Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
after the Rain
SO I bought this specifically for rain even though I wear it everyday.( I ride everyday). The first rain was fairly hard and I was only in city traffic at city speeds. EVERYTHING in the pockets got soaked. not just wet.. soaked. they were zipped closed BTW.. Beyond the I like the jacket except I would have made the neck flap black , instead of bright yellow as now it is very dirty from touching it with my gloves to open and close it. Also I wish the left piece of chest armor and its mesh were completely removable. I had to waterproof the front again, so we'll see.. I expected more from a $600+ coat. My Harley ones did not let this much water in after years of use..
January 12, 2015
This jacket is well thought out so its function meets the task. It takes two washes to loose up but then it feels like your favorite shirt. Arms are tight but I can still layer up on cold days. The hydration system is clumsy so refilling mid day takes more effort than it should but it will hold a 2 liter bag. I have had the jacket through the hottest summer months and colder fall and I am happy that it is good coat for all conditions. I primarily wanted a waterproof jacket so that rain gear was not no my packing list anymore and this jacket does that very well.
January 8, 2015
Good fit, Great protection
Picked this jacket up after lots of research and the failure of my non-gore-tex jacket. So far, so good. I have not had the chance to put too may miles on it. It will require a bit more breaking in than I expected, but I think it will last a good long time and I am looking forward to putting some miles on wearing it!
The fit is snug, but there is enough room for a few under layers. The video was a huge help in sizing.
January 20, 2015
Excellent product and a few complaints
This is a very well made shell. But, it is just a shell so I have to take issue with people stating that is is a good deal for the money. It is a $900 shell. It better be good. And it is. It's bombproof. Note, right out of the box it's really stiff. It needs a wash or a bit of wear to break in - just something to be aware of when first trying it on.
The fit is snug in the arms for an athletic build. By the size chart I am dead in the middle of the large. I'm not a power lifter or anything - just average for someone in shape to ride a heavy bike off-road. I could not go up a size or I was swimming in it and I can't really layer up for very cold riding in the large because of the sleeves. A base of Under Armor Cold Gear and a thin fleece mid-layer binds me up in the elbows. An odd fit for what is a shell meant to be layered under. So, if you are sporting some Popeye arms this is probably not the right jacket for you.
Are the guys at Klim insecure? It has no less than 5 logo/branding areas in either reflective letters or bright yellow stitching. If you buy the matching pants you get three more. Seriously, tone it down, will ya? One logo on the chest pocket or shoulder is fine. People who ride know who you are. I don't like having to take a black sharpie to $1400 worth of new gear.
The collar is all or nothing. It does not come off or fold down. To get around it you open the zip and use a pair of velcro straps to hold the chest open. Some middle ground or just the ability to remove it would be helpful.
So... in summary this is an awesome shell with good armor, excellent features but an odd fit that may not work for the weightlifters out there and some styling choices that scream "Klim does not understand what understated branding means".
January 12, 2015
Bought this for cold weather/ poor weather riding. For me the best aspect is windproof, but also good airflow when vented. Been wearing in cold 20-40F, and some fairly heavy rain trailriding. Dont feel the cold at all on the chest. Really felt weatherproof.
Jacket has taken a good beating in the woods too. Tree limbs that would have gored me, but not a scratch.
Too hot for summer riding
January 3, 2015
This is the first textile jacket I ever bought/wore. Before this I always used leather jackets. Never really thought a textile jacket would have the snug fit & protection of my dainese jacket. I was totally surprised & completely wrong. I decided to get this jacket because my dainese leather just didn't breath very well during the summer. After I saw the protection features on this I decided to try it out. I find this very comfortable. So far I've used it during late summer to beginning winter. It breathes great, & there is enough room to add base layers to make a comfortable winter ride. I haven't tested out the water proof features but it blocks the cold winter air real good & the waist belt makes for a nice customizable snug fit. Overall I'm am very happy & look to get the KLiM pants later on. I just got the same size as my other normal jackets & it worked out great.
December 26, 2014
Great choice for long distance adventure ride
The Badland Pro jacket feels solid and well made. I chose medium size according to the sizing chart, and it fits me perfectly. I have used it once on a 3 days ride, and it performed extremely well both in hot and cool weather.
November 10, 2014
4 days on dragon tail NC it was raining all the way from Chicago and I was dry.I strongly recommend this product.
November 1, 2014