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
Without the 20% off you cannot go wrong, the 20% just makes it better!
I buy a lot of things that I later regret, but not this. I have only had it a little over a week, but I have put close to 1,000 miles on it, so I think I can now review it.
I was very worried when I got it because it was so stiff and thought the lack of mobility would make the purchase a mistake., especially the bend in the arms-it was almost pinching me at my lower biceps even without it cinched down. However, after a couple hundred miles and time in the saddle, moving and working it out, it became less stiff and mobility increased a great deal. I wanted a one layer, waterproof jacket and this is it! I rode a few days in the rain for a couple hours at a time and the only thing that was wet when I got off the bike was my neck. I did find that when you were stopped and the temps were higher, that it was very hot, but I think that is with any jacket. This is not a large mesh jacket, so airflow is reduced, but the zipper vents allow a lot of air in, it is just now as much as a bigger mesh jacket would allow.
The armor has me feeling like a tank, and as long as a car does not run over me, or I hit something stationary, I feel like in the unfortunate event that I am in an accident, I will walk away just fine.
I am 5'7", 42" chest, 34" waist, 190 pounds and I got the medium. I can put a shirt and heated vest underneath it and still have room.
Overall, I can say this is the jacket for me. I researched a lot and was suffering from paralysis through analysis, but glad I went through with buying this one.
Also A+++ for the service I received from Revzilla folks. I called a few times and everyone was nice and knowledgeable about the gear. You can tell when you call in that these folks ride! I am almost as impressed with the customer service I received from them as I am with the jacket, but this is a GREAT jacket, soooo... I can say that if Revzilla has the product I am looking for, then I will be buying from them without hesitation.
September 26, 2014
Great all around jacket- too many KLIM labels
I did a bunch of research between this and other jackets. After reading all the reviews and features, given my multiple spine surgeries the kidney belt built in was a great feature along with the numerous vents to keep it cool on hot days. I commute in LA, drove home it was 89 degrees and I wasn't uncomfortable, it was warm, but no jacket is going to be cool while sitting at a red light. Overall, this jacket does it all, don't let the price dissuade you, at $699 it's a great value, This jacket is well built, the only downside is being a billboard for KLIM, who I think is managed by a bunch of arrogant individuals for placing so many labels on their jacket- I counted 7 KLIM labels and 2 Gortex labels in key areas like a billboard...nobody needs to know my jacket is Gortex or who made it....Other than that, I'll place a solid buy recommendation on this jacket.
September 25, 2014
Great jacket wish I bought one sooner.
Well made product, flows air well with all vents open. Feels heavy when you first pick it up but once you have it on you don't notice. I like the concept of layering as needed with the outer shell being waterproof. I was tired of having to stop and zip in a liner just to stay dry. The collar is a little stiff and chaffed under my chin after a 5 hour ride but it was brand new so I'm hopeing that as it breaks in that will change. I'm 5'11'' 230lbs and ordered an XL and it fit well, use the size chart it works, when in doubt go up. I ride a 2010 GSA and get enough air to be comfortable with stock windshield as long as I'm moving, gets hot fast if you're not.
September 23, 2014
I just got through my first day of commuting (100 miles) and am impressed. The jacket is a little heavier than others but really not noticeable when it's on. The heavy material and armor provide some piece of mind and should certainly provide decent protection. As a result out of the box the jacket is a little stiff but a few more miles should help with that.
The morning ride was about 50 Fahrenheit and with all the vents closed it offered plenty of warmth, wth a t-short underneath. Cooler temps and some base layers should suffice. The ride home was about 70-75 Fahrenheit and with the arm, shoulder and back vent fully open and partially opened pit vents it was comfortable at a stop and at a slow 10-20mph crawl. With the vents all open I think it would be comfortable to 80 in traffic and higher on the open road especially if using the water bladder.
As far as sizing goes I am 5' 8" and an unfortunate 225 pounds, if not so athletic build. I have an xl and the sleeves are a little long and big, but can be scheduled down and improve in feel as the jacket wears in. A L would have been to small to add significant layers for the winter months.
I also tried a Lattitude Misano in an XL. The latitude has more adjustment for increase girth and the material was much softer. The gray color on the latitude is very light and seemed like it would easily stain with grease and grime. Ultmately I went for protection as opposed to comfort.
This is just my thoughts from day one.
September 19, 2014
Excellent All-Around Jacket
This is an excellent all-around jacket, definitely on par or better than the high-end Euro brands. Although this jacket is intended for off-road dual-sport use, I find that it works very well on my HD Street Glide. The armor is very comfortable and form-fitting, although I did remove the chest armor during the summer for a little more room and airflow with the front of the jacket unzipped.
Even though it features high-end materials and design, it still gets the basics right. The main zipper is large and easy to use with gloves. The vent and pocket zippers have nice zipper pulls that are easy to grab and operate with gloves and won't come untied as they are sewn to the zippers.
Although the jacket has substantial weight, because of the cut and the armor material, it doesn't "hang" or feel heavy once you have it on and it doesn't flap or billow at all during riding. You realize how much effort has gone into the jacket once you take it for a ride. The materials are a little stiff initially, but they break in quickly.
The airflow/vent system works very well, although the lower forearm vents are ineffective for me while my hands are on the controls as my bike has a large fairing. I usually set the cruise and switch hands on the bars so that I can have one arm in the main airflow and enjoy the vents as intended. It is hot as is anything at 90+ degrees and 80% humidity, but because of the vents, it's not stuffy or oppressive.
I've not used it in the rain, but I have no doubts about it's ability to be weather-proof.
The only negatives that I've found is that the tabs that hold the collar open could use more velcro or better yet, snaps that interface with the snaps already on the collar would be best. However, they do work and the more you unzip the jacket, the less stress you place on the tabs, so leave it open a fair amount. Also, zippers on the sleeves in addition to the velcro would be nice as you could set the desired opening with the velcro and the just use the zips for on/off. These are very minor issues overall.
In conclusion, it's nice to see textile jackets that really surpass leather in terms of comfort, protection, and utility and value over the long term. This jacket will definitely last years. I'm really pleased with the investment in this jacket and look forward to future products from this outstanding manufacturer.
September 16, 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