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ZOIC REVIEW

I have been testing this little ensemble from Zoic for some time now in this sunny California weather. Zoice offers apparel for mountain biking, daily commutes and for women, men and kids! You can read my first impression here.

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I was sent 4 items for review.

First is the Namaste hoody.
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From their website:

Namaste Hoody
Cover Up with Style

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* Long sleeve fitted hoody with front pouch pockets, hidden key pockets and screen print detail on inside hood
* Internal MP3 pocket with ZOIC grommet with additional “Streetside” screen print
* Vented Sleeves
* Flatlocked body seams for improved comfort, durability and a smooth non-chafing surface against the skin.
* Chest darts for improved fit and shape
* Wrist cleavage

This hoody has quickly become one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe! It’s a very stylish piece but you won’t believe how comfy this little jacket is. The jacket is a polyester, bamboo charcoal, and spandex blend. Soft and stretchy. I love that this jacket breathes well, yet is just enough coverage for cool evening strolls. I even wore this jacket for an 8k I ran some time back, in the rain!

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I’ve received alot of compliments on the screen print on this hoody.

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This jacket features a little MP3 pocket. LOVE IT!!

I love the small details in this jacket. The MP3 pocket, the additional screen prints, a hidden key pocket in one of the front pockets! Love, Love, Love it! This is also what I consider to be a very high quality jacket. The stitching is beautiful and the fabric is incredibly durable. I’ve washed this jacket many times over and there has been NO shrinkage or fading of the fabric. All the stitching has stayed in tact also. This jacket actually looks the same as when I first received it. This hoody is priced at $65.00 and is available in these colors:Antique, Blue Moon, Creole, Envy. I don’t typically spend that kind of money on a hoody, but this jacket is definitely worth it. The fact that it still looks pretty new after all these months is a testament in itself that it is going to last a very long time!

Next is the Cuello Tee.
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From their website:

Cuello Tee
Fashion Meets Function

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* Cap sleeve fitted tee with screen printed details on the inside neck, sleeve and back bottom panel.
* Scoop neck collar for a fashionable look in your pursuits
* Chest darts for improved fit and shape
* Flatlocked body seams for improved comfort, durability and a smooth non-chafing surface against the skin

This tee proved to be equally of the same quality as the hoody. Many washes and no shrinkage or fading. This is also a polyester and bamboo charcoal blend. Again, very soft on the skin and it breathes really well. I also wore this tee on a mountain bike ride to test how it does with some serious perspiration. It held up strong and kept me cool!

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What I love about this streetside collection is that these pieces are very bike riding friendly yet they are stylish enough to confidently shop and do your errands. This is a nice classic comfy loose fitting top. Priced at an affordable $40 and available in these colors: Antique, Blue Moon, Creole, Envy.

Next is the Damsel Skirt.
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From their website:

Streetside Damsel Skirt
The Cutest Piece in ZOIC’s History

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* Solid colors are made in lightweight stretch fabric with 92% Nylon/8% Spandex composition
* New flat front waistband with snap/fly closure and added belt loops
* Contoured design lines and back yoke for perfect fit
* 2 Front hand pockets 2 rear pockets
* Liner: Women’s Girl Short Liner
* Removable moisture wicking stretch liner with “barely there” pad
* Pad: Barely There fleece lined pad
* 13″ Center front length- long enough to cover, short enough to entice!

I was really excited to test out this skirt! You can’t deny that this skirt is adorable! The skirt is lined with a removable black short and it is made of a nylon/spandex blend that makes it very stretchy for an attractive fit.

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Lots of pockets. Two in the front, and two in the back.

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The liner is actually really comfy. Its comparable to a boy short type underwear, just a little longer. And it has side snaps on the top to secure it to the skirt if you like.

I love the feel and the look of the skirt. Like the other items, very durable under all the riding. On the bike I didn’t feel like the skirt made it difficult to pedal and it never got in the way. I did feel sometimes the need to pull down the bike short. That may be partially because the skirt and liner runs a little on the shorter side. There is also barely any bike padding, which I really didn’t mind because there were worn for “cruising” around town or my shorter commutes to work. I don’t care for the diaper feeling for my shorter rides.

The only drawback with this skirt was probably the length, as I don’t consider myself a modest mouse but I don’t care for gawks and stares either. And you will get both with this skirt. I even managed a few dirty looks from other gals while out at stores. And I wanted to say, “But you don’t understand, there’s shorts underneath!! This is a bike specific skirt for biking!!” Eh – I just smiled instead. And this attention could be a bonus for bike commuters I suppose. We need all the help with visibility on the roads, and this skirt will not disappoint! Get Jack in a skirt like this and he’ll be sure to turn some heads! 😉

This skirt is priced at an affordable $50. That includes both the skirt and the removable liner, and it is available in the shade seen above (cachi) and a darker version (cub). Despite the “shorter” style, I will still be sporting this skirt around town. I really liked that these are bike specific yet so classy and casual looking to wear while shopping and running errands. It’s nice to have more and more variety for us commuter gals!

