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Repel solar flares on exposed all-day missions into the backcountry. Extra long sleeves and sun-hood block UV rays without the need for chemical sunblock, while the relaxed fit and lightweight UPF 50+ HyperActive™ fabric help you to keep your cool.

  • UPF 50+ HyperActive™ fabric.
  • Full arm and wrist coverage with extra long sleeves that overlap your gloves.
  • Simple cowl collar.
  • All day neck protection with a 3-panel sun-hood that easily fits over or under your helmet.
  • Hazard!™ reflective label out back.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 180 gm

A lightweight summer fabric packed with technology to keep you cool and dry as. The bi-component knit backs a sharp-looking polyester outer with a smooth layer of nano-charcoal polyester against your skin. Nano-charcoal disperses sweat to accelerate evaporation and is naturally anti-microbial to fight nasty smells. The fabric dries at the speed of light - great when reduced to hand washing on tour - and even performs its quick-drying magic in the wet under a rain jacket.
  • Composition: 75% polyester; 25% nano-charcoal polyester.
  • Weight: 139 gsm.
+UPF 50
HyperActive's UPF 50+ rating extends your no-burn time by 50 times over bare skin. Designs with a stand-up collar and long sleeves maximise protection from the sun's UV rays. Yank 'em up if it gets too stifling.

+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.

  Tip Top Flying Nun Lozenge Flare
Pockets Three at rear
Three at rear
One at hip None
Front Zip 3/4 full length None None
Fabric HyperActive™ Lightwave™
Sizes 8 - 18
10 - 16
10 - 16 10 - 16

  • 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.

+ 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.
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      A Ground Effect Customer
      Jill H.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      So nice, I may buy another!

      Lovely top. This fabric is great. I have another top from GE in it and I poured an entire cup of coffee down the front in the car, thought I'd ruined it, but every bit washed out very easily leaving no stain whatsoever! This is a super comfortable, practical, flattering top which is great both on the bike and off it.

      Monique B.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Forest Green Flare

      I love this for riding and tramping. Hood is actually really good to keep the sun off - used it up the Maungatapu track and it was great to have a break from the rays. I got a size too big to make it a bit more airy. Would be nice if there was a slightly lighter colour that wasn't white! Thanks Ground effect for another quality product.

      Paula M.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Flare review

      Absolutely love the colour, style and fabric thank you. I do miss having a pocket for my phone though.

      Madeleine d.
      Australia Australia

      Wish there was more size 8 groundeffect clothing

      I bought this in a size 10 as there were no size 8s available. I love the sunprotection factor of this top. I have sewing and overlocking equipment and was able to bring it down a size including at the waist to give a better fitting womens look. Please bring back the smaller womens sized clothing Groundeffect.


      Ground Effect

      Hi Madeleine, thanks for your feedback. I have passed your comments on to the design team to mull over. Pedal on, Ernie

      A Ground Effect Customer
      Heather W.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      My two flare tops

      Firstly thank you for your speed delivery - always super efficient. I love both colours and enjoy wearing them when I ride my mtb. The love the long shelves as they protect my forearms from the sun, my main reason for buying the tops. Little disappointed that after one wear I can smell the underarms even though I wear deodorant. After a wash they smell & look great.