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Built to take a licking and keep on ticking, the Klim Badlands Pro Jacket is an ADV rider’s best friend. Klim has designed the Badlands to be a second skin that protects riders from external hazards and internal discomforts. The Gore-Tex 3-Layer Pro Shell is 100% waterproof and breathable and, with 8 zippered vents, the Badlands Pro allows you to ride in varying weather conditions without having to change jackets or pull out rain gear.
A full suite of adjustable D3O Viper T5 armor including chest protectors and a CE Level II back protector give you top-level impact protection while Armacore panels in the high-impact areas offer superb abrasion resistance. Klim over-engineered the Badlands Pro to provide unmatched protection from the trail, the road and the elements, allowing you to ride harder longer.
|Size||Chest (in)||Sleeve (in)|
|SM||34 - 36||27 - 28|
|MD||38 - 40||29 - 30|
|LG||42 - 44||31 - 32|
|XL||46 - 48||33 - 34|
|2XL||50 - 52||35 - 36|
|3XL||54 - 56||35 - 36|
|4XL||58 - 60||33 - 34|
|5XL||62 - 64||33 - 34|
Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.
|Product Style||RevZilla Item #||Manufacturer Product #||Availability|
|Black / 2XL||773468||4052-000-160-000||Out of Stock|
|Black / 3XL||773470||4052-000-170-000||In Stock: Ships within 24 hours|
|Grey / SM||773461||4052-000-120-660||Out of Stock|
|Grey / 2XL||773469||4052-000-160-660||Out of Stock|
|Grey / 3XL||773471||4052-000-170-660||Out of Stock|
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Welcome to our first look at the brand new for fall 2011 Klim Badlands Pro jacket and pant combo. You might be saying, "Wow! This is quite an early look at a garment that's not going to make it out till the fall." That is correct. It was unveiled this year at Indy and we wanted to get a first look out to the airwaves. There're a lot of things on this jacket that are very much 99% to 100% finished or finalized, and even though this is the prototype, some of the logo placement may change or some other subtleties may change, we wanted to show it to the public so they know what is coming down the pipe from Klim for the next round towards the riding community.
Basically, how they position to this; there were a lot of riders, they were hardcore off-road riders that said, "We love the Adventure Rally but it's just too much jacket. We don't need some of the super heavy talisman fabrics that were super fabrics. We don't need a rally-style adventure jacket backpack built into the jacket. Is there any way that we could have an outfit that would be almost as technical but provide a component-based system?" You have to remember, all Klim is component-based. They make their own mid layers, a make their own base layers, but really what you're investing in here is a technical shell, and it's going to be positioned less than the Adventure Rally.
And like I said, no backpack on this one and some of the other things that made it really crunchy when you talk about the Adventure Rally, were left out of this to make it to make it more wearable for mostly off-road riding, but crossing over into the on-road world as well. Now, if you look at it, this is the silver/gray version of it. There's also going to be a black version. The fit of it is slightly more tapered. It's really going to fit akin to the Adventure Rally from the 2011. What that means is that they've tightened up the shoulder boxes a little bit, it's slightly more tapered, but really it's still an enduro fit. So with the armor out of this guy, you're going to be able to fit a compression suit underneath.
I have Freddie next to me. Freddie's enormous. Freddie's 6'5"; I'm 5'9" for reference. Freddie's wearing a size large. He has a 44 inch chest and he is 200 pounds. Now here's another frame of reference to really confuse you when you get into the sizing. I'm 5'9". I'm about 180 pounds. I have broad shoulders. My chest fits into this jacket but the length is a little bit much for me, but a medium is going to be too small on me in this guy. So, even though Freddie is dramatically taller than me -- note the arm length on this guy - he is 6'5" and it fits him well. And in the pants, he's wearing a 34. And typically, Freddie wears a 36x36 or 34x36 pants. But again, notice the roominess. It's an off-road style coat.
