Draft Dodger

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Preferred garb for dodging the authorities and bracing winds as you head for the border. WindFoil™ softshell shuts out nasty drafts and drizzle when you're propelling your treadly on its tour of duty, or spinning yarns around the campfire.

▸ Features
  • Full length front zip to prevent burnout.
  • Zip pockets for parking your hands and loose change.
  • Foreplay™ arm vents - zip 'em down for additional cooling.
  • Raglan sleeves for enhanced fit.
  • 360° Hazard!™ reflectivity.
  • Secret tube repair patch.
  • S size in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

WindFoil™ combines the insulative benefits of a polyester micro-fleece liner with a smooth, highly water resistant, softshell exterior. A totally windproof, yet highly breathable membrane is sandwiched between the inner and outer fabrics providing effective protection in cold, dry conditions.
  • Composition: 100% polyester with PU membrane.
  • 100% windproof.
  • Durable water-repellent (DWR) finish on face fabric.
  • Breathability: 4000gm per sq.m per 24hr.

Approved clobber for terrorising the city, cruising the highways or café surfing. Unfashion garments combine comfort on the bike with sharp looks for when you hit the pavement.

▸ Hazard!™
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 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
380 gm
▸ Compare

  Draft Dodger Hoodwink Frosty Boy Toaster
Activity Urban & Tour Urban Mtb & Road Mtb & Tour
Windproof Full Full Front only None
Vents 2 at forearm - - -
Pockets 2 hand pockets Single at chest 3 rear pockets plus single at chest Single at chest
Hood No Yes No No
Hazard! Reflectivity Yes No Yes No

▸ 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. 

  • Be sure not to wash with socks, fluffy towels or flannelette sheets. Lint clings to the fleece on the inside of your top making it age before its time.

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    Chris K.
    New Zealand

    Nothing dodgy here

    Great cut & fit; medium size for 182 cm and 80 kg. Warmer than you'd think, but plenty of ventilation control. Bring on the really cold weather

    Viv B.
    New Zealand

    wickedly warm jacket

    Draft Dodger is true to its name & kept me cosy in the exceptionally cold southerly before Easter. Like the full length zip,snug around the neck, overall a nice fit and good quality fabric. Its not such a great colour for roadie but better than black.

    Andrew S.



    Karl N.

    Ground Effect draft dodger review

    This is the second DD jacket that I have owned. While the original one is still being used for the daily commute to work in during the Canberra winter it was getting a little tatty for travelling and outings to restaurants. One benefit of Ground Effect gear is that it lasts nearly forever. This is only a problem when trying to recall when I purchased the original DD jacket for comparisons such as these. The old DD jacket would be at least five years old and I suspect I'll get another couple of years out of it before it is retired. It's interesting to see how the DD jacket has evolved over time - the newer jacket is lighter being about 425 grams against the older version at 575 grams (as measured by a Salto analogue kitchen scale. The new design is a tighter fit which might be a problem if you need to wear a number of layers, however the warmth of the jacket means I am able to ride on a sub-zero Canberra morning with only a merino long sleeved shirt under the jacket (plus all the other gear of course - cycling longs, gloves, GE black hole and hubcap...) The current design has lost the internal lining under the full length zips on the body but this doesn't seem to be a problem with regards to warmth. The inclusion of zips on the lower arms in the new design allow airflow into the arms when the temperature warms up a little. This provides a better balanced garment for temperature control compared to the older design where at times my arms were sweating while the body was still cool. In summary - a great value for money jacket that delivers a comfortable winter ride year after year.

    Janelle C.

    Another great buy

    Warm and comfortable. I am 160 cm and 54 kg and men's small was perfect.

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