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Black Hole

39 reviews
Jet Black

Challenge relativity with this stretch merino 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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      Allan W.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Black hole

      Excellent design and material sold it to me. Great to have the extra v down the front of the neck.

      David T.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Black Hole with open face helmet

      I decided on the Black hole to use for motorcycle highway touring to wear under the open face helmet and glad I did, It does what I need, wind blocking around the neck, an insect and sun ray barrier.

      John V.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Nice surprise

      At first I thought it's to thin and tight but after wearing it a couple of times it loosened up and it works surprising well for how thin it is. Coldest ride so far has been -2.3 according to my garmin and it kept the cold out.

      Wendy D.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Another Ground Effect winner!

      Warm and stretchy, just the thing. We have bought three, not only are they perfect for cycling they are the bomb for on the motorbikes too. I did find it a little on the large size for a small woman however a stitch in the back easily helped to keep it up. Another winner from Ground Effect.

      Steve J.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Better than a standard Buff

      Good size. Great head coverage. Super warm and toasty. GE's usual high quality.