Ristretto

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Size Chart
Men's Size Chart (Slim Fit)

  Slim Fit

Closer fitting tops and jackets with less flap. Typically favoured by disciples of the tarmac, intent on travelling hard and fast. Size up if you need more room. Also describes the Snug-as-a-Bug fit of Heatwave™ Merino bodywear. These tops are intended to hug your body, ensuring the fabric sits against your skin to wick sweat away - keeping you dry and not chilling out.

    S M L XL
    Height

    163 - 172 cm
    5’ 4” - 5’ 8”

    169 - 178 cm
    5’ 6” - 5’ 10”

    175 - 185 cm
    5’ 9” - 6’ 1”

    183 - 191 cm
    6’ 0” - 6’ 3”

    Chest

    91 - 97 cm
    36” - 38”

    98 - 104 cm
    39 - 41”

    105 - 111 cm
    42 - 44”

    112 - 118 cm
    44 - 46”

    Waist

    73 - 79 cm
    29 - 31”

    80 - 86 cm
    32 - 34”

    87 - 93 cm
    35 - 37”

    94 - 100 cm
    37 - 39”

    Hips

    87 - 95 cm
    34 - 37”

    96 - 103 cm
    38 - 41”

    104 - 111 cm
    41 - 44”

    112 - 120 cm
    44 - 47”

    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. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.

    Colour
    Grey Marle
    Size

    Thermal bodywear to keep you buzzing through the depths of winter. Layer the Ristretto under your favourite riding top - the superfine Heatwave™ Merino wicks sweat away so you stay warm 'n' dry. Make mine a short black.

    ▸ Features
    • Heatwave™ hi-performance thermal bodywear combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
    • Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
    • 'Snug-as-a-bug' fit keeps the fabric against your skin to wick sweat away.
    • WhaleTail™ cut keeps you tucked in.
    • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
    ▸ Tech

    ▸ 
    A bi-component thermal fabric combining 51% merino wool and 49% polyester. Superfine 18.5 micron New Zealand merino wicks sweat away from your skin while the polyester provides a durable, non-pill outer. Lightweight at just 160gm/m2 and machine washable. Developed by Ground Effect and knitted just for us.
    • Composition: 51% merino; 49% polyester
    ▸ Man vs Wild
    Merino is unrivalled for comfort as a body layer. It absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres, mopping up excess sweat rather than letting it settle and cool on your skin. However high-aerobic activities like cycling will often overload ordinary merino. Heatwave's polyester component repels moisture to avoid total saturation of the fabric - so it dries faster to keep you toasty.
    ▸ Snug-as-a-Bug Fit
    Heatwave™ Merino tops are intended to hug your body, ensuring the fabric sits against your skin to wick sweat away - keeping you dry and not chilling out.
    ▸ Hot 'n' Cold
    As a single garment Heatwave™ Merino regulates your temperature through a wide range of conditions. Delivering comfort in all but the hottest climes. Yet it is versatile enough to layer under a WindFoil™, microFoil™ or HydroFoil™ shell in winter.

    ▸ WhaleTail™
    Ground Effect tops are cut with extra length in the back... and in the sleeves too. So when you stretch out in search of the perfect downhill position, neither your shirttail or sleeves will ride-up to expose your back or wrists to the elements.

    ▸ 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.

    ▸ Weight
    130 gm
    ▸ Video

    ▸ FAQ

    ▸ Why is Heatwave Merino so comfortable next-to-skin?
    • Heatwave combines the comfort, warmth and low-odour properties of merino wool with the durability of polyester. Merino wool absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres like polyester or polypropylene. This makes it very effective in dealing with excess sweat - it is absorbed into the fabric rather than settling (and cooling) on your skin. The polyester component repels moisture which avoids total saturation of the fabric - helping it to dry faster. The strength of the polyester also maintains the shape of the garment and minimises wear 'n' tear and pilling.
    • The Baked Alaska, Popsicle and Hot Toddy are intended to be used as a stand alone cycle top in cool, as opposed to cold, conditions.
    • The Thermos, Ristretto and Submerino are all base layers - best worn directly against your skin.
    • The Median Strip, Berglar and Hoola are riding jerseys, with additional features including three rear pockets and long front zips. For use in both hot and cold climes and versatile enough to wear as an insulation layer in winter.

    ▸ Heatwave™ Merino vs InfraRed™ polyester?
    • Your base layer is a critical part of your clothing system in cold conditions. Its primary purpose is to move excess sweat away for your body to minimise the cooling effect of any dampness against your skin.
    • Heatwave™ Merino is sensational when you're on-the-go in cold, dry conditions. It keeps you warm by absorbing and dispersing any sweat, letting it evaporate faster. However you can 'overload' the fabric with prolonged use or in wet conditions. At that point it no longer has great thermal properties. So, an excellent choice while you're moving and expending energy, but can cause you to chill out if stopped for an extended time.
    • InfraRed's polyester fibres absorb almost no moisture - so the fabric dries considerably faster when you stop exercising. A moisture management treatment plus a brushed finish against your skin helps disperse sweat (but not quite as effectively as merino does). In addition the FarRed™ mineral print against your skin reduces 'far infrared' heat loss. A good choice in wet conditions and if you anticipate any faffing around on your ride, or on multi-day adventures when you need your clothing to dry overnight.
    • Heatwave™ has the additional benefits of the low-odour properties of merino wool. The FarRed™ mineral print also disguises smell - but to a lesser extent in our experience.

    ▸ Washing

    • 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. 

    • Wash colours separately.

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    LB
    20/08/2018
    Lorna B.
    Australia

    Ristretto

    I love the Ristretto. Helps to keep me toastie when the winter winds are cold to wear underneath,and in spring and autumn when the air is cooler, I like to wear Ristretto 'cos no sleeves to interrupt the tan.

    PM
    22/07/2018
    Peter M.
    Australia

    Super strong

    I don’t think GE’s Ristretto comes in coffee flavour, but the GE Ristretto certainly performs very strongly. Warming without being hot, slim fitting, lasts almost forever (just like all my other GE gear). Temperature-wise, perhaps the most versatile and useful piece of cycling kit I have.

    MP
    11/07/2018
    Mark P.
    Australia

    Ristretto

    I have purchased 5 of these under shirts over the past years, absolutely awesome product, I use them for keeping warm as an under garment when cycling but also for an out layer when on the wind trainer or working out in the gym. Very comfortable and well fitting I couldn’t do with out a couple on hand. Worth every cent!

    NA
    10/07/2018
    Nick A.
    New Zealand

    Ristretto

    Awesome base layer which I brought for winter road riding, goes great under a windstopper jersey, or if it’s a little warmer I use it under a winter jersey and a gilet

    RH
    03/06/2018
    Robert H.
    Australia

    Ristretto vest

    I recently purchased a Ristretto vest and wished I had done much sooner. A snug fit and toasty warm as winter has snuck in at last in WA. It dries quickly and is a great addition to winter riding under a light top. Great work Groundeffect.

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