Speed-of-light wind protection for hammering the tarmac or commuting to the coal face. The Vespa is an ultra-lightweight, hi-visibility vest that scrunches down to nothing. Its mesh sides lets the hard work escape, and aspirant Houdinis can wriggle in and out of it while cruising at the back of the bunch.

    • Full length front zip.
    • Silver mesh sides for maximum breathability.
    • Hi-visibility microFoil™ front and back deflects cold wind and drizzle, and helps you stand out in dim light.
    • Hazard!™ reflective logo at rear, and reflective piping on chest and back.
    • Zip chest pocket for cell or shades.
    • XS size option (approx. women's small).
  • ▹ microFoil™

    Gossamer-light Pertex® shell fabric weighing just 49 gsm. Tightly woven 20 denier semi-dull nylon blocks wind while a durable water repellent finish (DWR) resists drizzle. There is no coating for enhanced breathability. Mini ripstop weave with slight mechanical stretch ensures a performance fit.
    • Composition: 100% nylon.

    ▹ Hazard!™

    Night travel is a spooky experience. Many Ground Effect garments feature our Hazard!™ reflective logo and piping to help remind traffic that we're on the road too.

    ▹ 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.

    ▹ Weight

    Garment Weight: 120 gm
    • 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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Grant V.

Vespa Top

Just wanted to say how happy I am to have my new Vespa. Perfect for the early morning autumn ride and keeps me warm and even stops the rain from soaking through. Once it warms up, it rolls up small and fits easily into one of my back pockets. I like the lime light colour with reflecting strips, feel a bit more visible in traffic. I can't believe more people aren't wearing them. Grant Newcastle, Australia

Derek F.

Great for cool mornings but warm afternoons

The Vespa vest I recently purchased is great for core and chest warmth on cool mornings, especially in Southern California where marine layer and downhill parts of an early ride are very chilly...teeth rattling cool. The venting in the sides is superior to my cycle buddies US made vest, the dayglow strip across the chest is handy for catching car drivers attention. The color being a mix of green and yellow is unique from other riders yellow kits. As advertised once the day warms up you can easily put it in a back pocket for the rest of the ride, taking up fare less room that my arm warmers. Another quality product from Ground Effect

Adrian T.

Lucky third!

This will be my third Ground Effect Vespa, the first one lasted eight or nine years before finally succumbing to old age. The replacement lasted a mere year or so before some fool, ie me, left it in a cafe somewhere. Third time lucky, the design has changed a little, slightly brighter, still a solid construction and great fit. Just perfect for my commutes.

Richard H.

Vespa bright

Brought to replace my last one that must be 10 years old. A great simple highviz jacket that also blocks the chill of spring but doesn't cause overheating. My go to highviz for road bike and vespa

Peter T.

Viva la Vespa

Fantastic light weight vest, great for those chilly mornings or when you need that little bit of extra protection from the elements