Danica Mwrote a review of ZOIC Navaeh Short + Essential Liner - Women's on August 14, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I owned the previous version of the Zoic Naveah short + liner. I *loved* the outer short, so when my pair finally wore down after 5 years, I went for the same model. Well, turns out the design has changed since then.
The fabric is stiffer, not as stretchy. It's probably a bit tougher than the older version, but I never had an issue with rips before, so I don't really see the benefit.
The other major change I noticed is the side pocket design. It used to be pretty vertical, but now it is angled. I always keep my cell phone in my pocket to pull up Trailforks, take pics, etc. Not only does my cell phone (Samsung Galaxy S9) barely fit in the new pocket design, it is at the weirdest angle, like a 45 degree angle to my thigh. Combine that with the less forgiving fabric and and the shorts feel extremely restrictive.
Still love the other design features of the shorts, like the adjustable waist, but with these two changes I just couldn't justify spending $85 on something that doesn't feel good while riding. I ended up returning these and buying the SheBeest Dirty Beest short, because these are more similar to the previous design of this short in both fabric (nicely stretchy) and in side pocket design (roomier, better angle). If you want a short that's not quite as stretchy but is durable, and don't care about the side pockets fitting a phone, then these will work just fine for you.