Liv Charm Jersey and Passo Short - Review

Oct 18, 2016
by Lauren Jenkins  
Liv Charm Off Road Jersey


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.
Liv Charm Off Road Jersey Passo Short


Liv Passo Baggy Shorts
Liv Passo Baggy Shorts


Passo Shorts

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.
Details:
• Relaxed fit
• TransTextura™ liner
• Core Comfor™ removable chamois
• Front, back and side pockets
• Available in XS-XL
• MSRP: £69.99/$100
More info / @LivCycling


Performance

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.




Liv Charm Off Road Jersey
Liv Charm Off Road Jersey


Charm Jersey

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).
Details:
• Relaxed fit
• Transtextura™ Fabric
• Three-quarter sleeves, low collar
• Available in S-XL
• MSRP: £54.99
More info


Performance

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.





Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesLiv 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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54 Comments

  • + 40
 But.. its not Pink or Teal. Are you sure this is for women?
  • + 22
 Teal is bro right now for bro's watch yourself. Baraaaaaap Obama
  • + 1
 Santa Cruz paint jobs have broken this scheme 3 years ago. Guys want Pink too
  • - 5
flag chillrider199 (Oct 19, 2016 at 0:17) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: I wouldnt call them guys loosely. Few screws might be loose
  • + 4
 I remember when people were laughing at Dirt jumpers when anodized parts were coming in big. Now Enduro went nuts on CMYK and it's waaaay worse. Half of the people in the woods look like covered in unicorns sick. And there would be no issues with it if they didn't radiate this sense of pride about their shopping choices. I may be just jelaous of their self confidence.
  • + 17
 @WAKIdesigns: anodized parts came in big WAY before dirt jumping was a thing.
  • - 5
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 19, 2016 at 1:40) (Below Threshold)
 @cmcrawfo: yea but around 2007-08 companies started pumping out hard different ano colors for their bars, stems, pedals, cranks, seatposts, hibs, rims. It's been ano explosion: Race Face, NS Bikes, Deity, Hope etc. it just became a normal thing, while around 2005, the 99% of what you could get was black and silver, eventually white. DJumpers and street riders were the first to jump on it. The more mismatching sht was on the bike, the better. Now it's that way with Enduro clothing.
  • + 3
 Y'all know Troy started all this fashion show.
  • + 0
 Made especially for @EccentricEllis
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: I think in the 80s in BMX we went chrome- ano- chrome- ano- paint- chrome in that order in just 10 years.
  • + 2
 @fahrwerk: Thank you, Waki is so far off the mark. The only chrome on my Team Goose was the redline flight cranks- ano everything else.
  • - 6
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 19, 2016 at 5:38) (Below Threshold)
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: what?! Off the mark? Do tou want me to prove you that MTBs got ano sht for good in 2007-2009? I am speaking of MTB related DJ, Street scene. I don't care what BMXers were doing and when because I am sure that there will be another history conscious a-hole coming here and saying where BMXers got it from. You can check catalogues from 2005-06 and you'll see only silver/chrome and black components on vast majority of mountain bikes. So here's your favorite line: do your god damn research
  • - 9
flag meesterover (Oct 19, 2016 at 6:24) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: I always love me some pink.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: It's not pink, for guys it's Manly Magenta Smile .
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: I can't avoid reading "anus explosion", "different anus colors" because ano in spanish means anus.
  • + 2
 Transtextura fabric..thank fuck it's made of that,thought it may have been spun poly
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: more like 1997-98 and earlier.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 19, 2016 at 14:22) (Below Threshold)
 @Feideaux: did I write anywhere that there were no anodized or powder coat painted components before 2007? No. whatever happened in 90:s was not as as big as companies pumping out each component in 3-5 different colours around 2008. It was a huge part of growth of companies like Dartmoor, NS, Spank, Superstar - offering cheap products in variety of colors so that people could easily customize the looks of their bikes. In 90:s MTB was too small to afford to offer such variety. I have no fkng clue why do we need to discuss that... old chaps coming and showing off who knows the origin of trends. Like hipsters discussing what started which genre of some fkd up music, or if that stupid boring movie they worship was a remake of a total disaster from 50 years back that made people vomit in the cinema from boredom and confusion. Oh yea, anodized components come from BMX and Andy Warhol was doing rip offs. The Anodized explosion in MTB started around the time Race Face dropped Diabolus series. Period.
  • + 1
 @Feideaux pretty sure faraday first used it on his prototype magnet cage thingy..just saying..
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: that's not pink. It's man-genta.
  • - 1
 Hahaha, and baby blue is cyan-masculi
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I dont fully understand the whole concern with what other people wear Razz . And hey, since I wear unicorn clothing, I will be able to fly away from the bears/cougars/spiders in those scary woods.
  • + 20
 $90 for a jersey...hard to beat what champion has to offer at target for boys and girls.
  • + 7
 Does Liv have a product they've named the Tyler yet? Can we get a Liv Tyler on the market please?
  • + 4
 Ain't gonna comment women's kit, because I have problems with color recognition. Always when I look on the pictures, I can only see greyscale.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 19, 2016 at 3:41) (Below Threshold)
 You still commented... I'm sure there were some underlying misogynistic issues here, you disgusting agent of patriarchy. You just didn't have enough courage to write what you think.
  • - 7
flag lkubica (Oct 19, 2016 at 4:59) (Below Threshold)
 It's not about colors, it's about fit, which has to be tight enough ;-)
  • + 2
 I'm not a girl and I won't be buying this kit. But I know that comments and views will mean that PB will show more of this stuff and I think that would be really cool. Cool.
  • + 1
 greyscale + zip pockets of a usable size = hurray! But yeah, the day when I have a spare $100 to spend on a jersey will be a very good day.
  • + 2
 yay, good to see more products geared towards women!
  • + 0
 "Liv is run solely by women"

That really sounds like a way to enforce segregation and differences between genders...
  • + 4
 If you want to work for a women's bike and apparel company you go for it and bravely cross the gender barrier big guy
  • + 5
 @mrgonzo: That would be unlikely, since they proudly state that the company is woman only.

I wonder about the backslash a male clothing company would get for stating that they are male only...
  • - 3
 Yes it would be unlikely. Are you planning on starting a company that intentionally excludes women? If not why should it bother you if they are women only? Women have been and still are at a disadvantage in the bike industry and if they want to hire only women it's not hurting anyone and helps to grow the industry and make people happy then more power to them.
  • + 2
 @Caiokv: spot on and ain't that illegal???
  • + 1
 @Travel66: Probably depends on the country's laws, but it is indeed a form of strengthening gender segregation, instead of working to mitigate it.
  • + 1
 Finally - colours my wife would wear.
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