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Dovetails

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A mesh liner that fits like a dove under your baggy shorts or longs. 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.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 130 gm

+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.

+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.

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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 size options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well.

+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 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

  Rendezvous Dovetails
Pad eXo Softail
Fabric Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh
Sizes 8 - 18 8 - 16

+FAQ

eXo™ vs Softail™ pad?
  • Unlike conventional pads that are sewn into a complete short, the state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad is a laminated inner and outer 'bum' panel that is integral to the short's construction.
    • This provides increased precision with minimal 'slippage' between the laminated fabrics and your saddle. This benefit is particularly noticeable on extended hill climbs.
    • In addition, the combination of external and internal differential-density mouldings allow for a closer fit and increased flexibility while still providing excellent padding.
  • The more conventional Softail™ pad is also a premium quality solution. However construction is a little less complex keeping the price of Softail™ shorts and tights sharp.
  • If multi-day missions are your gig, or you regularly ride for a couple of hours or more then you'll almost certainly value the enhanced performance of the eXo™ pad.
  • For keen cyclists with a more recreational and less intense itinerary, the Softail™ pad still delivers superior comfort and performance in the saddle. 
▸ 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 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
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      RF
      10/01/2024
      Ruth F.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Dovetails

      Very comfortable

      MB
      25/10/2023
      Marie-Louise B.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Dovetails

      Great product bought another pair to compliment the ones I bought many years ago and they are still in good condition.

      SB
      17/08/2023
      Sally B.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      DOVETAILS

      Comfortable and easy care. I always use these when biking. Wash well too.

      AB
      10/05/2023
      Alex B.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      So good I’d wear them on their own

      I’m a ‘finger in every pie’ kinda cyclist, I commute, grav, mountain bike, cargo bike….you get the idea. I own some padded Lycra for the big jobs, but often I go bareback because who wants to have to take spare clothes everywhere. I decided to get a pair of liners for the intermediate jobs, and those where Lycra makes you feel a bit try hard for the occasion…….I wore the Dovetails mountain biking after it had been a bit wet out in the foothills. Needless to say, there was mud in every crevice. We were a few hours from home and I didn’t want to soil the vehicle with my feral self, so I whipped off my baggies and strutted my stuff in just the dovetails. Not only did my undercarriage feel it had been cradled by lambs on the downhill, the liners are so attractive that I felt a little like an underwear model gone rouge strutting my stuff in the carpark without the slightest concern that anyone might consider my clothing choices risqué. I’m seriously considering wearing just the liners on really hot days hooning around Banks Peninsula. Buy a pair, your undercarriage, and every bystander in the carpark afterwards, will love you for it.

      AC
      08/05/2023
      Amanda C.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Great cycling shorts

      Just bought my second pair and they are still perfect. Would recommend these to anyone