Anti-freeze for your digits on those nasty cold morning jaunts to work, or while out night riding your favourite singletrack. Reinforced palms provide extra protection for your mitts and ensure positive contact with your bike. Get 'em while they're hot.

    • Softshell outer.
    • Multi-panel fit.
    • Fast drying, hardwearing synthetic suede palms.
    • Silicon screened prints on palm and fingers provides additional grip.
    • Reflective detailing.
    • Touch-screen sensitive finger and thumb tips for swiping left, or right.
  • WindFoil™ combines the insulative benefits of a polyester micro-fleece liner with a smooth, highly 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.
    • Durable water-repellent (DWR) finish on face fabric.
    • Breathability: 4000gm per sq.m per 24hr.

    ▹ Weight

    Garment Weight: 90 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 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. 

    • Wash your gloves separately - the synthetic suede can cause havoc staining other clothing.
    • Air dry only - no dryers for these puppies.

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Michael H.

Chipolatas Shrank

The 2 pairs of chipolatas that I purchased must have shrunk. I ordered the same as my last pairs (M) but these ones are too tight. Is this something peculiar to me or has the manufacturer made an error? Michael Hills


Ground Effect

Hi there Michael, thanks for getting in touch. It sounds like the later iteration of the Chipolatas isn't quite as loose fitting as your 2011 version. Perhaps you need to try the large. Here's the info on exchanges: Pedal on. Ernie

Diana B.
New Zealand

Passed with flying colours

I gave a pair of Chipolatas recently to my daughter who wore them early September at the 12 hour Highland Events Rogaine at Otematata in snow and rain. She gave the big thumbs up to the chipolatas which kept her hands warm throughout. I haven't tested my pair yet but can confidently look forward to next winter's back country expeditions with them.

Peter B.
New Zealand


They're great, nice and warm. Can I suggest a larger size? My fingers go to sleep after an hour or two's riding. My hand is only 100mm across the palm, so not that big for a guy I think. Also think the palm padding could be a bit thicker. My firs set of quick draws back in 2004 were awesome, but since then the padding seems to have got a bit thinner?

Robert M.


Hmmmm, not the usual quality feel that I've come to expect from Ground Effect, perhaps because its one of the few products they have made o/seas


Ground Effect

Hi there Robert. We'd be keen to hear your thoughts on the Chipolatas. if you'd like to get in touch email Thanks, Ernie

Brenton H.

Chipolatas a winner in winter

After using other winter gloves and finding frosty mornings a mainly finger numbing experience I decided that NZ born and bred gloves from GE must be better than what I have tried, and yes very happy with the fit style and warmth of the chipolatas. Great value and comfortable to use on my hybrid road bike. Snug grippy and warm.