Ground Effect Flash Gordon water resistant jacket review

Versatile lightweight

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £109.00 RRP | USD $156.00
Ground Effect Flash Gordon jacket

Our review

A lightweight jacket with a clever, versatile design, but a little on the pricey side now
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A lightweight jacket designed with packability in mind, the Flash Gordon does without some common features, such as adjusters at the cuffs, making do with simple, thin Lycra. You do get thumb loops to help keep things in place, although they tend to pull the sleeves into a glove-interfering position.


The Flash Gordon’s secret weapon, though, is that you can undo the two zips at the front and remove both sleeves and half the back to leave a mesh-backed gilet. The side effect of the design is a well-vented back – assuming you’re not blocking it all with a large pack.

On the negative side, the sleeve zips aren’t waterproof, which means that Ground Effect can only describe the Flash Gordon as water resistant rather than waterproof. In practice, though, the amount of rain that comes in through the zips doesn’t give much cause for concern under normal wet weather conditions.


Ground Effect sell direct from New Zealand, and the current exchange rate means the Flash Gordon jacket isn’t as fantastic value for UK buyers as it once was.

Product Specifications


Name Flash Gordon
Brand Ground Effect

Description > Super lightweight 2.5 layer HydroFoil fabric - highly water resistant, extremely breathable and totally windproof. > Fleece lined collar. > Zip off yoke and sleeves. > Full-length front zip with internal wind flap. > Thumb loops keep your wrists under wraps. > WhaleTail cut keeps all of your back covered all of the time. > Hazard! reflective trim explodes with brightness under headlights. > Zipped rear pocket to store sleeves. > Turns into itself to form a tidy package that you can stash in your backpack. > XS size option > Made by us in New Zealand.
Clothing Material 2.5 layer Hydrofoil
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XS
Available Colours Grey Lime Orange
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens
Care Instructions Machine-Washable
Fastening Type Full-Zip
Layer Thickness Lightweight
Draw-Chord Waistband Yes