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The Toaster dishes up lightweight thermal luxury with maximum versatility for multi-day rides, bikepacking and touring. Zip up over your riding top while pausing to refuel. Or sandwich between your Submerino and anti-Cyclone rain jacket when the going gets unpleasant. Plus it's good looking enough to café in on tour.

  • Raglan sleeves for enhanced fit.
  • Zipped chest pocket for storing shades and tunes.
  • No hand pockets for clean lines.
  • Full-length front zip for temperature control.
  • WhaleTail™ longer back for greater cycling warmth.
  • Secret tube repair patch.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 310 gm

A non-windproof version of WindFoil™ - Thermostat™ is a lightweight, quick-drying laminated fleece with a water repellant finish. Constructed from a knitted polyester face fabric with brushed polyester fleece on the inside. Its hyper-soft finish makes it delicious to wear against your skin. Yum. Thermostat has an excellent warmth to weight ratio. For cycling, low bulk is important - both when you're wearing the garment and when it's stashed away in your back pack or pannier. The advantages of heavier fleeces are mainly for sedentary types. 
  • Composition: 100% polyester
  • Durable water-repellent (DWR) finish on face fabric.

Ground Effect tops are cut with extra length in the back... and in the sleeves too. So when you stretch out in search of the perfect downhill position, neither your shirttail or sleeves will ride-up to expose your back or wrists to the elements.

+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.


  Draft Dodger Hoodwink Frosty Boy Toaster
Activity Urban & Tour Urban Mtb & Road Mtb & Tour
Windproof Full Full Front only None
Vents 2 at forearm - - -
Pockets 2 hand pockets Single at chest 3 rear pockets plus single at chest Single at chest
Hood No Yes No No
Hazard! Reflectivity Yes No Yes No


  • 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. 

  • Be sure not to wash with socks, fluffy towels or flannelette sheets. Lint clings to the fleece on the inside of your top making it age before its time.
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    Tracy S.
    Australia Australia
    So comfy

    I bought this for my son and he loves it. Says it’s so comfortable and warm. Great quality.

    Lisa F.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Toaster is just right

    Bought this for my husband & he loves it. Finds it is the perfect winter riding jacket, nice & warm but not too’s just right. Washes really well & dries quickly.

    Trevor M.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Recently purchase a Toaster to fill the gap for in-between season riding. Found the Frosty Boy I purchased over ten years ago a bit of an overkill for Spring/Summer/Autumn riding. The Toaster is great, light & easy to carry in back pack. Must say the Frosty Boy has been incredible , still looks OK - has worn well - typical of all the products I have purchased over the years - keep providing the great service and quality products. You guys edit as you see fit - no need for any more Foot Solders - put the money towards the slush fund - you do a good job.

    Peter K.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Ideal mid-weight companion to my 10 year old Frosty boy(which is still in great condition).The fit is perfect and I really like the full length zip. Another excellent product from Ground Effect

    Warren H.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Great top.

    Great top for riding the in between weather. Good fit. Caught in a shower on 1st ride and noticed the water beaded up and run off nicely. Great with the full zip to let the air flow on the uphill. Would had been good to have a couple of zip pockets to the sides then I would give it a 5 star.

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