So, let's get into some of the projection elements, walk through some of the application elements, and then get into the features and the nitty-gritty of this guy. I did say it's an all-weather technical shell. The base layers for the cold times of the year are up to you. Whether it's Klim base layers or you have some other things or you have some heated gear on your own, they like to allow someone to buy a technical shell and invest in that shell and then really, it's up to the rider. Where some other brands that might be off-the-jacket or off-the-hanger ready, if you're going into the cold weather, you're going to have to think about what you're going to wear underneath.
For the summertime, it makes sense to just jump into the venting scheme here. You have a lot of options here to keep you cool. So, what we're going to have is a handful of vents -- I believe there's eight. You have vents on the tops of the shoulders, you have vents down here at the bottom of the sleeves - put your arm up for me -- we have a monster water-resistant zippered pit vent down here. And again, this shell is a Gore-Tex shell. It's the Gore-Tex pro shell which is on-road tested, so it's the highest degree of waterproof guaranteed by Gore-Tex with this shell material - turn backwards for me, Freddie. And, that's going to be guaranteed for life, waterproof on this jacket. Everything is seam-sealed, it's safety stitched. This is a hard-core adventure exploration jacket.
So, if I go to these last two vents here, you are going to have two vertical vents on the back that are going to come down and they're going to vent right to the mesh liner of this guy. So, a ton of ventilation in the warmer times of the year - turn back around for me, Freddie. And notice, I want to point out one key thing. You also have good ventilation down here at the wrist. And the reason why that's important is they've actually included a non-removable nylon storm cuff system. So, it becomes a little harder to stay cool in this guy if that vent's not there, but even in the summertime with the short cuff glove, you're going to fold that guy back over and you'll be able to vent down here as well. Now, in the winter time, it's a welcome addition because it's going to keep that air from going up. But again, what you wear in the base layer is up to you, and in the summertime, just open up the amount of venting and you're good to go.
Let's talk about protection. Basically, the main construction of this garment is going to be three main fabrics. You're going to have Gore Armacor come in really tight. Gore Armacor is going to be the marriage of 700D Cordura, Kevlar, with a third ply that's going to be the Gore-Tex backing behind it. It's a three-layer system and it's also going to be Rip-Stop. It has a very high denier. Kevlar and Cordura together make it an even beefier garment. You're going to see that the main construction areas, they're going to be Rip-Stop, as well as the impact areas, like on the backs of the arms, and the elbow, as well as the knees, as well as the seat. The other fabric on the suit, the softer fabric, is still heavy duty. It's called SPL 600. It's 600 denier Cordura. It's in areas that are away from impact areas and seams. And really, what it does is it allows the jacket to be a little bit more lightweight, knowing that you're going to be pretty active in it.
Turn around backwards for me, Freddie. Now, if you come in on the back here, this is a really nice touch. This is the first time we're seeing this garment in any of these new items here for 2011. This is stretch Gore-Tex, which is a completely waterproof breathable membrane bonded to a stretch fabric material that has a light Rip-Stop to it as well. So again, they have this in the shoulder blade area, you're also going to have it on the inside of the legs, as well as the seat. So stretch Gore-Tex is really the third head of your material Cerberus that you have going on here with the three-headed beast.
Turn back around for me. Let's walk through some of the other features, some of the other nuances they put into this coat. Let's start here up at the top. So, you have your comfort line collar, it's tricot lining. It's going to be very soft, it's going to be wicking, and it's going to be comfortable against your skin. Notice a fleece zipper garage, micro Velcro here so it doesn't bite your helmet and it doesn't by your neck -- this is something we're seeing from all high-end manufacturers coming out with -- YKK zippers down the front. Everything is YKK with the Klim proprietary zipper pulls on these guys.
Now, as I start to open this coat up, another nice feature that you're going to see is that this guy is built so that there's no reverse hook and loop. What you are going to have is the ability to bring this guy open here. Turn like that for me. What you're going to see is that in the hotter times of the year, you're going to be able to open this guy, and you also have loops here for your iPod speakers to go up.
