Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket (Size SM Only)
If you want one jacket to wear on a trip across a continent this is it. I really hesitated on purchasing this because of the cost. I have not (thankfully) tested it in a crash, but in every riding situation it has impressed me. What really swayed me was that this jacket included all the armor I wanted to upgrade to. And the Gore Tex. The Gore Tex.
I live in Houston and commute several days a week on a bike. Half of the year we see 95-110 highs and 85 degree nights, with rain showers every other afternoon. Our "winters" are 60-40 degree days, so how warm the jacket is was not a consideration for me. Having said that, I have used it to below freezing with a thermal liner and was comfortable the whole ride. I really like all the pockets the jacket has.
This jacket does have a few problems, but nothing major. The kidney belt is a mixed bag for me. The velcro closure is made in such a way that it catches on any shirt you are wearing. It has ruined my hot weather nylon shirts, as well as many polos. It is necessary to keep the jacket in position when riding, and helps distribute its weight, but at the cost of whatever shirt you're wearing. This seems like a silly design flaw that could have been prevented by reversing the position of the velcro - make the "hook" part of the velcro face away from your body.
The collar is also a constant battle for me. Its only adjustment is a bungee cord (of dubious longevity). Of all my jackets, this is the most difficult to adjust with gloves on, or without having to remove the jacket.
The jacket flows as much air as I expected - not very much. It flows enough to keep you from getting heat stroke on the freeways, but as with any jacket here, that air is over 100 degrees. If I wanted better airflow I would have bought a mesh jacket, but those don't have the armor or Gore Tex.
I chose this jacket because it seems to do everything well. I would buy it again without hesitation.
June 7, 2016
Comfort, style, and protection
Love this jacket. The fit is fantastic. I'm 6'5" 250lbs and normally wear a 2x. I bought a 2x and it's perfect. The protection seems advanced and the armor sits in the right places. Love the pockets, usable and plenty of them. This is my first Klim product but so far very impressed with the quality and attention to detail.
June 7, 2016
Revzilla always exceeds my expectations
Great jacket. Delivered within 48 hours in time for my ride! Bomb proof for sure! Articulates very well when riding.
A lot of $ but worth it!
May 7, 2016
Great Jacket, Awesome Service
High quality jacket with great protection. Sizing is pretty good but if in between go larger. Love the high vis when on the road.
March 15, 2016
Love this Jacket, 2XL
Very pleased with this jacket in every way so far. Purchased it on sale, so saved big bucks as a superseded item.
Has great protective armor, tons of storage, and lots of ways to control air flow. Have not worn it in warm weather, but am sure it can flow tons of air, but I do have a mesh jacket as well.
As for fit, I am 6'5" 235lbs with 17-1/2x37" shirt size, 40" waist, and the 2XL fits fine, and not a bit too large. Was concerned about not getting a tall, as they are not available, but the 2XL fits great, especially with the interior cuffs which are no longer included in the new model of this jacket.
Quality of workmanship is excellent, and style and functionality is great. Is very visible at night with all the reflective elements.
Is quite a warm jacket, and i often do not wear a warm layer underneath when commuting 20-25 minutes in 40F weather.
Using this with the KLIM Latitude pants, Bike is 2015 BMW K1600 GT.
Hope this helps.
March 16, 2016
Excellent waterproffing and ventilation but heavy and stiff.
The major advantage of this jacket is the fact that it's a single layer solution. You don't need to put a weatherproff layer if it rains and all you need to do is open zippers if it's hot. The downsides of the jacket are the snaps, the cuffs and the protections. The snaps break with very little use. The overall construction of the jacket is strong but the cuffs and internal sewing are not that strong, so be careful when taking off the jacket. Fitting the shoulder protection back in place after removing it is a challenge, I have opted for living it in place when washing the jacket.
January 20, 2016
A terrific jacket
Bought this jacket to be a 3 season cooler weather jacket. Fit is pretty amazing around the arms and shoulders. It feels very well shaped and conforms around the elbows. I usually wear a 3xl but as others have mentioned this jacket is generous around the mid section so I fit perfectly in a 2xl. The neck is smaller but I'm still breaking the jacket in and I feel it will fit just right. The jacket material is very stiff right now. Like others mentioned it feels heavy when your just holding it in your hands. Once you put it on it feels fine.
This is the most expensive jacket I've got so far and was willing to make the investment into it for the quality and protection. It also happens to be the best looking hi-vis jacket out there so it made my decision a bit easier. I've worn this jacket in the 60's and had the vents open. It moved pretty decent amounts of air and I felt comfortable. However I have my doubts about wearing this when temps are above the 70s. Thats why I have mesh jackets right?
Very high quality material and workmenship. And already looking for some kind of UV fabric protectant to help keep the color from fading. It happens to all jackets but we just dont notice it as much on neutral colors. Already looking at what layers I would like to have underneath such as heated jacket liner and base layer.
January 4, 2016
Worth every penny
I've put about 6,000 miles on this jacket and it impresses me more every day. Although it's a heavy jacket the weight amazingly disappears when you put it on. I've comfortably worn this jacket with a T-shirt down to 35º and with all the vents open it's comfortable to 85º. I've ridden in torrential rain with absolutely no leaks. I also got the hydrapak water reservoir and it works great, the drink tube comes up by the right chest pocket. Also surprising is how many compliments I get on the style of the jacket from women...something I really didn't consider as I am more of a function guy....but I'll take it! I also have the Badlands pants which are just as amazing and comfortable. I'm happy to say that I have no experience with the armor aspect of the suit yet but others have spoken to that favorably. I will finally say that I have machine washed the items with no adverse effects.
January 26, 2016