Shopping for clothes affects us all in different ways. Some people buy clothes to replace clothes that are worn out or out of sizes. Others shop for clothes to stay on trend with the latest colors and styles, but at the end of the day, we all have to shop for clothes on a regular basis. This means a huge impact on the planet, with the clothing industry responsible for 20% of global plastic consumption, displacing almost 10% of global emissions, gobbling up fresh water, and the fast fashion trend is also rapidly disappearing from the shelves. to the landfill.
To make the clothes we wear a more sustainable endeavor, buying clothes designed to reduce environmental impact that are designed to last can make a huge impact. Finding brands that really take this to heart is a challenge, which is why it was so refreshing to discover high-quality, sustainable products from LIVSN.
In the event of a manufacturer’s fault, LIVSN stands behind its products with a full manufacturer’s warranty, repairing, replacing or refunding the faulty product to owners free of charge. If you wear out their products, LIVSN is still in your corner, repairing the product for you at zero markup. If they can’t fix it, they’ll give you a big discount on a replacement. This is the clutch. The more we use our equipment, the less negative impact our lives will ultimately have on the planet.
LIVSN EcoTrek Trail Pants
Right out of the gate, LIVSN’s Ecotrek Trail Pants absolutely scream quality. They are made from a nylon blend they call Blue Ocean Nylon that boasts a core of 70% recycled nylon sourced from retired ocean buoys. Many nylon products are thin, cheap looking and not built with durability in mind, but they are different. They have more weight to them than any other nylon pant I’ve seen, and the feel is much closer to denim or lightweight canvas than nylon.
After testing them around town for a few days, I wore them on a trip abroad and found the balance between durability, flexibility and weight to be a dream. From temperatures of 10C to 28C, they breathed, stretched and even kept me warm when needed. They didn’t bunch up on long flights and kept all my parts happy, breathing and organized.
They were comfortable from the start and didn’t take long to break in before they felt comfortable. They fit like a second skin, ready and waiting for me to figure out what adventures are in store for us. The back zipped pockets were perfect for keeping my passport and phone safe from pickpockets while running around town.
I’m strict with my stuff, so durability is an important factor for my pants. I regularly go from keyboardist to gardener to cabinet builder and back again before lunch, and having gear that can keep up is critical. These pants have taken everything I’ve thrown at them and still look brand new. It’s clear that LIVSN is relentless about quality, with double needle straight fell seams, reinforcement tape and stitching every step of the way, these
Taking them out on the trails, the waterproof fabric kept water out, while the mesh lining on the inside wicks unwanted moisture away from the skin and out. I spend a lot of my week on ebikes and was grateful for the built-in roll-up cuffs with reflective stripes. It’s a small detail, but I’ll take any bit of extra security I can get my hands on while cycling around town.
Able to handle anything from rock climbing to web browsing, cycling to business meetings, the LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pants are the ultimate Swiss army knife of pants. Just put them on and know you’ll be ready for whatever the day throws at you. At $129, these pants aren’t cheap, but they’re in a good position to make their way into any wardrobe to replace a few pairs, allowing you to do more with less.
LIVSN Reflex shorts
With summer upon us and another healthy forecast on the horizon, it’s time to ditch the shorts. LIVSN’s Reflex Shorts are designed for an active lifestyle with a durable elastic waistband and stretchy crotch that looks like it’s been lifted from a pair of workout tights. These essentials are framed in a lightweight, water-resistant recycled polyester blend that leaves the shorts breathable and weightless.
The wide waistband of the shorts didn’t feel like most shorts with their defined waist, but I completely forgot about it after a few minutes. Inside the bracelet, LIVSN has included a drawstring, so you can tie them up before you spontaneously hit a high dive to reduce the chance of them accidentally ending up around your ankles.
These shorts are slightly softer than the Ecotrek pants, making them perfect for warmer weather. They may be a little less durable, but they’re no less sustainable, made from 72% recycled polyester and 28% double-weave polyester. As a mid-weight shorts, the LIVSN Reflex Shorts were more than up to the task of hiking or cycling. Regardless of what I had planned for the day, when I put them on, I felt like I was going to have a day full of adventure.
Both rear pockets are finished with durable, simple YKK zippers with front buttons for easy access. These shorts are made to allow for all the adventures you want. At $79, they don’t come cheap, but with LIVSN’s Lifetime Fair Deal Guarantee backing them, you can buy knowing they’ll be in your life for a long time.
LIVSN Women’s trail tights
Leggings are popular in the workout scene for both men and women, but with their proliferation in different applications, many tights are designed to be basically disposable. LIVSN doesn’t play that game, starting with a pair of mid-weight women’s trail socks that are equally comfortable on the trail and in the studio. On top of that, they’re made from a staggering 89% recycled nylon, while the balance is spandex.
LIVSN sent these plastic-free tights for my wife, with a piece of string to tie them to a paper hanger. It seems small, but adding small changes to small changes over time ends up having a huge impact. We can do this if we all take many small steps in the right direction.
Leggings are increasingly evolving into cargo pants in the slim fit world and LIVSN have built a ridiculous number of pockets into these tights, including the popular media pocket on the right thigh that will fit almost any smartphone, YKK – zippered pocket on the right thigh , a wide pocket on the left thigh and a hidden pocket in the waistband.
The medium weight of these tights gives them more durability and a little extra warmth without being overwhelming. It’s just enough to keep your feet warm on the way to the gym in the morning without feeling claustrophobic when it’s time to hit the trail after work. These tights are well-rounded, with abrasion-resistant fabric that’s clutch for climbers and active types. Most tights are just looking for an excuse to separate, so this is a particularly welcome addition to the segment.
We absolutely love that these tights come in at an affordable $99, which is a bargain compared to many premium tights on the market. That price also gets you a full lifetime warranty which makes these tights that much more attractive.
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