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This colour/size is temporarily out of stock. We're making some as fast as we can. For orders placed today we'll aim to get one to you in 2-3 weeks. If you can't wait that long then perhaps consider another colour (if available).

Sharp threads for tackling urban singletrack, crashing the curb and leaping down steps. Bulletproof construction combines with a genuine performance fit and staunch good looks... so you can pedal to work, park 'em under the desk and then slide out early to hit the strip.

  • Non-padded 'Strictly Ballroom' action gusset for pedalling freedom.
  • Combine with Underdogs mesh liner for increased performance.
  • Easy-Rider stretch lumbar and hip panels.
  • Smooth fitted waist with belt loops and zipped fly.
  • Heavy duty Hi-Impact Plus™ fabric takes the knocks.
  • Open hand pockets plus zipped rear security pocket.
  • Contrasting bartacking for extra grunt.
  • Articulated knees for unlimited pedaling freedom.
  • microFoil™ lined knees for extra warmth.
  • Turn-up concealed dome cuffs to avoid chain suck.
  • Sewn in emergency tube repair patch, because you can never be too well-prepared.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 490 gm

Hard wearing and quick drying nylon fabric - tightly woven to deliver bulletproof durability, with some stretch for comfort. Hi-Impact Plus is slightly gruntier than the standard brew for a nudge more urban style.
  • Composition: 97% nylon; 3% lycra.

Approved clobber for terrorising the city, cruising the highways or café surfing. Unfashion garments combine comfort on the bike with sharp looks for when you hit the pavement.

Stretch hip panels and Trim Tabs™ keep Ground Effect baggies hitched up. Intelligent design reduces surplus fabric for a smoother and therefore more comfortable interface between bum and saddle. There's also less risk of getting hooked up on technical trails.

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.


+How should the waist fit?
These baggies feature a stretch-fit waist that delivers a snug, performance fit. Pull them over your hips, and there should be a 3-5 cm gap before you close the dome. The waist is then under tension so your pants stay put when hitting the trails or tarmac.

+Are they water-resistant?
The Hi-Impact™ Stretch fabric has a durable water resistant treatment (DWR). While the pants are not waterproof, they do provide some short term resistant to drizzle and light rain. They are windproof, dry faster than lightening if you do happen to get caught out and are extremely hard wearing.


  • 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. 

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    Don S.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Ranchsliders review

    Many years ago while living in Japan , working as a bicycle mechanic I needed a tough pair of long pants suitable for my daily commute and being a big fan of Ground Effect I bought a pair of Ranchsliders . They were used a lot and were so comfortable either in the workshop or on long rides now that I am back home and cycling again there was only one pair of pants I wanted Ranchsliders . Keep up the great work team I have been a big fan of your products from day one !

    Kelly J.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    These are just what I need for commuting. They are really well made, warm and comfortable. The stretch part in the waist means I don’t need a belt which makes them even more comfortable.

    Harriet D.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Ranchslider pants for a Man

    Great pants - my husband likes them and they look great. They are lightweight and smart looking. He moved effortlessly from cycling up a large, steep hill to having dinner in a nice restaurant and seeing a movie. Good job!

    A Ground Effect Customer
    Caspar H.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Lighter Fabric Hits the Spot

    This is my third pair of ranchsliders and they are just the best pants in the world. Comfortable, strong, good looking. I like the slightly lighter fabric too - it’s just a bit easier to move around in. Keep up the good work!

    Simon S.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Another great addition to the ground effect wardrobe

    Light, comfortable and durable. Basically a great pair of bike pants for winter (probably summer too). I thought the press-studs were a bit weird at first, but they do work and keep the material away from the chain. I forget to take them off when I get home from work, they’re pretty comfortable.

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