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Supertankers

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Hucking urban obstacles, scything through traffic or doing the post-race lounging thing. These hardwearing Hi-Impact Plus shorts are as comfortable and good looking on the bike as off. When combat calls, just add the Innuendos or Underdogs mesh liner and stir to create instant hi-performance baggies.

▸ Features
  • Non-padded 'Strictly Ballroom' action gusset for pedalling freedom.
  • Combine with Innuendos or Underdogs mesh liner for increased performance.
  • Easy-Rider stretch lumbar and hip panels.
  • Smooth fitted waist with belt loops and zipped fly.
  • Heavy duty Hi-Impact Plus™ takes the knocks and dries quickly.
  • Open hand pockets plus zipped rear security pocket.
  • Contrasting bartacking for extra grunt.
  • Long legs hang around 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 - tightly woven to deliver bulletproof durability, with some stretch for comfort. Hi-Impact Plus is slightly gruntier than the standard brew for a nudge more urban style.
  • Composition: 97% nylon; 3% 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
340 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.

▸ How should the waist fit?
These baggies feature a stretch-fit waist that delivers a snug, performance fit. Pull them over your hips, and there should be a 3-5 cm gap before you close the dome. The waist is then under tension so your pants stay put when hitting the trails or tarmac.

▸ 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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    AJ
    22/07/2019
    Andrew J.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Comfortable, suit my long legs

    Before riding it felt like these were too baggy and loose. I had the right size given the 3-5 cm waistband gap. Turns out they’re surprisingly comfortable to ride in. Even soaking wet and covered in mud they don’t seem to slip down and I can forget about them while riding. Haven’t caught the crotch on the nose of the seat yet - unlike the slimmer fitting TLD and Endura shorts I use regularly. Best feature for me is the length. I’ve got a 36” inseam. Finally no more skin showing above my knee pads, even when seated. The two front pockets are shallow and non-zipped. Not brave enough to trust them to my phone or specs yet. Overall I’m happy with these. Very comfortable and finally no pad-gap.

    SM
    14/07/2019
    Stephen M.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Awesome shorts

    Such good shorts. Look great, super comfortable, and hard wearing. Pretty much perfect.

    NP
    05/06/2019
    nigel p.
    New Zealand

    Supertankers

    Perfect for all year

    FN
    28/05/2019
    Fujiko N.
    New Zealand

    Awesome, comfy, skinny.

    I've been wearing these things non stop the last few months. Super comfy, stretchy and hard wearing. The only down side is they are the most slim fitting pants I've owned since around 1977. My wife tells me I look odd and my friends say they look like they'd be uncomfortably tight. I reckon an extra few cm in the leg width would make them even better!

    HH
    27/03/2019
    Helen H.
    Australia

    Perfect fit and SO comfortable!

    These supertankers are so good. I was hesitant at first but needn’t have worried as they fit the bill perfectly. Look great both on and off the bike and terrific for all day trail riding. If they are like my other GE gear, I’ll have them for years. Why didn’t I get them sooner!

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