by Nick Zuzelski
San Diego-based clothing company Zoic has been in the industry for nearly 20 years. Boasting a grassroots, organic brand, the company has some new threads to show off for 2013, and recently sent over one of their new kits to get some ride time on.
Antidote Shorts Highlights
- Detachable RPL Essential Liner with ZO-Tech chamois pad
- Outer shell constructed of abrasion resistant nylon
- Stretch fabric inseam panels
- Integrated Air Flow mesh ventilation panels across the back and down legs, as well as zippered inseam ventilation
- Microfiber sunglass wipe secured with elastic strap inside pocket
- Locking zippers stay shut while you ride
- Taped seams provide an ultra smooth, non-chafing, durable surface
- Tagless labels eliminate itching and irritation
- 14" inseam
- Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL
- Seven color options
- MSRP $99 to $109
Antidote Shorts On The Trail
The first thing I look for when deciding on riding shorts is the inseam fit. Too short and they might as well go in the trash. Featuring a comfortable inseam length and relaxed fit, you don't feel like you are running a pair of Larry Bird's retro basketball shorts. These passed the test with a proper all-mountain cut and fit. The leg openings were big enough to accommodate knee pads when the day's riding called for extra protection, but didn't seem overly baggy. I have been riding the Antidotes for a few months now, and they have proven to be an excellent short.
Staying cool was definitely on the top of the list when the Antidotes were designed. Featuring seven vented panel sections (the two inner thigh vents are opened with a zipper), the shorts are very breathable in warm weather riding. The durable but thin abrasion resistant nylon material feels light and breathable as well.
The waist band uses two Velcro adjusters on the left and right hip and has an elastic stretch section on the back of the waist, so dialing in that perfect fit was easy. This kept the shorts in place and stopped them from slipping down during rides. The removable chamois is extremely comfortable as well, and can be snapped into the shorts using the two small fabric loops on the waist. The chamois also features breathable construction with an all-mesh fabric design furthering the breathability of the short/chamois design.
The Antidote shorts have four pockets - two standard left and right top access pockets on the upper thigh and two zippered side pockets (one has a headphone cord slit if you are running your music).
Guru Jersey Highlights
- Loose fit with full length sleeves
- Mock V-neck with elastic piping at front
- Two "Gunslinger" side pockets with flat finish zippers
- Right pocket features internal headphone cable slit
- Zip tech pocket on left sleeve also has headphone cable slit
- Tagless neck label
- 100% recycled polyester
- Sizes S, M, L, and XL
- Four color options
- MSRP $64
Guru Jersey On The Trail
Featuring long sleeves, this is an easy choice on the cooler days - but don't count the Guru out of warm weather riding altogether. Featuring large vented panels under both arms and light breathable fabric, this jersey does noticeably better in the cooling department than your standard full length jersey. I found the sizing to be more of a "fitted" feel, which was welcomed after the larger beer gut cuts some companies are pumping out these days. In fact, for my taller, thin build, I can't think of a jersey with a better fit. Take note clothing companies! The sleeves are perfect length and run down to my gloves or pull up mid forearm and stay put with the elastic cuff when you want to stay cooler.
Two pockets are located under the arms by the ribs with small zippers. I never have used them to date, but are there should you feel the need to stash some small items like lenses, food, etc.
What's The Bottom Line?
Honestly, Zoic wasn't even on my radar when I got the chance to test this kit. It took a few rides with the new threads to realize that they were giving my previous go-to riding gear a run for their money. If you are looking for a comfortable, functional pair of shorts and a jersey, check out the Zoic Antidotes and Guru - you might be surprised how they become one of your favorites.
For more info, check out www.zoic.com.
About The Reviewer
Nick Zuzelski began riding motocross at a young age, a sport that would eventually lead him to the world of downhill. As a Colorado native, racing downhill, dual slalom, or a chill dirt jump session was never far away, and he eventually worked his way up the ranks to the Pro level. Now residing in Eastern Pennsylvania, he recently changed it up from the Rocky Mountain dust to East Coast loam, world class dirt jumps, and rocks... lots of rocks. If a trail has fast flow and some fun gaps, he is grinning ear to ear and getting after it. Living by the assumption that basically everything feels better with a short stem and wide bars, you can count on him keeping it real with a laid back attitude and flat pedals most of the time. Mechanical Engineer by trade, rider by heart, he enjoys riding it, finding out how it works, and making it better.