Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
Heavy Duty Jacket
This jacket is very well made. I never spent anywhere close to how much I paid for this one. I road ride quite a bit and I always wanted a very good jacket incase I go down. It is pretty heavy though, but full of protection. It will last for a very long time. Once it breaks in it should be a lot better. I would recommend buying this jacket.
July 23, 2015
I waited a long time wanting a Klim jacket but not wanting to pay the price. This sale price pushed me over the edge and I am very pleased.
My prior jacket was Gore Tex lined and the Klim is a Gore Tex jacket. Much better. I like the armor. Like the fact that it does not have a liner as I prefer to use my own under layers anyway. The collar that can be velcro'd down is very helpful as by old Dianese jacket collar button would whack my helmet at some speeds from the wind. The ventilation system did not seem like it would be enough but it is quite good in the 85 degree weather I have been riding in.
Lots of little features that make life easier like the hooks in the pockets to hang onto things and thumb holes to keep the wrist openings secure and tight.
June 29, 2015
Big bucks equals big features
Bought this to replace a 7 year old $200 jacket since at age 67 I am more breakable and desired a higher level of safety. I'm 5' 10" and 175 lbs with a 41" chest and normally wear pants in a 34 waist. I emailed Revzilla Customer service about my size concerns since according to the chart (and with most shirts and jackets I buy) I fall between a Medium and Large size. Went with the Medium as recommended by the customer service rep. The Medium size gave me a good fit and leaves just enough room for a 200 wt. fleece layer underneath. I rarely ride at temps below 50 deg so not concerned about having enough layering room for heavier insulation. The sewing and materials are all top-notch and indicate there is definitely quality control at the factory.
The feature set of this jacket is outstanding and justifies the high price in my opinion. I like and use the built-in kidney belt, plenty of pockets inside and out for the various small items I like to stash - cell phone, wallet, neck scarf, small light, etc., and a dedicated sleeve pocket for a medical ID card. The armor includes a chest-protector and an uprated back protector; the shoulder and elbow armor was in the right place for me and there was no need to adjust their position. I feel totally encased in safety when wearing this jacket.
I have yet to ride it in the rain or temps below 65 so I can't address how dry or warm it would be riding thru a cold rain, but the ventilation is very good for a non-mesh jacket. Like any non-mesh jacket it will be hot in warmer temps when not moving. I almost never ride in urban areas with stop and go traffic so that's a non-issue for me.
Only thing I don't like is the collar fit. It's a bigger circumference than needed for my neck and I have to use a scarf or turtleneck underneath to avoid it pressing against my adams apple. The collar can be held open during warmer weather with small velcro tabs but it's tricky to do with gloves on.
This jacket is a good example of the old adage "You get what you pay for".
June 29, 2015
Outstanding jacket, comfortable from the moment I pu it on, kept me dry while riding in a downpour, and with the vents open I stayed cool riding in 80+ degree weather.
June 29, 2015
Pretty protective, good air flow, but obstrusive colar
I've owned this jacket for almost a whole year. It's my primery jacket for cold or wet weather.
First, a disclaimer: I wear a BMW System 6 helmet, which may have something to do with my main complain on this jacket. I also live in São Paulo (google it), so this jacket may not have been designed with our weather in mind. I'm 1,635m tall, weighting 56kg, fit build, riding a BMW G650GS.
I bought this jacket intending to use it as a three seasons jacket, so I had no expectations about how it would perform in hot weather (although I've been through up to 35ºC days with it, though), with my body safety in mind. This jacket is a heavy, hard piece of equipment, but it does hide it's weight very well, once you strap the kidney belt. On the other hand, it has a very long break in period, what is not so nice. The sizing is definitly ond the european side, which is perfect for me. The collar of the jacket is awkward - it's not so tall, but it has a large circunference even after you cinch it as much as possible, what is a pain once you're under heavy rain, and also seems to be just on right place to entangle with my helmet's ratchet lock. It's pretty annoying. I have a Rev'it! Defender with a taller collar, that fits closer to my neck, that doesn't give me the same problem.
The jacket flows an impressive amount of air once you're standing on the pegs, but not so much when you're sitted. Overall, it has a good ventilation, but not enough for hot weather. It does stands cold weather (just up to 6ºC, in my case) with underwear tank top, cotton shirt and the Rev'it! Samurai.
The jackets exterior doesn't pick up water, what is great, but I have a issue with the left biceps area - under heavy rain, a little water find its way in. I'm pretty sure it's some sort of problem with my unit, because it never happened on other arm. Since I'm in Brazil, no chance that I'll send it over to claim the warranty, so tha's it. Under the same conditions, I've found the upper front pockets to be not so waterproof, although the pouch that comes with the jacket did its work well.
If I would recommend this jacket? Well, if you have a thick neck or a beard, and rides under moderated weather conditions, or if you ride standing for long periods, I guess this could be a very good jacket for you, even more if you have a lean built.
June 12, 2015
Very happy with product.
I purchased a new 2XL but I haven't worn it yet but I will review the used 3XL I bought in April. Being an out of shape senior citizen I'm a hard to fit guy when it comes to motorcycle gear. My 15 year old CyCoak Gore-Tex gear had finally worn out last year so looking online I decided that I liked the Klim Badlands Pro even though I'm a sport touring rider, not an adventure rider. I tried to order the size 42 pants from Revzilla but was told none were in stock and it would be two months before the new Badlands would be available. I searched other sources around the country and no one had the 42 pants. I turned to Ebay and bought used 42 pants and 3XL jacket. I left Illinois for Arkansas the Thursday before Memorial Dayto ride the Ozarks for the weekend. After Arkansas I headed west. The Jacket and pants were comfortable in the wet or dry except when the temps would drop into the 50s while raining when I was wearing only LDComfort base layer underneath the Klim. The cold of the rain would transfer through to the skin but I remained dry. A mid insulating layer would cure that but mid layer wasn't needed all the way down to 40 while it wasn't raining. The jacket and pants proved to keep me dry and comfortable with temps changing from 32 to over 100 in the desert and mountains. Just open and close the vents as needed. When it gets over 95 it helps to soak the sleeves of the LDComfort and close the jackets vents. It's like riding in an air conditioned car. The 3XL was too large and bulky for me but I was happy enough that after my trip, I ordered the Badlands Pro jacket in both XL and 2XL to see what fit best. The XL fit best in the shoulders and sleeve length but was a bit short in the front and snug in the waste so I settled on the 2XL as a compromise.
July 13, 2015
Love The Jacket!
This super heavy duty jacket is more comfortable than I expected, especially now that it has broken in some after a few rides. Air flow is excellent. I've ridden in temperatures into the low 90's, and as long as you are moving, you are cool. For riders not behind a wind screen, airflow will be even better.
It has more pockets than I can figure out things to put in them. Fitment for me is a little large (I'm 5' 10", 175 pounds, and a 41" chest). By the size chart I am at the upper end of a Medium. Although the Medium fit, it was snug and left no room for layering underneath. The large is roomy with no layers and a good fit with a fleece jacket underneath. I went with the large.
I really like the way that the kidney belt takes the weight of the jacket off your shoulders. It does not feel heavy with the belt cinched and everything zipped up. I also like that the collar can be fastened down for warm weather riding - that really makes a difference!
Overall, I'm very pleased!
July 6, 2015
great jacket , but the vents on the arms don't let much air though.
I've had this jacket for a couple weeks now. Overall I love it,but the arm vents won't stay open when riding ,and I could do without the sleeve extensions. There just isn't much airflow in the arms. In the rain I stayed completely dry.
July 6, 2015