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Ladies MTB Kit Review - Loeka, Shredly, Zoic

From the trail straight to lunch, these ladies mountain bike kits will ensure you'll no longer be mistaken for being one of the guys.

 

Lindsay, Joh and Heather shred the beauty of the Soquel Demo Forest
photo credit: Brad Davies

 


“Everyone looks so cute!” exclaimed Inga Beck, a cycling fashionista out of the East Bay when we ran into her on the trail during the product review shoot. 

 

Shredly, Loeka, Shredly. Looking good!
photo credit: Brad Davies


Lindsay (LBC), the owner of Shine Riders, and I are stoked to bring to you a product review with you in mind. We tested ladies mountain bike kits from three different clothing companies. From southern California to British Columbia, companies are springing up, addressing an unmet, yet financially sound need, women's fashionable mountain bike clothing. Both LBC and I prefer technical singletrack, so we took the clothes to the Soquel Demostration Forest, courtesy of Shuttle Smith Adventures

 

Inside Dave's Shuttle photo credit: Brad Davies


Each company has evolved to bring easy-to care-for garments to the women's cycling industry. Each company has found its own niche & is gloriously capitalizing on it. Shredly boasts the “made in the USA” logo, while Zoic has turned out an aesthetically-pleasing yet functional mountain bike clothing line. Loeka has the freeride gal dialed in with the All Mountain short taking more abuse than I can give it. All three clothing lines make detail-oriented clothing for sporty women, regardless of their size.

 

Heather gets shreddy in her Shredly shorts and jersey, which were a perfect fit!
photo credit: Brad Davies


When I started riding, I wore too-big hand-me down's. There just wasn't any choices for women's bike clothing—especially if you didn't care for the roadie-inspired fluorescents that were dominant on the then-scene. Flash forward 15 years, and I'm stoked to see different folks carving out their own niche in the “niche market” that is the female cyclist. And I'll be stoked to hear “you ride like a guy,” because I'll know that they recognized me as female and on the trail!

 

Joh sporting the Loeka Kasista jersey and Oszust short
photo credit: Brad Davies


 

Please peruse the table below for a break down of each product and enjoy more photos below...

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAND

KIT

DESIGN

FEATURES*

FEEDBACK

PRICE

Loeka, BC Canada
“Love Nature. Love Health. Love Loeka.”

Kasista Jersey

¾ Sleeve- red jersey

-Hourglass cut
-Side-seam zippered pocket
-Antibacterial
-Breathable
-100% recyclable

-True to size
-Great color that doesn't run
-Love the mesh-like material
-Loose sleeves for elbow guards
-A little short on the backside
-Moves well with body

$C60.00

 

All Mountain Oszust Short

Black cargo- like knee-length shorts WITH REMOVABLE CHAMOIS?

-100% Micro fiber polyester
-Anti-chafe mesh lining
-Loeka "Non Stop Waistband"

-Surged double-stitched seams
-front pockets -invisible zip rear pocket
-cargo pocket
-Zippered vents
-Seamless crotch gusset
-100% Recyclable

-Runs a little big
-Incredibly comfortable
-Loose enough to wear knee guards underneath
-Stretchy-like waist band is a plus
-Moves well with body
-Front pockets are a bit shallow
-Vents like “pit zips” found in skiing jackets

$C80.00

Shredly Carbondale, Colorado, US
“Look good. Feel good. Shred good.”

The Black Hole Jersey

Gathered-neckline
jersey

-Made in the USA
-Quick-dry breathable fabric
-Contrast stitching

-Mesh-like material a plus
-Liked the neckline
-Moves well with body

$45.00

 

The Jaylen Shorts

Attention-grabbing colored & patterned knee-length “board” shorts with removable  chamois

-Made in the USA

 

  • -Relaxed fit

-Durable &  stretchy fabric

 

  • -Contoured waistband for extended back coverage

  • -Gusseted crotch

  • -Side pocket

-Double check size
-Great patterns
-Material is reminiscent of board shorts
-Moves well with body

$125.00

Zoic, San Diego, US

2013 Collins Wisp

Blue polo-style shirt jersey

-Breathable
-Half-button down neck
-Tech pocket on side panel with invisible zip
-Integrated Air Flow vents across back at shoulders
-Tagless neck label
-84% Recycled polyester, 16% Spandex

