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.

    • 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.
  • 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

    Garment Weight: 120 gm
  •   Rendezvous Dovetails
    Fabric Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh

  • ▹ 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.

    • 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 Ecover, 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 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.

Made by: Ground Effect in New Zealand

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Bridget M.
New Zealand

Dovetail Liner

Pleasantly surprised at how good these are. Fit well, really comfortable to ride in and works with a variety of outers. Great value & quality.

Kirsten D.
New Zealand


These liners are so super light and comfy - I love them, and can't imagine wearing anything else now.

Adrienne M.
New Zealand


Have just been to Japan for three weeks cycling and wore my brand new dovetails under my brand new Martinis. My long lasting baggies that I first wore in 2005 were finally falling to pieces. Tip...... Clothes last longer when they don't get washed too often as often happens on long distance tours. Disadvantage is that you have to wear ****** except on the day you know you are heading to a washing machine. My bottom was very comfortable and I found the dovetails, mostly, extremely comfortable under the Martinis, very streamlined and it was great only having to take one pair of shorts as once the dovetails were whipped off at the end of the day I put the Martinis back on. They were washed once in three weeks! BUT, I wasn't used to the tightness of the dovetails's legs and I have checked and the elastic band on the legs is three times as wide as my old ones. I got used to the tight feeling except when it was particularly hot... Say 27 degrees and when it was hot and humid I did get rather bothered. When I got off my bike on such days I felt like I had a nappy on and it had had been on too long and I was desperate to get them off. On cooler days I had no such problems. Even when they were new, many years ago I can't remember any such feelings with the baggies. I'm off again in a couple of weeks and I am eyeing up my old pair! But I will take the new ones as well and keep them for the cooler/cold wet days when they will be fantastic, warm and snug.

Jan K.
New Zealand

Love my Dovetails

My new Dovetails are super lightweight and a great fit. Cool and comfortable under all of my riding shorts. Will be buying a second pair very soon!

Matiu T.
New Zealand

Super light & comfy

My husband bought me these to replace an old pair of Cima’s. At first I thought they were a little strange as the material was so light. But after my first ride in them under my baggiesI am completely sold. Super comfy and you barely know you have them on.