Daddy Long Legs

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Jet Black
Serious cold weather protection for backcountry epics and campfire legends. 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino tights with a double layer of fabric at your knees beat polar winds. There's no pad so you can pull them on over your shorts or whip them off if it gets too hot.
  • HighRise™ rear ensures a generous overlap with your cycle top.
  • Flat seams for a contour-fit.
  • Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino with a double layer at knees.
  • Internal pocket with double layer of fabric warms your kidneys.
  • Hazard!™ reflective logos on each calf for increased nocturnal presence.
  • Calf zips make it a cinch to pull on and off over your cycling shoes. Moo!
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 250 gm

+Hotshot™ lycra
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: 38% merino; 46% nylon; 16% lycra.

A stretch lumbar panel and HighRise™ rear overlap with your cycle top to keep you covered. No bare skin or lewd exposure.

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.

+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.


  Daddy Long Legs Black Mambas Geronimos
Fabric Hotshot™ Merino Hotshot™ Merino Hotshot™ Merino
Pad None Softail eXo
Calf Zips Yes No No
Bandolier™ Cuffs No Yes Yes
Length Full Full 3/4


  • 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 EcostoreEarthwise 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
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      Jerome S.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Great legs

      Toasty and hard wearing

      Fraser R.
      Australia Australia
      New Daddy LLs, the “Bees Knees, Goldilocks” for SE Oz “depth of winter” rides, yoga & xc skiing

      These newer DaddyLLs are “just the Bees Knees” for my SE OZ winter rides in the hills of Beechworth, NE Vic. Manufactured to GEs usual high standard they feel & look excellent. Very versatile as well cos, without a “pad” & with calf zips, this winter I’ve used them comfortably for both xc skiing & yoga sessions. Compared to the several pairs of previous design, early/mid 2000s?Jungle Jim’s (often not warm enough) & one pair of DaddyLongLegs (often too warm) I have, these are a just right “Goldilocks” warmth level for me. The wool mix Hot Shot fabric has a luxurious soft feel against ones skin and at 170cm, 68-70kg the size small fit me like a “snug glove”. A once keen Audax cyclist I’ve been a user of GE clothing for well over 2 decades & highly recommended their gear to people that want ethical, high quality, functional, activity specific, & for us Ozzies & Kiwis at least locally made, clothing that is not over priced & still great value. “Good on Ya” GE folks keep up your excellent work.

      Gwen M.
      Australia Australia
      Daddy Long legs

      Delivered promptly Not worn as yet

      Robert L.
      Australia Australia
      Daddy Long Legs

      Excellent product - really great with the side zips. Used for more than cycling during lockdown.

      Stu D.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Warm legs

      Brilliant product GE, I could live in these over winter ,they are so comfy even when wet