Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
As perfect as anything I could find.
I've now taken two of the premium Gore-Pro jackets on all weather "adventure rides".
The Klim passed with flying colors. I rode from downtown Boston through and around Vermont for a 3 day tour. All weather from 71f & slow traffic in Boston, to 42f & pouring rain in Vermont, and even 39f with snow squalls on our ride back. I was warm and dry.
Previously, I rode with the Dainese Stradon, which failed to protect me from heavy downpours while touring Iceland. (Thanks Dainese, Goretex and Revzilla for sorting out the warranty with absolutely zero worries)
The vents on the Badlands pro are brilliant. It really is a 4 season jacket. You can move so much air through it, that even a slow crawl in nasty, hot traffic on Storrow drive in Boston moved enough air. And closing up the vents, wearing a long sleeve thermal undershirt and flannel button up kept me perfectly comfortable in winter conditions.
The outer pockets are not exactly 100% waterproof. The outer pockets do get damp after two hours of riding in a heavy downpour (condensation?). But no moisture makes it's way into the waterproof breast pocket pouch. Nor does any moisture reach the rider or rabbit pouch. My cell phone, wallet, and camera were all kept safe and dry.
The high viz is not the most photogenic jacket, and yet I still got compliments and questions about the coat from other riders. Even from some pretty ladies working at a Killington ski shop (bought my self a neck gator there). Most importantly, the high viz is VERY visible, from VERY far away.
The finish on this coat isn't perfect. Stitching in places looks a little brutish, but not in a way that one would question durability. Just style.
Over all, I am extremely pleased with this coat and would happily recommend it to other riders looking for 4 season, adventure style, and technical functionality.
October 20, 2014
Klim makes a great all weather product.
Revzilla makes it so easy to find out about the products before you buy and then they make just as easy to ensure you get the product you want by allowing for easy no-cost returns. I wish Amazon was this good. This jacket is just another example of Klim's excellent product line.
October 6, 2014
Expensive, yes. Worth it, yes!
When you put this jacket on it's like stepping inside out of the weather. I really do like this jacket a lot. I wasn't sure if I wanted the high Vis yellow or not. But I am happy I got it. Most of the other high Vis jackets I saw online didn't have much style to them.
But this one does. I live in Washington state and this jacket is going to allow me to ride year round. It rains nine months out of the year here. With this jacket, no problem. Also Revzilla had a $200 discount on it. After the discount and riding with it in the rain I don't feel so bad about what I did pay for it.
October 1, 2014
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
This product it's not good
After big rain I get leak, not good specialy when you have long trip
October 14, 2014
Good protection with high airflow.
Great jacket for warm weather. I have a Rukka Armas that is too hot for summer so I bought this. Open the many vents and keep moving. The jacket did leak just a bit in heavy rain from the front vents. Other than that it is perfect. The built in kidney belt is a welcome addition. Now it is $200 cheaper than it was initially making it a good value as well.
October 13, 2014
The Good The Bad The Ugly
The Good. Great value for money. I have owned BMW Rallye Pro and Revit gear for comparison. The Badlands is great quality, on par or better than BMW in my opinion and for much less money than an RP3. I have ridden in 90 degree sunshine and 37 degree downpours with nothing more than a heated liner. Like Anthony says in the video, your choice of base layer will play a big part. With lightweight synthetic or merino wool base layers, I can vent this suit nicely in the hot temps and then close it up, throw on a heated liner and keep going in cold temps. You could literally ride from Key West to Prudoe Bay with nothing more. You can spend the same amount on some European jackets and not even get a back protector! The pants follow true to jean sizing. A 36 inch jean will be a 36 inch Klim pant. Having said that, I highly recommend trying the suit on first. This suit feels bullet proof and with the kidney belt, it is virtually weightless when wearing it. Big bonus points for the two way main zipper! If you sit close to the tank and the jacket rides up, simply crack the zipper from the bottom. It also makes for super easy bladder relief when nature calls in the back woods. You can also register your suit and get a free customized medical information card to put in medical info pouch on the left sleeve. Nice touch there.
The Bad. Unlike some of the European suits which fit like a tailored suit, this one will feel like it came from the design house of Omar The Tent Maker, with the pants having lots of room in the seat and thighs. I did not like it when I first tried it on but on the bike, it is all day comfortable! I actually appreciate the extra room now. I don't like the integrated pass through cuffs on the jacket however. The concept may work on a snowmobile suit with snowmobile gloves but not on a motorcycle jacket, it makes getting gloves on and off a hassle.
The Ugly. There are so many Klim badges everywhere, it puts Harley Davidson to shame. Honestly, between the jacket and pants, Klim has their name and logo all over this thing. ( 12 places ) It literally looks like Klim, in a druken stooper of shameless branding, puked all over this thing. I hate being a walking billboard. Please Klim, give it a rest with all the badging. It is just plain tacky.
October 5, 2014
Badlands Pro is Baddass!
I bought this jacket to use as a daily commuting suit for riding to work and of course for weekend rides. I wanted a true waterproof suit that was as close to 4 seasons as possible.
Love this jacket, especially the lardy US sizes. I normally buy a 5 or 6XL jacket which limits my choices substantially. I bought a 2XL abd it is a perfect fit, the 3XL was too big, unbelievable! I love you Klim. I am 6ft 1 and 120 Kg / 265 pounds. Trust me when I say these jackets are oversized. The pants are also excellent especially with the suspenders. I would normally take a 40 to 42 in jeans so I ordered a 40 in the pants. They are the perfect fit, if not a little tight. The pants are baggy but I like the movement so no complaints. If I wanted an oversuit I would have bought the 42.
Here in Oz our tems can get up to 30 to 40 Cel (84 to 104 F) and so far it is just starting to warm up over here, however I can feel the venting working well on the suit, provided I do not get stopped in traffic.
Great jacket, great pants, Rally happy with the quality and features and would definately recommend to anyone.
September 29, 2014