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!
  • XS size option (approx. women's small).
  • 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 Legs Eleven
Pad None
Calf Zips Yes No No
Bandolier™ Cuffs No Yes Yes
Sizes XS - XL S - XL WS - WXL
Mens or Womens Unisex Mens Womens

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▸ 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 EcoverEcostoreEarthwise 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.

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    Uri S.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Great product

    Best quality, very comfy, does the work in any weather condition. Highly recommended

    Simon D.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Daddy Long Legs

    Fantastic longs for riding in the cooler times. The double layer of material keep you nice and toasty.

    Vivienne B.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Daddy longlegs

    We love these. A great fit, they don’t fall down and are very cosy.

    Geoff H.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    2nd pair in 20 years

    The lycra (?) of the 1st pair were ready to explode at any time so it was time for an upgrade. I like the zips in the ankles, this makes getting tights onto an aging body a teeny bit easier. They are very comfortable (I assume I got the correct size) and definitely keep me warmer than the old pair with less air passing through the material. I've only warn them on the mornings that have been 0 degrees or below (not many) and they have made riding possible where I might otherwise have not ridden. I cannot, therefore give an assessment on their durability but I think the GE brand will allay most concerns.

    Graeme T.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Not Just for Warmth

    I purchased a pair of daddy long legs about 5 years ago and was that impressed with the warmth and comfort I bought a second pair. The first pair however are still going strong . I have been wearing them on my bikes and under my leathers on the motorbike during winter. My reason for this review however is that on the 11th of August I was on my road bike descending from what is locally known as the Nuedorf Saddle. Its a fast downhill and local riders all enjoy the decent. On this occasion however a Chook jumped out of the long grass on the edge of the road and landed under my front wheel. I was travelling about 50kph at the time so no second guess what happened to the bike and myself. When we peeled the daddylong legs off in the hospital I hand skin removed from both knees but in the words of the nurse "those areas are clean and will heal no problem". The thing is that if I had not been wearing the daddy long legs on that day the damage to my legs would have been horrible. When I subsequently inspected the daddy long legs there was no visible damage at all. Really impressed as the rest of my gear that I was wearing on the day is ready for the rag bag. Great product and I think that when on the road bike I just may be wearing them summer as well after my recent experience. Oh and thanks Tam for your response to my post "WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?" Graeme T Motueka