The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape, height and how loose or tight you like to wear your clothes. Measurements refer to your body not the garment. Jackets and baggies are sized to fit over under-layers - so you should be the same size in both. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.
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Attack hors categorie climbs and winter weather with these three-quarter length merino lycra thermal knicks. The state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad and Bandolier™ cuffs ensure hi-octane performance so you can keep the pedal to the metal. Geronimo!
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.
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.
The challenge in fitting 3/4 length shorts and tights is the inherent tension of the fabric between your hips and knees. Even with stretch fabrics this can encourage your pants to creep down off your hips so the pad no longer fits snugly against your bum. It's more likely if you're lucky enough to have a longer-than-average femur.
The trick is to inch up the fabric below your knees so there is less tension along your thighs. If you are a girl, think about how you pull on your fishnet stockings. If you are a boy, think about something else.
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.
They are alright. The crotch and padding bunched up right around the nose of the saddle, and has got a bit better after washing a couple of times. They don’t sit very high and could do with having a wider waist band sewn onto the top of the shorts. They aren’t very high on the back. The material is nice, but my wife thought she could see through them. Nothing special considering the price. Sorry Guys.
A cycling mate told me about the quality and durability of Ground Effect cycling gear 20 years ago. I've still got some of that gear! Bought a new pair of Geronimos recently and pleased to see the quality and service is just the same. Excellent!
These are replacing my elderly pair of Geronimos – I’m not sure how elderly but I’m guessing more than a decade as they have don’t have an exo-skeletal pad. The chamois is sewn inside. They have served me well during my weekly winter rides over the years as well as long days in the saddle during two week tours of Tasmania, New Zealand and Victoria – and they survived several tumbles. After all that time, I have no complaints about quality or comfort – the fabric and construction proved flawless. That’s why I’m back!
I’ve just bought two of the latest models and gave them a workout. They are different. The exo-skeletal pad is thin but comfortable – it doesn’t feel like a Depend! The supporting bandolier cuffs are a welcome addition. A bit tight to pull on but they stay in place so the cuffs don’t ride up – and the waistband, although lower than the earlier models, doesn’t ride down nor is it too tight. I love how the longer legs keep my old knees warm as toast, no matter what the weather is like. These are the perfect cold weather knicks – almost obligatory wear from late May through to early October. The fabrics used feel smooth and flexible on the bike, the seams are flat and don’t chafe. Overall, the Geronimos are very comfortable, well-designed, hold their shape, stay warm in cold weather, and last. The best quality, most comfortable ¾ length cycling pants I have ever had the pleasure to wear.