Coming down, let's talk about armor a little bit. So, we talked about protection on the outer shell, let's talk about protection on the guts. You have the D3O armor system which is included in this guy. That's molecular-level armor, it's phase change armor. Impact hits the D3O armor, it's soft and pliable. The energy, it disperses, the molecules lock together, and it becomes rigid, absorbing all of the energy. They measure shoulders, elbows, knees in joules of energy absorbed. Back protectors are CE rated level, too, but they're a little bit different. They measure newtons of energy transferred.
So, you're going to have the D3O armor in the elbows, as well as the knees, and the shoulder; actually, as well as the hips as well is included. And, it is adjustable by an inch. It's a total of an inch of movement in the elbows, as well as the knees. The other thing that's really, really cool about the Badlands Pro is going to be this Dow Corning Deflexion pad here. And, what it is, it's a honeycomb pad that's about a half inch thick and what it does, is it allows for a ton of ventilation. It's very lightweight, it's pliable, but again, disperses shock across a honeycomb pattern evenly throughout the piece. And, you'll notice the left side over the heart, it actually comes across, so that's in front of the sternum. And, if I pull this down a little bit further, notice I have a full zipper garage here, too, to make sure I keep water away from zippers, which are always a weak point; if I pull it this way, you're going to see the deflection on the right side of the chest as well. So again, protective features.
This jacket also comes with a T5 level D3O armor system. It's actually the Viper armor system which is the next generation D3O back pad. So unlike some other enduro shells from Klim, this Badlands Pro is actually going to include armor with the purchase, rather than having to upgrade or find it later. We've found that in years past people were buying Traverses, which are typically an enduro-style suit, adding armor to them. And, even with the Adventure Rally, you can upgrade or you can buy the D3O armor pack, put that in, and take the place of having to wear a compression suit underneath it.
A couple of other features I want to talk about. I've talked about venting, I've talked about armor, talked about external materials. Dry pockets -- so you have weatherproof dry pockets here and here. You also have them down here. They are not hand warmer pockets, but they are dry pockets. And, the other thing I want to talk about is inside this right side here, notice that we have the sleeve, and they come in really, really tight. This jacket in the back in the guts has a three-liter pocket for a hydration system. And the way that it's built, you can sneak that hydration system through the garment, through the inside, and have the tip of it come out here, that way, it doesn't get dirty. So, you don't have to sneak it over your shoulder or around the garment. Notice we have cinching on the arms to keep the armor in place. It's a great deal of cinching. Obviously, Freddie's a little bit thinner build than I am. I didn't have any issues with it. It was fine.
Other thing, reflective; they're using the Retroreflective from 3M. And, the beauty of it is it's 3M's next level of reflection. What it does is it reflects any light back directly to the source. So, when you hit this guy with a light, it doesn't light up and glow like a Christmas tree. What it does is it reflects light directly back to the source. You can do little test with the LED flashlight. Holding it at different angles, you won't see the reflection. Holding it spot on, it will come right back to you.
Spin backwards for me, Freddie. Stop right there. So, notice on the arm, we have more Retroreflective with the Klim logos. Again, for the post production model, this may or may not change with these yellow Klim logos here and there. Turn backwards for me. We showed the back with the big rabbit pocket. You can see the pad here that's built-in, which is going to be that T5 D3O back pad, the Viper style. It has the grooves in it, it's their upgrade. A big reflective panel; and then, you also have a cinch along the collar. Nothing is worse than the colder time of the year if you're not wearing a balaclava and you start to get wind down the back of your neck. The nice part about this guy is you'll be able to cinch it right in and go from there. And then, we did talk about you have a full size rabbit pouch down here for storage.
