layers - best worn directly against your skin.
  • The Berglar, Flying Nun, Median Strip, Hula, Neopolitan and Lozenge are riding jerseys, with additional features including rear or hipster pockets. For use in both hot and cold climes and versatile enough to wear as an insulation layer in winter.

  • 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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      New Best Friend

      I'm not one to gush but I find it quite hard not to when it comes to my newish Hot Toddy. It is nothing less than perfect! I have lots of your clothing in my wardrobe (and my husband as well) and I love them all, but my new Hot Toddy is my new favourite.�It fits perfectly and this is the first time I have ever found a hoody with a hood that actually fits my head and neck.�Usually they are too short or too baggy. It is working nicely for cycling and it has been doing some interesting cross training too. I fly a paraglider (and a hangglider) and it fits so nicely under my jacket and flying suit, snugly under my helmet to stop me from getting hypothermic in the sky.�It has been seen on cold mornings running along the coast where I live. Frankly, I think it looks so good on me that I reckon I'd get away with it when I go out clubbing (which, at my great age, I do sooooh often)!PS Just ordered a Robin Hood for above-mentioned husband. Hope he loves it just as much!

      Neil M.

      Cosy As

      I bought this for my better half and she seemed well chuffed. The fact that it is getting worn pretty consistently (in lieu of other popular Kiwi merino base layer brands) stands testament to the fact it must be pretty good. It is not pink - which is a plus. It is cosy and suitable for cycling / skiing etc. In fact it may well allow me to leave the house's central heating off for another month or two yet (it is now September in Scotland).

      Lucie U.

      I love it so much I'm getting another one for Christmass - right santa?

      I own couple of old black hot todies which I wear on every tramping trip, love to put the hoodie on when it gets windy and my partner is always jellous as he has to hunt in his back pack for a hat... It's just the perfect length to keep your lower back worm and when it gets too worm you can easily pull it off even over your helmet.... Now my only problem with my new hot todie (mint colour) is that it looks way too good for tramping and so I wear it to work instead and I want to wear it everyday so I'm getting another one....

      Mary R.

      Mint Hot Toddy

      Absolutely rapt with this . Awesome mint colour ( I did have old forest green colour & this is way better!) Almost too good for biking! Absolutely 10/10 for this purchase

      Tracy H.

      good, but ....

      The Hot Toddy is a good cycle top. It doesn't really feel that warm though - I'm thinking I'll still need another warm layer to get through the cold morning starts.


      Ground Effect

      The knack to winter riding pleasure is to manage your body temperature with different layers - typically a thermal base layer against your body - enter the Hot Toddy, a mid-layer of insulation, and an outer shell to top it all off.