Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
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
Wreck Tested and approved
I tested this jacket in some of the harshest conditions. I road to Alaska and back, through snow, rain, mud, dirt, sleet, heat, and wind. This jacket performed flawlessly.
I never got wet despite the fact that it was a constant downpour for a week. Going over the top of the world i was covered in mud multiple times by passing trucks, but none of it got in. I rode when it was 15 degrees with a heated liner and I was toasty warm. In the heat of Utah it was okay as long as you're moving.
I had a couple small dumps and the jacket held up fine, but I put it through a true test going through yellowstone. I hit a patch of gravel in a bend that kicked me off the side of the road. I wrecked the bike going about 60mph rolled down a hill into a ravine and walked away with barely a few scratches. The jacket was torn pretty good in the sleeve, but for the most part it stayed intact.
I have already purchased another set as I was so impressed with the first.
October 27, 2014
As perfect as anything I could find.
I've now taken two of the premium Gore-Pro jackets on all weather "adventure rides".
The Klim passed with flying colors. I rode from downtown Boston through and around Vermont for a 3 day tour. All weather from 71f & slow traffic in Boston, to 42f & pouring rain in Vermont, and even 39f with snow squalls on our ride back. I was warm and dry.
Previously, I rode with the Dainese Stradon, which failed to protect me from heavy downpours while touring Iceland. (Thanks Dainese, Goretex and Revzilla for sorting out the warranty with absolutely zero worries)
The vents on the Badlands pro are brilliant. It really is a 4 season jacket. You can move so much air through it, that even a slow crawl in nasty, hot traffic on Storrow drive in Boston moved enough air. And closing up the vents, wearing a long sleeve thermal undershirt and flannel button up kept me perfectly comfortable in winter conditions.
The outer pockets are not exactly 100% waterproof. The outer pockets do get damp after two hours of riding in a heavy downpour (condensation?). But no moisture makes it's way into the waterproof breast pocket pouch. Nor does any moisture reach the rider or rabbit pouch. My cell phone, wallet, and camera were all kept safe and dry.
The high viz is not the most photogenic jacket, and yet I still got compliments and questions about the coat from other riders. Even from some pretty ladies working at a Killington ski shop (bought my self a neck gator there). Most importantly, the high viz is VERY visible, from VERY far away.
The finish on this coat isn't perfect. Stitching in places looks a little brutish, but not in a way that one would question durability. Just style.
Over all, I am extremely pleased with this coat and would happily recommend it to other riders looking for 4 season, adventure style, and technical functionality.
October 20, 2014
Klim Badlands Pro - One to rule them all
All I can say about this jacket is: This is the jacket I have been looking for all my life (15+ years on two wheels). Worth the money for SURE.
Rather than bore you with a rehash of the extensive feature list, I'll try to post what is useful to a prospective buyer:
1. I am 5'10" 210lbs and fairly muscular (Lift 2-3x a week + BJJ + Boxing). I wear an XL glove but float between L and XL in jackets/tops depending on the brand.
2. The LG size fits me perfectly. Its big enough for my arms and shoulders with the arm straps at their most open position, and its not "tent like" around my abdomen. The armor is held VERY securely in place and I am confident that it will move move in a crash.
3. The lumbar belt that is built in is a stroke of genius. Not only does it keep the jacket from moving around, but since I have a blown lumbar disc (L4/S1), the added lumbar support is a very nice thing to have built into the jacket. The little pockets to tuck it away when not in use are a very good design choice.
4. Its warm, but for cold weather you will want to add a thermal base layer and a thin mid layer. I like the Under Armor Cold Gear stuff, but its totally up to you. Of course, that was the point of this jacket, to allow you to layer under it with whatever you want. If you plan on riding in temps below 40f (which I do not), you may want to go one size up to have enough room for the necessary layers under the jacket, especially if you have large arms/shoulders.
5. Pockets galore. Its insane how many pockets are on both the outside and inside of this jacket. The worst problem might be having to check 30 pockets before you find that little item you tucked away in the jacket. Have a system for this and always put certain items in certain pockets.
6. The zippers are of excellent quality. Nothing flimsy feeling on this entire jacket.
7. This jacket closes up VERY well for wind protection in the cold and wet weather, and opens up VERY well for hot weather. With all vents open and the lapels secured to your chest/shoulders, this jacket will do fine even in scorching weather.
8. Its heavy, but not too heavy. The armor naturally adds weight, but it still weighs less than my AGV 1.4mm non perforated track jacket with full armor. So while its true that this jacket is on the heavy side, I feel the weight is just perfect.
9. I know that this is an expensive jacket, but when you get it and put it on, and start to really look at the construction quality and all the fine details, its easy to see where the money went. This is a jacket that has truly made me say "Holy @#% this is nicer than I hoped" when I unboxed it, and its a joy to wear.
10. Overall, I was on the fence between this jacket and the Rev'it Poseidon, and I am not disappointed with my choice. I wish I could have seen both in person, but the Klim Badlands Pro is just so nice, I cannot imagine the Poseidon beating it in a face to face inspection.
Buy with confidence, this is a jacket that will not disappoint you.
November 20, 2014
Klim makes a great all weather product.
Revzilla makes it so easy to find out about the products before you buy and then they make just as easy to ensure you get the product you want by allowing for easy no-cost returns. I wish Amazon was this good. This jacket is just another example of Klim's excellent product line.
October 6, 2014
Great jacket. Comfortable and weatherproof
Wore this on a 7 hour ride through 50-75 degree weather. Was comfortable and has great air flow that can be shut when necessary. Large enough to fit another thick sweat shirt underneath yet still comfortable to be worn by itself.
November 17, 2014
Expensive, yes. Worth it, yes!
When you put this jacket on it's like stepping inside out of the weather. I really do like this jacket a lot. I wasn't sure if I wanted the high Vis yellow or not. But I am happy I got it. Most of the other high Vis jackets I saw online didn't have much style to them.
But this one does. I live in Washington state and this jacket is going to allow me to ride year round. It rains nine months out of the year here. With this jacket, no problem. Also Revzilla had a $200 discount on it. After the discount and riding with it in the rain I don't feel so bad about what I did pay for it.
October 1, 2014