Dovetails

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Size Chart
Women's Size Chart (XL)
WS (8 - 10) WM (12) WL (14) WXL (16 - 18)
Bust

88 - 92 cm
35" - 36"

93 - 97 cm
37" - 38"

98 - 102 cm
39 - 40"

103 - 107 cm
41 - 42"

Waist

63 - 69 cm
25" - 27"

70 - 76 cm
28" - 30"

77 - 83 cm
31 - 33"

84 - 90 cm
34 - 36"

Hips

89 - 95 cm
35" - 37"

96 - 102 cm
38" - 40"

103 - 109 cm
41 - 43"

 110 - 116 cm
44 - 46"

The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape and how loose or tight you like to wear your clothes. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.

Men's vs Women's Sizes

If you're struggling to find exactly what you need in the Outskirts™ women's range, check out our men's products for further options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well. Remember to adjust down a size (women's medium approximates men's small). Selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.

Colour
Jet Black
Size

 A mesh liner that fits like a dove under your Tantrums or Martinis. Pack a spare pair when on tour to extend riding time between washing loads.

▸ Features
  • Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • Breathable lycra mesh liner.
  • Wide Bandolier™ waistband.
  • Twin flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • HighRise™ rear has you covered.
  • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs.
  • WXL size option.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

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Our Softail™ pad delivers supreme comfort for those gnarly 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.
  • Anti-bacterial finish and 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.

▸ Lycra Mesh
4-way stretch nylon with mesh eyelets for accelerated cooling. A lightweight knit blended with 12% lycra to deliver body-hugging performance.
  • Composition: 88% nylon; 12% lycra.

▸ 
Outskirts™ garments are designed specifically for women. However If you're struggling to find exactly what you need in the Outskirts™ women's range, check out our men's products for further options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well. Selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.

▸ Bandolier™
Textured-lycra bands glue the legs of our premium shorts to your thighs, and provide muscle support – all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.

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

▸ 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
120 gm
▸ Compare

  Rendezvous Dovetails
Pad
Fabric Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh

▸ FAQ

▸ 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.

▸ 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 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. 

  • 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 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.

Customer Reviews

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LB
21/12/2018
Linda B.
Australia

Dovetail

I recently purchased some dovetails to round out my new set up for multi day touring. I’ve just come back from 5 days on the road and am mighty impressed with this product. It’s a inner Knick I wore under my hiking shorts.

DE
21/12/2018
Di E

Sadly not airy and cool enough for me

I had to purchase some Dovetails to find out whether they are as airy "where it counts" as I need. And I discovered they are not, so sadly had to return them. Otherwise they look excellent and would have been lovely.

J
10/12/2018
Josie

Cool and comfortable

Really comfortable, no digging into flabby bits :) mesh makes them cool as well. Great product!!!

HB
06/12/2018
Heidi B.
New Zealand

'Dovetails' lady shorts

This is my first pair of cycle shorts ever, somehow managed all those rides before. Great cool, very lightweight material. Washed them afterwards and they dried up fast in the wind. Sizing chart was pretty accurate, was between size as usual and went with the bigger size. I would describe the waist- and leg band as pantyhose type, has great stretch so smaller size would have fitted perfectly too. Thank you for good product.

DG
22/11/2018
Darlene G.
Australia

Padded cycling shorts have improved

Really happy with my dovertails. They are lightweight which will help with laundry on trips and really comfortable its like they are not there except where you need them.

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