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Flatliners

22 reviews
Colour
Jet Black
Size

This colour/size is temporarily out of stock. For orders placed today we'll get one to you in a couple of weeks... or consider another colour if you can't wait.

Flatliners deliver less bulk and more breathability under your baggies than their padded siblings. Perfect for when your bum is not getting a pounding during quick laps of the bike park or while shuttling your local trails.
+Features
  • Breathable lycra mesh liner with no pad.
  • Additional cotton lycra front panel keeps your landing gear dry.
  • Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
  • Wide elastic waistband.
  • HighRise™ rear has you covered.
  • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs glue these shorts to your thighs.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 140 gm

+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.

+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

  Stowaways Innuendos Underdogs Flatliners
Pad eXo eXo Softail None
Style Bib Shorts Shorts Shorts
Fabric Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra Lycra Mesh Lycra Mesh & Nylon Lycra

+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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      PW
      04/10/2023
      Paul W.
      Australia Australia

      Flatliners

      These have ended the search for a non padded liner to go under my shorts. Having purchased numerous boxer shorts that all ride or do not quite work the Ground Effect Flatliners are super comfortable and do not ride up at all. So far we have completed a 60k and 80k ride. I would call them mid weight and can see them getting a bit warm through a Queensland 30+ summer.

      M
      26/07/2022
      Mart
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Not a flat seam

      I’m normally a walking billboard for GE gear, but not the Flatliners. All seams are flat EXCEPT for a heavy one going east/west just at the base of the *******. This of course is an area of the perineum that sits on the saddle, and I only get an hour ride before it gets to be a bit of a pain - so to speak. Other people's mileage seems to differ as there is a lot of 5*s, but it doesn’t suit my anatomy. Have liaised with GE for quite some time and they even developed a different style to prototype but that was over 4 months ago. My hope is they drop this version and bring to market a truly flat seam version, preferably with no seam in the vital areas.

      SW
      11/04/2022
      Shaun W.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Top Notch

      This is my second pair for weekends of riding. Nuff said.

      SW
      29/11/2021
      Shaun W.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Good stuff

      I've been riding in them for a few weeks and seem to be holding up pretty well. I prefer to ride without padded shorts and these tick the boxes in getting rid of irritating seams and being a bit more breathable across longer rides. Will likely get another pair to keep them in rotation.

      PO
      30/06/2021
      Peter O.
      Australia Australia

      Just what I needed

      I prefer to ride without a pad, however my jocks have seams in the wrong places. This is the perfect solution especially for longer rides, I wish I had found these earlier. I’m a size 32 waist and a small fits well.