Frosty Boy

121 reviews
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Colour
Charcoal
Ocean
Size

Crawl out of bed and into Frosty Boy - then stumble out the door for a wake-me-up blast on the treadly. Silky Thermostat™ fleece back keeps you toasty while the WindFoil™ softshell front and arms knock the stuffing out of chilling breezes. The dinkum one-top-does-it-all for those who like to travel light and fast.

+Features
  • WindFoil™ softshell front, sleeves and shoulders block cold winds.
  • Raglan sleeves for enhanced fit.
  • Extra long front zip with integrated windflap and reflective trim.
  • 360° Hazard!™ reflectivity.
  • Zipped chest pocket for storing shades and tunes.
  • Rear security pocket and twin elasticised angle-pockets.
  • WhaleTail™ covers all your back all the time.
  • Secret tube repair patch.
  • S size in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 340 gm

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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.

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A non-windproof version of WindFoil™ - Thermostat™ is a lightweight, quick-drying laminated fleece with a water repellant finish. Constructed from a knitted polyester face fabric with brushed polyester fleece on the inside. Its hyper-soft finish makes it delicious to wear against your skin. Yum. Thermostat has an excellent warmth to weight ratio. For cycling, low bulk is important - both when you're wearing the garment and when it's stashed away in your back pack or pannier. The advantages of heavier fleeces are mainly for sedentary types. 
  • Composition: 100% polyester
  • Durable water-repellent (DWR) finish on face fabric.

+Composite Tops
For short trips in stable weather conditions, a Ground Effect composite top lets you travel light and fast with just a single thermal layer. These designs combine a WindFoil™ front with a breathable Thermostat™ fleece or Heatwave™ Merino back. A long front zip for ventilation allows you to manage your body temperature through a wide range of conditions. Apparently you can have your cake and eat it too.

+WhaleTail™
Ground Effect tops are cut with extra length in the back... and in the sleeves too. So when you stretch out in search of the perfect downhill position, neither your shirttail or sleeves will ride-up to expose your back or wrists to the elements.

+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

+Video
+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.
Customer Reviews
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    TC
    09/04/2020
    Thomas C.
    Australia Australia
    Great piece of kit

    Thanks Ground Effect for producing great NZ made gear. I’ve had the pleasure of using an older model Frosty Boy and a just got a new Frosty Boy. The new FB is a great soft shell layer. It’s perfect for the Melbourne weather, shielding the cold on early morning rides and for casual wear around the house too. Compared to the older fleecy Frosty Boy, the new soft shell feel is great. Size wise I originally ordered a Medium which for my 5’11 78kg frame was slightly too small. The new Large is perfect. Also, stoked with the Ground Effect service (regular updates on the status of my order and quick to respond to queries) and Fast Exchange option. The swap out was easy! Thanks again team, love your work.

    GD
    26/03/2020
    grant d.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    good bit of cold weather riding kit

    fits nicely not tight not loose, well made looks like its going to last for quite a few years. would buy again.

    PG
    11/03/2020
    Pamela G.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Frosty Boy from Ground Effect

    Bought this for my partner to replace the Ground Effect top he has had for at least ten years!! He loves it!! Perfect fit and looks good :)

    BM
    30/11/2019
    Bruce M.
    United States United States
    Frosty Boy review

    This is my third Frosty Boy and I keep buying them for a reason - with New England's chilly fall and winters, they perform! I typically start a ride with it as a layer under a shell. Once I get warmed up, I shed the shell and the Frosty Boy does the rest of the work - shielding the cold off the front and venting from the back. Sizing is true and if you take care of it properly, will last for many rides and many years. Bravo to the folks at Ground Effect for getting it right!

    SM
    05/11/2019
    Shane M.
    Australia Australia
    Frosty Boy

    When riding for extended periods the weather conditions can vary considerably and the Frosty Boy is fantastic to cut the chill early morning or into the evening. Very happy with the purchase and will be buying more Ground Effect gear to cover all conditions!

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