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Double Happys

225 reviews
Colour
Jet Black
Ink
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Rugged, baggy and brutally handsome shorts with an integrated liner. Loose fitting but not excessive - so you won't get tangled with your seat on those steep descents... but still maintain your composure when ordering up a short black.
+Features
  • Integrated liner with breathable lycra mesh.
  • Softail Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • Easy-Rider™ stretch lumbar with adjustable velcro Trim Tabs™.
  • Smooth fitted waist with zipped fly.
  • Tough Hi-Impact™ Stretch outer.
  • Added strength with contrasting bartacking.
  • Mesh-lined hand pockets - zip 'em down to keep your cool.
  • Gusseted crutch for pedalling freedom.
  • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs on the liner glue these shorts to your thighs.
  • Mid length legs hang around your knees.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 380 gm

+Hi-Impact™ Stretch
Hard wearing and quick drying nylon fabric. Super stretchy for a closer, performance fit. Tight double weave 'looped' construction combines bulletproof durability with next to skin comfort.
  • Composition: 89% nylon; 11% lycra.

+Softail™
Our Softail™ pad delivers supreme comfort for long days in the saddle.
  • Differential density, multi-level foam construction provides additional padding at pressure points without increased bulk.
  • 3D anatomical shaping, 4-way stretch and seamless construction hug your body for a performance fit.
  • Polyester-knit face fabric against your skin disperses heat and moisture.
  • Bacteriostatic finish for added hygiene.
  • Dries rapidly after washing.
  • Made by TMF in Italy. Market leaders in cycling pad design and innovation. Manufactured in strict compliance with European environmental standards.

+Easy-Rider™
Stretch hip panels and Trim Tabs™ keep Ground Effect baggies hitched up. Intelligent design reduces surplus fabric for a smoother and therefore more comfortable interface between bum and saddle. There's also less risk of getting hooked up on technical trails.

+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.

+Compare

  Hydroslides Juggernauts Snipes
Fabric

HydroFoil &
Hi-Impact Stretch

Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Stretch
Liner Separate Separate Separate
Trim Tabs™ Yes Yes Yes
Leg Vents No Yes Yes
Leg Length Above-Knee Mid-Knee Above Knee
Fit
Sizes S - XL S - XXL S - XL
  Double Happys Slim Jims Supertankers
Fabric Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Plus
Liner Integrated Separate Separate
Trim Tabs™ Yes No No
Leg Vents No No No
Leg Length Mid-Knee Above Knee Mid-Knee
Fit
Sizes S - XXL S - XL S - XL

+FAQ

+Baggy vs Lycra
A stretch short will always deliver more performance than a baggy number as there's no surplus fabric bunched up between your bum and the saddle. However, baggies are the default choice of battle-hardened cyclists off road, on tour and around the streets. They combine a loose but not super-baggy fit with an optional mesh liner and moulded pad... providing the performance benefits of conventional stretch shorts with minimal compromise.

+Are they water-resistant?
The Hi-Impact™ fabrics have a water resistant treatment. While the pants are not waterproof, they do provide some short term resistant to drizzle and light rain. They are windproof, dry faster than lightening if you do happen to get caught out and are extremely hard wearing. For increased rain protection checkout the splashproof Hydroslides with their HydroFoil™ Plus rear panel.

+Washing

  • 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.

  • With shorts in particular, cold-water detergents and those with bleach or fabric softner can cause 'nappy-rash' so if you're experiencing issues in that department try a warm 40ºC machine wash and a change of cleaning brew. 
  • A washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
  • UV rays accelerate the decay of lycra. Our fabric is knitted so the lycra component lies on the inside of the fabric - shielding it from the sun when you're out riding. Consequently you should avoid drying these shorts inside-out. It's not a bad idea to do so occasionally as the sun does help keep the pad hygienic - although it is treated with an anti-bacterial finish anyway. But drying in this manner is a trade-off with the damage done to the Lycra.
  • It's important to avoid using the dryer for any shorts with our eXo™ pad. This can cause the pad to delaminate.
  • It's common practice to not wear underwear with your riding shorts so you need to wash your shorts daily. And it's recommended to give your shorts an initial wash when they're new - the eXo™ pad in particular becomes less stiff after the first wash.

+ 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.
    Customer Reviews
    4.8 Based on 225 Reviews
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      RE
      24/05/2024
      Ric E.
      Australia Australia

      Long time Double Happy

      About 25 years ago I bought a two pairs of Double Happy’s They are very tough thick black Cotten pants with builtin liners and a belt adjuster to fit waist I LOVE the robust style -100% built to last I still have them and they are used regularly Although on one set the backside is showing signs of wear which is probably crash induced Recently I purchased another two sets of Double Happy’s I was surprised by the upgraded version Yes they are lighter ( but I’m not a gram freak ) I prefer the older style tough canvas look The New style Happy’s are probably cooler to wear The inner seat liner is a better fit and super comfortable They have a zipper on the front which the older Happy’s didn’t have This makes life a lot easier for nature stops The pockets are zipped like the original pants They have a press lock stud on the front replacing the belt The hips have Convenient Velcro straps for waist adjustments To Summarise I have four sets of Happy’s Two older style which are still use after 25 years Two of the current version which are more convenient and comfortable If the new set last as long as my originals I’ll be 90 years old and past my best before date The thing I’ve learnt about Ground Effect is they are comfortable, tuff and built to last I also have couple of their tops Which are also 25 years old I plan the purchase some new riding shirts soon These are light weight and are looking a bit tired And this is not a complaint - just a fact of the test from time

      E
      05/05/2024
      Eamonn
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Perfect Shorts

      Hard to find shorts that fit (I'm short and thick framed!). These are size large - fit my 36 inch waste, length is around the knees (174cm tall) so they sit nicely when riding and I almost pass as a grom riding at CAP, despite middle age. Comfy, feel good when riding, and blue's my favourite colour. Absolutely stoked with this purchase.

      PR
      06/04/2024
      Peter R.
      Australia Australia

      double happy shorts

      these shorts are new and the old ones lasted me 16-18 years with constant wear. You have the best cycling gear in the world and we can't buy anything in Oz that quite compares.

      MS
      27/03/2024
      Mark S.
      Australia Australia

      Double Happys

      Got my first pair of Double Happys around 15 years ago, they were the best shorts I’d ever worn. New ones are even better. Great shorts, comfy & very good quality. Really (Double) happy with them.

      RR
      21/03/2024
      Ray R.
      Australia Australia

      Double Happys :) :)

      Well after 10 ++ years for my first pair and the black colour looking more like a light grey and the mesh that holds the pad liner looking like that rats had a feed down there...with the shorts .... please :) It was time for another purchase from GE Some things as quality never change Thanks Ernie and staff from NZ Thats another and another and another.... garment in the arsenal from Ground Effect of New Zealand 5/5 Yours in cycling Ray R. South Australia