Klim Badlands Pro Jacket
This Jacket is excellent, and holds up against gravel!
I have only been riding again for a few years. Living in Southern Louisiana I was scared of the heat, but wanted the durability of a jacket like this. After I received this jacket in early winter I made a few short weekend rides and totally loved the jacket. And then as Summer came on I made 3 more 700+ mile rides through Louisiana and Mississippi in 95+ degree weather. As long as I was moving the jacket really was cool enough, and after 4 low speed get offs in the gravel, and not a tear on the jacket, I remembered why I got it.
November 8, 2013
Amazed at this jacket!
I am an avid motorcyclist, 75% on sportbikes and 25% on my sport tourer. I also spend time on the tracks. I saw all this because I own and have owned lots of gear, mostly from Dainese, but also Alpinestars, Revit, and Sidi.
As a Dainese fan, you (reader) knows/should know that their product is of the highest quality. Why am I writing all this? Because the Kilm Badlands blew my doors off.
I ordered the Badlands and the Dainese Talos. I needed a touring jacket, for upright riding, all weather conditions, and I did not want numerours flashy colors. Prior to receiving the jacket, I was planning on returning the Badlands with the bias being: 1) it was too "endure" for me; 2) I dont ride dual sports; 3) it was too agressive for upright sport touring. I was planning on keeping my brand loyalty to Dainese. That all changed when I opened the box.
The Badlands is amazing. Extremely substantial, almost heavy when picking up the jacket, also somewhat stiff. Once i put on the jacket, all that went out the windown, except substantial. It fits true and is perfect for me 5'9" 42" Shoulders - the medium is perfect.
My first ride, the jacket began to break in. By my second ride, it was perfect. I recently did a 10 hr, 600 mile day trip spending the entire time in the Badlands. It was great. Plenty of venting, easy to operate zippers while riding, and just always comfortable.
I have recieved compliments from every single person who has seen the jacket - "what kind of jacket is that?" "great jacket" "who makes that, I want one?" These comments tell you I dont hangout with the hardcore dual sport folks...it also says the Badlands doesnt look out of place either.
Needless to say, I love this jacket and will be ordering more from Klim.
And finally, I called Revzilla to ask to review this jacket. I never do that, but I felt compelled to say how much I love it.
October 14, 2013
Absolutely amazing feature filled jacket
Excellent quality..to use an auto phrase-"superb fit and finish"..stitching and nitty gritty details are amazing...great venting(8!!!)..comfortable armor..not an off road guy...use my GS as a sport tourer...for strictly street use I removed chest armor and kidney belt..made the jacket significantly more comfortable for the street...if I went off road I would leave these items in...love that I no longer need to carry a rain liner with me(Revit)...this is my goto travel jacket..still use my Revit Cayenne around town(less stiff and very broken in)..look forward to getting this jacket broken in and less stiff..will probably become my everything jacket at that point.
September 19, 2013
This thing is a tank!
Superb protection. I had the unexpected adventure of going over a cliff. The good news is the bike didn't go with me. I fell tumbling about 50 feet. The near vertical slope was rocks with dead-fall at the bottom. The only part of me that got hurt (besides my ego) was my shin (they don't seem to make their pants for anyone above a 42 waist). That jacket absolutely protected me in a spectacular fashion! If I must take a hit, The Badlands Jacket is what I want to be wearing! Kudos to Klim for a great product. (Please, Please, Please - make the pants for a 44-46).
September 15, 2013
Great for CDT
I bought the Badlands Pro to update my Rallye 2 jacket before my trip on the CDT. During this ride I used every feature of the jacket. I'd open up every vent when it was hot and close it down when cold. All which could happen in a matter of hours when crossing some of the high passes in Colorado. It handled the daily thunder showers too without leaking or requiring a stop to install the rain layer. During the trip I only wore a t-shirt under the jacket and was comfortable in temps from low 50s to high 90s.
As for fit, I ordered the large but find the arms a little long. I'm 5'11" and 200 lbs. Other than that the jacket fits fine.
August 22, 2013
I thought I'd try to get one more year out of my beat up First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket, but after I sprang for the Klim Adventure Rally Pants I figured I might as well go all the way. I'm not sorry I did.
The Badlands jacket is amazing, durable, well designed, functional and chock full of features. I was skeptical at first of the venting, but after seven days in mixed temperatures it became clear that, coupled with the breathability of the Gore Tex Pro shell, they worked -- open them all up and you're good to go. I am now a true believer. I haven't had a chance to try the jacket in the rain yet, but the tag says, "Guaranteed to keep you dry ..." so I'm not worried. I've worn Gore-Tex for years and the stuff works.
There are plenty of pockets on the jacket. I like the built in chest protector and kidney belt. The hip pockets work well as hand warmers and the inside pockets help keep odds and ends protected and organized. Some don't like the kangaroo pocket on the back, but I use it and appreciate that it's there.
I was worried about the weight and stiffness of the jacket, but after a week in the saddle the jacket is well broken in, the weight isn't noticeable at all and the jacket conforms to my body perfectly.
This wasn't a planned purchase, but now that I've tried the jacket, I wish I would have spent the money sooner. It's tough, breathable,waterproof and looks good. Gear of this quality is an investment that I'm not sorry I made.
August 14, 2013
Recieved my order extremely fast especially as I'm in Canada. The jacket was ordered in size s as I'm a small guy. It fits perfectly. Havent had the jacket long, but did have the chance to try it out on an 80 degree day. With the vents all open I stayed comfortable as long as I was moving. This was during a city ride at speeds of 30-40 mph. I have an Aeroflow windscreen on my GS which is very protective and the airflow was still great with all the vents and the front open. Went on a short evening city ride in a steady rain and got to where I was going bone dry and without being sweaty inside. Am going on a 10,000k+ trip and am looking forward to seeing how this jacket will perform
August 7, 2013
Badlands Jacket is Excellent
With out a doubt the best motorcycle protective gear I have ever purchased. The build and quality is near perfect and the Gore Pro is top notch. Very confidence inspiring moto wear with the option of venting for all weather. Also Purchased the Pants
July 28, 2013