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DZR Mechanic Shoe Review

I previewed these shoes last month and I have been able to spend a good amount of time riding in them but more importantly I’ve spent several hours on cement floors turning wrenches with these on my feet. Any shoe that is named mechanic should be comfortable for a full days worth of work and the DZR held up to that standard.

Details of the DZR Mechanic Shoes

MSRP: $99
Features: Natural Gum Rubber, Vegan, “Variable Flex Shank” aka it is stiff enough to pedal, but flexy enough to not have to walk like a duck
Size Range: 41-47 (maybe if there is enough ladies interest we could push them to make smaller sizes!)

Comfort and Fit

These shoes are very comfortable for both pedaling and walking. The toe of the shoe flexes enough to allow you to walk but the sole from the ball of your foot back is stiff as you would want for daily commuting. I ended up really enjoying the lace up design, and the insole was nice and padded to make up for the stiff sole. My only complaint about this shoe falls into the fit. I’m typically a 42.5/43 shoe (hey, I’m 5’10” what do you want?) and the size 43 they sent left me swimming in the front of the shoe. I easily could have gone down a full size. Thankfully the laces saved the day as I was able to pull them tight and keep my foot where it belonged.

Clip-In or Platform

One of my favorite features of these shoes are how well they work as a platform riding shoe and I can confidently say that you can use this shoe for either. I’m a big fan of recommending riders that don’t use non-clipless pedals to use stiffer platform shoes for longer rides. It helps your arches and pedaling efficiently greatly. The rubber cover that comes pre-installed over the clip-in mount worked flawlessly and I never had any slipping while using a variety of platform pedals from cheap to expensive.

Conclusion for the DZR Mechanic Shoes

At $99 these are amazing shoes. Commute, mountain bike, and wear them to work. They are stylish but not over the top and I don’t believe people would know you have bike shoes on. I would recommend trying to find a shop in your area to try them on as their sizing seemed to be off. After a few more hundred miles I will update this review on how well the shoes are holding up. Other than that, so far these are easily a pair of shoes I would pair retail on.

Go check out the shoes on DZR’s site!

1 Jul ’15 2 comments
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DZR Mechanic Lifestyle Shoe Review

The bike industry is changing face as it strives to make the lifestyle of biking more appealing to those that aren’t exactly born in wool. This means less spandex when you don’t need it, and more style where you do. If we are going to win over that interested but concerned crowd, having the right style could be a great first step. The new clipless lifestyle shoe from DZR called the Mechanic is a great step forward. A shoe style that I would buy from my local skate shop, but with a stiff sole that includes threads to bolt in your favorite mountain bike cleat.

MSRP: $99
Features: Natural Gum Rubber, Vegan, “Variable Flex Shank” aka it is stiff enough to pedal, but flexy enough to not have to walk like a duck
Size Range: 41-47 (maybe if there is enough ladies interest we could push them to make smaller sizes!)

Full review coming in a couple of weeks!

18 May ’15 0 comment
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MSRP: $130
Details: 100% poly mesh that is wicked breathable, fast drying, and non-conforming. 2 pocket design, 1 with a zipper to hold your smartphone

This jersey looks great and feels even better. The poly mesh was warm enough with a wind vest on a 50′ day. Personally, I would classify this as a long sleeve light weight “spring” jersey. It also wears well with a pair of jeans.

22 Feb ’14 8 comments
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Sombrio Women's Origami Jersey

When you hear jersey I bet you think spandex, pockets and zippers. Each of these features have its benefits; pockets for food and tools, zippers for airflow and spandex to keep close to your body. These features have very little use in mountain biking with backpacks strapped to our backs and the desire of looser fitting clothing to be able to move freely. While the free ride and all mountain movement have brought many killer clothes to production for guys, it’s limiting (as usual) for women.

Meet the Sombrio Cartel and the Origami Jersey

Sombrio Women's Origami Jersey

This jersey reminds me of a high end workout shirt from Adidas or Nike, but designed to fit with your arms extended and your torso slightly bent.

MSRP: $75

  • Seamless construction
  • X-Staticå¨ silver wrapped fiber technology
  • Antimicrobial
  • Eliminates odors
  • Regulates temperature
  • Eliminates static
  • Anti-slip hem

Fit of the Sombrio Origami Jersey

The size medium that I’ve been wearing fits like a glove. While snug, I haven’t had any chaffing under my Hydrapak or feeling of over heating. For sizing reference I wear a size medium/6 in most clothes.

