Groppler Zornwrote a review of ZOIC Ether Camo Short - Men's on November 27, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been wearing these Zoic Ether shorts now for years, they are hands-down my favorite mountain biking shorts. I have had zero complaints to date. I love the length, the cut, the fit, and the hardware, as well as the variety of colors. Adjustability and a plethora of pockets put these things over the top to 5-star shorts.
The few pairs that I had were getting a little worn out, so I thought I would get a few new pairs. So I recently ordered a pair in the digital camo, and noticed that the new models seem to be a little different. No carabiner in the right zip pocket to secure my keys, and they feel a little slimmer and a little shorter. Nothing that I couldn’t deal with, though.
However, on the first two rides with the new shorts, the zipper on the fly just popped open arbitrarily. It zipped back up, after zipping it down and up again, but clearly there was something wrong there. I’m hoping it is an isolated incident and after I return them, I will order another pair. Until then, I am giving them two stars with the ability to bump back up to five.
Edit/Update: The fly zipper on these next gen shorts is shiite. It has failed on every new pair I've bought, and they've all been returned. Zoic needs to go back to their previous zipper vendor or find something new. I've gone over to the Patagonia Dirt Roamer shorts, which are a whole new ballgame with only one zippered pocket, but I'm loving the lightweight feel.