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Danica M

Danica M

Danica M

Danica Mwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

4 5

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.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on February 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have lived in both Phoenix and Boise in recent years, two places that get exceptionally hot in the summer. These knee pads are a great balance between comfort, protection, and lightweight. For a while, I wasn't wearing pads because I didn't want the hassle and discomfort, but these are so lightweight, the decision is easy to just throw em on. As far as impact goes, they really do the job in the front, having crashed into some sharp rocks, however they aren't as rigid on the sides, so they don't offer the same structural support that a heavier-duty pad will. Also, for reference, I am 5'2 and 110 lbs with athletic thighs and I wear a size M. Highly recommend for your everyday riding pro!
P.S. Ditto for the G-form elbow pads as well!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on December 17, 2018

Great Product, Confusing Sizing
4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought these shorts to replace my older generation of Zoic Navaeh shorts, which I loved other than having wished I had bought a size up. The pocket placement is prime, material is super stretchy yet durable and there is a lot of waist adjustment to help dial in for different body shapes. My old ones were an XS and were definitely a size too small, but I could weasel into them with lots of puckering thanks to the super stretchy material. I tried on the new shorts in a size S and the liners fit PERFECTLY, but the outer shorts were HUGE! It felt more like 2 sizes up from my last pair. I could have made them work with the waist adjustment, but they would still be really loose everywhere and super baggy bike shorts just aren't really my style. So, I guess if you're looking for a nice, tight liner with loose outer shorts, these will definitely be your jam. If you want a more fitted outer short, the liner and short are going to be a size off from each other, so I recommend buying the outer shorts separately if you can find them.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on September 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this about 6 months ago and have been using it for all my trail runs. I thought I would warm up to it, but I'm sooo not a fan of the cap design. It's awkward with nothing to bite on- it's just hard plastic with no nipple like normal caps. So you can't really suck, you have to squeeze the water out with your hands, which is the last thing I want to struggle with when I'm trying to keep up my pace. Maybe it's hard because I have smaller hands? I don't know. The strap and zippered pocket is fine, but overall I can confidently say that I will never buy a bottle with this cap design again.

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Danica Mwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

Solid helmet
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet has great fit and ventilation. I live in Phoenix, where I expect something that's not going to let my head overheat and this does the trick. My boyfriend tried out my size S helmet a couple times and loved it, so he bought his own. He ended up buying his normal size M, to give you an idea of the overlap in sizes accommodated by the RocLoc system. The helmet's adjustability makes it feel very secure yet comfortable. Really can't beat this for the price!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on November 18, 2016

Annoying sizing, but great function!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, aside from the fact that the liner is a whole size smaller than the outer short (and they do shrink a bit even drying on low), these are great. These look super cute on, and are nice and stretchy. They are even cute enough to wear without the liner if you're hanging out after biking, too! I actually got engaged in these shorts and can't complain about how they look in the pics! The pockets are well-placed, and large enough to fit a Samsung S7 phone on the side. I've crashed a couple times and have yet to see a tear on these, yet they are light enough to make biking bearable when it's 100 degrees in Phoenix! Overall great short, but definitely order up!

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Danica Mwrote a review of on October 1, 2016

Amazing fit and durability!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these shoes when my friend convinced me to do the Snowbird Discrete Peak Series race - 8 miles out and back, 3600 feet of elevation gain/loss. I checked out the Solomon Speedcross shoes but they did not fit right on me and just seemed very clunky. These babies fit like a glove and felt comfortable the moment I put them on! Not only that, they offer enough protection on the sole and toe to avoid injury, but are still pretty minimalist. The inner 'half sock' keeps your foot feeling super secure, but isn't the slightest bit uncomfortable.

The day of my race, there was sun, rain, snow, and hail, and we ran on everything from dirt and thick mud to solid granite and large, loose rocks. These shoes never lost traction and gave me so much control. Even with only 2 weeks of training, I managed to take 3rd in my division, and I guarantee I wouldn't have done it without these shoes!

I now live in Arizona and go trail running and hiking on the sharp, jagged rocks here about 3 times a week. The breathability is great for those 100 degree days when you don't want anything more than you need. The traction on these is finally wearing out after a year of use and abuse. I just bought my 2nd pair, and I guarantee that I'll buy a 3rd and a 4th because these are just a great pair of shoes, and well worth the money! BUYYY THEMMM!!!

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