The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape 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.
Men's vs Women's Sizes
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.
This colour/size is temporarily out of stock. For orders placed today we'll get one to you in about a week... or consider another colour if you can't wait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!