LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts Review: Shorts You’ll Want to Live in That Include a Surprise Safety Feature

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The Lowdown

At $79, the LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts are an investment that is well worth the money. They look good, are comfortable, and they launder well. Add in special features like the hidden reflective tape and zippered back pockets, and you will have your new favorite shorts for work, play, and travel. I know I do.

Overall
5

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy
  • Hidden reflective tape for safety when out at night
  • Zippered rear pockets for security

Cons

  • Only available in two colors
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A good pair of shorts should look good, be comfortable and be tough enough to take whatever your warm-weather activities can throw at them. The LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts cover all those bases and more. I’ve worn them hiking, mowing the lawn, and out to dinner. They were up to it all. That makes them my favorite shorts right now.

Man running in LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts

At $79, the LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts are more expensive than the shorts I normally wear. But they are so comfortable and tough that I can confidently say they are worth the expense.

When I first pulled out the shorts, I was struck by how thick and rough the material was. I had forgotten that they are made from canvas. Despite that, however, when I put them on, I was surprised by how comfortable they were. The size 34 review sample fit perfectly. That was, in part, thanks to the gusseted crotch.

The fabric used to construct the shorts doesn’t have any stretch, but the design makes that unnecessary. Whether I was wearing them to hike or sitting in them while writing on my computer, they are comfortable as any shorts I have ever worn.

EcoFlex Canvas, a soft yet extremely durable fabric ready for any and all summer adventures and activities

Dan wearing LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts

LIVSN’s custom EcoFlex Canvas is a 7.3oz duck canvas composed of 58% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, 40% Recycled Polyester, and 2% spandex. The cotton gives it a familiar feel, while the polyester adds strength and durability to the fabric and helps the shorts dry faster.

LIVSN claims that the spandex “allows for a full range of motion.” And while, as previously noted, the shorts don’t feel like they offer much stretch, I imagine that this bit of spandex is part of the reason they are so comfortable.

The shorts have an 8.5-inch inseam. It is long enough that they don’t look like “short-shorts” but not so long that they restrict my movement.

LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts material

Hidden beneath the hem is a line of reflective tape. By flipping up the bottom of the shorts, you add some visibility if you are out at night. It is a neat feature that adds just a bit of safety if you are out riding your bike at dusk or taking the dog for a late-night walk.

LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts lining

The front pockets are deep and lined with the same breathable material used for the lining. This adds to the comfort when you wear them in the summer heat.

Zippered pocket on the LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts

Both back pockets are zippered for added security. These aren’t specifically designed to be travel shorts, but this added security feature makes them ideal travel shorts.

Finally, LIVSN added reinforcements to the various stress points on the shorts so they will last a long time.

In short, the Flex Canvas Shorts reflects the company’s stated goal.

We believe that what we own should be purposeful and in service of what we love to do – not just stuff. We combine technical features and durable construction with modern styling to create lasting clothing that facilitates a life of adventure.

In addition, the shorts are covered by LIVSN’s Fair Deal Guarantee.

Like all of our products, the Flex Canvas Shorts are covered by our Fair Deal Guarantee. This includes a full Manufacturer Warranty covering manufacturing defects with repair, refund, or replacement at no charge. Additionally, our Repair and Replacement program offers at-cost repairs due to normal wear and tear, or replacement at a steep discount for products that cannot be repaired.

I wore the shorts for a few days and was surprised by how comfortable they were. I mowed the lawn in 92-degree heat. By the time I was done, I was soaked, yet the shorts still looked good. The next day I wore them when we went for a four-mile hike in the woods; they were comfortable and moved with me, and I was surprised by how breathable they were. I then wore the same shorts out to dinner. With a nice merino wool Polo shirt, they dressed up just fine.

The Flex Canvas Shorts are a clothing minimalist’s dream. Over the past few months, I’ve sought to have less clothing of higher quality and comfort. The Flex Canvas Shorts fit that goal perfectly. They come in your choice of Brown or Olive and, if I had a pair in both colors, I wouldn’t want or need another pair of shorts.

Man leaping in LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts

The shorts feature:

  • Durable and highly mobile outdoor shorts with a tailored fit
  • Built to be versatile, comfortable, and tough
  • Made with sustainable 7.3oz EcoFlex Canvas
    Useful features subtly integrated
  • Reinforced and refined construction

LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts

At $79, the LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts are an investment that is well worth the money. They look good, are comfortable, and they launder well. Add in special features like the hidden reflective tape and zippered back pockets, and you will have your new favorite shorts for work, play, and travel. I know I do.

The LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts retail for $79; they are available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the LIVSN Flex Canvas Shorts

What I Like: Comfortable; Sturdy; Hidden reflective tape for safety when out at night; Zippered rear pockets for security

What Needs Improvement: Only available in two colors

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.