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: 260 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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      Alan B.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      I’ve been trying for some time to get leggings without chamois. You’d think it wouldn’t be so difficult. These are great, and just what I wanted. Use for cycling ( over shorts) and tramping, (under shorts). Very pleased.

      Graham L.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Daddy Long Legs

      Got these tights for early morning rides this winter and they are great, extra layer around knees works well giving extra warmth.

      Geoffrey B.
      Australia Australia
      Daddy long legs

      I bought these to replace my 20 year old GE Daddy long legs (or whatever they were called at the time) which were still going strong except the elastic waist stopped being elastic. BTW I have cycled a total of 150,000 km in that time so they did get a workout. I was skeptical the merino knee warming bits would be as effective as the micro-fleece patches on their predecessor but they are. So I'm looking forward to another 20 years of use (but I'll be 90 by then so maybe not).

      julie l.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      perfect winter legs

      Love these winter tights, perfect for crisp winter mornings. I bought mens Daddy long legs as for some unknown reason lady bugs are not made in XL? anyway the mens fit me perfectly worn over my cycling pants. I'm 1.68m and the leg length is fine however could be a problem if you are shorter. great fabric and wash well.

      Anthony L.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Super duper warm leg attire for cycling and office ballet dancing.

      OK, so I've never been into tights. But by golly gosh, these ballet clothes are super magic on the bike in cooler times. I wear them over the top of Exocets and they are just the ticket. My knees are kept toasty warm which obviously translates into extra watts of winter cycling ninja power. The length is great, and I like how it they fit high up over the kidneys. The zips are great for ease of putting on and taking off too. Quality made. Highly recommended. Nobody looked at me twice in the office turning up in these. I wished they came in skin colour (joking).