Klim Badlands Pro Hi Vis Jacket
When you finally care to Wear the Very Best
Well this is the 6th jacket that I have purchased for myself in the past 8 years and the third major article from KLIM.
Like the old attage goes, "You always get what you pay for,..." So the bottom line is that I simply Love this jacket and its features. It did take me two tries before I got the sizing right, but then that seems to be the underlying issue with all of the KLIM products. All other jackets, regardless of brand, had to be 2XL for me. This one required the XL and that one fits "nearly perfect". The one and Only gripe is the room (or lack of) in the actual lower bicep and elbow area. Snug enought in the XL that I'm gonna have to be carfull about under layers in this area once temperatures start to drop later in the year.
The honest truth is I just got this jacket in today and have yet to put a single mile on or any sweat in it at all.
I will be posting once this happens for a COBDR next month.
Oh yeah, I have the Hi-Vis and love the contrast with the black. By the way, "This jacket is a heavy beast".
August 14, 2015
The jacket was the high performer of the trip
I put this jacket to the test the first week I received it. Took a bit of a risk using new untested gear, but I hit the road for a 4,000 mile trip.
The jacket was the high performer of the trip, meaning it performed in all situations and never let me down. It went through the blazing heat of central California to near freezing temperatures with heavy rain in the British Columbia mountains. (Keep in mind it is only a shell, so you need under layers when appropriate).
Through the heat - ventilation was excellent, the (many) vents opened wide, but the straps eliminated any annoying (and potentially fatiguing) flapping.
In the pounding rain – completely dry. As someone who enjoys touring, and not always in the best of conditions – staying dry is rule #1.
The only suggestion I would have for KLIM is the routing of the water tube. It is not as elegant as the other (many) features of this jacket that as so well thought out.
Great product and would recommend to anyone.
August 10, 2015
Badlands Pro is Excellent
I loved it, fit is great and I definitely feel protected and safe. So far I've used it in hot conditions 90-100 degrees and yes, I feel hot but it offers plenty ventilation to help my body heat disperse.
I'll be making a trip to the mountains here in a couple of weeks, where it will surely rain and be cold, so I guess it'll be put to the test but I'm confident it will pass with flying colors... Now I only need the pants.
August 8, 2015
Super high quality jacket with high quality armor
Wow! This is a great jacket. Fabric and stitching are impeccable. Fits great. It is NOT great for hot weather though - it only has a few smallish vents. I love the plethora of pockets too. It is now my go-to full on ADV jacket.
August 3, 2015
Heavy Duty Jacket
This jacket is very well made. I never spent anywhere close to how much I paid for this one. I road ride quite a bit and I always wanted a very good jacket incase I go down. It is pretty heavy though, but full of protection. It will last for a very long time. Once it breaks in it should be a lot better. I would recommend buying this jacket.
July 23, 2015
little hot in summer waiting for a signal to change but with all the vents once you start moving its fine.sizing is on the small side so if you want to layer and have growing room(gut) then go next size up.Got good price because it was last years model and delivery was next day.A forever keep jacket.
August 17, 2015
I waited a long time wanting a Klim jacket but not wanting to pay the price. This sale price pushed me over the edge and I am very pleased.
My prior jacket was Gore Tex lined and the Klim is a Gore Tex jacket. Much better. I like the armor. Like the fact that it does not have a liner as I prefer to use my own under layers anyway. The collar that can be velcro'd down is very helpful as by old Dianese jacket collar button would whack my helmet at some speeds from the wind. The ventilation system did not seem like it would be enough but it is quite good in the 85 degree weather I have been riding in.
Lots of little features that make life easier like the hooks in the pockets to hang onto things and thumb holes to keep the wrist openings secure and tight.
June 29, 2015
Big bucks equals big features
Bought this to replace a 7 year old $200 jacket since at age 67 I am more breakable and desired a higher level of safety. I'm 5' 10" and 175 lbs with a 41" chest and normally wear pants in a 34 waist. I emailed Revzilla Customer service about my size concerns since according to the chart (and with most shirts and jackets I buy) I fall between a Medium and Large size. Went with the Medium as recommended by the customer service rep. The Medium size gave me a good fit and leaves just enough room for a 200 wt. fleece layer underneath. I rarely ride at temps below 50 deg so not concerned about having enough layering room for heavier insulation. The sewing and materials are all top-notch and indicate there is definitely quality control at the factory.
The feature set of this jacket is outstanding and justifies the high price in my opinion. I like and use the built-in kidney belt, plenty of pockets inside and out for the various small items I like to stash - cell phone, wallet, neck scarf, small light, etc., and a dedicated sleeve pocket for a medical ID card. The armor includes a chest-protector and an uprated back protector; the shoulder and elbow armor was in the right place for me and there was no need to adjust their position. I feel totally encased in safety when wearing this jacket.
I have yet to ride it in the rain or temps below 65 so I can't address how dry or warm it would be riding thru a cold rain, but the ventilation is very good for a non-mesh jacket. Like any non-mesh jacket it will be hot in warmer temps when not moving. I almost never ride in urban areas with stop and go traffic so that's a non-issue for me.
Only thing I don't like is the collar fit. It's a bigger circumference than needed for my neck and I have to use a scarf or turtleneck underneath to avoid it pressing against my adams apple. The collar can be held open during warmer weather with small velcro tabs but it's tricky to do with gloves on.
This jacket is a good example of the old adage "You get what you pay for".
June 29, 2015