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Daddy Long Legs

272 reviews
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: 310 gm

+Hot Shot™ Merino
4-way stretch winter luxury uniquely combines superfine merino against your skin with a tightly knitted, hardwearing nylon outer and lycra to stretch and move with your body. Warm as pie.
  • Composition: 28% merino; 44% nylon; 28% 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 Aotearoa | 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 Hot Shot™ Merino Hot Shot™ Merino Hot Shot™ 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 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 repellant finish.

  • Wash colours separately.

+ Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $9 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$12 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.
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      Tim M.

      Winter road riding in Victoria

      I recently bought a pair of Daddy Long Legs for winter road riding in Victoria. I am 1.75m tall, weigh 80kg and bought the medium size. They fit really well over cycling shorts and keep me really warm in temperatures just above freezing. There are no seams where there shouldn’t be and the ankle zips are a nice touch. I have only worn and washed them 3 times and ridden about 400km in them so I can’t really comment on the durability yet but I am really pleased with the quality. I would highly recommend these tights to anyone who feels the cold and who might hit the snooze button in winter months instead of observing Rule #5 http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#5

      Hanna P.

      Warm and comfy

      Warmth: excellent, toasty warm but not too hot. Can comfortably ride and run in these during Dunedin winter without overheating. The zips also mean if they were to get too hot can easily unzip and fold up as required. Features: zips good as mentioned above. Double layer at knees for extra warmth works well. Only let-down is the pocket, which is on the inside of the waist at the back and quite large. I find it's not very secure/reliable and things fall out as soon as pulling them off/on. Fit: these are advertised as unisex fit. I often find this a cop-out option as usually unisex stuff doesn't allow for any curves women may have. These are an exception and fit to me as if they could have been female specific. Fit seems true to the sizing chart. Overall very happy. Just the design of the pocket could be improved.

      Nicholas H.

      Kills the Chills

      First up, the Daddy long legs are well made, warm and moisture wicking. Have been using them over the past couple of weeks for South Island mid-winter evening rides that freeze your eye lids open and they perform really well. The **** the wind chill and even keep you warm when it's raining. Secondly, I initially ordered the wrong size, completely my fault (I got a Medium and I'm 6ft4in). Sent it back with the handy form and within 2 days I had the upsized tights. Awesome service!

      Jo R.

      Love the Daddy Long legs

      I just love the Daddy Long Legs- they keep me toasty warm when I am out riding on these cold frosty mornings. I especially love the extra padding over the knees- makes them doubly warm!

      Jo R.

      Love the Daddy Long legs

      I just love the Daddy Long Legs- they keep me toasty warm when I am out riding on these cold frosty mornings. I especially love the extra padding over the knees- makes them doubly warm!