Flatliners

10
Size Chart
Colour
Jet Black
Size

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

▸ 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 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
130 gm
▸ Compare

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

▸ FAQ

▸ 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 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. 

  • 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.

Customer Reviews

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    GL
    12/03/2019
    Geoff L.
    New Zealand

    Flatliners

    Like all Ground Effect products excellent quality,fits well .Very happy.

    AT
    23/01/2019
    Andrew T.
    New Zealand

    Flatliners

    Bought a pair and they are sooo comfortable and practical that I even started wearing them when not cycling (is that tmi?). Anyway, tragedy! Within a fortnight they blew off my windy Wellington clothes line - or the lady next door swiped them - so I need to order a second pair - and use more pegs, and maybe a cable lock.

    JA
    01/07/2018
    Julie A.
    Australia

    An unusual use

    My daily commute ride is a fully enclosed recumbent velomobile. I still like to wear tight cycle shorts, although not strictly necessary. Certainly don’t need the usual padding though. The Flatliners are absolutely magic for me! Cool with an almost non see through mesh to cater for modesty. I’ll probably give them a whirl on my two wheeler low racer recumbent when the temperatures warm up a bit. For the velomobile, without a doubt the best shorts I’ve come across!

    WM
    18/04/2018
    William M.
    Australia

    Still waiting!

    I'm sorry but I cannot review the Flatliners, unfortunately they are lost somewhere in the Australia Post system as they have been for 3 weeks. If I ever receive the Flatliners, I will be better informed as to their quality. This is not your fault, it is apparently Auspost's fault.

    A Ground Effect Customer
    TH
    07/03/2018
    Thomas H.
    Australia

    Love 'em

    Road for 3 days straight in Thredbo (XC and lift access) with no issues. There is no padding, but that seems to work for me (I'm on a pretty well padded Selle SMP saddle though!). They dry quick which can be useful...nothing worse than a soggy chamois.

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