Klim Induction Jacket
Perfect jacket for the summer.
This is the best fitting jacket I own. I was a little skeptical of the water proof liner but when I got caught in a downpour on my first ride I remained dry.
After two days of adventure riding I am sold.
July 20, 2015
This is the first product I've ever had from Klim and it won't be the last. It's very comfortable and fits very well. The only thing I would like is more hi-vis on it.
July 6, 2015
Feel the breeze while feeling protected
I'm a big fan of mesh jackets, as I'm sure many of us are. I tend to run a bit warm-blooded, so I reach for the mesh when the temps hit 70 or so. The problem with some mesh jackets, though, is the mesh itself. While providing great ventilation, some of them feel...well...flimsy. Sure, the major impact zones tend to be heavy, reinforced material on most but I feel like my torso is a case of serious road rash waiting to happen if I ever go down. Enter the Induction...
Klim came up with the name Karbonite for the mesh material in this jacket. I'll take their word for it with regard to the tremendous strength of the material (they claim 750% stronger than "...other kinds of polyester..."), but I can tell you it absolutely feels tougher. The mesh is very stiff compared to some others I've owned, but is in no way uncomfortable to wear. In fact, I find this jacket very, very comfortable. It moves as much air over your body as you'd expect a mesh jacket to move, and provides better armor than most. I love the fact that it comes with a full compliment of D3O armor, to include the back pad. Speaking of that back pad, I was fully expecting it to create a hot spot on my back but it really doesn't. You pretty much forget that the armor is there due to it's flexibility and the fact that the armor stays exactly where it's supposed to be.
I can't vouch for the effectiveness of the liner as a rain proof barrier, but I frankly don't much care. I always have a rain suit in my pannier (a good rain suit is one of the most versatile pieces of gear you can carry). I did, however, put it on one chilly morning as a wind breaker under the Induction and it did a nice job. I like the fit of the liner. You can put it on under the jacket without attaching it to the outer shell (unlike some), but of course you can attach it if you want to take the time to do so.
The jacket has the compliment of pockets you'd expect from a jacket of this type. It also has one of my personal favorite features on any bike jacket; a pocket sleeve on the lower left sleeve. Klim will provide you with a medical ID to stick in that pocket when you register your purchase, but aside from that I find a sleeve pocket to be hugely convenient for carrying toll money, insurance card, etc. The left chest pocket has a waterproof pouch on a lanyard to keep your phone, glasses, or whatever dry (the pockets aren't waterproof).
The construction is typical Klim, which is to say it's extremely well made. Klim doesn't mess around when it comes to the construction of their protective garments. The stiching is big, tough, and double-stiched. Materials are heavy duty. Zippers are big, easy to use with gloves on, and are all YKK.
So this brings me to the one minor gripe I have, and it's so minor as to almost be goofy. The sleeves on a human of normal height/length are really, really long. As in, to the second knuckle long on me (my shirt sleeves are typically 34/35 length). It makes putting gloves on a pain, to be honest. The cuffs don't open up terribly wide and they don't have a zipper running up the sleeve, so getting them over short cuff gloves takes a moment or two. On the other hand, you absolutely don't have to worry about your sleeves riding up in a crash so I guess protection trumps convenience in this case. Hey, I did warn you it was a really minor complaint!
All told, what you end up with is likely the last mesh jacket you'll need for a very, very long time. I feel very protected in it while also feeling very comfortable. I sometimes get the feeling reading reviews that people expect a vented jacket to feel like air conditioning (..."the jacket is really warm when you aren't moving"...). It doesn't. It feels like a vented jacket. However, I spent about six hours riding in this jacket in 85 degree, humid weather yesterday and wasn't covered with sweat (impressively, not even where the back pad sits) when I got off the bike. To me, that's a vented jacket doing its job. To date, I've owned Fieldsheer, Tourmaster, Rev'It, and now Klim mesh jackets and I recommend this over all others I've worn due to the combination of build quality, protection, and comfort.
July 6, 2015
Exceptional Hot Weather Jacket
This jacket may be mesh but it is true to Klim quality. I am 5'7", 190 lbs with a 46" chest and the large fits perfectly. The mesh flows a ton of air and the D3O armor is makes me feel betetr. Compared to my previous mesh jacket (Tourmaster Intake 3) the Induction feels like a BMW and the Tourmaster feels like a Yugo.
July 2, 2015
Great jacket for hot weather touring
Simple clean design with the basics for touring. Mesh provides great ventilation … even on a 6 hour ride in 90 plus weather. Fit is a bit large. Have not tried the liner yet. Just what I was looking for for warm summer rides.
July 1, 2015
Great summer protection
I bought this jacket after lots of research. I wanted a jacket that would provide maximum protection for summer riding. I live in the Mid-Atlantic so the heat and humidity in the summers can make motorcycling uncomfortable.
If you watch Anthony's video review, you'll see all the protective features the jacket incorporates. It doesn't have a lot of high-tech features - but that's not the jacket's goal.
I just rode about 600 miles this weekend in it and rode got to experience it in multiple riding conditions: hot sun, cool shade, everything in between, and torrential rain. It was great except for the torrential rain.
You can tell the waterproof liner was an afterthought. Klim designed the jacket with summer protection in mind and then added the liner at the last minute. It's flimsy, doesn't fit too great, the snaps are cheap and very light duty, and it is pretty clammy. One strange thing I experienced this weekend was if the liner is in the jacket when you try to put on the jacket, the liner material is almost sticky and it's really difficult to get your arms through the sleeves.
Overall I love this jacket and the build quality and protection are great (with the exception of the previously mentioned liner). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars for bang-for-the-buck is the obvious high-ish price for a summer mesh. You get what you pay for. Quality isn't cheap!
June 30, 2015
So far so good.
Decided to purchase this as I live in the middle east and the weather is 40 degree plus over the summer and not much cooler in the winter, only had a few rides so far, the airflow is good and has kept be from sweating away well so far.
Does not rain here so waterproofing was not a real concern.
June 29, 2015
Best airflow hands down!
Before Klim made a mesh jacket, I tried just about every other brand and they either left ventilation or protection to be desired. As much as I love my Latitude, it just gets so freaking hot over 80*. The Induction flows enough air that over 80* it's truly as breathable as wearing just a t-shirt.
I went with the Hi-Viz option, which I had to talk myself into (just for the looks). After wearing it I really do feel more noticeable, and it's really done well with burn-your-eyes yellow/green accents rather than the whole thing. I ride 80% off road with only 20% getting me to the trails and finally I feel just as protected as I do in a "normal" jacket. I'm sure the color will start to fade over time, but I would never expect a piece of gear to last long enough for that to matter.
I tried the pressure suit route, but I hated that I couldn't just take it off during a break or for maintenance. The fit is pretty loose, I usually wear an XL shirt, and my other Klim jacket is an XL, so it fits true to size in that regard. There are adjustments to bring it in a little however the looser fit helps flow all that air.
I haven't ever used the "rain jacket" it came with. If it's hot enough for me to be wearing mesh, I really don't care if I get a little wet. If it's a full on downpour I have a regular rain jacket that usually travels in my hydration pack anyway so I'd just use that.
There aren't a ton of pockets, but it's mesh, I'm sure anymore and they would have started to mess with the venting we are paying for.
Overall a top notch piece that I will wear all summer long. Couldn't recommend it enough!
June 19, 2015