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Baked Alaska

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A hot 'n' cold top that propels you at the speed limit across the gap between summer and winter. Its WindFoil™ softshell front takes the edge off a chilly headwind while the Heatwave™ Merino sucks sweat off your body. Wrap your meringue around that.
+Features
  • Heatwave™ hi-performance thermal bodywear combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
  • WindFoil™ softshell front deflects chilly winds.
  • Long front zip for temperature control.
  • Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • 'Snug-as-a-bug' fit keeps the fabric against your skin to wick sweat away.
  • Integrated thumb loops keep your wrists under wraps.
  • Rear security pocket and twin elasticised angle-pockets.
  • WhaleTail™ longer back for greater cycling warmth.
  • Size S and XXL in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 310 gm

+Heatwave™ Merino
A bi-component thermal fabric combining merino and polyester yarns. Superfine 18.5 micron merino wicks sweat away from your skin while the polyester provides a durable, non-pill outer. Mid weight and machine washable.
  • Composition: 51% merino; 49% polyester.
  • Weight: 170 gsm
+Man vs Wild
  • Merino is unrivalled for comfort as a body layer.
  • It absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres, mopping up excess sweat rather than letting it settle and cool on your skin.
  • However high-aerobic activities like cycling will often overload ordinary merino. Heatwave's polyester component repels moisture to avoid total saturation of the fabric - so it dries faster to keep you toasty.
+Snug-as-a-Bug Fit
Heatwave™ Merino tops are intended to hug your body, ensuring the fabric sits against your skin to wick sweat away - keeping you dry and not chilling out.
+Hot 'n' Cold
As a single garment Heatwave™ Merino regulates your temperature through a wide range of conditions. Delivering comfort in all but the hottest climes. Yet it is versatile enough to layer under a WindFoil™, microFoil™ or HydroFoil™ shell in winter.

+WindFoil™
WindFoil™ combines the insulative benefits of a polyester micro-fleece liner with a smooth, water resistant, softshell exterior. A totally windproof, yet highly breathable membrane is sandwiched between the inner and outer fabrics providing effective protection in cold, dry conditions.
  • Composition: 100% polyester with PU membrane.
  • 100% windproof.
  • Water repellent finish on face fabric.
  • Breathability: 4000gm per sq.m per 24hr.

+Hazard!™
Night travel is a spooky experience. Many Ground Effect garments feature our Hazard!™ reflective logo and piping to help remind traffic that we're on the road too.

+Composite Tops
For short trips in stable weather conditions, a Ground Effect composite top lets you travel light and fast with just a single thermal layer. These designs combine a WindFoil™ front with a breathable Thermostat™ fleece or Heatwave™ Merino back. A long front zip for ventilation allows you to manage your body temperature through a wide range of conditions. Apparently you can have your cake and eat it too.

+WhaleTail™
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.

+FAQ
▸ Why are Heatwave and Lightwave Merino so comfortable next-to-skin?
  • Heatwave and Lightwave combine 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.
+Compare

  Draft Dodger Frosty Boy Baked Alaska Rangehood
Windproof Full Front & sleeves Front only None
Fabric WindFoil™
WindFoil™ front &  Thermostat™ back
WindFoil™ front &  Heatwave™ Merino back
Thermostat™
Front Zip Full length + 2 forearm vents 3/4 length 3/4 length Full length
Pockets 2 hand 3 rear plus single at chest
3 rear
Single at chest

+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 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 repellent finish. 

  • Wash colours separately.

+ Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $7 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$7 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.
    Customer Reviews
    4.8 Based on 265 reviews
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      A Ground Effect Customer
      JM
      22/07/2022
      Jonny M.
      Australia Australia

      Baked Alaska

      This is my second Baked Alaska, I purchased the first around 15 years ago and had riden with it on average three times a week, its only just called it a day. Workpersonship and quality is outstanding, style just as good - in fact all my bike gear is ground effect, fantastic stuff, Regards Jon

      ND
      17/07/2022
      Nathan D.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      My go to Top

      This has been a very versatile top. My go to for every occasion. Ver warm, comfy and easy to wash, with great storage, thanks Ground Effect

      A
      08/07/2022
      Andrew
      Australia Australia

      Great for running in very cold air

      This top paired with some old fleecy GE leggings allows me to run on icy cold mornings in comfort. The wind proof layer over the chest but not arms is perfect in these conditions.

      AS
      05/07/2022
      Ashley S.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Baked Alaska

      Usual excellent quality but not quite warm enough for mid winter (NZ) chest nice and warm, arms too thin. Ok with arm warmers under. I’ll put aside for spring and longer days.

      BL
      05/07/2022
      Brent L.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Pretty ****** Good

      I didn't know what I was missing until I rode with my Baked Alaska for the first time. Not only comfy, the wind proof front keeps me nice and toasty - and it even kept me reasonably dry as I rode through a small rain shower.