Review: Liv Activo Baggy women’s shorts

The Activo Baggy from Liv are the shorter of two pairs of baggies in the women’s-specific company’s clothing line. With an 8 inch inseam, they fall a couple inches above the knee on me, and the leg holes are wide enough to allow ease of movement up the thigh while pedaling.

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The Activo is constructed from a super lightweight yet durable fabric on the outside, while the inside of the legs is lined with a material that feels almost like microfleece. Called TransTextura, it works to wick moisture and dry quickly, and it feels soft against the legs.

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Four pockets, including one zippered rear, are handy for storing little things or stuffing your hands in while standing around. The waistband closes via two snaps and includes elastic straps that adjust via Velcro as well as belt loops.

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Unfortunately, these shorts do not fit my body type well. They are definitely designed for someone with more of an hourglass figure and not my nearly nonexistent hips (for reference my waist is 28 inches and my hips 32). You can check out the size chart online–my hip measurements fell in the extra small range while my waist told me I should be a medium–so if such size discrepancies are the case for you as well, my guess is you may run into the same fit issues. Luckily, every body is different, and there are some people whom the Activo will fit like a glove.

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Aside from the fit issues, these are a nice-and-simple pair of shorts for riding and beyond. Their subdued black or grey shades make them a great do-all option for commuting, running errands or hitting up the bar while still being comfortable and not screaming “I just rode my bike.”

Sizes: XS, S (tested), M, L, XL
Price: $90

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Review: Club Ride Flurry women’s shorts

These shorts look nothing like bike shorts, and that’s what makes them great. Not only do they appear like almost-dressy bottoms and feel like the comfy shorts you’d throw on to hang out around the house, but their versatility makes them the perfect choice for anyone who rides their bike to get places and doesn’t want to take a change of clothes.

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Layer them on top of a chamois for the ride. Strip the chamois off and you have yourself a comfortable pair of shorts to wear to the party, jump in the lake, hit up the gym or maybe even wear to work.

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The wide, stretchy waistband is soft and comfortable, and an elastic drawcord keeps everything up. The polyester/spandex blend fabric is moisture-wicking, quick-drying and feels good against the skin even when wet. This has made them a great do-it-all garment option for ride-paddle-ride adventures, a summer favorite of mine.

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Perforated side panels offer extra venting, and zippered pockets on the side of each leg are the perfect size for a cell phone, small wallet, key or other small essentials. I love the location of the pockets – I found it more comfortable to ride with items in the side of the shorts than I do in front or rear pockets.

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With a 6 inch inseam, the Flurry falls mid-thigh and is baggy enough to offer ample room for leg movement but fitted enough to be flattering. Another bonus – the fabric doesn’t seem to hold odor, so these shorts are an excellent daily driver that can be worn a number of times before washing is necessary.

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I’m generally a fan of most Club Ride apparel, and these shorts are no different. They quickly became a favorite for their comfort, functionality, versatility and subdued style.

Sizes: XS, S (tested), M, L, XL
Price: $90
More info online at clubrideapparel.com

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