Zoic Ether Stretch
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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award 
Price $79.95 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros Removable inner liner, many well-placed pockets, affordableLightweight, ventilated, articulated fit, quality construction, thoughtful designTrim and clean fit, quality chamois, pedal-friendlyStylish, functions well with knee pads, high-quality and reasonable priceLightweight, comfortable, tailored fit, adjustable waist closure, quick drying
Cons Not the best quality chamoisExpensive, short inseamA little heavy, below average ventilationMinimal waistband adjustment, over-complicated closure systemTailored fit may be too slim for some
Bottom Line A solid performing pair of shorts with the added bonus of being some of the most affordableThoughtful design and quality construction make these shorts the most comfortable and high performing in our testA pair of relatively slim trail shorts that offer great comfort and pedal-friendliness but lacks ventilationA quality all-mountain short that offers a high-quality feel but has minimal waistband adjustmentComfortable and lightweight with a performance oriented fit and minimalist design
Rating Categories Zoic Ether Shorts + Liner Kitsbow Mescal Ventilated Troy Lee Designs Skyline 100% Airmatic Patagonia Dirt Roamer
Comfort (20%)
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9
Fit And Pedal Friendliness (20%)
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Features (20%)
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Durability (20%)
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Style (10%)
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Protection (10%)
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Specs Zoic Ether Shorts... Kitsbow Mescal... Troy Lee Designs... 100% Airmatic Patagonia Dirt...
Shell Fabric 100% Polyester 4-way stretch softshell, mesh vent panels 95% Coolmax polyester, 5% Lycra Polyester elastane stretch blend 4-way stretch 90 denier 87% recycled polyester/13% spandex with a DWR
Lining Main Fabric 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex None AIR COMP CyTech Premium None
Chamois Foam None TMF 4-hour Foam pad None, but compatible with Endless Ride Chamois(sold separately)
Inseam Measurement (inches) 12 in 12.5 in 12.5 in 12 in 11.5 in
Number of pockets 6 2 2 2 1
Removable Inner Short? Yes No Yes No No
Weight (ounces) 10.2 oz 9.24 oz 8.58 oz 8.76 oz 5.22 oz
Weight Liner 4.4 oz N/a 4.25 oz N/a N/a
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