Klim Badlands Pro Pants
I wanted a pair of riding pants that I could wear all year round and these fit the bill perfectly. Klim makes a quality product and I've never been disappointed.
January 26, 2016
Good but not great
Tired of zip in/zip out liners and sub par waterproof gore knock off materials I finally ponied up and purchased the Kilm Badlands Pro pants. I ordered both the closeout, and the 2015 revised Badlands pant so I could evaluate side by side. I ended up choosing the older style closeout over the revised 2015 version, because I found with the knee armor removed, there was still virtually NO room for knee braces, and the pant leg cuffs barely fit over my Tech 7 boots.
Maybe most adventure riders don't wear knee braces, MX boots or put them selves in the places where a drop on a 450lb bike might pin them beneath it, or poorly timed a dab or caught rock might tweak a knee. For my riding style, I almost always ride with knee braces, especially on back country rides on my V-twin Adventure. The older style pant design took this use into consideration, providing plenty of room for braces and MX boots.
My only gripe about these is the Klim logos that are screen printed on the reflective inserts have worn off and the pants look 10 years old . After washing and drying, strictly following the care instructions for GoreTex DWR materials on the Klim website, the printed Klim Logos wore off- well 1/2 way off. This happened after (1) wash & dry cycle after wearing the pants on a ten day ride. Not happy. See photos.
**Notes on the 2015 Bandlands Pant:
For my needs, Klim missed the mark on the redesign for the intended purpose. While the new fit in the waist & seat, and some of the new material features are nice, the pant legs are too narrow, and the cuff openings are too small for MX type boots. Disappointing. Klim must have determined that the majority of badlands pant purchasers don't ride off road and redesigned the pant for more road oriented user, or they have lost the connection to the core market (time will tell). If you are a forest service road or street oriented adventure rider, who'll never wear knee braces or mx boots the new style Badlands pants are well suited to meet those needs.
At $650 the Badlands Pant should have more versatility. My recommendation to Klim would be to offer the Badlands Pant in an optional "Enduro" fit based on the previous design for riders who like to armor up, and wear MX boots. I don't know if the higher priced Adventure Rally pant has a more generous fit, but at $900 its out of my range.
November 23, 2015
Heavy Duty Pants
These pants are very well made. I never spent anywhere close to how much I paid for these . I road ride quite a bit and I always wanted a very good pair of pants incase I go down. They are pretty heavy though, but full of protection. They will last for a very long time. Once they breaks in, they should be a lot better. I would recommend buying them.
July 23, 2015
I would recomend
So far very nice, Have not ridden in extreme hot or cold since I got them in may will wait for those conditions to give a full review
June 29, 2015
Solid pants. I've been riding in the Seattle(30-45 degrees) winter with nothing more than a pair of thermals underneath and they've been very comfortable. Adjustable straps on the waistband are nice too for the few times I've worn pants underneath. Let's see what the warmer weather brings with venting ability...
March 30, 2015
A great piece of gear what I always wanted
I bought this product because I was very impressed with the jacket overall but especially with the protection it gave me during a moderate off at about 60kph in some mud. The protection this new armor gives is amazing. It is a bit warm in the desert but the ventilation works very well. Being waterproof with out needing to use inserts is a Godsend especially when riding in the middle of nowhere in Australia with weather conditions changing all the time. The fabric is very tough and quality overall is great as is the fit and location of the knee armor.
It is a bit expensive and it is not an overall design like Dry Rider that allows you wear any pants underneath as it is a bit snug, so tights it is along with jibes from you mates but is it is absolutely worth it.
February 5, 2015
Well made, expensive, unflattering
I bought these based on the quality of the matching jacket after trying the Rukka Armas and finding them too snug in the upper leg and a bit too hot for my average riding temps.
These pants are well made. They are waterproof. They are tough. They have massive vents. All good stuff. Not everything is awesome though.
I have a 34" waist. The waist fits perfectly. The rest of the pant is entirely too baggy. So much so that I am not sure the knee armor will be over my knee if I need it. So, while it comes with great D30 armor... it's in the closet. I have a pair of Bohn adventure pants I wear under them - so I don't use the armor that came with these. They are waterproof abrasion protection with good venting for me.
I'm not a super fashion conscious guy but these pants look like they went out of the way to make them unattractive. They look like $50 snowmobile pants from Walmart. I honestly would have sent them back if there was another pant offering the level of venting and protection from the elements these do. If Klim could get the cut of the Rukka with just enough room to add some cold gear layer(s) underneath and keep rest the features... these would be all win.
So, summary: Quality and function are spot on. Fit and style are not to my liking but until something better comes along I'll take the function over the form. I paid too much for what I got.
January 12, 2015
High Quality Pants
Yes, they are expensive. No question about that. It took me a while to get over the cost, but the pants are expensive because of the materials and armor system. Fist thing I noticed about the pants is that they are heavy. There is good adjustability in them as well. I often wear shorts under my riding pants in the summer, so I bought a pair that expand beyond my size. The pants also have very good air flow with side openings, front and rear. So far I have had no problems with them and have been comfortable over a very wide range of temperature. I hope I never need to use the armor system, but it is nice to know it is there. Bottom line, you have to put out the green for equipment of this quality.
December 8, 2014