Zip Tie

Size Chart
Men's Size Chart (Slim Fit)

  Slim Fit

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.

    S M L XL

    163 - 172 cm
    5’ 4” - 5’ 8”

    169 - 178 cm
    5’ 6” - 5’ 10”

    175 - 185 cm
    5’ 9” - 6’ 1”

    183 - 191 cm
    6’ 0” - 6’ 3”


    91 - 97 cm
    36” - 38”

    98 - 104 cm
    39 - 41”

    105 - 111 cm
    42 - 44”

    112 - 118 cm
    44 - 46”


    73 - 79 cm
    29 - 31”

    80 - 86 cm
    32 - 34”

    87 - 93 cm
    35 - 37”

    94 - 100 cm
    37 - 39”


    87 - 95 cm
    34 - 37”

    96 - 103 cm
    38 - 41”

    104 - 111 cm
    41 - 44”

    112 - 120 cm
    44 - 47”

    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.

    Azure Blue

    Choice of mad dogs and others hooked on zipping about in the midday sun. Long sleeves shade you from burning rays and fend off early morning chills. HyperActive™ fabric dries fast when you stop to regroup or refuel. Buckle up.

    ▸ Features
    • Stand-up collar for UV protection.
    • UPF 50+
    • Full-frontal zip for maximum venting.
    • Long sleeves protect your forearms from both the sun and the cold (how does it know?).
    • No-elastic hem for warm weather comfort.
    • Trio of elasticised rear pockets plus centre security pocket.
    • 'Backpack-friendly' rear zip slider garage.
    • Sewn in emergency tube repair patch, because you can never be too well prepared.
    • Hazard!™ reflective rear label.
    • S size in selected colours only.
    • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
    ▸ Tech

    A lightweight summer fabric packed with technology to keep you cool and dry as. The bi-component knit backs a sharp-looking polyester outer with a smooth layer of nano-charcoal polyester against your skin. Nano-charcoal disperses sweat to accelerate evaporation and is naturally anti-microbial to fight nasty smells. The fabric dries at the speed of light - great when reduced to hand washing on tour - and even performs its quick-drying magic in the wet under a rain jacket.
    • Composition: 75% polyester; 25% nano-charcoal polyester.
    ▸ UPF 50
    HyperActive's UPF 50+ rating extends your no-burn time by 50 times over bare skin. Designs with a stand-up collar and long sleeves maximise protection from the sun's UV rays. Yank 'em up if it gets too stifling.

    ▸ 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
    220 gm
    ▸ Video

    ▸ Compare

      Zip Tie  Road Rage Rock Lobster  Stingray
    Pockets Four at rear Four at rear Three at rear Three at rear
    Activity Road Road Mtb & Tour Mtb & Tour
    Sleeves Long Short Long Short
    Sizes S - XL S - XL S - XXL S - XXL

    ▸ 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 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. 

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    Bill W.
    New Zealand

    Zip Tie

    I have recently purchased a Zip Tie and find that it ticks all the boxes: material, design, comfort, wicking abilities and hopefully will test the wear of time. I am so far thrilled with it. Bill Woollcombe

    Chris F.
    New Zealand

    Zip Tie

    This is my husbands second zip Tie. His first one is still in excellent condition after biking the length of New Zealand but is always in the wash so he needs 2

    Tony M.
    New Zealand

    Zip Tie summer protection

    This is my second Zip Tie--great for sun protection,no need to lather lotion on the arms.This top is perfect for summer riding here in Alexandra.

    James G.
    New Zealand

    Zip Tie

    Great for riding on a summers day. Offers protection from sun. Purchased the bright yellow one so also a safety feature

    Howard V.

    Perfect All Round

    I bought my lime green Zip Tie primarily for some extra sun protection. Its well made and fits me perfectly (I'm 175cm/82kg and bought size L), looks good, feels good and wicks very effectively. Top notch protection in the summer and equally usable for some warmth in cooler weather (keeps you cool or warm as advertised). I've found it comfortable riding in temperatures from 16-26 degrees. Highly visible (in green at least) and practical too with the rear pockets. After a long sweaty ride, I just hang it up to air. Its pretty soon dry and doesn't smell at all - just fresh and ready for the next day's ride. 5 stars.

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