Feel Good Ride Good: Zoic Spices up the Ride with Animal Prints and Patterns

In the past couple of years, more clothing companies have jumped on the bandwagon producing more choices for women than the “standard” teal and fuchsia. Zoic takes things a fun step forward using funky patterns paired with classic neutrals in their latest women’s collection.

At first glance, the patterns are eye-catching and quirky, and by offering these in their classic Navaeh short, Jerra jersey, and Divine glove, riders have the ability to mix patterns, add a splash of flair, or fully kit themselves out. Zoic clothing tends to be less expensive than items from other brands on the market, so I wanted to try out their new lively patterned pieces to see how they perform on the trail.

Zoic Navaeh Print Short

I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where it can get very hot and humid. While the Navaeh print short is light and thin, I didn’t find them to breathe or wick sweat well on long, hot rides.

While I am on the shorter side (5’2”), I tend to prefer a longer short, especially when wearing knee pads. The short length is perfect, falling right above the knee, and it is loose enough in the leg to pair these with knee pads. Zoic does offer the Navaeh in a seven-inch inseam for folks that prefer a shorter length.

I am usually a size 0-2, and my hips measure 34 inches, so I ordered size XS based on the online chart. In the past, I have found Zoic’s shorts to run slightly big and boxy, and I found the same to be the case with the Navaeh shorts, even in their smallest size. Thankfully, the shorts feature adjustable velcro side straps to draw the waist in tighter without creating awkward bulges that I’ve experienced with other shorts. I also couldn’t resist choosing the polka dot pattern. While the $80 price is less expensive in comparison to other women’s mountain bike shorts on the market (especially if you are looking for a uniquely patterned pair), the Navaeh is personally not my favorite due to its fit and performance.

Zoic Navaeh Short Features:

  • Polyester/spandex blend
  • Zippered pockets
  • External adjustable waist
  • 11″ inseam
  • Prints include Animal, Galaxy, Flower, Tie-Die, Polka-Dot (tested)
  • Solid colors also available
  • MSRP $80, available from Zoic, Backcountry and other retailers

Zoic Jerra Print Jersey

In years past, I have found it difficult to find a women’s mountain bike jersey with the perfect loose fit that doesn’t look stolen from the guys. The Jerra print jersey actually runs true to size and offers a flattering fit. The length is nice, and the longer hem in the back doesn’t ride up. Riders can choose from several patterns — like geo flower, cheetah (tested), and white palm — that range from mild to wild.

Compared to the shorts, the jersey uses a thicker fabric. The material has a nice stretch, but it tends to stick with sweat, making it not ideal for hot and humid summer trail rides. For me, this jersey is better suited for park and shuttle days, especially with the three-quarter length sleeves for extra coverage. With a price tag of $75, it’s pretty standard for jerseys across the market.

Zoic Jerra Print Jersey Features:

Zoic Tali Tank

Tanks don’t offer the best protection on the trails, but when the temperature rises and the rides get longer, it’s nice to have one that performs well. The Tali tank has become one of my top rotating tops this summer. It runs true to size and is long enough that is also doesn’t ride up. Unlike the jersey, it is more form fitting, but it doesn’t stick to my body during humid trail rides.

Unlike the rest of the collection, the tank is only offered in three colors (black, teal and fuchsia). However, with a $40 price tag, the Tali is inexpensive compared to others yet still performs well on the trails.

Zoic Divine Glove

When it comes to mountain biking gloves, I have shorter fingers so I have to be pretty picky. Zoic offers the same unique patterns from the Naveah shorts and Jerra jersey in the Divine gloves, so buyers have the ability to match all three pieces.

The glove is stretchy and designed to slip on your hand. The spandex cuff is comfortable and actually stays in place. I also like the extra protection with the synthetic leather on the palm, but, unfortunately, the glove runs long for me. I had a feeling this would be the case when I checked out the sizing chart (I measure about 7 inches cuff to finger, and their small measures 8.3 inches), but I couldn’t resist giving this fun glove a try. The patterned divine glove is $40, whereas the regular is $35, putting it on par with other gloves on the market.

Zoic Divine Glove features:

  • Slip-on glove with spandex cuff
  • Synthetic leather palm
  • Available in 6 fun prints
  • MSRP $40 (Print version), for sale at Zoic and other online retailers

Thanks to Zoic for providing these items for testing.

The Feel Good, Ride Good series is an effort to help women find mountain bike gear and clothing that just feels right. We recognize women have different body shapes, styles, and needs so we hope to help them discover women’s products that fit those unique requirements so we can just focus on the ride. While we are all different, we all want gear that fits, that works, and matches the energy and personality we bring to the bike. We’ll be back on #FeelGoodFriday with more women’s MTB products. In the meantime, please share your thoughts with us in our women’s mountain biking survey.

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