Ground Effect Double Happy shorts review£45.00

Classic baggy off-road shorts

BikeRadar score3/5

Despite a fairly basic mid-length 'boy scout’ shape, the stretch side and back panels of these baggy mountain bike shortsgive a good fit that doesn’t show your crack or catch on saddles. 

The big flappy leg openings and light silky material are definitely more ‘dad’ than ‘dude’ though, especially if you’re flashing the mesh liner to the local populous.

The soft, slightly shaped pad is okay for medium mileages and left our eggs less free range than we feared, but it’s not removable for washing, which is a pain.

Ground Effect have been making straightforward mountain bike gear in New Zealand for years now, and the Double Happy baggy shorts have always been a cornerstone of their range. 

For UK riders, Ground Effect's rapid order-to-delivery turnaround time can rival UK-based outlets.

Unfortunately for them, there are now several competitors offering shorts with more features and better fashion sense for less money. 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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