Klim Adventure Rally Air Jacket
No Jacket Like It
Safety is #1 for me with warm weather comfort a close second. With most jackets this is mutually exclusive. You get one at the expense of the other. Not so with the Adventure Rally Air.
Fit is good. I would say spot on. The armor and straps can make putting the jacket on feel like putting on a really good protective leather jacket. Which is fine by me.
The jacket feels heavy on the hanger. Add in the hydration pack and it feels impossibly heavy to wear. BUT because of the way Klim designed the jacket, once on you hardly notice the weight. He internal harness helps spread the weight on your hips and across shoulder. A day of riding did not leave my shoulders and back sore like when I wear a separate hydration pack.
Air flow is decent. Sitting at a light or standing around without air flow the jacket will get warm. But once underway the air flow is good. Of the Mesh jackets I've owned, I'd rate the airflow on this jacket as Average. I've had other that would "breathe" a lot better, BUT they did not have the armor/protection this jacket has to offer. You can definitely feel the airflow at the arms and the way the jacket is designed you can feel it flow through the jacket, but chest area ventilation isn't as good. Other jackets I've owned it was almost like wearing a t-shirt...
If I have one dislike about the jacket its "looks". To me it looks almost like a chain mail suit. Its bulky look is only exemplified once you are wearing it. Even if you aren't a big guy, it makes you look the part. And if you are a big guy like me, you look twice the size!
Also the edges of the end panels looks unfinished. What I mean by this is look at the pocket for the "Spot" unit or some of the other "edges" its almost as if they cut the material and stitched panels together without putting an edge or trim on those pieces. Now I understand the purpose of trim or edging is to prevent fraying and this material won't fray, but it looks unfinished. Minor details and as I stated my first requirement for a jacket is safety which trumps everything else.
September 26, 2014
Best All-Season Jacket Available - Hot, Cold, Rain, Wind...no problem.
I've been wearing this jacket for most of the summer now and I'm very happy with it. I've worn other mesh jackets from other companies and while they kept me cool, I always had this nagging thought in the back of my head about how much protection they actually provided. Lets be honest, not much. If you do hit the pavement, you just know that mesh is going to shred to pieces within 10 feet of sliding. But not with this thing! This jacket is built like a TANK! The Carbon Kevlar mesh is thick, yet super breathable and flexible - not as stiff as I thought it would be. The D30 armor is in all the right places and I don't feel like my elbows or shoulders would slip out of place in a crash. It's heavy, but the harness system distributes the weight well, even while carrying a full hydration pouch in the back.
Sizing: I fell in-between a Medium and a Large based on the Klim size Chart. I'm 5'8", 185, 42" chest, athletic build. I ordered both and while the Large fit in the chest, it didn't fit anywhere else....it was just too long in the sleeves and overall length. Forget about getting it altered either....very few places can sew/alter the Carbon Kevlar material, not even Klim USA. The Medium fit perfect in the sleeve length and jacket length, but it was a little tight in the chest and felt like it was digging into my armpits a bit. I decided to keep the Medium and I'm really glad I did....the large would have just been too sloppy. The good news is that the material allows for a little bit of break-in and stretch after wearing, unlike the Goretex counterparts. It no longer feels overly tight in the chest and no issues with digging in around the armpits. It feels perfect now and I can comfortable get a baselayer or heated liner under it for the fall/winter.
Couple this jacket with the Gore-tex shell or another waterproof shell of your choosing and you'll have a 4-season do-it-all jacket:
Heated liner+Jacket+Shell = Fall/Winter.
Base Layer+Jacket= Late Summer/Early Fall. Jacket+Shell=Rain/Chilly Mornings.
Jacket alone= Hot summer days.
My only complaint is that the jacket was late arriving to market due to production delays, which may have attributed to the jacket's high cost. It's an amazing jacket, but at the current market price, I don't foresee it being a big seller unless Klim can lower the MAP pricing.
September 17, 2014
I live out in CA and wanted a suit that will be cool in summer and that i could layer if it gets cold. This is it! The construction is rock solid, you feel like Ironman in this thing...
Sizing was difficult, I am 205lb, 6' tall 44" chest... the L was too tight, the XL is better but big around the waist, so i have to compromise a little. It feels too much but once you are riding it is very comfortable and cool. No restrictions in movement.
The pant was the same, tried a 34, too small (I am a jean size 34x32) Went with a 36 and that is very comfortable (suspenders work well)
Overall it's a great suit.
4 star because the sizing is not perfect for the average guy. A waist strap would have been nice to have.
April 16, 2014