Overall Thoughts

$75 is a pretty going rate of a bike jersey with pockets, zippers and do-dads. $75 for a glorified Lululemon overbuilt workout shirt is a bit much for me. While the shirt feels amazing, does everything it says it will, I’m sure those who live for all mountain riding won’t hesitate for a second to rock this shirt.

If you have the money it’s a great substitute for standard spandex. I find myself pulling this on any chance given, even for wearing off the bike. If the retail on this was closer to $50 I could see buying a couple and it being my go-to shirt. For $75 I may ask for it on a wish list for Christmas.

Visit Sombrio Cartel to see more

Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge for review

2 Sep ’13 6 comments
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Giro LA DND Women's Gloves

Read the preview here

Giro Women’s LA DND Gloves MSRP: $26

Details: Moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch breathable mesh. Reinforced fingertips. Flex zones at the knuckles

Gloves are a necessity for me to mountain bike. Between sweaty palms, and crashing I like to keep my skin in place. I’m not needing a ton of padding, which is why these Giro gloves have been my goto choice for a few years now. Flexing in the fingers, lack of velcro to get caught in washing and an affordable price, everything I look for in a pair of XC or road gloves.

The only unfortunate piece of these gloves (as with most women’s gloves) are that the size large are too small for my long fingers.


4 out 5 as I’m very happy with the gloves but now wear the guys version.

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Disclaimer: This product was provided at no cost for review. The link to purchase the gloves is an affiliate link and I may be paid commission if you purchase through Jenson.

12 Oct ’13 2 comments
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ZOIC Women's Clothing

Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to watch the company of ZOIC Clothing transform and become a more popular choice for women’s clothing. Stylish and functional clothes for mountain and lifestyle bicycling, their clothing is a great fit for my move to the mountains!

ZOIC Women’s Starburst V-Neck Tech Tee $50


ZOIC Women’s Starburst V-Neck Tech Tee


Out of the 4 pieces that were sent from ZOIC this is easily my favorite. $50 for a tech t-shirt may sound a lot, but it has functions like vents near your shoulder blades and a pocket for an iPod or key. It also fits like a your favorite workout shirt but long enough on me for when I bend over riding. Time will tell how this wears, but for now it is a go-to when commuting or wearing a hydration backpack.

ZOIC Women’s Posh Plaid Shorts with Liner $79


ZOIC Women’s Posh Plaid Shorts


This stylish short pairs well with the Starburst V-Neck Tech Tee above. The liner is a pretty basic chamois, but good for someone’s first mtb short and liner combo. When mountain biking and needing a padded short I will personally use a short or bib that I already own. (I use fancy chamois remember?)

I plan on trying this short as a commuter too, maybe with a higher end wool underwear to act as that bacteria liner.

ZOIC Women’s Tailwind Tank $60


ZOIC Women’s Tailwind Tank


It’s summertime and we all care about our tan lines, right ladies? This tank, with built in shelf to hold your girls in place, is pretty dang comfortable. I have yet to test the shelf on a mountain bike ride, but I would assume if you are more than a large “B cup” you will want to wear a sports bra under. One of the best features of this tank are the two pockets (one zipper and one elastic) on the small of your back.

ZOIC Women’s Aura Shorts with Liner $79


ZOIC Women's Aura Short


The Aura short feels like a mountain bike short to me. Elastic across the backside, on the inner and outer (medial and lateral the Dr. E has to add) leg and adjustable velcro closure on the hips for a secure fit. These shorts will stay in place on your next uphill climb or downhill adrenaline rush. Time will only tell how the rear will hold up against dirt and sand on the saddle. As mentioned in the Posh short, I won’t be using the liner for long rides but it will work for a commute or your first mountain bike rides.

Initial Thoughts

Overall, most of these pieces have had one or two rides on them so I’m not prepared to talk too much about the fit or long term wear. I can say that they all look better in person than on ZOIC’s website. The materials feel nice on your skin and the attention to detail on stitching, accents and functional placement of things like zippers/mesh airflow pockets and such are pretty darn good for the price tags!

Look for a full review in a month or so, until then check out ZOIC’s women’s collection online.

Disclaimer: These products were provided at no charge for review. I wasn’t paid or bribed for my opinion. 

