Maximium-performance bib liner shorts for your baggies. The eXo™ pad keeps your motor purring smoothly while the rear lumbar pocket secrets tools, munchies and other contraband when going hard, fast and light.

Three Month 'Free' Trial. Ride the Stowaways (hard) and if they don't blow you away, return them to us within 90 days for a full refund.

    • eXo™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
    • Breathable lycra mesh liner - only to be worn with baggies!
    • Full flat seaming for enhanced comfort.
    • Lycra mesh diamond-shaped back panel and wide shoulder straps for maximum comfort and cooling
    • No-elastic waist means zero pressure around your midriff.
    • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs glue these shorts to your thighs.
    • Large stretch mesh rear pocket for carrying your daily needs.
  • This state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad delivers maximum performance for those who ride long and fast.
    • Pad and shorts' outer fabric are laminated as a single layer – providing increased precision with minimal movement between the fabrics and your saddle.
    • Near-seamless interface between pad and body of the shorts.
    • External and internal differential-density mouldings provide additional padding at pressure points without increased bulk.
    • 3D anatomical shaping, 4-way stretch and seamless construction hug your body for a performance fit.
    • Polyester-knit face fabric against your skin disperses heat and moisture.
    • Anti-bacterial finish and dries rapidly after washing.
    • Made by TMF in Italy. Market leaders in cycling pad design and innovation. Manufactured in strict compliance with European environmental standards.

    ▹ 'S' Seams

    S-shaped seams don't limit the stretch of lycra fabrics - ensuring Ground Effect shorts hug and move with your body, not against it.

    ▹ Bandolier™

    Textured-lycra bands glue the legs of our premium shorts to your thighs, and provide muscle support – all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.

    ▹ 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

    Garment Weight: 110 gm
  •   Stowaways Innuendos Underdogs Flatliners
    Pad None
    Style Bib Shorts Shorts Shorts

  • ▹ Should I wear underwear with these shorts?

    Hell no. You want to have as smooth an interface as possible between your bum and the saddle. The seams on your underwear will inevitably be in the wrong place - causing rubbing and saddle sores. Also underwear is generally cotton - nice for everyday use but damp skin below is more susceptible to chaffing.

    • 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 Ecover, 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 repellent finish. 

    • With shorts in particular, cold-water detergents and those with bleach or fabric softner can cause 'nappy-rash' so if you're experiencing issues in that department try a warm 40ºC machine wash and a change of cleaning brew. 
    • A washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
    • UV rays accelerate the decay of lycra. Our fabric is knitted so the lycra component lies on the inside of the fabric - shielding it from the sun when you're out riding. Consequently you should avoid drying these shorts inside-out. It's not a bad idea to do so occasionally as the sun does help keep the pad hygienic - although it is treated with an anti-bacterial finish anyway. But drying in this manner is a trade-off with the damage done to the Lycra.
    • It's common practice to not wear underwear with your riding shorts so you need to wash your shorts daily. And it's recommended to give your shorts an initial wash when they're new - the eXo™ pad in particular becomes less stiff after the first wash.

Made by: Ground Effect in New Zealand

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Greig B.

Stowaway Bib

Great bibs for wearing under the old MTB baggies. Nice and long in the thigh. Same goes for the Ringleaders.

Blair P.

Great bib liners

I've used Ringleaders for years, and really prefer the Exocet chamois pad to the older nappy style pads, so I was happy to see the Stowaways. They work very well with Snipers, or a pair of Gore SoftShell shorts for grotty weather. Hope they last as well as other Groundeffect shorts.

Richard H.

Brought for son

I purchased these for my 17 year old son to ride in, He mainly rides trail and enduro style. After two weeks of riding most days; with washing each night, the reviews i got were: "good", "great", "sweet" etc. So translating this to mean they were really comfortable and wore well under his outer shorts.

Adam T.

Yet more undergarment greatness

I'm mightily impressed with my new Stowaways. I've been happily using Ringleaders for a few years now and have several pairs such that they're the only knicks I use these days. As I always wear the Ringleaders under baggies I recently decided to try out the Stowaways. I couldn't be happier. They're supremely comfortable, just like the Ringleaders but the greater use of mesh really does help to keep things cooler on hot summer rides. Can't comment on their long-term durability as a consequence of all that mesh, but they feel much more robust than I anticipated and I expect to them to last well - as usual for GE gear. The pocket is a great idea.

Kathryn P.


I've used a lot of bike clothing products over many years and always been impressed by the Ground effect products. The Stowaways are no different, comfortable even on the hottest days working in conjunction with the Juggernauts quite simply stunning, leaving me free to concentrate on riding and not my on bike comfort!