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

  Weight: 340 gm

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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.

+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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    PS
    30/09/2020
    Peter S.
    Australia Australia
    Supertankers for an active commuter

    I recently purchased some Supertankers after an older version finally wore out. Comfortable and well-fitting on and off the bike and reasonably warm as well. The best thing is they are stylish and practical enough to wear around at work, with enough pocket room for valuables - so I don't need to change when I get to work!

    TT
    12/08/2020
    Tom T.
    Australia Australia
    Supertankers

    My last pair lasted me about 8 years and I estimate somewhere between 25,000 km and 30,000 km of riding so it was pretty easy decision to buy another pair. Looking forward to where my new pair takes me :)

    JW
    28/07/2020
    Jordan W.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Great shorts

    Excellent fit 31-32 waist and the medium fit really well nice and long thanks ground effect

    WC
    23/07/2020
    Will C.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    My 4th Pair

    I love Supertankers so much, that over the last decade these are my 4th pair.

    A Ground Effect Customer
    DS
    13/07/2020
    Dan S.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    The new Supertankers are as good as the originals

    According to Gmail, I've been a GE customer for a long long time. I owned some great Supertankers back in the day, then upgraded them in 2006 (also back in the day) and was disappointed by the (then) new fabric, which was a lot softer than I remembered and not tough and 'canvassy' like my old(er) pair. Fast forward to 2020 and I decided to give them another go. I'm pleased to announce that the new(er) material is heavier than whatever was used in '06, while being stretchy enough to accommodate my now stretchy waistline. I've worn my new Supertankers pretty much every day since then, until sometime in June when I realised that it was now cold (because I'm now old). Just one issue in ~6 months: the stitching has come away on a few inches of the waistband. Otherwise, all good!

    12/07/2020
    Ground Effect

    Hi there Dan, thanks for your review. If the stitching has come away and it is an issue for then pop them back and we can repair them. Pedal on, Ernie.

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