Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
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
Love this Jacket BUT... hi-viz FADES!
So why give this jacket such high ratings and then NOT recommend it??
This is the first Klim Jacket for me and this stuff is HIGH QUALITY. I love this Jacket but after only a few month's the hi-vis color is fading pretty bad. As far as comfort, protection, fit, etc it's great... this is the first Jacket I've ever purchased with hi-vis and will likely be my last... now I have a jacket that's a few month's old and it's starting to look like it's a few YEARS old.
I would NOT recommend the hi-vis version but I WOULD recommend the Jacket itself...
May 14, 2015
good jacket. short sleeves. do research others too.
very good all round jacket. if you've got long arms like me -35" sleeves- you'll find the sleeves quite short and must wear long gauntlet type gloves. i find this design approach short-sighted on klim's part. i've got jackets from other vendors that are not even considered long that fit fine. i feel like may be klim tried to save money or something. the d30 armour is way overrated. i replaced all the armour with much lighter and more protective armour. try falling on d30 armour. it hurts a lot. there's much better and lighter armour out there -especially given the price of the jacket. overall, i'd research other brands before buying again.
May 21, 2015
I ordered the XXL jacket and I am 6' 270lbs. It fits great in the shoulders and chest but is pretty baggy in the stomach.
Airflow is good and I was comfortable in 80 degree weather but have not ridden in anything warmer yet but it seems like it would be fine in warmer weather. I have only ridden in light rain so can not comment on how water proof the jacket is.
The Hi-viz does get dirty but I do think it helps cars not hit me. It has a good amount of pockets and works well for my needs. I read a few things where people complained that the jacket was stiff and the collar is to tall but I had no issues with either of those.
This is the best jacket I have ever owned and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It fits great, is easy to move in, and fairly light.
March 20, 2015
Like no other
Bought the Hi-Vis version.
Protection - Top notch
The bio armor is perfect and comfortable.
Jacket has enough pockets to carry all your gear.
Water bladder fitment is a design flaw though...too complicated and no easy way to route the hose through.
Rode through an South African cloudburst and jacket did not leak, BUT water that splashed from underneath, did wet the contents of the lower pockets. Washed it with a GoreTex tech wash and it helped a bit.
Ventilation is excellent. Jacket needed a few hours to break in, but once that is done it becomes a second skin.
Price...phhh...you get what you pay for, you want excellent protection and features then this jacket is it.
March 1, 2015