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
Expensive but worth it
I do a lot of touring/long distance, both Iron Butt on a Concours 14 in the US and touring in Europe on a KTM Adventure, with plans to ride London-Mongolia next year. I am also planning to do the Backcountry Discovery Routes on a KLR650. The Klim Badlands Pro jacket and pants combine all my needs in one package, including rain/wind/crash protection for on road and off-road. I race dirt bikes so am accustomed to full 'armor'. Expensive stuff, but very well made and it fits well. I wore it in February at the Dragon Rally in Wales, which involved winter camping in the mountains. With a warm baselayer and thermal layer, I was very comfortable and I appreciated the guaranteed waterproof gear around the campsite. The jacket is snug fitting - I'm 5'9" 158lb and Medium fits well. The pants, size 34, fit well around the waist but are a 'generous fit' in the legs so no fashion style points. I agree that the knee armor can move around but it has stayed in place on the road (no crashes yet to test it :-) and the only other option is to have motocross-type armor that anchors in the boots. My previous gear had the jacket and pants with removable waterproof liner and thermal, but the pants still leaked and the thermals were bulky. I much prefer the Klim approach where the waterproofing is inbuilt (and guaranteed!} and I get to choose the baselayer and thermal layers, which are now wearable off the bike and so make for more efficient use of pannier space. I use a Venture heated jacket liner so the thermals don't have to be heavy. The gear was a little stiff at first, but is wearing in well, and although the jacket at first feels heavy you soon don't notice it.
February 23, 2015
This is one Badass jacket. I came from a used competitors textile jacket that was functional and old school, and that was fine on my '79 R100/7. But, I wanted to move into the modern era to match my new ride (R1200GSA water), and this is the way to do it in style while keeping warm (when wanted) and dry and safe.... and did I mention it's Badass? This thing feels rock solid, and I do mean it's a little stiff, but I haven't even broken it in yet, I'm sure it will get a little better. I have no doubts about the protection it has to offer, but I don't really want to test it that bad.
I did go with one size larger than the size chart recommended (for height and weight) due to my shoulders. The jacket fits perfect except for the sleeve length is just a bit long, nothing too bothersome.
I ordered the pants a couple of weeks later and price matched them with another website with very little hassle. The pants are just as Badass and bombproof. They're adjustable enough to order just the right size or maybe one size above what you wear for jeans and then velcro them down to what you want. It's taking a little getting used to with putting the pants on and then my boots (compared to my old riding suit), but I'm guessing the waterproofness will be that much more!!
Over all very happy with both the jacket and pants. The only negative thing I might say is that I wish they were made in the USA. The jacket says "Made in Vietnam" and the pants say "Made in China"... That's a far cry from Minnesota.
February 23, 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
Excellent Features and Klim Quality
I've purchased a few other lesser expensive jackets: one for cooler California weather, and another high air flow jacket for the blazing hot summer rides. Both have separate thermal and rain liners. I have a 5,500 mile West Coast / Canada trip coming up and wanted a solid, one piece jacket with a GoreTex shell, so if (when) the rains start, I don't have to stop, get off the bike, dig through my pack, put on a liner and then start going again only to have the rain end a few miles down the road. The Klim Badlands Pro has great features, with good pro and it fit exactly as the sizing chart indicated (medium for a 42 chest and 34 waist). Expensive but well worth it. Wish I bought this before the other, lesser expensive jackets/pants...
February 16, 2015
Just because you can afford it doesn't mean you should buy it - but buy it!
I'm 6 foot, 185 with a 41 inch chest - the medium was a perfect fit. I'm usually a large or even xlarge with Euro products but medium was the right choice even if I need to layer - thanks Matt B. with the assist on sizing. Feature filled gear and surprising great venting for warm weather. So far I've rode in the low 90s with no issue as long as your moving. This thing stacks up to my Revit airwave in hot weather (I ride in hot/humid Southeast Asia). The jacket and pant make you feel bombproof. Styling is also nice and the material becomes less rigid with a wash. You get what you pay for with this gear, especially on closeout.
February 6, 2015
What can I say but this is the best jacket I've ever owned!!! Sure its heavy but with the kidney belt for long rides its no problem. Works well with a simple mid-layer for those colder days. I recently had a real life test of the protection and it worked perfectly!!! I just wish I was wearing the pants which were sitting in the closet at home. After being launched from the bike a witness said I flew up about 10' then landed on the hood of the nice persons car who blew the light while talking on the phone. Thanks Klim for an outstanding product!!! I would buy this again.
February 5, 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