Klim Badlands Pro Jacket
Ready for a ride through Afghanistan!
It's expensive but you get what you pay for. It's tough. Rugged. Very well built and durable. I do not like the fact that the back of the jacket is so long (I am 5'-6", jacket is Size M). They could have spared a couple inches. Looks like I am wearing a skirt. Also, I could do without some of the Klim logos on the jacket. 2 thumbs up for the chest protector, back protector, the kidney belt and the hydration system. I would definitively buy another one.
May 20, 2013
Why didn't I buy this before.
These are brilliant, excellent quality, fantastic fit and no water gets through. The day following these arriving it completely chucked it down and I felt as snug as a bug in a rug.
Just buy them, you will not regret the investment.
May 9, 2013
The Ultimate Riding Jacket
This jacket rocks! I just finished a trip where I wore a Klim Inversion jacket under the Badlands Pro riding through weather that varied from 33 deg. and pouring rain to 75 deg. and humid. I have nothing but praise for the Badlands Pro. Totally waterproof, effective venting, well-conceived pockets and good -looking. I love the integrated kidney belt. The jacket is heavy due to all of the armor, but you quickly acclimate to the weight. Out of the box, the material is stiff, but it softens and loosens with a bit of use. It's so great not to need to carry rain gear and deal with the zipping in and out of liners. This is definitely the best jacket I've seen. Sold my BMW gear for Klim.
May 6, 2013
The zippers are to tight and hard to use. The collar is awful and does not seal. Jacket is bulky to wear when riding and the chest pad rises up. I would not use this jacket below 45 with any amount of layers. I would not use this jacket above 80 degrees. It looks great but is plastered with logos...I toned mine down and used a black bumper die over all the Klim "K's". For the money you expect more. I have many suits over the years and thought I was buying the best. Because it cost a lot does not mean its good. I also had the Latitude suit and it was more comfortable but ran one size large. This runs more true to size.
April 15, 2013
Trim fit, but exactly what I was looking for.
Great jacket! The fit is trim, but exactly what I wanted. I am 6'3" and have long arms (43" chest and 187 lb.). The large is perfect. I cannot stand flapping in the wind and the fit works with this requirement and still has good arm length.
The jacket is quite heavy, but has all the features I am looking for and is super comfortable in the riding position.
Vents and zippers are a little stiff and tough to work when new. Hopefully these break in a little (maybe need some zipper lube??).
No leakage or venting complaints in my limited use as of yet.
I feel well protected when riding in this jacket.
March 26, 2013
I absolutely love this riding jacket. The Klim product really lives up to its reputation.
It has kept me very warm, dry and comfortable in these early (Still cold where I live) spring conditions. The Badlands Pro offers plenty of storage areas, fantastic armor (I'm really impressed with their materials) and great fit adjustability.
I wear a large and the fit is very close in the neutral fit adjustments. I have long arms for my height (5'9" tall with a 6'2" wing span) and usually jackets tend to leave too much exposure of my wrists. Not so with the jacket. The sleeves are actually about an 1" too long but its really not an issue when riding.
I feel that $900 is a bit steep and that $800 would be a more fair price point. I am making the assumption that part of the higher price is driven by the current exploding adventure sport market. I have quite a bit of Gore-Tex products as I am an avid snow skier so I feel that I have a pretty good grasp on pricing for such a product.
I highly recommend the Badlands Pro to anyone looking for a well featured, Lifetime guaranteed, comfortable, riding jacket.
March 25, 2013
high quality, great design
Excellent jacket. Well designed and made. Heavy, but the design is such that it doesn't feel heavy when it's worn.
Vents seem to work very well for a non-mesh jacket. Haven't yet used this in Texas summer heat but I suspect it will be pretty good.
Only minor downside is the front of the collar is a little rough on the neck. The collar drawstring is a great idea to close down the neck. However, the front of collar is a little rough when cinched down.
This is an expensive piece of kit but, from what I've seen so far (just 200 mi), I expect this to be my go-to jacket for a long time.
March 10, 2013
Take the plunge and get one.
Great jacket - compared to my Dri rider where I would have to wear more layers to keep warm the Badlands performs great with just a merino baselayer and a t shirt. I am 6', 42" chest and 85kgs and after talking with the guys at Revzilla ordered the size large. Spot on. I live in Tasmania where it is usually cold so this jacket works really well. Yes it is about double the price of my previous jacket but so far it is more than twice as good. Oh and by the way my wife and I rode with Charlie Boorman on the weekend on his last day of a tour round the island.
March 4, 2013