Ground Effect Slingshot summer top$52.00

T-shirt like cycling top

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Testing for this New Zealand-made Ground Effect top coincided with something of a heatwave, and it performed very well indeed during some long rides on some very hot days.

The ‘intercool’ fabric has an inner polyester layer designed to wick sweat and a cotton outer to draw it out, and those Kiwi designers have clearly been earning their keep.

It doesn’t feel like most other cycling tops. If anything it feels more like a casual T-shirt, with a loose cut and a non-elasticated hem.

It does, though, have a three-quarter length zip and the obligatory three rear pockets, the central one larger and zipped, and containing Ground Effect’s usual emergency tube repair patch.

So, if you want a top to keep you cool but you don’t want to look too racy, you might want to check out this casual-looking Antipodean jersey. It’s available in sizes S-XL, and in two colours: Limelight (shown), and Burnt Orange.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK
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