Klim Induction Jacket
This jacket is well worth consideration!
I'm going to basically talk about the fit: I am 6', 235lbs, 45' chest, 46 1/2 ' waist that was measured around the navel with 33' arms in length. I hide my blubber well and if not reading this, you would never think that was the measurement of my gut if you were to look at me. The jeans I typically wear are 40 waist and 30 long. The shirts I wear are typically standard xl shirts. Moving forward, I purchased an XL. An xxl would have been too big even though I wear that in most other moto jackets. The shoulder area is just right, I believe a large would have been tight under the armpits. When I first put the jacket on it seemed tight around the under arms but that faded real quick probably due to the stiffness of the jacket. After breaking it in around the house for 2 days, the shoulders, chest and upper arms feel perfect. The biggest and ONLY complaint is that the arms are a bit long. The jacket tends to bunch between the shoulder and the elbow once I fasten the wrist straps and everything moves up the arm into place. The arms are 2 inches too long to be exact. The straps on the forarms could have been designed slightly better. I like the look and the protection the jacket gives so I may have the sleeves altered/ tailored. It would be worth it to me.
July 22, 2014
The Induction deserves its 5 stars!
I wear a 43 Long in a dress jacket, 36 pants, am 6'4" and 220 lbs.. Size L fits perfectly. The longer coat length and sleeves work out great for me. Still enough room to wear a light layer underneath if I have too, but I bought this coat for airflow and protection. The airflow is great and the D30 is light, flexible and super comfortable! The hi viz pops.
The Klim costs more but it delivers more. Workmanship, materials, design are tremendous. Get yourself one before they are all gone!
July 21, 2014
Airflow is outstanding. Sizing is snugger than my Latitude jacket but, this jacket isn't intended to have layers underneath. Small gripes- zipper sticks in a few spots....but I'm sure will improve with use. Velcro on sleeve side of wrist enclosure could wrap around sleeve a bit further. I have the tab all the way at the end.
July 21, 2014
Great jacket for my long ride
I had a Joe Rocket Phoenix, but wanted something with a bit more protection, durability and matched my current KLIM pants. Originally ordered the Medium based on reviews of size, but it was so tight in my chest and arms that I could barely lift my arm to my Sena headset to answer a call. I am 5'10", 178lbs so I'm not sure how others fit into their Mediums if they are the build they stated. Go Large.
It has great pads and decent airflow. The sleeves were the only issue with airflow, but I don't think there is much they could do to fix that and keep it durable and protective.
The rain liner worked very well in the rain, but gets SO hot that I would only put it on and off when I felt the rain start. It does not breath, but doesn't say it does so that's not an issue.
I would recommend this jacket for anyone in warmer weather. My trip took me from the deserts of Arizona, the southern and northern coast of California, higher elevations of California, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado with temperatures ranging from 50 - 110 degrees. The only thing I wore underneath (when not using the liner) was a t-shirt or thermal depending on the temperature.
July 18, 2014
Excellent addition to my gear selection
I have several other pieces of Klim gear and am already a fan and the Induction didn't disappoint. It is not cut like any other of my Klim jackets, it is far trimmer. You will typically not wear the jacket with much underneath so I think that's appropriate. As a result there is no bagginess to flap in the wind, and the lean fit means all the armor will remain in place in the event you need it.
Folks should be careful wearing any mesh garment on long rides over 90°, you'll get dehydrated at an alarming rate.
All told the Induction has made a worthwhile addition to my gear and I'm glad I bought it.
July 18, 2014
An excellent springtime/summertime riding jacket
I have a Rev-It Sand 2 outfit and it's done a great job in the rain and the cold, and I found myself wanting a mesh jacket for the warm season. I ride a 2013 BMW R1200GSW with an aftermarket windshield which had me hankering for more ventilation and I found this jacket at my local BMW dealership. I tried it on and it just felt right. I weigh in around 240lbs and am 5'11 and found the XXL to fit almost perfectly. The arms seemed slightly long for me at this size but to go down one size wouldn't accommodate my awesome beer laden chest/belly. The adjustable Velcro wrist straps fixed this seeming problem immediately and as I hopped on a test bike, everything fell into place.
There's a lot to like about this jacket, good looks, well rounded and solid back, elbow and shoulder protection that is placed perfectly. It's mid-summer here in California and my commute can have me leaving work where the temps are in the 90's and 40 miles later I'm at the coast and the temps are in the high 60s. I find myself using the comfort liner in the mornings (mid-50s) and stowing it for the trip home, so you're looking at a 40 to 50 degree range of comfort for this jacket. Not too shabby.
Fit and finish is excellent, little things like the fleece-lined collar and the little rubber thumb-tab near the bottom of the front main zipper that allows you to easily zip up the jacket while wearing gloves. There is an external chest pocket (heart side) with a tethered waterproof bag to stow a wallet or phone, two lower hand pockets and two inner chest pockets with zippers and a hidden 'passport pocket' although I'm not sure my passport would fit without folding it in half. There's also a little emergency ID pocket on the forearm that I originally thought was for an ignition key until I was better educated. It has an asterisk to notify any emergency medical personnel, this is where one is to keep their list of medical issues.
A couple of notes; the comfort liner affixes with 3 nice and easy tabbed snaps which fasten into 3 elastic loops, one in the back of the neck and the other two in the sleeves. It's super easy to snap in and out but I've found myself putting the comfort liner on first, gripping the edges of the sleeves and popping the jacket on over as I'm switching it from morning to day's end. Also, when it's hot out, (80s or above) the comfort liner makes me sweat so I stow it and the comfort level of the jacket without the liner is fantastic. The articulation of the elbows is perfect and it feels almost like wearing nothing at all and yet there's D30 armor covering your pointy parts.
I'm seriously considering dropping the big bucks for the Badlands or the Adventure Rally jacket for next season as I'm so impressed with the build quality and comfort of Klim. This is coming from someone who used to say "why the heck would I spend that much on a jacket".
July 11, 2014
Fantastic Fit, Amazing Airflow, Belligerent Branding.
I'm 6'6" 36" dress shirt sleeve length: I bought a 2XL - it fits perfectly in body and sleeve length. Not too bulky, not too snug.
The airflow is off the charts amazing. It's 35C outside, I had a sweat on wearing a just t-shirt on the front step, put the jacket on and I was worried that I might be too hot. Not so. I hopped on the bike and as soon as I got over 5K the breeze became very apparent, popped it up to 60K and I was thinking I might even get cold. Great summer protection.
Branding: Klim, you make great gear, but back off with the branding already. At the prices you charge I would expect something a little less in your face, understated even. As it is, the only way your branding could get more obnoxious would be as a forced facial tattoo. This is 90% of my decision to give this jacket a poor rating for style.
July 10, 2014
The BEST mesh jacket.
I've owned other mesh jackets, and It comes down to comfort vs protection. This jacket offers more protection than any of the other mesh jackets out there while still delivering on the air flow front. Additionally this is one of the few mesh jackets I've ever owned that doesn't move around at high speed.
July 2, 2014