Zoic Clothing: Black Market Short & Nirvana Shirt: Quick Review- by Guitar Ted

Zoic hit me up again with some clothing, this time to wear in warmer weather, and I have a Quick Review for your riding pleasure right here…let’s take a look.

Black Market Shorts & Nirvana Shirt

First up we have the Nirvana Shirt. It is definitely not just a shirt, and it doesn’t look like a traditional jersey. So, what is it? Let’s let Zoic explain that one. (From their website)

Channeling our old school roots, we are bringing back the woven jersey, last seen around here in 1998. Then it was the ultimate shop shirt, now it’s the all-purpose riding shirt: commute across town, shred some singletrack, bomb a gravity run; then leave your bike behind without losing your sense of style.

The Nirvana Shirt features the following things:(Again, from the website)

-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

The Nirvana Shirt retails for $74.00 and comes in three plaid colors and three plain colors.

Black Market Shorts:

The Black Market Shorts are cycling shorts with a removable liner- nothing new there. They just do not scream “I am a cyclist“, nor do they have any crazy graphics or patches of fabric. (Not that there is anything wrong with that!) Here’s the lowdown on the shorts from the website:
-11″ inseam designed to fall just above knees
-Relaxed casual style for trail, pavement, or any adventure
-Nylon webbing belt with snap buckle offers adjustable sizing

-Detachable RPL Essential Liner with ZO-Tech chamois pad
-Fusion inseam gusset provides superior range of motion and eliminates seat hang-ups
-2 front hand pockets, 2 leg zip pockets and stealth rear zip pocket
-Tech pocket with special placement for your cell phone or music player
-Headphone cord control grommet and loop
-Flat front waistband with snap 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
-Vents in all the right places to keep you cool
-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
-Mesh Liner: 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex

The Black Market Shorts retail for $69.00 and includes the RPL Essential liner.

Ride Performance:

The Zoic Nirvana and Black Market Shorts with the RPL Essential liner are fine enough looking and decently made garments that fit me well, in a casual type way. The proof is in the riding though, and I am glad to report that the look matches the way they ride very well. I found ease of movement, comfort, and even the liner shorts, (which I usually am not a fan of), felt surprisingly comfy, if not a tad on the bulky side. The shorts are kind of stretchy, and they do not bind up, or restrict movement on the saddle. I did not notice any snagging on the nose of the saddle at all either, which is a good thing.

The Nirvana Shirt was a favorite of many who saw me in it. My two children actually call it my “fancy shirt“! (Either that is a compliment to Zoic’s design, or a comment on my usual attire, I’ll let you guess! :) ) Anyway…..the Nirvana Shirt is a definite departure from the traditional jersey, but it retains functionality on the bike with the big zippered rear pocket, two snap chest pockets, and a nice vent across the upper back to help keep you cool. Again, freedom of movement here in spades and the loose fit is super-comfy.

Conclusions: The Black Market Shorts have great pockets, a great fit, and even the liner was good for me. I wore them as shorts without the liner on a warm day just lounging around, and they were very nice, and didn’t tell anyone “I am a cyclist“. Ditto on the shirt, which can easily double as a casual shirt for relaxing just as well as it can work for you on the bike. I liked the traditional shirt styling, and although it has a collar, I never felt like the Nirvana was not suited for off road antics. Quite the contrary! Not recommended for XC racing or people wanting to look like they are doing that sort of thing. ;) For everyone else, the Zoic Black Market Shorts and Nirvana Shirt are great alternatives to typical trail gear and function as well as they look.

Note: Zoic sent over the Black Market Shorts and Nirvana Shirt at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches for test/review. We were not paid nor bribed for this review, and we strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.