Daddy Long Legs


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!
    • XS size option (approx. women's small).
  • 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.

    ▹ HighRise™

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

    ▹ Hazard!™

    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.

    ▹ Weight

    Garment Weight: 260 gm
  •   Daddy Long Legs Black Mambas Legs Eleven
    Pad No
    Calf Zips Yes No No
    Bandolier™ Cuffs No Yes Yes
    Sizes XS - XL S - XL WS - WXL
    Unisex or Womens Unisex Unisex Womens

  • ▹ Should I wear underwear with these shorts?

    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. 

    • Wash colours separately.

Made by: Ground Effect in New Zealand

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Stephen B.
United States

Great Product +Service

I recently purchased a pair of Daddy LongLegs that needed to be shipped to me in the US. After getting them in record time, I found that there was a defect in one leg. I also wasn't sure if I'd ordered the correct size. Ground Effect handled the situation exactly the way I wished everyone would. I advise companies on how to improve their customer experience. Ground Effect seems to be a company that doesn't need my service! steveb Boston MA

Gail S.
United States

Love my daddy long legs

Dealing with this company has been awesome. They sent out product the day they received the order. Very prompt and communication was great. Product fits perfect and quality of merino is top notch. Very soft but not thin and whimpy

william S.
United States

Long Legs For this Daddy.

Design is everything. Jumping into Daddy Long Legs (still, one leg at a time) brings one to marvel at the attention to detail and fit. The feel is astonishing. The material klings with comfort. After several washings, they only feel better. Love at first sight.

Stuart W.
New Zealand

Cold Wet Gear

These are my second pair of Daddy Long Legs the originals being around eight years old & still going strong but two pairs were desired for a week long South Island winter trip. The old ones incorporating Wind Fleece knees I feel are better on the roadie or in colder winds on MTB but the new ones more flexible & certainly warm & comfortable. With Supersonics underneath baggies can provide an additional mud / warmth layer or not to minimise hookups. Will be using these & Hoodwink for tramping also.

Pete R.
New Zealand

Tibet in those Daddies

I recently hammered my new Ground Effect Daddy Longs Legs around the mount passes on our trip to Everest Base Camp in Tibet. They were amazing keeping me nice and warm on the cold mornings (as low as -10 degrees). Thanks heaps Ground Effect. Cheers Pete