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.

    • 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.
  • Hard wearing and quick drying nylon fabric - tightly woven to deliver bulletproof durability, with stretch construction for a performance fit. 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

    Garment Weight: 340 gm
  •   Juggernauts Snipers Supertankers Double Happys
    Fabric Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Stretch Hi-Impact Plus Hi-Impact Stretch
    Liner Separate Separate Separate Integrated
    Trim Tabs™ Yes Yes No Yes
    Leg Vents Yes Yes No No
    Leg Length Mid-Knee Above Knee Mid-Knee Mid-Knee
    Sizes S - XXL S - XL S - XL S - XL

  • ▹ 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.

    ▹ 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.

    • 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. 


Made by: Ground Effect in New Zealand


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VW
19/01/2018
Vaughan W.
New Zealand

Super!

These replaced some big brand baggies that wore out half way through a Tour Aotearoa ride, didn't have the same problem with these in the second half! Great to see gimmicky features from my 2007 version gone too, simple and tough.

AS
06/01/2018
Alison S.
New Zealand

Super supertankers

Supertankers were a gift for a seasoned mountain biker. He says they are super comfy and look sharp too so I would absolutely buy again. Everything we buy from Ground Effect gets pushed to the biking limits and has never failed!

JS
05/01/2018
John S.
New Zealand

Supertankers

Good shorts for biking plus don't look too much like bike shorts and so good for just wearing when not on the bike. So far, hard wearing. Zip pocket very useful.

AS
16/12/2017
Alister S.
Australia

Not quite 'my cup of tea'

I'd finally worn out my antique baggy cotton Ground Effect shorts bought back some time around 2005 (I can't remember whether their model name) so ordered a pair of Supertankers. But they just didn't suit me. I missed the zipped thigh pocket of my old ones (useful for stowing a map or route list), I disliked the front-entry pockets (difficult to access while riding), and found the fabric too clingy. So I posted them back to NZ. Of course Ground Effect cheerfully refunded my money, and I'll keep an eye on their catalogues for the next evolution of their all-round shorts.

KE
16/12/2017
Kari E.
Australia

Super(tankers)

These are my second pair of supertankers and I really love their style, fit and ruggedness.I often wear them to the pub for the after ride drinks and meal as well. Looking forward to many more rides in them.