Recently we announced the test/review on Zoic cycling clothing. Here we will give you the run down on who has what and how the pieces are intended to be used. Zoic makes a range of clothing that fits riding styles from off road to urban. Let’s take a look…..
First off let me say that I love knickers. Knickers to me are like the handlebar mustache of pants. Dare to wear them and disdain any rude comments from the hecklers. I first purchased a pair of Boure’ knickers back in the day and wore those things for years till you could read a newspaper through them. I have a set of wool knickers from Ibex that are dear to my heart, so I love the functionality of having that 3/4 length pant. My knees stay covered and they are not the total commitment that tights are. I see the Reign knickers as a versatile item, both for year round causal rides into town and more hard core use as a top layer/wind barrier for Fall-Spring rides. The fabric is very soft to the touch and feels great to wear, stretchy and not restrictive or heavy feeling at all. I have a Medium for my 31-32″ waist and slim build. Multi pocketed (including leg ‘cuff’ adjustments) and with a sunglasses wipe cloth sewn into a leash in one pocket, the Reign knickers are something I have high hopes for. No matter how they odd they may look. And at least one of those pockets can carry my mustache wax and comb. $59.00 retail.
The Woodsman jersey really ticked my ‘funky and cool’ box. A plaid, flannel type jersey? Really? It is an anti-roadie statement for sure. With side (at the hip) zipped media player/phone pockets and a large rear zipped pocket (with an excellent rubber zipper pull), a decently deep chest zipper, and breathable panels sewn in, it should keep your climate control in order. A hidden internal sleeve keeps drafts from running up the arms and the back panel at the upper shoulders is vented as well. This looks like a decent Fall jersey over a base layer for night rides, etc. I wore a Med as the cut is full and the sleeves are generous. Match this with the Reign knickers and I am in hog (farmer) heaven. $80.00 retail.
More traditional is the Asylum jersey. A ‘tech pocket’ sewn into the left upper sleeve holds media players, etc, vents panels are sewn in under the arms, and the cut is slightly loose like a mountain bike jersey should be most of the time. The V neck is simple and seams look to be sewn flat for no irritation and there is no annoying label to scratch you. This one went to JeffJ in an XXL size for his manly form. $59.00 retail.
We will be hitting the trail as the leaves drop of the trees here in So Cal.
Guitar Ted Has:
I received the Men’s Downtown Jacket which is Zoic’s take on something that can go from trail to town and keep you looking good even off the bike. I also got a pair of Zoic’s Black Market Convertible Cycling Pants. These are based on some of Zoic’s trail shorts that are modified with some zippers at the leg openings so you can zip on some pant legs and have yourself some right proper pants for city travels or for just kicking around after a ride.
I do a lot of bicycle commuting to and from my day job as a bicycle mechanic. So, these will be doing duty as commuter duds for me. The Downtown Jacket has a nice, subtle look, a generous cut, (read not aero-tight to the body), and is light weight. The size I received is a XXl. The fit is great for my normally XL sized self. Zoic says it is built for cold and wet weather. Perfect! We’re headed right in that direction here in the Mid-West. The jacket is wind resistant and has a DWR coating to ward off the occasional rain or snow event you may be caught up in. There are two slash pockets of generous size with zipper closures, and a nice sized back pocket with a similar zippered closure. All zippers have nice, grippy rubber pulls which work nicely, even with gloved hands. The jacket is remarkably thin, light, and soft to the touch inside. Probably best to have a layer or two underneath it if the temps dip down under the 40′s, but otherwise a nicely constructed piece here with minimal, but useful features. MSRP $115.00
The Black Market Convertible Pants are a multifunctional pair of pants that have a very light, stretchy material that is very comfortable to wear. Zoic says this material is fast drying, has some Lycra in it which allows for freedom of movement, and a fusion gusset inseam that keeps the pants from hanging up on your saddle. Inside there is a detachable RPL Essential liner with Zoic’s “ZO-tech chamois pad”. For pockets there are two “easy access” leg pockets, a cell phone/MP3 player pocket, (both leg pockets and cell phone/MP3 pockets have zippers), and two deep, open front hand pockets. The inseam of the shorts alone is 11″. Then you have the leggings that zipper on to convert these shorts into pants. They have a button up cuff system that shortens the legs up for pedaling and this reveals some nice reflective stripes for night time visibility on the bike. The pants have an elastic waistband, an adjustable nylon webbing belt, and a snap buckle to secure them. Whew! That’s a lot going on right there! I got the XL size for my 230lb self and with my 34″ inseam, the length is more than generous when wearing the full on pant set up. MSRP $89.00
The Black Market Convertible Pants are pretty nice feeling pants on, but I think they do need to be layered underneath if you go out in anything less than “Summer-like” temps. I am really impressed with how compressible and packable these pants are. Could be a good choice for the bikepacker/tourist out there. The Downtown Jacket is a great looking casual jacket, and I see where layering up underneath may extend this jacket’s range a bit. We’ll see how things go in our next post on these. Stay tuned!
Note: Zoic sent over their products at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches for test and review. We are not being paid, nor bribed for these reviews and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.