Toaster

28 reviews
Size Chart
Colour
Charcoal
Size
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.
+Features
  • 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.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 310 gm

+Thermostat
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
  • Water repellent finish on face fabric.

+WhaleTail™
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.

+Compare

  Draft Dodger Frosty Boy Baked Alaska Toaster
Windproof Full Front & sleeves Front only None
Fabric WindFoil™
WindFoil™ front &  Thermostat™ back
WindFoil™ front &  Heatwave™ Merino back
Thermostat™
Front Zip Full length + 2 forearm vents 3/4 length 3/4 length Full length
Pockets 2 hand 3 rear plus single at chest
3 rear
Single at chest

+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 EcostoreEarthwise 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.
+Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $7 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$7 by tracked airmail to Australia.
  • Around NZ$15-25 by tracked airmail to destinations elsewhere in the world - calculated in our shipping cart as you check out. 
    • More shipping and tax details in our FAQ.
    Customer Reviews
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      MF
      13/08/2021
      Martin F.
      Australia Australia
      Toaster

      Disappointed, material feels cheep and not up to G E usual standard ( often of a satisfactory technical nature). Colour on your site is black whereas article received is grey Collar to small to be affective. Has ground effect changed hands? Sincerely a GE fan Martin

      13/08/2021
      Ground Effect

      Hi there Martin. Thanks for your feedback. It sounds like we need to have a chat to you about your Toaster. Give us a call on freephone from Australia 1800 145 333 when you have a moment. We have lots of info on our website about the brand, nothing has changed, you might find this useful: https://www.groundeffect.co.nz/pages/about-us-history. Pedal on, Ernie

      GM
      26/07/2021
      Glen M.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Toasty & dry

      Perfectly toasty ride in coolish conditions (12c) with 1 thermal layer underneath. Keeps wind out real good. Also, while its def not rainwear, it doesn't mind a light shower and dries off quick.

      RH
      24/07/2021
      roy h.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Awesome so far ...

      Wore this between my submerino and my frosty boy on a -6degC commute home after night shift, and I actually overheated and had to vent! I'm 1.91m and 100kg, and the XL fits quite snug.

      TC
      30/04/2021
      Thomas C.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Great kit

      I recently purchased a toaster as my old top had disintegrated after years of hard use. The new one does what it says on the box. Warm. Easy to slip on as it zips all the way down. A good cooler weather top.

      TS
      22/07/2020
      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.