Tur back around for me. Now, I do want to tell you that the Gore-Tex membrane, which is guaranteed for life and is breathable, allows you to sweat in this guy and the perspiration will come out through the outer shell. It's going to keep you dry from all of the elements. It is built-in. It's built part of the membrane. It's not a standalone removable liner. That's actually one of the big selling points of a Gore-Tex shell like this, is that the waterproof element is built-in. The nice part, I know the questions are coming from people, the pockets are all... I'm not going to call them dry pockets, they're weatherproof pockets, but they could get some condensation inside of them. And, that condensation could come from the sweat off of your body actually evaporating out through the Gore-Tex and getting into the pockets.
So, it is something you need to know. They're not completely waterproof but they are completely weatherproof. It really depends on how much you sweat in this guy. If we open this pocket as well, there's another dry pocket that comes with it. and there's a hook. So, another Gore-Tex dry pocket, and there's a hook that's going to be in here on each side that you can take your keys or attach your camera to.
Let's move on to the Badlands Pro Pants for a second. So, as I move down here - you just stay wehre you are -- you'll notice that again, it's going to be SPL 600, it's going to be Gore-Tex Armacor in the backing, and then you have some other materials here as well. Stag your legs for me, I want to show this Italian leather on the inside. So, on the inside of the calves going up, it's a heat shield that's perforated. The reason why the leather is perforated is because it has Gore-Tex behind it. Again, it's going to allow perspiration to breathe out from it. The cut of these pants is an enduro-style cut. So, what that means is that you can have a full motocross knee brace that you would wear underneath in the knee. There's plenty of room in that knee box. As well at the bottom, we have Freddie here in a brand new pair of SIDI Adventure Rain Boot. He has plenty of room to get this cuff over it.
Turn completely backwards for me. I want to show the back of the cuff of the pants. If you look, it's a three position system. So, you have three snaps. You can cinch it up. I'm going to open this guy up right here, and notice there's a gaiter. What that gaiter does, that gaiter is going to keep any water from getting in there. It's a water resistant zipper, and then to be able to cinch it. It's not Velcro. Velcro sometimes can get tough down and around areas of high use, so what they have here is they have a snap system. But the circumference of the bottom of these pant legs is plenty big enough for Adventure rain boots, but also something like a SIDI Crossfire. You can get a really, really gnarly, beefy motocross boot in here.
Now, while I have Freddie turned around, you're going to notice these two zippers on the backs of his legs. They are zipper garages that have openings that are going to be the exit zips for the front zips. Turn away for me, Freddie. So, face that way over there. On the side here, we have a full side zipper. If I pull this guy down, you're going to see a huge zip that is in a very, very off-road style. You can start to see the orange here. That's the D3O hip armor. But, there is your intake on the front when you're riding. Whether you're standing or you're sitting, it's going to flow a ton of air. And then, nothing is better for ventilation than to have that passive Venturi vent that allows the airflow to come in and exit out the back.
So now, that we have Freddie out of the Badlands Pro, I want to break it down a little further here on the table. They're still a lot going on here. Let's start with a couple components in the shell, and we're going to go into the guts, and then I'm going to go into one of the pants. So first thing, I want to point out this pocket. Freddie is such a big dude, I couldn't reach around him when he had it on. This is a Spot Tracker pocket. Notice the shape of that. It's a unique shape. It's built for that purpose. Obviously, you can put something else in there but really, this was designed as the Spot Tracker pocket because they know the hard-core off-road driven adventure guy that's out for exploration. Most of the time these days, the technology is cheap enough and it's good enough that there is no reason for you to not have that precaution.
The other piece here is really unique to Klim. I like this a lot, I think it's a nice creature comfort. This is called the personal stats pocket. And, there is the symbol. It's the international medical alert symbol. So, what this is -- Klim's actually, when you buy this, there's going to be more details released later in the year -- there's going to be a way to register this jacket and get a custom personal stats element that you put in here. That would basically have your information on it. And, this little symbol would basically call attention to this pocket from an EMT or medical personnel of any nationality, depending on where you're riding around the world. I also want to talk about the stretch storm cuff. I'm not sure if we talked about it when we had it on Freddie, but look where the reflective is placed on the backside of this arm here. This is for waving. So, this is to give you further reflective ability if you're in a situation where you need to flag someone down.
