Klim Caldera Gloves
Bits and pieces over extended term
I bought these gloves at the start of fall season last year (2013) and waiting around until now, the end of spring to write the review. I ride all year around and I will have to agree that these are over-hyped.
Initially, the break-in period can last a few weeks of every day riding. My size fit perfectly and few months in I was even able to wear an additional glove base layer underneath, although a bit tight.
They seem like they are well built, quality stitching, panelling, leather, etc. Around late February, the wrist cinch strap velcro has started to come off and unfortunately it's not almost completely off. They seemed to have only used one line of stitching to hold the velcro down and unfortunately the constant pulling on/off has done its duty to break the velcro fibers off.
I have fear these would only last one season of every day riding for anyone. In addition to above, if you have been riding in a downpour for a few hundred miles, these will eventually get soggy and when they do, it will take at least a day to dry them off making them a bit stiff. Moreover, I would not ride in these for long, especially in temps below 45. Hands will get sweaty and then cold.
May 12, 2014
Great tech, mediocre performance
I bought this glove for cold weather riding. For me in Vermont that means mid 20's to upper 40's. My bike is equipped with heated grips and hand guards. Winter was slow in leaving but I have now put about 1500 miles on these gloves in temps from the mid 30's to the 50's and in some light rain. The gloves fit well. They are a little thick as expected for a cold weather glove. I wore them driving my car to start breaking them in. Finger movements are sluggish and the thumb is stiff, even with the accordion pleats. I am thinking this will improve with age/use. Are they Warm?? Below 40, my fingers we chilling in minutes. Once my heated grips caught up, things were more comfortable, without them, I don't think my fingers would have been happy. I am looking forward to seeing how they perform in a heavy, cold down pour. While not nearly as warm as I had expected, my hands do feel safe. Also for a winter glove the gauntlets are too narrow. They just barely fit over my Klim Latitude Jacket with a Rapid Fire liner and long sleeve poly pro shirt underneath. the technology is nice, but they don't really perform. Not worth the price.
April 28, 2014
Very nice gloves!
I really like my gloves. Haven't used them in the rain yet so do don't how waterproof they will be. They fit very small. I used Klim's size chart which put me in the medium size. But when they arrived I couldn't get my hands in either glove. Thankfully Revzilla exchanged them for size Large at no cost except postage. I think these gloves are going to work very well for the colder temps we ride in Alaska.
April 23, 2014
These gloves are great. A little stiff at first, but the level of protection from the elements is second to none.
March 10, 2014
Quality has a price
In the past price was my top priority but I ended up spending more in the long run because the product fell apart or failed. Now I pay the cost to get a items from any company that has a history of quality, durability and customer satisfaction. I'm not wealthy. I only have Soc. Sec. as income. I'm 75yrs old, ride a 38yr old thumper year round. I have Klim's Latitude Jacket and Pants. Is their stuff expensive? Yes. But I'm very satisfied. This coming Spring I'll buy their best Summer glove. To me the name Klim says it all. So does the name RevZilla.
January 27, 2014
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