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No, this is not me. But I would like it to be.

Zoic DNA Jersey & X Shorts-by Grannygear

OK, first of all let me say that I am not a baggy short wearer.  If the trail ride is going to be unusually rough or brushy I will man up and put on the bags, or if I want another layer for a cold or windy day…fine.  If not, lycra is good with me.  I typically find baggies (and I have owned maybe 6 pairs over time) too restrictive or too heavy or too baggy (catch on saddle stuff) or too ‘too’.  So it is with no little bit of amazement that I have worn a pair of Zoic X Shorts for almost every ride for the last two months.  I may be converted to being a baggy guy if all the other shorts that come along treat me like these do.

The X Short in the words of the Zoic web site:

NEW for 2013 the ZOIC X Shorts redefine what gravity gear should feel like. Loose, lightweight, high performance shorts for all your drops, descents, ladders and skinnies, the quick-drying 4-way stretch fabric delivers when your adrenaline is surging. And in a first for ZOIC, we’re offering you a choice of getting these shorts without a liner or saving $15.00 when you add one of our high quality cycling liners with chamois pad.

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
  • Please refer to our Size Chart to find *your* best fit

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: 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex
  • Gusset: 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex
  • Liner: 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex

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Now despite the ad copy for the shorts and the image of the rider riding off the wood deck, I don’t have any skinnies to ride and my ladder is on hooks in the garage so I have been XC and trail riding in these.  Now I am not against that AM/stunt type of riding, I just don’t have that around me and my background is more XC and typical trail riding.  As well, I paired them with the Men’s Premium RPL (Removable Padded Liner).  Made in Italy, the Premium liner is an option in the X short (+$30.00) or as a stand alone product at $45.00 retail.  I have done at least three 4+ hour rides with lots of sweaty sit-down saddle time.  I have done techy trails where I was using them with dropper posts and knee pads, etc, and basically lived in them for many, many hours now.  Pretty much love ‘em.  Here’s why.
  • Light weight, stretchy fabric rides light and feels nice on the skin and does not bind or restrict pedaling.
  • No saddle hang-ups, even without a dropper post.
  • Enough pockets and zippers to be useful and secure without looking like you are going to camp out of your pants.
  • Good color…yeah, fashion and all, but they hide dirt nicely.
  • Just the right leg length in my opinion.
  • The Premium liner is first rate.  No hot spots, good leg length and secure elastic grippers on the leg ‘cuffs’, and the chamois dries fast if you are in them after the ride.  Most baggy liners I have used were nearly throwaways and I would upgrade to a good lycra short or bib short under the baggies.  Not the RPL.  I would buy this to put under someone ELSES shorts.
  • They do not seem to be as rugged as most of the gravity-focused shorts I have seen as far as fabric weight, etc, so that is my impression for what it is worth.
For $69.00 dollars for the shorts alone (plus the additional cost of one of the liners if you like…there are two kinds of liners)…and there is a special offer going on now that saves some coin if you pair a liner and short at checkout…the X Shorts are worth all that in my, formerly lycra clad, book.  I am a 32″ waist size and the Med shorts fit well.

I also have been riding in a DNA Print jersey and that has been a good companion to the shorts.  I like the feel of the fabric and there are no seams or patches to rub and annoy.  The 5/8th sleeve length is good for me and I like the extra skin coverage.  The LG size hung on me with some room to move…not a roady fit…but did not drape.  If you like to stuff extra water bottles or windbreakers in the typical 3 jersey back pocket, you will not like this DNA jersey as it has no back pockets.  It does have two ‘Gunslinger’ side pockets that are good for an MP3 player (maybe not a big smart phone though) and one pocket has an internal headphones port sewn in.

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From the Zoic website:

V-neck riding shirt designed with epic trail days and bombing downhill runs in mind. We ditched the back pocket of the traditional cycling jersey in favor of 2 “gun-slinger” side pockets, then strategically placed mesh venting on the upper back to cool you around your pack. We also gave the sleeves longer length for coverage from sun & scuffs so the DNA rides all day long wherever you go. DNA screen print adds attitude.

Features:

  • Polyester fabric wicks and breathes with a soft feel that also stands up to outdoor abuse
  • UPF 40 rated fabric shields your skin from harmful UV rays
  • Relaxed fit with a raglan elbow-length sleeve
  • Mesh-lined V-neck collar
  • Integrated Air Flow mesh vents on upper back and underarm
  • 2 deep “goo-slinger” side pockets for handy snack & cell phone access
  • Right pocket features internal headphone cable slit
  • DNA graphic screen print on sleeve and hip
  • Contrast ZOIC screen print under right sleeve seam
  • Tagless neck label eliminates itching and irritation

Fabric contents:

  • 100% Nanomineral Polyester

I have found nothing not to like about it although I have not hit full summer temps where a front zipper might be nice and I typically do not stuff my rear jersey pockets…hydration pack wearer, ya’ know.  $54.00 gets you one in a choice of colors and sizes.

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.