Zip Tie

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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
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▸ Compare

  Zip Tie  Rock Lobster B52
Pockets Four at rear Three at rear None
Activity Road Mtb & Tour Mtb & Tour
Sleeves Long Long Long
Sizes S - XL S - XXL S - XL

▸ 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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    Grant S.
    Australia Australia


    Really impressed with this recent purchase. Ive had enough spots and freckles burnt off me to just want to ride with out getting to much sun. Its pretty hot here in Oz and Ive found that the Zip does a great job at protecting my skin while still providing some ability to not overheat especially with the front zipper. Lets face it when its hot its hot whether your in short or long sleeves. Ive had a Ground Effects merino base layer now for over 15 years and I still wear it the riding or hiking in winter and I expect that I will be saying the same for this top in 15 years time. Thanks guys and girls. Love your work!

    New Zealand New Zealand

    Zip Tie

    I bought two of these last year for the Pioneer. I recently realised that since I got them, I haven't worn anything else, summer or winter. They're comfortable, well-designed, well-made, and have withstood hundreds of wears. The colour feels safe. I've just bought two more.

    Andrew T.


    .... well, covered in it anyway after the first ride in my brand new Jetson over the Normandale hills. Happy as a pig in .... Did a great job over a merino tee in keeping the chill off and I'm sure it'll last as long as my other Ground Effect clothes, many of which are decades old. My cycling buddy Peter's bike belonged to one Fraser M from Ground Effect! ... it's still going strong despite his total neglect, as is his 15 year old Ground Effect jacket.

    Brian W.

    Very good quality

    This is the latest of 4 such tops I've bought from GE over the last 7 or 8 years. They've lasted really well, only one, the oldest, is due for retirement. I wear them in summer to protect the arms from (mainly NSW) sun, they're not too hot. They're very good quality and I like the minor changes in the latest one, including bigger back pockets with a separate zip compartment. Highly recommended.

    Leeann W.

    Happy husband

    Great service, great product. Happy husband :) Perfect for Aussie conditions where the sun beats down, and a cover up is needed to avoid the sun's rays. Thanks Groundeffect.

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