Ground Effect Baked Alaska jacket review

Very effective in its simplicity

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £72.00 RRP | USD $110.00
Ground Effect Baked Alaska jacket

Our review

Warm jersey with a technical fabrication that belies its simplicity of style
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Without wishing to overwork the metaphor of the pudding with the same name, there’s definitely more to this top than you’ll get from a first impression. The well thought out mix of fabrics really delivers on the cosy factor.


The front panel is made of a material called Windfoil – it keeps just enough of the chill off on long descents without being too boardy or hefty in feel, plus has a brushed fleece back, so it’s soft next to skin. The back and sides are made from Heatwave merino, and being wool fans we liked how this worked. It’s a double layer – merino on the inside with all the comfort associated with that, but polyester on the outside so that it dries faster.

There are two capacious rear zipped pockets – one containing an emergency puncture patch stitched in. It’s a nice touch but we’d have preferred a zip guard to increase wind resistance on the front as an extra. It could lose the basic elastic thumb loops too – they don’t add anything to a jersey that’s otherwise very effective in its simplicity.


This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Product Specifications


Name Baked Alaska (11)
Brand Ground Effect

Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL
Additional Features Merino, polyester, Windfoil softshell front panel
Pocket Description 2x zipped rear