Snipes

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Colour
Jet Black
Marine Blue
Size

Sharp baggies for enhanced performance at the edge. The Snipes are stripped back with minimal pockets, generous mesh front-vents and slightly shorter legs than the Juggernauts or Supertankers. Making them cooler in hot weather, and less likely to mess with your landing gear. Combine with the Underdogs mesh liner for optimal off-road comfort.

▸ Features
  • Easy-Rider™ stretch lumbar with adjustable velcro Trim Tabs™.
  • Smooth fitted waist with zipped fly.
  • Gusseted crutch for pedalling freedom.
  • Combine with InnuendosUnderdogs or Stowaways mesh liner for increased performance.
  • Zip security pocket.
  • Mesh front-vents.
  • Tough Hi-Impact™ Stretch takes the knocks.
  • Mid-length legs sit just above your knees.
  • Secret tube repair patch.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

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Hard wearing and quick drying nylon fabric. Super stretchy for a closer, performance fit. Tight double weave 'looped' construction combines bulletproof durability with next to skin comfort.
  • Composition: 89% nylon; 11% lycra.

▸ Easy-Rider™
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.

▸ Luxury Liner
These baggies are supremely versatile. Add the InnuendosUnderdogs or Stowaways lycra mesh liner to deliver no-nonsense performance in the saddle. Whip ‘em out for washing or when moving into après ride mode. Winterise by using a pair of Geronimos or Montezumas three-quarter length shorts as the liner.

▸ 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
220 gm
▸ Compare

  Hydroslides Juggernauts Snipes
Fabric

HydroFoil
Hi-Impact Stretch

Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Stretch
Liner Separate Separate Separate
Trim Tabs™ Yes Yes Yes
Leg Vents Yes Yes Yes
Leg Length Mid-Knee Mid-Knee Above Knee
Sizes S - XL S - XXL S - XL
  Double Happys Slim Jims Supertankers
Fabric Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Plus
Liner Integrated Separate Separate
Trim Tabs™ Yes No No
Leg Vents No No No
Leg Length Mid-Knee Above Knee Mid-Knee
Sizes S - XL S - XL S - XL

▸ FAQ

▸ Baggy vs Lycra
A stretch short will always deliver more performance than a baggy number as there's no surplus fabric bunched up between your bum and the saddle. However, baggies are the default choice of battle-hardened cyclists off road, on tour and around the streets. They combine a loose but not super-baggy fit with an optional mesh liner and moulded pad... providing the performance benefits of conventional stretch shorts with minimal compromise.

▸ 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.

▸ 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. 

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    MF
    14/05/2019
    Murray F.
    Australia

    Snipes shorts

    Great shorts. Comfortable, well made and stylish. Will cross over to the gym as well as the MTB, maybe even the pub later. Ground Effect gear is never cheap, but you get what you pay for, and that's high quality gear backed up with fine customer service.

    MC
    13/05/2019
    Muni C.
    New Zealand

    Snippers to go

    Good shorts, a bit less bulk than the Jaganaughts and other longer models.. I did find them a much smaller fit so I think sizing up was helpful. As always, super strong construction!

    RA
    06/05/2019
    Ross A.
    Australia

    Great shorts

    Nice light weight shorts that match perfectly with a pair of underdogs. By waist size I should be an M but I went with L which was great. Slightly roomier and side tabs mean they are snub at the waist.

    AC
    20/04/2019
    Anthony C.
    Ireland

    Snipes shorts

    Great all round do it all shorts, long or short spins these are a rock solid piece of gear. On my 2nd pair only bought the 2nd pair due to living in the first pair think they need a rest. Some serious miles done in them too. You will not go wrong with these shorts. Great work

    AW
    15/04/2019
    Andrew W.
    New Zealand

    Super comfortable Snipers!

    My 2nd pair and these have the new stretchy fabric and brilliant, very,very comfortable. Could they get any better !

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