And lastly the socks!

From the website:
Dazzle Sock
Women’s Mountain Bike Socks

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Soft, breathable, quick drying, non-bunching sock with ankle height, double layer seamless cuff, & built-in arch support.

Ok, so what could be said about a sock? Well, let me tell you. When I put these on my feet, I said “Oooooohhhhh, these feel good!”. Really soft, and a GREAT arch support. Best socks on my feet thus far. And they matched my namaste hoody and skirt – bonus. 🙂 Priced at $15.

Zoic offers a great variety for both the ladies and the gents! I really loved all the items I have tested out. They may be a little on the pricier side but you won’t be disappointed. The quality is excellent and these pieces will last you a long time. Check out all they have to offer here!

***I also need to mention that Zoic is taking a pro active approach with eco friendly designs. As mentioned above they have incorporated bamboo into the namaste hoody and the tee that I have reviewed along with other items. You can also find organic tees on there website!

Here are some of the benefits of bamboo from their press release:
Integrating bamboo into the woven and knit pieces has numerous comfort, performance and environmental benefits:

¨ Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton with a texture similar to silk.

¨ Bamboo is a naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic fabric.

¨ Bamboo fabric wicks away moisture and dries faster than cotton.

¨ Bamboo clothes can be worn all year round as they keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

¨ Bamboo fabric protects against the sun with its natural UV protection.

¨ Bamboo is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

¨ Bamboo is a fast growing and self replenishing plant that requires little water.

¨ Bamboo is also a symbol of friendship and resilience.

7 Comments

  1. Ghost Rider

    When those other gals give you dirty looks, remember that it stems from jealousy — “that woman looks fit and stylish…I hate her!” I mean, that Zoic skirt isn’t “hoochie” short or anything.

    I’m sure I would turn some heads in a skirt like that…folks would be turning their heads away to vomit in the gutters!

    You want REALLY short skirts? Come check out the tranny hookers in my neighborhood…as my friend Mikey says, “some things you just can’t ‘un-see’ .”

    Great review…those are some very stylish and functional clothes. I suppose I should check out their men’s offerings!!!

  2. Joe

    My wife was looking over my shoulder when I was reading this post and informed me that she has nearly the same ensemble (less the hoodie) that she bought at Target for about 25 bucks. The skirt is almost the same and the T shirt is Polyester. It is marketed “Tennis” wear. Interesting.

  3. Dawn

    The namaste hoody is my favorite piece from ZOIC this year, I have the blue and cream! The quality is amazing and I can wear it for other activities as well; running, hiking, yoga. It is the most functional piece out of my wardrobe. Another item I really love is the knickers. They are super lightweight and a bit longer!

  4. Priscilla

    I added some more information Joe on the eco friendly benefits of bamboo. And I have to say that I own a few target pieces myself and they in no way compare to the quality you get with Zoic. Aside from the eco friendly designs, this is clothing that will LAST a long time and fits really well. My clothing from target will start to shrink, fade and frey in a few washes and in no way feels the same way as these do against the skin. The fit on the body doesn’t compare either. Sure I know it cost a bit more but you really get what you pay for.

  5. FL

    Whoever said Zoic fits well, I have to say I think you are insane. Their “Small” and “Extra Small” are the same size. Their “Medium” is HUGE. I am a “Small” in every other outdoor clothing line (Pearl Izumi, Patagonia, Prana, Canari, Castelli, on and on…), and Zoic’s “Small” is made for midgets. I thought I put on a child’s size by mistake! When the inner shorts fit, the skirt is so loose it falls down the hips. Their “Small” t-shirts are way too tight, and their “Mediums” feel like swimming in a tent. Until they can get their quality under control I’m not ordering anything else from them.

  6. Ryan K

    FL, I have a ZOIC jersey that fits perfect… I guess I’m “insane?”

  7. FL

    You are right, insane is a strong word. How about lucky in the face of near-insurmountable odds?

    How can a skirt liner fit perfectly but then the skirt it is attached to is falling off your hips? Makes no sense to me. I gave them another chance with a pair of capri pants, and 2 rides later the nylon webbing belt detached from the seam of the pants. 1/2 hour later (I’m a slow sewer) it was mended but this has put me off Zoic for good.

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