6 Jun ’13 5 comments
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Giro Manta Women's Mountain Bike Shoes

As I’m reviewing the road shoe from Giro called the Solara, I’ve also been able to plant my feet in the mountain bike version called the Manta. The  shoe, fit and features are mirrored between the two models, but the only difference is the mountain bike sole for better traction and two hole cleats.

Giro Manta Women’s Mountain Bike Shoes

MSRP: $150
Colors: Black/Silver (reviewed), White/Silver/Plum
Weight: 305 grams (size 39)
Details: Three straps, two velcro and one ratchet for easy on trail adjustments.

Out of the Box Thoughts

If you read my preview of the Giro Solara Women’s Road Shoe than there isn’t much more to say other than this is a mountain bike shoe with more scuff guards. The proof will be in the pudding if the shoe last over heavy abuse and trail testing. They are now suited up with Crank Brothers cleats and I’ll be ready to provide a full review after a few hundred miles! Until then, check them out on Giro.com.

Disclaimer: This product was provided for no charge for review

11 Jun ’13 1 comment
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Giro LA DND Women's Glove

There are two styles of mountain bike gloves I use. The first is your basic, light-weight, and is really there to keep your hands from slipping off your bars when they are covered with sweat, or when you slide across the hard pack dirt trails. The second type of glove I use is for longer rides, with a bit more padding in the palm and normally a size bigger for when my hands swell and my fingers “grow.”

The Giro LA DND gloves fall into the first category, with extra points for style.

Giro LA DND Women’s Gloves $26

MSRP: $26

  • Slip on design (no adjustable strap)
  • Slim fitting
  • Used on road or mtb

Full review of wear and tear in a month or so! If you are looking into buying a pair of these, support BSG by purchasing through this link at JensonUSA.

 Disclaimer: I was provided this product at no charge for review. Unfortunately, I was not paid or bribed for my opinion.

7 Jun ’13 6 comments
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Commuter Bikes

As I transition back to being able to commute by bike to work I’m also on the hunt for quality women’s cycling clothing lines that are outside my “race mentality” as of late. A few suggestions have come to mind, but not all of them have women’s options!

Chrome - A good start, key for outerwear, but all black options make me want more.

Swrve - very well thought out, but where’s the women’s love?

Vulpine – yes please. The yummiest wool women’s jersey to have touched my body.

Zoic - Probably the best bang for the buck but very MTB feel.

Shebeest - A staple in many women’s cycling wardrobes. I have my eye on the Bermuda Commuta.

Loeka – I’ll take one of everything please

YMX – Yoga styles meet two wheels

What do you wear to get around town that doesn’t wear out or look to racer?  I’m also going to hunt around the sale rack at REI for The North Face and Patagonia wear.

Photo credit: Bill Fehr

7 May ’13 3 comments
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Surly Womens Jersey

This winter I’ve had the opportunity to add pretty key pieces to my cold weather attire. With a good amount of cold base miles, I’ve shredded some items and some have stayed strong and worthy of a solid review. A few different long sleeve jerseys are my main highlights from this shredding that I’ll be reviewing this week.

There is something comforting about a soft merino wool piece of clothing. It wraps you up in it’s natural warmth, and can be reused for a couple weeks at a time if you don’t sweat it up too badly. Most folks who are purchasing their first piece of merino get sticker shock, but quickly they understand they are replacing 2-3 piece of clothing due to the wicking, warmth and longevity of wool. Ever purchased a pair of Smartwool socks? I bet you wish all of your socks were that amazing.


MSRP: $140
Colors: Black or Gray

There are a handful of features that Surly will want to tell you about, but the best feature for me is the ability to wear this on and off the bike easily. The jersey turns into a sweater when paired with a pair of jeans. The sleeves with thumb holes are long enough and easily flipped up for casual use. The back has a “cigarette pocket” which is one pocket with zippers on either side.

Surly Womens Merino Wool


Traditionally women’s wool jerseys have fit pretty baggy and boxy on me. I can say that this jersey in size large fits me pretty darn well. With room for a tshirt or jersey underneath it isn’t super snug but it does allow me to feel like a woman when wearing it. As I mentioned I often wear it into shops as a sweater and it does look like a women’s sweater (with a sweet pocket in the back!)

Overall Thoughts

If you can swallow the price tag of $140 this jersey will last you many seasons, keeping you warm and dry. It’s an essential for me when traveling as I can wear it a handful of times and not be overwhelmed by stench or dirt.

See it on SurlyBikes.com

Photo Credit: Benjamin Wilson

6 Mar ’13 2 comments
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