Comfortable and durable,The Ether is sureTo keep you smiling for miles and miles ofTrail. RPL Essential removable padded liner with ZO-Wick chamois padAll mountain fit with 12" inseamThat falls just atThe kneeElastic back waistband and Velcro side-adjusterTabs dial in your fitFlat front waistband secures with snap and zip fly closureFusion inseam gusset provides superior range of motion and eliminates seat hang-upsI.A.F. mesh ventilation panels below back waistband and on legsTech pocket with zi
Strengths: Durable, Airy, Fit right (not tight and not baggy). All-around good shorts for the money.
Weaknesses: Cargo pocket openings too small
Chamois pad a bit thin
I have worn these about one ride a week (off road) for over a year now...they look new, quite durable. They have been in a few crashes which have scratched my lower legs but the shorts' fabric just gets dirt embedded in it. Hold the fabric up to a light and you can see light coming through, they still breathe well. The liner fabric is very airy, its like half material, half holes, pad excluded.
My favorite part about them is the fit- its just right imo and I don't notice them at all on a ride. Walking is a different story with the chamois pad, it does give me the diaper feeling. They don't snag on the saddle when I hang my butt over the rear wheel on steeps, and I don't have a dropper post.
I am being a bit picky about the pockets, but it does annoy me a little when I have to fish out my phone and I have to use 2 hands to do it. Give me longer zippers Zoic.
I see in some older reviews gripes about velcro. No problems with mine, so that's likely been fixed.
A note on sizing- they run small. A Medium is 32-34"...I'm a 32" and they are snug fitting. I don't think a 34" waisted guy could fit into them.
Bottom line-get a pair of these to cover yours! I'll be getting another pair soon.
Weaknesses: stitching seems to come apart too easly
Goodness 78.99 MSRP??? I got these for 33.99 at the REI anniversary sale. I got these shorts because they have a lot of pockets. I made the right choice. These are comfortable and you can barely feel them when they're on. The butt padding is okay, not the best. My roadie shorts have gel padding and that works much better, but this is mountain biking and nobody sits while riding. I don't have any complaints about these shorts other than the stitching. Mine started to come apart on the right leg cargo pocket almost immediately. Lucky for me REI has a great return policy.
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2012
Strengths: Excellent buy. Lots of pockets, adjustable waist band which allows for a snug fit. They wear extremely comfortably, wet or dry. I went with a XL (6' 210lbs 32" inseam) for a little extra leg room. The trails I ride call for a few creek crossings, some waist high. The shorts dried quickly and never felt clingy even when soaking wet. The removable chamois is great. Super comfy and provides excellent cushion for the jewels. Big plus - the shorts minus the chamois are great swim trunks:)
Strengths: Very nice construction is the first thing I notice. Nice lenght, crotch not too long not too short.
My first pair of "expensive" mtb shorts. Padding seems very nice, spongy but not too thick. Removable also. Lots of pockets I'll likely not use but that's not a con. The front pockets are snug as these are riding shorts but usable if needed. Zip pockets would be good for ID and bank card, etc. The waist fit seems pretty spot on. If you are a 33 or 34 in the waist the large should fit very nicely and the side adjusters are there if you need them. Outer shell material seems very nice and is nice to the touch. Durability tbd as I have yet to wear them on the bike. I'm short, 5'8' and the L comes down just past the knees. These will fine for pedaling and should just cover my KS knee pads. The Castle color is cool. Kinda like the color of concrete but the black flashes don't make them seem drab.
a Cross Country Rider
from North Georgia
Date Reviewed: August 11, 2011
Strengths: Durable, well vented, Good looks, Quality Construction
Alright so I ride nothing but single track and usually anywhere from a 5-15 mile loop twice a week. I initially thought all this bike clothing was an overpriced gimmick for guys who like to wear tight shorts and shave their legs. Eventually I gave in and started wearing a pair of padded bike shorts under regular gym shorts. When I got tired of my seat hanging up on my super light weight Brooks Rogue Runner shorts I tried a pair of these Zoics. I love them. As many have complained about the Velcro I have to voice my dissent. My Velcro was so heavy duty that it doesn't come undone during the wash. The pockets are pretty cool but serve more to look good than utilitarian in my opinion because I don't want stuff banging into my legs while I pedal. If you're into music while you ride they have a nice mp3 pocket with headphone cutout and loops for cord routing up the shorts. They strike me as pretty durable since I've had some big falls and expected them to be ripped or scuffed where they hit the ground. Also I like the cool venting scattered around the shorts. I am shocked that some people think these things are hot. I ride in the Georgia humidity where often times just standing outside for a 10 minutes you find yourself soaking wet and these shorts work great. I am definitely a believer in these shorts. Today I broke down and bought the gray pair so I'd have some variety. I have no idea why someone thought these were XC style shorts in another review. I only ride single track with zero issues with chafing soreness etc. climbing, drops, you name it no problems.
a Cross Country Rider
from west chester,pa
Date Reviewed: March 31, 2011
Strengths: Fantastic quality for the money. At $80 retail they're very good, but you can get them below $60 easily. The liner pad is very good, the outers are the perfect mix of weight and durability. Not too long, not too short. I bought a 2nd pair right after my first ride with them.
These blow away some of the shorts I've seen for $100, and they're much more carefully constructed than the fox shorts I paid $80 for. You look at these and can tell they have some legitimate quality control in their factory. I've had problems with other shorts fit or length. But the medium Ether fits me like they are custom made for me (i'm 165, 5'9"), both the liners and the outers. The outer material is tough but not heavy or stiff. I'm giving these 5s because they solved all my short dilemmas.
Similar Products Used: fox, endura, performance boulder
a Weekend Warrior
from CONCORD, CA
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2009
Strengths: Durable (bomb proof), pockets
Weaknesses: Heavy fabric (has some give), bulky waistband and front pockets.
You can carry a lot of stuff in these shorts because of all the pockets, but they are bulky and get very hot when the temperature rises - little air flow with this setup. You can clip the loops holding the liner which makes washing and wearing a little easier. I am 6'0", 170#, 33" waist and the Med is actually a little too loose in the waist. I would prefer more air flow. Ready to try road bibs.
Want to try out the Zoic Ethers, but I'm right between sizes and not sure if I should go medium or large.
Any input on their sizing would be great.
I'm 5'10" 171lbs with a 33 waist (probably more like 32.5). Losing weight still, maybe down to 165 in the next month or so.
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Amazon has Zoic Ether shorts for a good deal right now. The black in med, large, and extra large for $52.62. They have other colors for a little more depending on the size.
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I'm trying to find something comfortable for XC riding and want something knee length but not too long or too short (relative, I know). These three shorts stand out the most so I was looking for opinions on these if anybody owns them.
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