-Great cut
-Great color
-Long backside for cyclists
-Moves well with body
-Love attention to detail

$60.00

 

2012 Jaylen

Grey long-sleeve jersey

-Colored accents
-Zippered back pocket
-10" Glide-Lock zipper
-Front chest zip pocket
-Both pockets include internal headphone cable slit
-Tagless neck label
-84% Recycled Polyester, 16% Spandex

-Great cut
-Great color
-Long backside for cyclists
-Moves well with body
-Love attention to detail

$60.00

 

2013 Aura Shorts

Mid-thigh multi-pocket short
Black with grey band with removable chamois

-Fusion inseam gusset -IAF (Integrated Air Flow) mesh ventilation panels below back waistband and down legs
-Front pockets and two leg zip pockets
-Tech pocket
-Headphone cord control grommet and loop
-Locking zippers
-Tagless label

-True to size
-Great color that doesn't run
-Love the mesh-like material
-Moves well with body

$69.00

 

Nahara Knicker

Commuting/Casual Black knee-length knickers with contrast stitching--  Jeggings-inspired Lycra-type short

-19” inseam falls mid-calf
-Form-fitting stretch fabric
-Snap and zip fly closure
-Hidden front zip key pocket
-Reflective strip inside
-Tagless label
Fabric

-Love the color & contrast stitching
-Love the idea
-Loose-fitting—not true to size
-Excess material in crotch which makes material stick out
-Waist & crotch   was slack while wearing them—elastic in waistband would counteract that

$59.00

 

2012 Navaeh

Plaid knee-length shorts with removable chamois

-Fusion inseam gusset
-2 front  pockets and a  zip rear pocket
-2 leg pockets with seam-taped zippers
-Tech pocket
-Headphone cord control grommet and loop
-Stitchless leg hem and tagless labels

-Most stylish short
-True to size
-Great color that doesn't run
-Moves well with body

$94.00

 

2012 Damsel Skirt

Commuter/ casual cycling grey skirt with removable chamois

-5" Inseam
-Zippered back pocket
-Stretch nylon with soft lycra waistband  -Back zip-up closure
-Internal waist adjuster tabs
-Side button vents
-Hidden front key pocket with Velcro closure
-Tagless label

-True to size
-Great color that doesn't run
-Love the material
-Addition of buttons on bottom sides of skirt a plus
-mid-thigh
-Moves well with body

$59.00

 

Women's Essential RPL (Removable Padded Liner)

Removable chamois

-5" Inseam
-Compression
-Anatomically contoured ZO-Tech chamois formed of multi-level foam padding
-ZO-Wick moisture management pad
-Double-band stretch Lycra inside waist  & leg openings
-6 panel design
-Low-profile flatlock stitching
-Tagless labels
-Liner: 84% Recyled Polyester, 16% Spandex

-Basic chamois that does its job

$35.00


 

Joh rocks the Zoic Damsel skirt and Jaylen jersey on the Epicenter pumptrack located in Aptos, CA
photo credit: Brad Davies

 

Flashback a year--“I can't believe you're wearing jeans while riding.” Said one of two brunette women to me. I was at the pumptrack behind Epicenter Cycling in Aptos and had worn a tunic-length sweater and jeggings—a jean-like material made into leggings—minus the big knot of material found in normal jeans. I explained this to the women who smiled sympathetically when I talked about how that big knot of seams in the crotch that held the legs to the seat of my pants is more than an irritant on anything other than a quick commute, so it was a happy surprise to receive Zoic's Nahara Knicker.  Flash forward to February 9th of this year--it was only fitting that when meeting up with Heather Mcfadden of Specialized for our shoot that she immediately recognized me as the “jeggings girl” from that conversation at the pumptrack.

 

LBC wearing the Zoic Navaeh short with removable chamois, and hoodie.
photo credit: Brad Davies

 

While the Nahara Knicker was a disappointment, I believe the reason is because the sizing seemed to run larger than the rest of Zoic's line. The few times I've worn them, they've sagged at the waist and the crotch, making them a bit uncomfortable, and potentially not as stylish as the well-fitting rest of the line.

 

The crew enjoys lunch at Aptos BBQ. Lindsay on the left with the infamous Zoic riding flannel. Joh is on the right wearing Zoic's Aurua shorts and Collins Wisp jersey.
photo credit: Brad Davies

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