Despatch winter blues and arachnophobia with these three-quarter length merino lycra thermal knicks. The state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad and Bandolier™ cuffs ensure hi-octane performance so you can set the pace at the head of the bunch.
eXo™ skeletal pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams allows the lycra to stretch freely with your body.
Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
Wide Bandolier™ waistband for maximum comfort.
HighRise™ rear ensures a generous overlap with your cycle top.
Bandolier™ textured-lycra cuffs.
Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino.
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: 45% nylon; 39% merino; 16% lycra.
Outskirts™ garments are designed specifically for women. Most Ground Effect designs are unisex… jackets, tights and baggy tops generally fit both men and women equally well. However, fitted garments like cycle shorts and some tops are more gender specific so you'll find a women’s version in the Outskirts™ women's range.
This state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad delivers maximum performance for those who ride long and fast.
Pad and shorts' outer fabric are laminated as a single layer – providing increased precision with minimal movement between the fabrics and your saddle.
Near-seamless interface between pad and body of the shorts.
External and internal differential-density mouldings provide 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.
Textured-lycra bands glue the legs of our premium shorts to your thighs, and provide muscle support – all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.
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.
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.
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 Ecover, 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.
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.
I am disappointed in my black widows. I voted them 2 stars only because they are very uncomfortable to wear, difficult to put on and they actually feel as though they are the wrong fit ie mens instead of womens. I certainly wont buy them again. I am going back to my faithful witches britches.
Hi Sue. Thanks for your review. We'd be keen to get to the bottom of why they don't work for you. We suspect it could be a sizing issue, do you think you're definitely size small? It would be good if you could fire firstname.lastname@example.org an email with your measurements. Kind regards, Ernie
Black Widows are great
Very pleased with the fit of my Black Widows, much better than the fit of the equivalent Knicks which produce sausage legs. Because I'm size medium and am only 5'2 the length meets just over my zig zag socks so they are now my new longs. I will be buying another pair asap for winter.
The minute you put them on you know it was the right decision. Well made, the right length and the quality of the material were all obvious. When cycling they fit like a glove and give padding in the right places. Makes cycling even more enjoyable. A real must in terms of gear.
The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape and how loose or tight you like to wear your clothes. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.
Unisex vs Women's Sizes
If you're struggling to find that certain something in the Outskirts™ women's range, then check out Ground Effect's standard range of unisex gear. As unisex items tend to be larger than our women's designs selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.