Rock Lobster

158 reviews
Size Chart
Colour
Limelight
Olive
Deep Marine
Size

Avoid being boiled alive when the sun turns up the volume. The Rock Lobster boasts its own theme song for company, plus a stand-up collar and long sleeves for shade on those long exposed days on the road.

  Regular Fit - middle-of-the-road comfort for all-purpose riding. Not too tight or too loose - just right for most cyclists in most conditions.

+Features
  • Stand-up collar for UV protection.
  • UPF 50+
  • Long front zip for maximum venting.
  • Long sleeves protect your forearms from both the sun and the cold (how does it know?).
  • No-elastic hem for warm weather comfort.
  • Rear security pocket coupled with elasticised pockets for on-the-go access.
  • 'Backpack-friendly' rear zip slider garage.
  • Sewn in emergency tube repair patch, because you can never be too well prepared.
  • S and XXL sizes in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 220 gm

+HyperActive™
A lightweight summer fabric packed with technology to keep you cool and dry as. The bi-component knit backs a sharp-looking polyester outer with a smooth layer of nano-charcoal polyester against your skin. Nano-charcoal disperses sweat to accelerate evaporation and is naturally anti-microbial to fight nasty smells. The fabric dries at the speed of light - great when reduced to hand washing on tour - and even performs its quick-drying magic in the wet under a rain jacket.
  • Composition: 75% polyester; 25% nano-charcoal polyester.
+UPF 50
HyperActive's UPF 50+ rating extends your no-burn time by 50 times over bare skin. Designs with a stand-up collar and long sleeves maximise protection from the sun's UV rays. Yank 'em up if it gets too stifling.

+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.

+Compare

  Berglar Neopolitan Rock Lobster B52
Pockets Three at rear One at hip Three at rear None
Front Zip Full length None 3/4 3/4
Fabric Lightwave™ Merino
Lightwave™ Merino
HyperActive™ HyperActive™
Fit
Sizes S - XL S - XL S - XXL S - XL

+Video
+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. 

Customer Reviews
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    BC
    12/01/2021
    Bruce C.
    Australia Australia
    Rock Lobster

    It's too loose unfortunately so I will have to do some stitching. I normally take medium but sizes have changed it seems. I won't get small as I think that will surely be too small. I like the feel of the material which is new to me.

    11/01/2021
    Ground Effect

    Thanks for your review Bruce, yes the sizing has changed since you purchased your last Rock Lobster in 2006. Have you checked the size chart to see if the small will work for you? Pedal on, Scott

    BY
    11/01/2021
    Brian Y.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Rock Lobster

    I bought the Rock Lobster for warmth when you need it, sun protection when its hot, Hi-vis to stand-out on the roads and plenty of pockets. It does all these things really well and has become my 'go-to' top for most rides.

    NC
    05/01/2021
    Nicholas C.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Back for more lobster

    Replaced my ancient rock lobster top with a new one. I reckon that I got over a decade of use from the original. The new one seems the same with nice soft material that wicks away your sweat.

    DF
    03/01/2021
    Duncan F.
    Australia Australia
    2nd Rock

    My second Rock Lobster (first one - white/silver - still going strong) and this time in the Deep Marine colour which I really like; most importantly it does what it’s meant to - keeps me cool whilst protecting me from UV.

    LK
    01/01/2021
    Lynne K.
    Australia Australia
    Rock Lobster

    Safety conscious, but not work place bright colour options. Nice long sleeves. Soft, cool, breathable fabric. Perfect for covering up from our harsh sun.