Liv is the first cycling brand completely dedicated to female cyclists. They’ve created some of the most popular bike models on the market for women, including the Liv Envie Advanced 1 which I own and love riding. As well as bikes, Liv also produce a range of cycling clothing and accessories aimed at women.
Their Zorya collection consists of a wind jacket, gloves, leg covers and arm covers- all of which are designed to help you ride safely in low-light conditions while providing protection from the elements. I’ve been testing out the Zorya Wind Jacket recently.
I initially was attracted to the jacket’s star-speckled galaxy print, in fact, I was told that outer space design looks like something out of Star Wars! Mixed into the print are clusters of reflective stars which sparkle when the light hits the fabric. Whilst the Zorya jacket is intended for low-light riding, black colour isn’t high-visibility and doesn’t stand out enough on dark streets, despite the subtle reflective details.
I love the extended cuff detail in soft stretch fabric, which stops the sleeves from riding up and creating a gap between the cuff and glove. The stretch fabric hem band holds the jacket close to the body and blocks any cold drafts up the back.
My only criticism of the Liv Zorya jacket is the pocket position. Unlike most cycling jackets and jerseys, it does not have any rear pockets, instead, they are positioned at the front waist. It feels bulky and uncomfortable to carry inner tubes, phone, wallet and snacks at the front when riding. I naturally want to reach round to the back to retrieve something from my pockets, so it felt strange that they were not there.
As well as cycling, I’ve also been using this jacket for running in wet weather conditions. The ProTextura fabric is designed to be water repellent and breathable. It definitely kept me dry in showers and light rain, but I think in a heavy downpour it might let in a little moisture. There’s a balance between staying dry from rain and staying dry from sweat, but I didn’t find that I got too clammy wearing this jacket.
The jacket is described as ‘race fit’ which means it should be tight and form-fitting, almost like a second skin. However, I found it to be more relaxed. I wore a Medium or Size 12 in the Zorya, but I’d usually take a Large or Size 14 in cycling kit. The cut means that there’s room to comfortably wear layers underneath and it allows for unrestricted movement while cycling.
As a big fan of the space-inspired print, I’d love to see Liv add more pieces to the Zorya collection, maybe a buff or bib-tights.
Want more Liv Cycling kit reviews? Check out my review of the Extima Aero Road Helmet.
Liv Zorya Wind Jacket was gifted, but all opinions my own.