Zimtstern Taila Shorts - Review

Nov 11, 2014
by Mary Moncorge  
Zimtstern Taila shorts

Zimtstern Thaila Women's Shorts

Zimtstern started 20 years ago as a snowboard brand, thought up by two Swiss buddies who decided to manufacture stylish and functional snowboarding gear. They extended their range to skiing and mountain biking, offering high quality, eco-friendly products. Their Taila shorts are their best-selling womens trail riding shorts. The shorts have the Bluesign label, which certifies sustainable textile production during every stage of the manufacturing process. The main body of the shorts are made with a mixed 4-way stretch fabric: 66% Nylon, 28% Polyester, and 6% Elastane, which provides a soft and elastic material for extra comfort. The fabric has been double weaved to be more robust, it might also appeal to your fashion senses as this double-weave has been done with 2-tone threads for a shinier and more glamorous look. The inseam part of the short is reinforced and super elastic, to offer great freedom of movement, but without compromising durability. The crotch has a triple-stitched seam; you won’t tear it if your rear wheel buzz your bum or sustain a bad crash. The inside of the waistband has a soft mesh-lining for sweat wicking and comfort, while the outside of the waistband has an adjustment by velcro on the hips. At the waist there is double security closure: both velcro and press-buttons. Vents are diagonally fitted on the inner thighs and are mesh–lined for more comfort and breathability. For storage, you will find 2 side pockets lined with mesh and a stealth cargo pocket or the right hip. The cargo pocket is fitted with an elastic loop to fasten your keys or glass wiper. The reinforced hem bears the blessing from Santa Stella, patron saint of mountain bikers. Available in XS, S, M, L and XL and pine, dark grey, burnt ochre and prune. MSRP is € 99.95. Zimtstern

Zimtstern Taila shorts

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWe have been using the Taila shorts for the past couple of months now and we have to admit we are impressed with them. Of course we used them for riding, but also for grocery shopping and yoga as they are more comfortable and resistant than yoga pants - and there are no worries about them being see-through. The double-weaved fabric is a little warm for summer rides but will be appreciated in the fall and winter, as well as on rainy days, for their extra warmth. You won't risk any twat gap while wearing these shorts with kneepads, they cover the entire length of your upper leg even while seated or sprinting, yet they are not so long as to get caught on your bike. These shorts are no low risers, nor do they look like 70's high-waist pants, instead they sit nicely on your hips. They come up slightly large, but you can easily adjust them with the velcro straps on the sides to get the perfect fit. Zimtstern put a lot of emphasis on the quality of their products and they don't disappoint - these are, without question, some of the best-made riding shorts we have worn - the quality of stitching and finish is top drawer and they are showing no sign of the abuse we have put them through. While some people may be sceptical of a retail price that leaves little change from 100 Euros, we would argue that the quality of these shorts justifies their pricetag and we'd expect these to still be going strong when cheaper alternatives are falling apart on you. When we featured Zimtstern during Eurobike, in the comments we saw people put off by some of Zimtsterns more outrageous colours, and our preferences are also on the more subdued side, but in grey these look really good and have quickly become some of our favourite riding shorts. - Mary Moncorge


  • + 10
 "We used them for..yoga as they are more comfortable and resistant than yoga pants..."

They are a replacement for one of the wonders of the world, yoga pants?

  • + 6
 Errr... what is "twat gap"? I'm familiar with the American and English versions..... otherwise, interesting! Never heard of this manufacturer and will look into them. I like the double weave. I fall off my bike a lot and the area I ride in is all rocks. Need something with good abrasion resistance.
  • + 0
 I lived in the US for 8 years, so it's the american/english one
  • + 4
 "Twat gap" aka "Sexy Rene" describes the gap (skin) between kneepads and shorts...

  • + 24
 Someone might want to look twat up in the dictionary..... especially when describing a pair of women shorts. Just sayin'
  • + 1
 @Jim-laden that's exactly what I had in mind
  • + 2
 Ok glad I'm not the only one who noticed that....
  • + 1
 I like seeing more women's specific clothing reviews but one thing reviewers keep missing is fit. Yes, I like functionality and durability but how this fits is just as important. Otherwise this is useless.

There should be a standardized reviewers format. How tall are you, what are your measurements, what is your regular clothing size, what size in this brand are you wearing?

Just a bitchy comment from a fashionista who loves riding bikes. I also like new gear and like most I am stuck buying online.
  • + 2
 Having owned gear from both Zimtstern, Royal and Maloja, I find that the overall quality of the Zimtstern gear is vastly superior to that of the other two. Totally worth the extra cash in my opinion.
  • + 2
 Glad to see more women's gear coverage here. And doubly glad to see the focus on how it performs on the trail, not how it looks.
  • + 3
 Some more budget friendly shorts would be nice.
  • + 2
 Need a full body shot to justify the quality
  • + 1
 Finally a pair of shorts to fit my curvy hips.
  • + 0
 No butt shot, no good.
  • + 10
 guess there are enough "butt shot" websites if that's what you're interested in

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