We’re always on the lookout for stylish, functional mountain bike apparel, so when ZOIC reached out asking if we wanted to review several pieces from their collection, we took a look, then were immediately on board. Based out of sunny southern California, ZOIC offers light weight trail riding clothing that works well when the temperatures start to rise.
The Navaeh shorts are a favorite amongst a number of my female riding companions. They own a few pairs and rave about them. Now that I’ve spent some time in a pair, I see why.
Constructed from 94% polyester and 6% spandex, these surprisingly thin shorts are quite durable. The crotch has a fusion inseam gusset, more than adequate stretch and don’t hang up on the seat. We like to ride technical trails, so playing well with knee pads is a must. Length wise, the inseam just makes the cut. 11″ is the shortest inseam I am willing to go before they start to look silly with knee pads with the dreaded faux pas skin gap. (for reference I am 5’9″)
Details and features include elastic and velcro side adjuster tabs, 2 front hand pockets, a zip rear pocket, a tech side pocket, a headphone cord grommet and loop, and locking zippers with tabs.
I opted for the shorts without the ZOIC women’s specific chamois. This is mainly due to a personal preference, but I am happy to report these shorts fit well with all the chamois in my closet. On a form fitting trail riding short, I prefer to run solid colors, so I chose the Navaeh in gray. (these are also available in camo and black).
I wear a size XS in the Navaeh shorts. For reference, I am typically a US size 26 in bottoms or US size 2-4.
These shorts are flattering, comfortable and incredibly light weight, making them perfect for warm weather trail riding, but less than ideal in cooler temps (anything below 55 degrees).
I like light weight long sleeve tops for laying on chilly mornings. Once I decided on the color of the Navaeh shorts, the light gray Jaylyn jersey was a logical choice. Pairing the two pieces together creates a nice clean look. I don’t always want to wear bright colored clothing, and all black can get too hot; sometimes it’s just nice to wear neutral colors, especially on warm days.
Made from a 52% polyester, 48% cotton blend, the Jaylyn jersey is not only a comfortable light weight layering piece but also wicks moisture well. I’ve primarily worn it in 50-60 degree weather, never over heating to where I need to stop immediately and take it off. It has a high collar offering coverage with a zipper helping with heat retention or ventilation. There is also a small chest zip pocket, a right rear zip pocket, and the back of the jersey never creeps up with a backpack. The tagless neck label was a great choice, eliminating any itching.
The Jaylyn jersey also comes in black stripe, dark gray and orange. I am wearing size XS, for reference I am typically a US size small or 2 in tops. I did try on the size small and it was too baggy for my liking, the XS is a nice form fitting fit.
I am also happy to report that my G-Form elbow pads fit well underneath, although a bulkier elbow pad would not.
Get the Look:
- ZOIC Navaeh Shorts
- ZOIC Jaylyn Jersey
- Giro Xara Helmet
- Giro Manta Clip-in Shoes
- Ryders Eyewear VIA Photochromic Lenses
- G-Form Elbow Pads
- IXS Flow Series Knee Pads
- Gribgrab Shark Gloves
- Camelbak Spark 10L