Klim Induction Jacket
Good Jacket for tropical climes
Solid Hot weather Jacket. I've got about 400 miles in this thing so far, rocking the Hi Viz colorway (LG) to satisfy a condition of my continued employment.
PROS: Even with all the armor in It is surprisingly lightweight to me, yet still feels study and well constructed. Smooth action on all the zippers, able to easily manipulate with a gloved hand. Good Air flow on the move and doesn't heat up too quickly whilst sitting in traffic. Generates enough airflow to dry me out after the numerous and seemingly random light rain showers on Oahu. Looks about as good as anything can in high viz.
CONS: Wish the sleeve/glove interface had a larger opening with more adjustment range. The narrowness of the opening limits the amount of air that flows up through the sleeves for me. The simple velcro closures leave something to be desired
FIT: I am 5'11 205 lbs with long torso short leg syndrome with a body fat of 25% if that helps anybody. It fits me just fine but may run big on you folks that sit in the middle of the bell curve.
August 21, 2016
I bought this jacket using the Klim sizing aid. When I got the jacket, as many have stated, it seemed kinda snug but i went with it. It didnt take long for things to relax and now it feels and fits great. I've used the liner on cool days (low 50's) and am using daily in 95+ temps in Texas and it feels great!
August 19, 2016
This jacket surpassed my expectations in many ways. First appearance. I got the Black /grey. I was worried about style and thought the mesh might look like burlap. It looks more like shiny metal.Not chrome but polished.It looks great and matches half of my bike and my Dakar pants. Next concern was style.Hey the jacket can only do so much. I wear a 48" suit coat and have a 35 " waist ,37'' arms.It is flexible in fit [if you have a gut you'll be fine] but if you are built like the 'Werewolf of London' it looks excellent,not boxy I do wish it had a cinch 6''-8 '' above the waist to pull in some of the extra .but it could be added if I was THAT vain.The Carbonite actually softens up and is not that stiff.The liner can be worn on the outside in a sudden rain . I think it breaths better and your jacket isn't soaked when it stops raining.Great quality at a very fair price.
August 17, 2016
Awesome summer jacket
I have the HiViz color for this jacket and I have noticed a difference in how traffic responds to me. My other jacket is the klim latitude in black and people just don't see me as well in that jacket. The venting, being a mesh jacket is amazing. I won't wear my other jacket over 85º F. I absolutely love this jacket. For hot weather this is THE jacket to own. Protection is outstanding with D3O all around. I have worn this jacket for several thousand miles now and in temperatures exceeding 107º the only times I'm hot is in standstill traffic on the hottest of days. I can't say enough good things about this product.
2014 Yamaha XVS950 Bolt
2006 DL1000 Vstrom
August 16, 2016
Perfect for hot days.
I have tried mesh pants with a conventional jacket and did not feel like they were much better than goretex/cordura pants with open vents. Upper body cooling is more effective when moving than my Klim Latitude with vents open and I stay much cooler when stopped or moving slowly. The jacket is rugged and well armored as well. The waterproof liner is just fine for the limited occasions it is needed.
August 16, 2016
Well thought off. Made for riders
This is a proper motorcycle jacket with a lot of clever features. I liked the attention to details and the quality of materials. As I am living in a hot part of the world, I appreciated the fact that it affords good protection AND air flow (cooling). Due to the strategically placed reflective material I am much more visible at night that I was with my previous jacket. You could do worse that choosing this particular model.
August 16, 2016
Excellent air flow, shape is a bit square
First used in Taiwan. The venting really does work, up to 30+ C ok, too hot when 35 C, then couldn't bare.
I got a size L reading all the reviews. I think most important so:
44+ Inch chest, 36 Inch waist maybe a bit less. 5 ft 9 in tall.
Using D30 fat back protector also, and only a very thin t shirt.
Arm length perfect, waist a touch loose, shoulders OK but a bit too tight under the arms and a few inches down, around lats.
If doesn't stretch a bit I will get a strip sewn in.
August 14, 2016
Klim - WAY overbuilt but works.
This was my first Klim product. I've never really liked Klim's "Snowmobile" style and dedication to Cordura. Cordura is fine but I always thought it was better for backpacks than jackets. Then Klim started making jackets with Kevlar and Carbon mesh and I started paying more attention.
I was looking looking for a commuter jacket for use in 100º Utah temps. Reviews indicated that this was the THE jacket for airflow.
I'm 6'1"/220 36-38 pant 44-46 chest. The XL fits me comfortably in the chest and shoulders but there is a bit of extra room in the gut. This might be a problem if you're a 46 chest and 34 waist. The arms are long and that is perfect for me. Long enough that I can move around on the bike without ever exposing my short cuff gloves.
Klim builds some complicated $*** - I counted over 12 individual fabric panels on ONE ARM!!! I have to think that nobody on their design team ever heard the term "less is more." Normally I avoid this level of complexity because it allows so many points of failure, but Klim seems to REALLY have their pattern cutting and stitching dialed in. That complicated 12-panel arm I mentioned - fits me like a glove and articulates perfectly.
Other construction details include a full polyester mesh lining in the body and the arms. Pocket bags are the same mesh as the lining. The shoulder pads and elbow pads sit in satin pouches sewed to this lining. This is nice because the smooth satin goes between your skin and the pad instead of cheese-grater mesh. The back pad sits in a mesh pouch. Rubber pulls with Velcro at the cuffs.
Because this jacket is dedicated for hot weather venting it’s actually a little less complicated than other Klim jackets. Mesh construction means there is no need for vents, wind-flaps on zippers, etc.
D30 CE level 1 armor at shoulder, elbow and back. The fit and look of the jacket with armor installed is very trim and it is not apparent to most people that there is any armor at all. This armor seems better integrated with the jacket than some other brands. The elbow/forearm pad in particular seem very well designed, locates perfectly on my arm and has a strap to keep it in place.
On the Bike:
Klim manages to provide excellent ventilation without allowing wind-chill. This jacket flows a lot of air but to be honest it’s less airflow than I expected. The body is all mesh but it’s THICK mesh is with a hard twist in the knit and much of the air just bounces off. If you partially unzip the front the jacket balloons up indicating the inability of the rear mesh panel to exhaust it. Also, large areas of the shoulders and arms are not mesh and flow no air at all. If you stand up and take the wind blast straight in the chest then you get good flow but when seated the jacket flows about ½ the air I expected. But… This lack of airflow is actually a good thing. A mesh jacket flowing tons of air on a 65º morning can get old quickly.
All this adds up to a jacket that is hotter and heavier than I expected, with more protection than I thought possible with D30 Level1. It is NOT a magical air conditioning unit but it works well for summer commuting and adventure riding where protection from higher speed offs is a priority. Just understand that you won’t get good airflow with this jacket unless you are standing up on the pegs.
August 11, 2016