Liv/Giant was re-branded in 2015 to become a stand-alone women's brand known only as "Liv." Following her participation in the Tour of Taiwan in 2007, it was Bonnie Tu, the CFO of Giant, who decided that women didn't have enough options when it came to kit, and that Giant should offer female riders a range of women's specific clothing.
Since then, Liv has grown to offer a full lineup of women's mountain bikes, and a wide range of apparel and accessories. Liv is run solely by women, from the designers to the marketing team, and includes a number of female ambassadors in all MTB disciplines. The brand is truly dedicated to offering custom products tailored and built specifically for women, by women.
Liv Charm Jersey and Passo Short
In this review, we test the Charm Jersey and Passo Short - both are designed with a loose fit to maximize comfort and provide freedom of movement. Colors and graphics are tasteful and understated, and to ensure a good fit for nearly all women, Liv offers a full range of sizes, from X-small, through X-large.
Passo Baggy shorts are designed with freedom of movement in mind. Available with a removable Core Comfor™ chamois liner and made from Liv's TransTextura™ fabric, the Passo are created for comfort. The shorts come with several pockets and the liner is made from a moisture-wicking material. Colors available are Black, Blue and Purple and size options are XS-XL (certain colors and sizes only available in certain countries). They retail at £69.99/$100.
• Relaxed fit
• TransTextura™ liner
• Core Comfor™ removable chamois
• Front, back and side pockets
• Available in XS-XL
• MSRP: £69.99/$100
• More info
I went for a medium size (UK 10/ US 6) and the fit was as expected, but they sat quite high on my waist. The legs are also a little on the short side for me, I prefer them to fall just above my knee, but that may not be the case for everyone (I'm 5'9, so the length may be better, depending upon your height). Aesthetically, they are a nice cut, but seem to be rather baggy around crotch, which wasn't particularly flattering. Passo shorts have plenty of pockets, which is always a bonus - and with mesh liners, they help to keep cool if you open a vent - and are deep enough for a phone, multi-tool and other trail essentials on a ride. I always seem to end up with tissue and food wrappers in my pockets, so more pocket space is a plus. They are good value, especially considering their removable liner, which is attached using little fasteners inside the shorts. Again, the shorts are also constructed from Transtextura fabric
, designed to be quick-drying, and they did keep me cool and comfortable on a long XC ride in the alps. Taking price into consideration, I think these offer good value for money, as well as being comfortable. I just wish they were a bit longer, and less baggy around the crotch.
The Charm is one of Liv's off-road jerseys, constructed from Transtextura fabric
, it's designed for style and comfort. The Charm has a relaxed fit and comes with vented side panels to keep you cool out on the trails. Available in sizes XS-XL and in Black/Grey, Blue/Green at £54.99/$90.00 certain colors and sizes only available in certain countries).
• Relaxed fit
• Transtextura™ Fabric
• Three-quarter sleeves, low collar
• Available in S-XL
• MSRP: £54.99
• More info
I opted for a medium in the Charm jersey, as a UK size 8-10 (US 4-6) it is quite fitted, but not to the point where it felt uncomfortable, in fact, this is one of my favorite jerseys. As someone who is not the biggest fan of too much color, the black and grey really appealed to me, as did the cut and subtle branding. The jersey has an almost silky feel and is extremely breathable. Made from Transtextura Fabric,
this means any moisture is transferred to the surface for a faster drying time. To its credit, after being caught in a crazy downpour out in France, I was soaked through, but after the sun came out, the jersey dried in no time. The three-quarter sleeve isn't something that bothers me, but if you're looking for a bit more protection, you may want to opt for something with longer sleeves. Overall, I was impressed, especially considering that Liv haven't been making mountain bike clothing as long as some of their competitors.
|Liv have a growing range of women's mountain bike kit on offer and you can expect to see the Passo and Charm in their range for 2017. Both are contenders, especially when you consider affordability and style. - Lauren Jenkins|
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