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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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    Jack B.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    The ranch sliders are super sweet for getting me out the door when it’s a bit chilly or raining (or both). Best part is there’s no compromise on movement, and they definitely add bonus style points (yeah my friends have asked where I got them). Whether for shuttles, long winter rides around Dunedin or even tramping and working in the bush they go super well!

    Connor M.
    Australia Australia
    Quality gear that's worth the investment

    bought these pants not too long ago and so far have been quite happy with them. Durably waterproof, tough fabric, comfortable to move in and the ankles clip in perfectly to stay away from the chain. Only problem I've had is with the sewing in the knee, it's began to fray a little bit but that is no reason not to buy these pants. 5/5 Highly Recommend! :)

    Chris W.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant - what more can one say. Have worn non-stop since getting them though did have a break as my partner "took them up for me", still retaining the domes and reflector - great result. Feel I would like a zip pocket in the leg.

    John W.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Ranchsliders -a good for all occassions

    I have just purchased my 4th pair of Ranchsliders and my wife tells me they have become my uniform because I wear them daily. Well that is the case around home and on my mountain bike. Great fit and these trusty threads will see you right for several seasons riding with perhaps no crash-induced accelerated wear. Ride on...

    Peta B.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Ranchsliders Review

    Due to a stroke in 2018 I now ride a recumbent e-trike. Until I got these great cycling trousers, my legs always seemed to be cold. They really keep the wind out and even in damp drizzly weather do a great job. The domes on the foot end are much more useful for me than elastic as I have a foot splint on my left leg. Well done Again. Great product! Andrew Buxton

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