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A half jacket-half riding top that propels you to the head of the bunch. Vortex™ stretch fabric blocks drizzle and chilling winds without any flap. The full-length front zip and Foreplay™ arm vents let you fine tune your temperature on the fly. And the Whirlwind's Hazard! reflective trim helps ensure you're noticed while mixing it up with the traffic.
Foreplay™ arm vents - zip 'em down for additional cooling.
Twin elasticised rear pockets.
WhaleTail™ cut keeps your back covered.
Secret tube repair patch.
Waterproofness: 10,000 mm hydrostatic head with durable water-repellent finish.
Breathability: 10,000 gm per sqm per 24hrs.
Lightweight Vortex™ softshell combines a highly water resistant, windproof, breathable membrane with a smooth stretch exterior and durable water repellant finish. Not quite the same 'industrial-strength' waterproofness as HydroFoil™ but Vortex™ provides highly effective protection from light rain and cold winds. With their body hugging stretch fit and external rear pockets, Vortex™ softshell tops let you travel light 'n' fast through a broad range of conditions.
Composition: 100% polyester with PU membrane.
Waterproofness: 10,000mm hydrostatic head with durable water-repellent finish on face fabric.
Breathability: 10,000gm per sq.m per 24hr.
Outskirts™ garments are designed specifically for women. Most Ground Effect designs are unisex… jackets, tights and baggy tops generally fit both men and women equally well. However, fitted garments like cycle shorts and some tops are more gender specific so you'll find a women’s version in the Outskirts™ women's range.
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.
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.
Garment Weight: 210 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.
In addition to the plant-based products above you can also opt for a specific sport wash like Grangers Extreme Cleaner, Nikwax Tech Wash or our new favourite Atsko 'Sport Wash' (from the makers of 'Sno Seal'). Around NZ$30 from most outdoor shops. Any stubborn stains should be dabbed not rubbed clean. For grease spots you can use a degreaser like Swarfega. It's aggressive stuff though so take care - it might be best left alone as added character.
Try not to wash too often. General wear along with washing progressively removes the water repellent treatment from the outside the fabric. This treatment helps rain to bead and run off - and enhances the overall performance of the fabric. You can help restore it after a wash by chucking your jacket in the dryer using a warm (not hot) cycle. This 'recharges' the water repellent treatment so it lasts a bit longer.
Closer fitting tops and jackets with less flap. Typically favoured by disciples of the tarmac, intent on travelling hard and fast. Size up if you need more room. Also describes the Snug-as-a-Bug fit of Heatwave™ Merino bodywear. These tops are intended to hug your body, ensuring the fabric sits against your skin to wick sweat away - keeping you dry and not chilling out.
WS (8 - 10)
88 - 92 cm 35” - 36”
93 - 97 cm 37 - 38”
103 - 107 cm 39 - 40”
63 - 69 cm 25 - 27”
70 - 76 cm 28 - 30”
77 - 83 cm 31 - 33”
89 - 95 cm 35 - 37”
96 - 102 cm 38 - 40”
103 - 109 cm 41 - 43”
The chart is a guide only. If you fall in-between sizes, the right size for you will depend on your body shape and how loose or tight you like to wear your clothes. It's no hassle to swap an item, if your first choice is not the best fit.
Unisex vs Women's Sizes
If you're struggling to find that certain something in the Outskirts™ women's range, then check out Ground Effect's standard range of unisex gear. As unisex items tend to be larger than our women's designs selected products are also available in XS (approximately women's small) to provide a more complete range.