Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
Great product from a great vendor!
After reading all the reviews I decided on this Badlands model in lieu of the more expensive Adventure Rally by Klim. Actually I couldn't really decide as I normally sort by price, hi to low. Speaking with revzilla they helped me choose the badlands for my needs and also helped out with sizing. I am 6'2" and 285 so I needed some spare room around the spare tire. I went with the 3XL. It is roomy in the middle but the arms and shoulders fit nicely and the adjustable straps take slack as desired. The pads seem to fit in all the right places. There is room enough to add a couple layers underneath as the seasons change here in North Dakota. The Hi-Viz is definitely HIGH VIZ! Other riders could clearly see me even in dense forest trails. At night the reflective material is very bright. I have other Klim products for snowmobiling and they build quality gear and this is no exception. You feel indestructible in the jacket. As others have commented it is heavy in your hands but once you put it on the weight distributes nicely and is totally absent on the bike. The collar is just OK. I agree that the Velcro tabs to hold the collar open could be better thought out. Really my only gripe.
The airflow is tremendous with all vents open. Even sitting still in a slight crosswind it generates a cooling effect across the back. I usually ride with a larger windscreen so I didn't get much airflow through the forearm area. Once I removed the windscreen it was like A/C on high. Did I mention this jacket vents really well?
I haven't tested it in the rain but will report back when I do. My other Klim products are still 100% waterproof after years of use/abuse so I expect this to be as well.
Props to revzilla for helping me out. I ordered the product with 2-day shipping as I was heading out on a trip. They were closed as they were moving the warehouse so they shipped it overnight for no up charge! Outstanding service! You have earned my business henceforth.
September 2, 2014
I was on the fence on buying the badlands Jacket and Pants but I must say its worth every penny. This thing make you feel Bullet proof. I was using the Factory KTM Rally gear but that feels like a joke compared to the Badlands gears. Breaths really well looks great and has load of features. Easy to use with the gloves on and is just really how a motorcycle jacket for off road should be. I have tried on the Latitude and felt the XL would work but was snug. I went with the XXL in the badlands and Im glad I did. Fits perfect definitely a snugger fit then a jacket without the armor.
Only complaint is that it is a bit bulky but I gut use to it. Its a price you pay for all the added protection
September 14, 2014
Completely Stoked with one Caveat
All in all this is an excellent jacket. The construction is very well done, the style is great, and the features and protection in the jacket are spot-on - especially at the price. I was waffling between the KLIM badlands suit and another, more expensive, suit, and opted for the KLIM based on features as compared to price point. I am not sorry. This Jacket fits perfectly, and although a little stiff at first, once you've worn it for awhile it gets more flexible.
My only gripe - the velcro tabs that are supposed to hold the collar down to the shoulders so you can ride with an open collar without getting smacked in the helmet repeatedly by the collar do not work well at all. They are very difficult to use without assistance from another person, and once you get them situated if you move much at all the collar tears out of the velcro tab. If the tabs were situated a little differently (closer to the neck), or were bigger, they would work much better. In this case it seems that KLIM may have been more interested in aesthetics than function because the velcro tabs would look funny if they were where they actually need to be to function reliably.
Other than that - no complaints! Love the jacket and don't use the velcro tabs for the collar!
August 30, 2014
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
Fine 4 Season Dual Sport Shell Jacket
I've worn Aerostitch Darien gear for years and wanted to try something new, so I bought the Hi-Viz Badlands Pro jacket this Spring. It was excellent for Spring temps here in Houston, and is now proving to be almost as comfortable as mesh for our miserable hot humid summer. Removing the chest protectors, cutting the internal cuffs out of the sleeves, and opening all the vents let's me use it in temps of 95+; but it's no fun sitting still in it. I'm 5'11", 200 lb w 44" chest and wide shoulders. The L was tight across the back so I exchanged for an XL, which is loose as a shell; but should allow ample room for layering underneath it in cold weather. I like it, and have received quite a few compliments on the Hi-Viz style. Good jacket., EXCEPT, I wish Klim put zippered gussets in the sleeve cuffs likeAerostitch instead of the one cheesy strip of Velcro to cinch the cuff down when it rains. Getting gauntlet winter gloves up under the "un-gusseted" Klim sleeves is a pain, whereas it's easy with the Darien jacket.
August 4, 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