So, moving inside the garment now, notice we have a D-ring down here. Moving inside, you'll see you have adjusters along the bottom. The guts of this are pretty gnarly. One thing we didn't talk about when we had it on Freddie is that you have a full, just like the Adventure Rally, you have a full kidney belt with double adjustments that you have. And it's removable, and it's connected back here through this pocket. You have a full kidney belt that lives within the jacket, if you can see the way that that's done.
Also, if you get into the jacket, I talked about the three-liter pouch that lives behind here that's going to snake around and come through this pocket. But, you can see the Dow Corning deflexion. It come in really tight. You can get a good close-up. On this deflection material, and see it's really a quarter to a half inch thick. It's got a honeycomb structure, and it allows for a high degree of ventilation. And, notice how there's a larger pocket across the left breast that crosses over your sternum in the middle. And, you're going to have it on the right as well. A good amount of cargo pockets, as well as the headphone pockets here with headphone loops.
And then, I talked about the D3O that's included. This is the new generation of D3O armor. I'm going to pull out the back pad and show it to you. This is molecular level armor. It comes standard. You don't have to upgrade to it. It's just really gnarly stuff. This is the new T5 Viper style. Notice the aeration that's going to allow it to have good contact with your back from surface area that allow to flow air and create that pocket of air to keep you cool. Kind of I don't what it looks like to you guys but it's a bit of an illusion even from where I'm standing.
You're also going to have, when you pull one of the shoulders of this jacket, the D3O armor pack that goes hips, shoulders, elbows, and knees, which is a nice touch. It's very comfortable, very pliable, and very protective. And again, it's all about in the shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips, energy absorption in joules. And then, you get into the back protector, which measures how much energy is transferred to your body. You can check that out, that is the right shoulder. Notice it's a basic mash paneling on the inside. It's very comfortable against your skin; one of the things that's nice and well thought out. Remember, this is the technical shell. So, it can perform very well with base or mid layers that you have under it, depending on what you have in your closet.
Move that guy over here briefly. Let's pull the pants over. I'm going to start on the pants with the brush have a brushed mesh finish, which again for the pants, because maybe you just have a pair of boxer briefs on, they made this really soft brush mesh, which is also wicking, that's going to be very comfortable. Notice that we have a 7-inch connection zipper on a stretch, there's a 7-inch connection zipper on a stretch in there. You have a yoke here, as well as yokes on the front, for suspenders that are safety stitched. You can see the pocket here with the mesh around it that's built for the hip pad, and it comes standard. And as we move down, you can also see the rain fly over the crotch. Again, water is going to pour on your crotch if you're sitting on the bike. You want to have that extra backing behind; even a water resistant YKK zipper is not waterproof, so having that extra fly that's going to be Gore-Tex backed is going to make sure that you stay dry.
I talked about the perforated Italian leather from the heat and abrasion shield on the inside of the legs. And the last thing I want to get into here, I want to turn one of these guys inside out. And remember, you have upgraded snaps, you have YKK zippers, you have the gaiters on the bottoms. But, what I want to do here is I want to show that it's not a mesh material that's going to go over your boots. If these were mesh, if this external fabric did not come around and wrap didn't come up, what you'd run into is your pant legs getting worn away from the inside out, which is very common when you get into a heavy buckle situation on the inside with a pant cuff over it. And, notice even the little details here. These are little drains, so if any water gets past or gets inside up your pant leg, you have these drain holes that are double stitched that allow it to drain out.
So remember, this is a prototype still. Some of the logos can change, some of the elements may change slightly. We're not quite sure about price, but we can safely say it's probably north of $800 for the jacket, and somewhere probably north of $500 for the pair of pants. So, you have basically one half step down from the Adventure Rally. It's a modular, component-driven technical shell that's off-road oriented. But, it does enough things and will be comfortable enough to cross over depending on the base layers. It's four-season, its Gore-Tex, it's guaranteed for life.