Klim Caldera Gloves
Why didn't I invest in these 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
Good and Bad
Being faithful to the Klim brand I purchased a pair of these pretty much knowing they'd fit as do my Klim Inversion, Dakar, and Powercross models. I was wrong.
Ordered in the same size, these were a completely different animal altogether. They fit very tightly in the hand. In fact, I was barely able to insert my hand past the wrist cinch. Once in, I unfortunately found the fingers were considerably longer than my other models as well. In short... The fit was way off in my case, which I found strange in this price range.
As for construction, they seemed to be straight A's there. Seams, materials, and quality each appeared to be up to Klim's typical quality.
In my case these didn't work out. YMMV.
January 14, 2013
This is a classic example of a product being overhyped. They look the part and while these are no means bad gloves they are VERY average. Comfortably, these are good to around 43 degrees while my Cortech Scarabs gave me 46. I rode 45 min in 31 degrees a few days ago and I my fingertips were stinging with cold. Dissapointed being I was expecting more. Aerogel? Yeah, I got suckered. My Under Armour coldgear liners with my Scarabs give me more warmth AND flexibility. Willing to part with these XXL very soon. On a positive note. . . . Love Love Love Revzilla, my motorcycle internet home. Probably the best customer service ever. Great help with my sizing issue.
December 31, 2012
Yes and No
Hmmm? Let's see; I like to be positive, so... in my opinion, this is a glove made of high quality materials and well constructed. Looks and feels like it will have good durability. I've only ridden a few hundred miles in these gloves, so I will need more miles/time to give a final verdict.
I must also be truthful: I feel that this glove is substantially overpriced. No bang for your buck here. Although the glove offers excellent dorsal metacarpal protection, it offers no extra lateral palm (hypothenar muscle) protection; ulna protection is also minimum for a glove of this category. I have average/good cold tolerance, but I did not feel that these gloves performed very well for temperatures below 40 to 45 Fahrenheit for a recent 2 hour, 70 mph ride.
I have purchased gloves for $100 less, and felt that I got more.
Do I really recommend this product? Yes and no.
December 23, 2012
Great gloves, but run a bit large
Great construction, love the water squeegee on the index finger. But they do run large. I normally wear a large, should have gotten a medium in this one.
December 19, 2012
Good to about 40 degrees, great protection, Pricey but worth it.
These gloves offer a lot of protection and are stylish. They are a little bulky, but thinner in the palm. I have ridden in 40 degree weather, and they keep my hands pretty warm without heated grips, though the little finger on my throttle hand gets a bit cold. The palms let in the heat well when I use heated grips. Pricey, but worth it!
December 4, 2012
5* and well deserved
These were my first Klim purchase and I am impressed.
I needed a cold weather glove that offered lots of protection without being too bulky. The only glove that seemed to meet all those requirements was the Caldera.
They felt great straight out of the box, though bulkier than I had hoped for. It was only when I had ridden with them a couple of times that I realized that they offer great feel along the fingers and they aren't bulky at all.
It took a couple of rides to get used to the change from my summer glove, the reach to the clutch had to be a little more pronounced but as they broke in over the next few rides this has become less.
I am astonished at just how well they fit and how comfortable they are. I used the Klim measurement chart to get the correct size and it was spot on.
The quality of the materials and the finishing of those materials is superb. Of course, only time will tell as to how they hold up.
Airflow is zero which is what you would expect from a winter glove. I made the mistake of wearing them in 53f weather yesterday and my hands got very hot. The goretex did it's job and my hands stayed dry buy boy did I make the wrong decision. I would recommend them for 45f and below.
So far the coldest has been 34f and on an hour run my right thumb got cold and the fingertips of my right hand. I think the fact my grip on the left bar is lighter meant I wasn't compressing the filling as much and thereby allowing more airspace for the heat to reside. Still, no other glove I have ever owned has performed so well at such low temps.
To sum up: if you have the cash and want the protection they offer GET THESE GLOVES.
If you are at a stretch to pay this amount then get Hippo Hands and use your summer gloves.
December 3, 2012
These gloves are spectacular! They are pricey, to be sure, but the warmth and water protection they offer is superb. They are also surprisingly thin and articulate for how warm they are, so it's still easy to work all the controls, which was a bit of an issue with my previous gloves. The armor feels significant, and the visor squeegee on the left index finger is a nice touch. Overall, for the level of materials and workmanship you're getting, I think these gloves are worth every penny.
November 28, 2012