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The real thing.
Women's freeride shorts seem to be few and far between. It's easy to find women's shorts for road biking or even XC mountain biking, but they always fall a little short on durability and freeride style.The fact is, they just fall a little short–five or six inches short–of looking like they really mean business. Let's be honest, the knee pads and short shorts look worked fine for roller skaters in the '70s. These days it should be outlawed. Fortunately, the folks at ZOIC agree wholeheartedly. The Women's Navaeh Short is a real-deal freeride short. Save the short shorts for the boardwalk.
The most important feature of the Navaeh Short is its
chamois liner. The chamois, called the ZO-Tech, is ZOIC's
highest-quality, multi-level, stretch chamois. It's even made with
recycled polyester so it gives a little back. The chamois cushions
impacts and reduces vibrations in the saddle. While you may not even
really feel these vibrations, your muscles do, and all that shock and
vibration causes fatigue. The liner is also fully removable. You can
wear the Navaeh Short with the liner, then ditch the liner when you just need a
casual walkshort. You can even wear the liner with other shorts to
transform them from casual shorts to riding shorts.
The Navaeh Short's list of features doesn't end with its removable chamois liner, though, Not even close. The whole body of the Navaeh is made with a stretch material that won't bind or limit your range of motion. The fabric also pulls moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. A Fusion Gusset inseam further increases the short's range of motion and eliminates seat hang-ups. The Navaeh also comes with plenty of pockets–two front and two thigh– so you have plenty of room for your essentials. There's even a dedicated media pocket for your phone or MP3 player with a headphone cord control grommet and loop to avoid snags.
As far as fit is concerned, the Navaeh's cuffs falls at the knee. The leg holes are loose enough that they don't interfere with knee pads. ZOIC also included waist adjustments so you can really dial the fit to your exact specifications. The flat front waistband is secured with a standard zip-and-double-snap closure.
ZOIC Women's Navaeh Mountain Bike Shorts come in sizes XS through XL. They are available in Black, Castle, and Wisp.
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Nice, but wish they came without chamois
Wish Zoic made a chamois-free version of these shorts, as the outside shorts are good, but the liner not so much. I would remove the liner and just wear a higher quality Pearl Izumi or other chamois. Higher rise in the front than other shorts. I like the long inseam. I'm a size 4 in pants/shorts, and wear a Small in these Zoic shorts.
Favorite MTB Shorts
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Love, love, love these shorts! I have tried several brands of baggie MTB shorts, and these are by far my favorite. All the other ones I've tried are very dumpy looking. These shorts have a very flattering cut, are super soft and breathable, and have just enough stretch to make them comfy for riding. Plenty of secure pockets, which is rare in a women's MTB short. The size chart is very accurate for these shorts (I typically wear a medium in most brands, and was a medium in this as well). Will definitely get more in other colors to get me through the season.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I really like these shorts. Love the removable chamois lining. Love that it has so many pockets with water-resistant zipper. Women's gear often lacks men's in that we don't have many pockets, but this one has 'em. It also fits better than the pictures make it look. it doesn't wing out at the hips like that. It also fits really well. Not too baggy in the butt. i've tried some on that makes it look like I'm wearing some diaper. Chamois is comfortable. I like the length, too. Hits me just above the knee (I'm 5'2" 120 lbs). I got a size XS and love the fit. Even better that it's on sale!
Great Shorts both on and off the trail!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought these for my wife. Her review: Wonderful shorts plus great liner--what a great deal. Love the stretchy fabric that dries quickly. Lots of pockets that you can actually use. They fit great and look good. I love them so much I just wear them around the house. The liner can easily be worn with other pants so this set is very versatile! Highly recommended to all of my friends.