Liv Cycling Paradisa jersey and shorts review£190.00

A stylish combo with plenty of comfort

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Liv is the biggest brand dedicated to women, and its Paradisa range is a tropical-inspired selection of performance kit with compressive fabrics and innovative cuts, designed for riding hard. 

Developed with Spanish clothing brand Etxeondo, the items are designed to mix and match with other lines in the Liv kit range, including the racy Signature and recreational Neptuna.

Liv Cycling Paradisa fabric

Etxeondo uses a TransTexture fabric for the jersey, designed to be soft to the touch with two-directional stretch and wicking properties, while the shorts are constructed from multiple panels of Lycra. 

Meanwhile, the subtle grey-on-black print has flashes of colour on the hems, making it striking without being loud.

Liv Cycling Paradisa fit

With a raglan-sleeved semi-race cut, the jersey is fairly standard. However, the shorts are more interesting as they’ve been designed to work like bib shorts without the shoulder straps. 

A wide waistband of double-thickness Lycra sits high on the body, providing support over the back and stomach. The cut is athletic and the fabric compressive, so getting the shorts on can be a struggle but once you’re in, they sit comfortably without rolling down. 

The kit does come up a little small, however. If you’re going by UK high street sizes, then a 12 would be a large.

Liv Cycling Paradisa comfort and performance

The kit performs best in cool to warm temperatures, with the jersey effectively wicking sweat. However, I found the thickness of the fabric made it a little too toasty for riding in hot weather. 

The shorts are comfortable to ride in, with a good-quality medium-thickness ProComfor chamois pad. 

The three pockets at the back of the jersey aren’t reinforced so tend to pull to the side if heavily packed, and for this price it would be nice to see silicone grippers on the waistband and laser-cut hems on the jersey sleeves.

After several washes, the colours are as bright and the fabric as fresh looking as it was when new.

  • Jersey: £90
  • Shorts: £100

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 74kg / 163lb
  • Waist: 82cm / 32in
  • Chest: 86cm / 34in (below bust measurement)
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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