Rock Lobster

195 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.
+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.
  • S and XXL sizes in selected colours only.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 240 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.
  • Weight: 139 gsm.
+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 EcostoreEarthwise 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. 

+Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $7 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$7 by tracked airmail to Australia.
  • Around NZ$15-25 by tracked airmail to destinations elsewhere in the world - calculated in our shipping cart as you check out. 
    • More shipping and tax details in our FAQ.
    Customer Reviews
    4.8 Based on 195 reviews
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      WP
      06/12/2021
      Wayne P.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Rock Lobster

      Hi, Very pleased with top. I have to wear long sleeves, even on a hot sunny Bay of Plenty days. Have found this top to ticks all the boxes. Many thanks. Wayne

      TB
      02/12/2021
      Tony B.
      Australia Australia

      My review

      Great gear. Was looking for 100% merino but jacket was great. also looking for light wind/waterproof jacket to carry in back pocket. Thanks

      CS
      14/11/2021
      Craig S.
      Australia Australia

      Functional, Comfortable but big

      The Rock Lobster is very functional. I wanted a top that would afford maximum sun protection + rear pockets. The high rear neck and the long front zipper are all great features. The rear pockets are excellent. I ordered the LimeLight colour for increased visibility and minimal near-death occurrences and it's great for the former and, so far, prevented the latter. The garment fits a bit big. I ordered an XL based on the size directions from GroundEffect but an L size would have been better.

      SL
      14/11/2021
      Stuart L.
      Australia Australia

      Rock lobster doing the job for 12 years

      I still have one of these from around 2009. I just purchased the latest after considering other sun protection options like fishing type shirts. The materials have been updated so now it feels lighter and cooler. Spot on, top job GE. Fit is relaxed I could nearly have gone a size smaller. Which probably contributes to the comfort although it means the rear pockets shouldn’t be heavily loaded

      PS
      12/11/2021
      Peter S.
      Australia Australia

      The Lobster still Rocks

      I’ve had a few Lobsters and for me I find them a great balance between warmth, coolness, feel good material (not sticky synthetic), breathability, bright colours, and keeping the sun off a fair complexion.Great product.