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Keep your pins toasty on mid-winter epics, crisp pre-dawn training rides or while unwinding around the hut. These 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino tights have a double layer of fabric at your knees for added warmth and are supremely versatile with no pad - so you can pull them on over your shorts or remove as the day heats up.
  • HighRise™ rear ensures a generous overlap with your cycle top.
  • Flat seams for a contour-fit.
  • Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino with a double layer at knees.
  • Internal pocket with double layer of fabric warms your kidneys.
  • Hazard!™ reflective logos on each calf for increased nocturnal presence.
  • Calf zips make it a cinch to pull on and off over your cycling shoes. Moo!
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 230 gm

+Hot Shot™ Merino
4-way stretch winter luxury uniquely combines superfine merino against your skin with a tightly knitted, hardwearing nylon outer and lycra to stretch and move with your body. Warm as pie.
  • Composition: 28% merino; 44% nylon; 28% lycra.

Outskirts™ garments are designed specifically for women. However If you're struggling to find exactly what you need in the Outskirts™ women's range, check out our men's products for further size options. Jackets, tights and baggy tops often fit both men and women equally well.

A stretch lumbar panel and HighRise™ rear overlap with your cycle top to keep you covered. No bare skin or lewd exposure.

Night travel is a spooky experience. Many Ground Effect garments feature our Hazard!™ reflective logo and piping to help remind traffic that we're on the road too.

+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.


  Ladybugs Legs Eleven
Fabric Hot Shot™ Merino Hot Shot™ Merino
Pad None Softail
Calf Zips Yes No
Bandolier™ Cuffs No Yes
Length Full Full
Sizes 10 - 16 8 - 18


  • 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.

  • Wash colours separately.

+ 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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      Christine T.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Ladybugs-just the bees knees!

      I purchased some Ladybugs because there was bad weather forecast for our A2O ride. They arrived overnight and I tried them on for size but couldn’t take them off as they were so cosy and the perfect fit! (The size chart was accurate!) Wore them for a day cycling when the weather was freezing and wet! Perfect!! Chrissie

      Lisa F.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Love the Ladybugs

      I have needed some good winter cycling tights & had been procrastinating on spending the money for a really good pair. i love the Ladybugs, so warm & comfortable to wear, I really wish I had bought a pair years ago.

      Louise C.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Love these so much I've bought a second pair

      This pants keep me nice and warm with the merino lining so an extra edge over other leggings. I wear then both for cycling and in town. Highly recommend.

      Sally R.
      Australia Australia


      These keep me riding through the winter. My 4th pair over about 18 yrs. A great fit and they last very well so the price is worth it! The new fabric is smooth, soft and stretchy. I used to buy M size and now the ladies 12 fits well. I find the ankle zips convenient. The double thickness knees keep me warm. Thanks again Groundeffect!

      Maree V.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Great for winter riding

      Warm and cosy. Bought to replace my 20 year old Ground Effect leggings that were commandeered by my daughter.