Dog day underwear for your Juggernauts and Snipers or to morph your Supertankers into fully spec'd riding shorts. Consider scoring a spare pair to extend ride time between washing loads when on tour or thrashing your local trails.

    • Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
    • Breathable lycra mesh liner.
    • Twin flat seams for enhanced comfort.
    • Wide elastic waistband.
    • HighRise™ rear has you covered.
    • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs glue these shorts to your thighs.
    • XXL size option.
  • Our Softail™ pad delivers supreme comfort for those gnarly long days in the saddle.
    • Differential density, multi-level foam construction provides additional padding at pressure points without increased bulk.
    • 3D anatomical shaping, 4-way stretch and seamless construction hug your body for a performance fit.
    • Polyester-knit face fabric against your skin disperses heat and moisture.
    • Anti-bacterial finish and dries rapidly after washing.
    • Made by TMF in Italy. Market leaders in cycling pad design and innovation. Manufactured in strict compliance with European environmental standards.

    ▹ Bandolier™

    Textured-lycra bands glue the legs of our premium shorts to your thighs, and provide muscle support – all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.

    ▹ HighRise™

    A stretch lumbar panel and HighRise™ rear overlap with your cycle top to keep you covered. No bare skin or lewd exposure.

    ▹ 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: 130 gm
  •   Stowaways Innuendos Underdogs Flatliners
    Pad None
    Style Bib Shorts Shorts Shorts

  • ▹ Should I wear underwear with these shorts?

    Hell no. You want to have as smooth an interface as possible between your bum and the saddle. The seams on your underwear will inevitably be in the wrong place - causing rubbing and saddle sores. Also underwear is generally cotton - nice for everyday use but damp skin below is more susceptible to chaffing.

    • 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. 

    • With shorts in particular, cold-water detergents and those with bleach or fabric softner can cause 'nappy-rash' so if you're experiencing issues in that department try a warm 40ºC machine wash and a change of cleaning brew. 
    • A washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
    • UV rays accelerate the decay of lycra. Our fabric is knitted so the lycra component lies on the inside of the fabric - shielding it from the sun when you're out riding. Consequently you should avoid drying these shorts inside-out. It's not a bad idea to do so occasionally as the sun does help keep the pad hygienic - although it is treated with an anti-bacterial finish anyway. But drying in this manner is a trade-off with the damage done to the Lycra.
    • It's common practice to not wear underwear with your riding shorts so you need to wash your shorts daily. And it's recommended to give your shorts an initial wash when they're new - the eXo™ pad in particular becomes less stiff after the first wash.

Made by: Ground Effect in New Zealand

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Stephen C.

What have you done!

I use Underdogs for every ride but needed another pair for the Munda Biddi ride (1000Km) starting this week. Ordered a pair a few weeks ago, turned up in a week, but not enough time for a short test ride before a two day ride. Quick wash, threw them on and see what happens. Day one was quite sweaty so should have got a bit of chaffing, no chaffing at all. Hmmm what's going on? Day two surely needs **** cream from previous rides, but again no chaffing and a comfy ****. What have you done? Even more comfortable than before and somehow even less problems to the under carriage on long sweaty rides. These are so good to ride in, should make the Munda Biddi a bit easier and one less worry! These deserve a 6 star rating!

New Zealand

Awesome Underdogs

Really love my Underdogs. Not the cheapest available but you can definitely see the price reflected in the quality when compared to cheaper alternatives. I have not been disappointed by these shorts. Comfortable & cool where it matters! I now have three pairs and plan to buy another couple when funds allow. I should say also that Ground Effect set the bar extremely high when it comes to customer service. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Staff are really friendly too. I will definitely be replacing my old gear with GE stuff when the time comes.

Neil M.

Two for the price of one

I am a septuagenarian so have to watch my "pennies". Many years ago, maybe in the last century, I bought 2 pairs of Double Happys or their forerunners. The integrated liners sprang some holes which made life rather uncomfortable, soooooooo I thought, what about removing the liner and buying a pair of Underdogs - perfecto! I am a very happy chappy. Cheers Neil M

Steve. K


The underdogs are great, comfortable and quick drying. Been touring through Europe. No chaff, 10days riding and only 2 washes. Now that's really good.

Mike B.

Comfy butt...nobuts

Real comfy for a few hours and great service!