Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
It works but is it worth the money?
I received my Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket and Klim Badlands Pro Pants on 7th July 2014 and have already experienced frosts at temperatures down to -3C (26.6F) and have experienced several torrential downpours. Its mid-winter here.
I purchased this gear so that I could use it all year around and in all conditions. My commute is over 100Km (63 Miles) round trip and I put on about 30,000Km per year (18,640 Miles) so I needed gear that would hold up and do the job. That’s the promise of Klim…
Am I happy with this gear and was it worth the cash? Let’s start with the cost. Jacket & Pants $1,549.98 USD, Shipping $70.67 USD, Total $1,620.65 USD, Then came the exchange rate which bumped the cost up to $1,838.85 NZ, plus GST and duty, grand total of $2,114.68 NZ . You are paying for the excellent quality and the name. Am I happy with it? Let’s just say that I like it but it is a lot of money.
The Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket (Size LG) looks cool. (A photo with my measurements has been supplied with this review). I can put two layers of clothing on in the form of thermals and a Macpac Pulsar PrimaLoft® ONE Jacket; this makes the fit snug on me. After reading all of the reviews I thought that it would be bigger on me, this is not the case. ( Thanks to “Rafael Nieves” from RevZilla Customer Service for pointing me in the right direction in regards to sizing).
The big question is, does it keep me warm and dry? The answer is yes to dry and a big no to warm. The Gore-tex® 3-layer pro shell transmits the cold and you do feel it, even the cold rain, hence the Macpac jacket. Again after reading the reviews I would have thought that it would have been warmer.
Some people have made comments on the kidney belt and thumb holes. I find that with two layers on that I do not use the kidney belt but I can see me using it in the summer when I have less clothing on underneath, it does not get in the way and I do not notice it at all. I find the thumb holes good. They help me in getting the jacket to sit right and to stop the rain water from running down into my gloves.
In conclusion, would I recommend them? When I look at the price that I paid then it’s hard to say yes. I think that you could buy gear that performs the same without the large cost. The question is will the Klim gear last the distance that would justify the additional cost? Only time will tell.
July 15, 2014
The best a man can get!
Bought this jacket after researching a lot about it and wore it on my trip from Connecticut to Miami this spring 2014 for a 3000 mile round trip. The weather changed from 55F in CT to 90F in FL. The air flow in the jacket is great and minimizes sweat formation in hot conditions and also keeps you warm with a good base layer in lower temps. Encountered some heavy rain in the Carolina's and it kept me dry. The jacket is heavy when you hold it with one hand but once you put it on, it seems like your wearing a T-shirt.
Worth the money!!!
July 25, 2014
When I first tried it on, it was very stiff and felt constricting. After a few days of long use, the jacket really softens up and is much more comfortable.
Waterproof and warm, this jacket stood up to 5 days of hard use in AK, where we saw rain as well as sun. Rode in temps in the 50s and was very comfortable with only a t-shirt underneath. Also saw direct sun and temps in the 80s, and with the vents open it was easy to stay cool.
The fit is snug, and doesn't leave a lot of room for layering, especially in the arms.
July 14, 2014
I have been out several times in the rain in this gear and stayed totally dry. The venting is great as well as overall comfort. Don't bother getting the hydration pack for this jacket, it was very uncomfortable when full.
June 26, 2014
This jacket doesn't need my input....
This is hands down, the best, most feature rich, jacket I've ever met. You can absolutely tell that this is a jacket by riders for riders. All of its features just make sense. The pockets are positioned in logical places. The vents work well without compromising fit or protection.
There are plenty of glowing review for this jacket. When I started searching for a 4 season adventure jacket, this thing popping up as a ZLA winner made me scoff because of the price. After researching and narrowing down the options, this thing kept popping back into the short list. I held my breath and ordered it and couldn't be happier.
I commute every day there isn't enough ice to kill me. Gore-Tex Pro, while expensive, is absolutely the way to go. There is nothing worse than an inner liner type of jacket getting wet, and still being damp the next day. This solves that problem handily.
I'm 6'1", 190, wear a 44" jacket, 17" neck with 34-35 inch shirt. The large fits me flawlessly with enough room underneath for an undershirt, dress shirt, sweater, and winter coat. The kidney belt and arm adjustments allow you to wear it with a t-shirt or the above and have it still look fitted.
It is also perfectly comfortable in 90+ degrees with 80%+ humidity. This jacket really does do it all. If you're shopping in the 500-600 dollar range.... save yourself the trouble and just buy this thing. SERIOUSLY!
June 13, 2014
I've had my badlands for going on two years and almost 18k miles of riding, I've crashed in it, I wear it nearly everyday as well. The only thing I find is hard to deal with is how hot this jacket gets in Louisiana heat during summer. What sold me on this jacket is the incorporated hydration pocket which is great for me because I do not like wearing backpacks. This jacket is also extremely waterproof, although I do not suggest leaving your phone in your outside chest pocket when riding through 3 hours of rain, don't ask how I know this. :)
May 25, 2014
Very well thought out jacket
Well at first after putting it on about ten times, I had concerns that it was grabbing me under the arms to tight. So I decided to run it to see if it went away, and it did. Perfect fit. It is a very well thought out, good venting, great armor, water proof, warm, killer looking jacket!
May 19, 2014
Just rode a portion of the TAT wearing this jacket and pants combo. The jacket is very heavy and very warm. Same with the pants. The quality and attention to detail is very high, but it's all a bit of overkill. I think I would have been just as protected and certainly more comfortable wearing my lighter Rev'it gear. When I purchased the suit I thought not having to use waterproof liners would be an advantage. Well, on my way through Arkansas we hit a biblical rainstorm and I got soaked. I don't mean from a little rain running off my helmet and down my back. So, what's the point. But baby did I look cool!
May 19, 2014