I have not bought any Zoic shorts for several years, so I am not sure what you are talking about.
But, since you sent me an email, I can say that it is unlikely that I will ever buy Zoic shorts again. When you changed your belt and plastic buckle and your real zippers that worked well to what you now have--Velcro tabs for waist adjustment and the worst zippers anyone could ever want--is when I stopped buying Zoic shorts. I am very disappointed that Zoic's quality went so far down so quickly. If you went back to what you used on teh very early shorts, I would be interested.
Ether 9 Shorts
I’ve tried many brands of bike shorts over the last twenty years. I continue coming back to these. They wear like iron, have sizes available for us middle aged dudes, have zip pockets, and don’t have adjuster velcro on the inside where it would scratch the skin. Don’t change a thing!
I chose these shorts because of the 9” inseam and the numerous zippered pockets. They delivered there plus they fit really well and look good. They can almost pass as dressy shorts.
The light weight and moisture wicking has been a boon this past very warm summer.
I strongly recommend them.
I was originally guarded to but this product due to the price, but so far the shorts seem to be worth it. I wear them for Mnt biking, gravel, road. They are perfect for bike commuting. I feel less awkward at group rides/coffee stops vs wearing spandex bibs. I would love another pair of these shorts, plan to go with the 11” inseam and a darker color like black.
Pros: durable, comfortable, lightweight, plenty of secure pockets, more causal then bibs
Cons: 9” inseam rides up on the quads when biking, khaki color shows water/sweat too easily, possibly too many pockets