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Rock Lobster

282 reviews
Colour
Limelight
Deep Marine
Treetop
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 Aotearoa | 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 Solaris
Pockets Three at rear One at hip Three at rear None
Front Zip Full length None 3/4 None
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 Ecostore, Earthwise 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 repellant finish.

+Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $9 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$12 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 282 Reviews
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    Filter Reviews:
      JB
      28/02/2024
      Jason B.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Awesome product

      This is my third Rock Lobster after wearing one out (about 10 years of wear) and I always need two for bike packing adventures. I am prone to skin cancer so need to stay a bit covered, and the Rock Lobster is cool and means I don't have to coat myself in sunscreen. I used it for Tour Aotearoa in a particularly hot year and it was great. I can also attest to the fact that you can fit a large bottle of beer in each of the side pockets which has been useful at times. Keep it up GroundEffect!

      JS
      21/02/2024
      JOHN S.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Rock lobster

      Very good quality, good to keep the sun off.

      BM
      19/02/2024
      Brendon M.
      Australia Australia

      Usual fantastic quality

      After decades of using and abusing their kit, the Rock Lobster is still the quality I'm used to from GE. I expect it will keep trucking for many adventures, as have it predecessors!

      DC
      19/02/2024
      David C.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Quality product

      Purchased my second rock lobster. First one lasted 11 years. Some nice refinements, quality garment

      LO
      14/02/2024
      Liam O.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Rock’in the lobster

      Another great bit of kit from the crew at Ground Effect. Love your work. Does everything they say.