Product Review: Zoic X Shorts and Nirvana Jersey

ZoicXshortsactionZoic Cycling Wear has been growing and growing.  This spring Zoic added the new X Shorts.  Paired along with their Nirvana jersey to complete the kit, we hit the trails.  The gamut of the lines coming from Zoic are aimed at quality, light weight and comfortable cycling clothing.  The X Shorts fit right in there.

Zoic X Shorts

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The material is a super light weight and wicks away water and sweat.  Its polyester/Spandex fabric has a 4 way stretch that allows the X shorts to move with you and never bind up or hang up, no matter how aggressive you move on your bike.  Zoic’s fusion inseam gusset aides in all that added movement.  Vented holes located in the rear across the back side helped at keeping things cool.  Retention is helped by a webbed belt and quick snap release.  Like the other shorts we reviewed, the X shorts have lay flat locking zippers and grommets for fishing your MP3 players headphones through.

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Fit:

  • 14″ inseam designed to fall below knees
  • Relaxed casual style for adrenaline adventures and post-ride pub crawls
  • Nylon webbing belt with buckle offers adjustable sizing

Features:

  • Fusion inseam gusset provides superior range of motion and eliminates seat hang-ups
  • 2 front zipper hand pockets, 1 side cargo pocket
  • Headphone cord control grommet and loop
  • 360 degree flat waistband with velcro and zip fly closure
  • Semi-Auto-Lock Zippers with logo tabs easily glides and locks when facing down to stay shut while you ride
  • Tagless labels eliminate itching and irritation
  • Microfiber sunglass wipe secured with elastic strap attached inside of pocket to keep your vision clear

Fabric contents:

  • Shell: 87% Polyester, 13% Spandex
  • Liner: 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex

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What do we think of the shorts in one word?  Stoked.  It is hot here in the desert.  Having a trial short you can trust in and feel comfortable in is a must when riding.  However having one that is light and breaths well is just as important this time of year.  Durability in such a lightweight short is hard to come by.  Three pockets are just enough to hold money or small items, and the zippers make sure those items stay put.  Is there anything we could improve on or do not like?  The thing we have struggled with is the whole headphone grommets.  Sure they are well thought out as far as function and what they do …. however the fact they are located so low in the shorts keeps us wondering why?  Who would ever ride or keep their cords hanging out that low in the shorts?  None of us here at MBS could come up with a good answer.  Zoic, keep making these wonderful shorts, but please move the headphone grommet to a more logical location…like the front hand pocket.

Zoic Nirvana Jersey

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If you are looking to ride all day then hit the pub or local watering hole – BAR.  Then this is the jersey for you.  The Nirvana from Zoic is another fine example of lightweight riding gear that still caters to being durable and long wearing.  There is a single front pocket, the most likely place we would be putting our iPod although it does not have the awesome cord control grommets.  Along the lower back spans Zoics full width zippered pocket that is great for light items such as money or even better trail maps for all the new places you are riding this year.  A good pull tab and assisting tabs on each end make reach arounds that much easier.  No pun intended.

Features:

  • Loose fit with Button Front
  • 1 large rear pocket with silicone gripper pulls
  • Polyester/Nylon fabric wicks and breathes with a soft feel that also stands up to outdoor abuse
  • Tagless neck label eliminates itching and irritation

Fabric contents:

  • Solids = 100% Nylon
  • Plaids = 56% Nylon/44% Polyester

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That said, at $69 the Zoic X shorts hold a great value for a super lightweight short that is still durable.  You can wear them as is or for an additional $20 you can add Zoic’s Essential Liner for some added padding.  While at $74 the casual, yet durable lightweight Nirvana jersey keeps you cool and stylish all with out breaking the bank.

For more information visit the site at Zoic.com.

About WingNutt

Rider, Racer, Owner of MyBikeStand.com. A long history in racing and riding, from BMX and freestyle to Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4X and even some Road races spans nearly 25 years. Spent some time working in bike shops. I love to ride my bike.

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