Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
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
Saved me some pain
Wore this jacket for over a year (and still do), I am 6"6' stringbean and wear a L. Fits perfectly.
-Airflow is good, but not for around town, you have to wear something lighter
-Comfort is very good, but be aware on how you install the D3O inserts, if not seated correctly they will pinch.
-Protection: Here it excels. I went down on a gravel/sand road in Lesotho back in December (Thanks to a cager in a Toyota Corolla). I was going about 60km/h went I kissed the ground with my left side, mainly knee, elbow and shoulder. The D3O in the jacket absorbed everything, not even a bruise. Jacket did not even tear. Unfortunately the Alpinestars Andes pant with its Shock-Tec knee insert did not do the same job, my knee was swollen and painful for the next two days.
I would buy this jacket again and again if given the choice. And most likely the Badlands pants as well.
January 15, 2016
Tour the World
I bought this jacket having not had a chance try it for fit or purpose. My intention for this jacket is to have a full outer shell suit that I can wear day in/ day out in any condition. 6 months in and I am NOT disappointed.
I am in Brisbane Australia. Our temperatures range from 5Deg to 40Deg with high humidity. So far it the Pro has handled all conditions.
This is NOT a warm jacket, but KLIM advise that in their product info. This is a jacket that designed for people who are versed in travel and layering.
Layering: I run a Large, and have had 4 layers comfortably under the jacket (Wool Singlet, Tshirt, Long Sleeve Thermal & Fleece hoody) Though bulky, it did not inhibit the movement of the jacket. Without the layers underneath, the jacket is loose enough to allow air flow, but strapped well enough to not shift. It does not feel too large.
Venting: Immaculate. With arms (top & bottom), pit and rear vents open you can feel the air circulating around you. In hot temperatures this is a must, and at no point on the move do I feel I overheat. Off the bike, the jacket can be hot, but that is its construction, and still feels cooler than my previous gear. In cold weather with the vents closed, there is no bleed through. In light rain you can leave the vents open and not get wet.
Waterproofing: This is why I have held off on a review as the outer Gore-tex shell was the main reason for my purchase, and 1 ride in the rain doth not a waterproof jacket make. 6 months down and I can now vouch for the jacket. I have ridden in sharp heavy rain, and constant downpour for hours. Each time I step off dry. I do get a bit of water down the back of the neck from my helmet, but there is a cinch. I just don't bother to tighten it.
Armour: The armour fits snug in key areas even when the jacket is loose.You can feel it mould under body heat.
Weight: This is deceiving. like most jackets, it is quite heavy when OFF the bike. When on the bike, it is actually easy to forget you are wearing a jacket! When I first bought it i actually had to look down at my arms a few times as the jacket was so light that felt like I was wearing nothing.
Overall: This is a jacket that I intend to wear around the world. After 6 months of wearing everyday it still looks new. I know that I can wear it in all weather conditions and temperatures. It has enough technical features to handle any terrain and enough pockets (internal & external) that I can carry numerous items, while not feel bulky. If you are after a jacket that you can wear commuting, touring or off the beaten track, but don't want to spend huge amounts of money for "The Ultimate Adventure Gear" then I highly recommend this jacket.
January 4, 2016
Excellent temperature regulation
This jacket is comfortable in temperatures up to 95°F over an 8 hour period. It will also keep you warm down to 45°F without wearing warm clothing underneath. The armor seems to be located fairly well, and does not move around a lot. The thing I like least about the jacket is it is a little heavy, but having adequate protection in a fall isn't free.
November 2, 2015
Awesome piece of gear for year-round
Have used this in 100+ to low 30's. The jacket disappears once it's on, though it will feel heavy when you handle it.
The drawstring neck works well, letting in air when it's hot and sealing quite well to keep out the cold, though a lightweight neck wrap really seals the deal (bad pun, sorry).
Superb wet protection in steady rain. When I arrived, my friend was amazed that I wasn't wet (the jacket doesn't absorb any water because of the laminate construction - way better than a waterproof liner).
This is a shell, so there's nothing to keep you warm, but it's fine with just a t-shirt into the 40's. Below that I wear a base layer and I'm fine.
A word of caution - none of the exterior pockets are waterproof. I expected the hand-warmer pockets wouldn't be, but was hoping the chest pockets would be a safe place to keep wallet and cell phone. After a lengthy rain ride, items in those pockets were soaked.Thankfully, there's plenty of interior pockets that stay totally dry.
This jacket is very comfortable with my Leatt neck brace. The rear pocket it a handy place to keep a second pair of gloves (or goggles for dual-sport days).
November 30, 2015
Excellent Choice for Bad Weather
I was tired of jackets that require you to stop riding and insert a waterproof liner when it starts raining; or to put on a rain jacket. I wanted a safe jacket that breathes and is also waterproof. This one is the best I have found.
I am 6'0" 175 lbs., and a large fits me pretty well. The sleeves are just a bit long (I wear a 16-34 shirt), but the Velcro tabs permit you to cinch the sleeves at the wrist so no problems. I have enough room to layer up under the jacket, but I don't feel like I'm swimming in it without layers.
I got the matching pants in a size 34. Together these provide a waterproof combination that will keep you dry. We went motorcycle camping this past weekend in NC during the hurricane and rode in steady rain for two days. I was never wet, except for my feet which was due to my boots which I will be replacing next.
October 7, 2015