Livsn Designs gave me a chance to take a look at the first version of their Flex Canvas Pants as a preview for the v2 they are launching on Kickstarter. These pants are marketed as slim outdoor pants with a style to make them wearable everyday.
My favorite part about these pants is the Eco-Flex fabric (58% organic cotton, 40% recycled polyester, 2% spandex, C6 DWR). It has a great natural canvas weave that is fairly open, allowing it to breath better than I’d expect for the weight (248 gsm). Combined with the mesh pockets/lining fabric, wearing these pants in hot weather was fairly comfortable. The spandex content gives the fabric more stretch than you’d expect (in a horizontal direction only) and when combined with the darting and gusset makes these pants move with your body very well.
Style wise, these are great for outdoor pants. I wouldn’t wear them in a business casual setting, but I think they could pass for any other need. With the durable fabric, I think these will be great weekend work pants that will hold up to some abuse while still looking good for the rest of the day. I also love the color, it’s almost a dark khaki/brown. I usually don’t love pants in that color family, but I think this color is really sharp and looks equally good with a black or white tee (three other colors are also available).
The biggest adjustments to v1 pants I received vs. the v2 are fit adjustments (1/2″ lower front rise, 1/2″ higher rear rise, 1/4″ ease added to upper thighs and hips, and adjustment of the waist so they fit true to size). These fit adjustments are welcome, as I found a size 34 to fit me well except for the thighs being too tight, while the 36 was a little big in the waist and seat (fine with a belt though).
The Kickstarter is open until August 9. Look for a full review once they are launched.
If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still pre-order on the Livsn website.
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