Klim Induction Jacket
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
Almost perfect Summer Jacket
I bought the Klim Induction jacket to cope with the 33 degrees centigrade 90%+ humidity I the Hong Kong summer.
The good: nice looking jacket, vents well provided you are moving, the material feels really good and likely to protect well if required and the shoulder and elbow armour is almost unnoticeable.
The not perfect: the back protector is a little heavy and could use a bit more ventilation or support as it feels out of character to the rest of the jacket and the front of the jacket is strangely too long for me. The back and arms fit well but the front keeps riding up in my neck due what seems to be excess material in the front of the jacket. Given it is a summer jacket it really does not need to come up so high at the front.
All in if they make trousers to go with the jacket I'd buy a pair without hesitation.
June 18, 2015
Works well and at a resonable price...for a KLIM
Bought this jacket before a four day 1700 ride targeting all twisty roads. We were moving very fast and the air flow was good. The days were in the 90's and we saw many hours of 100 degrees. I only wore a "t" shirt under it and only put the liner on once for about a half hour when we got hit by a small lightening and rain pocket in the mountains. This was June in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The jacket I ordered is the light colored one, no way I wanted to be wearing black at a 100 degrees. Armor rode right where you need it to be and was very comfortable Pockets were okay for my needs as I just carried a cell phone, spare key, and wallet in them. Wish they made a set of pants that matched them with the same ventelation..
June 15, 2015
Definitely worth the premium.
I was looking for something to help with the long Virginia summers. I'm definitely ATGATT, do more miles than I care to admit and ride year-round (Except in ice).
First off, the Klim Induction in the Hi-Viz scheme looks far better than the pictures or video. The yellow is much more vibrant than most other Hi-Viz gear I've seen which is a definite asset without being over-the-top.
The most important aspect of the Klim Induction (Aside from the armor) is the very substantial mesh. My first ride was on a 75 degree morning and at first it felt wrong. Not because of the jacket, but it felt like I was wearing a short sleeved tee.
In short the mesh is fantastic and today, even at 90 degrees I didn't sweat even with a dress-shirt underneath.
The front is basically entirely mesh long with large panels along the arm which also allow airflow all the way from just above the wrist to the arm-pit.
The rear is another large panel of mesh and encloses the D3O back protector.
It has D3O armor. I hope it never gets used but it's so much more compliant than anything else I've seen which makes it unnoticeable while riding, a huge compliment.
Great fit and finish is what I expected from a high-end mesh jacket, and this is as close to perfect as possible. The shoulders are snug without being tight, the elbow protection stays where it should and uses velcro straps for added peace of mind - I can't see these moving in the unfortunate event of an off and is confidence-inspiring.
The wrist straps have taken a little criticism in other reviews, however I have found them to be capable and functional with both gauntlet race gloves and mesh short gloves. No complaints here whatsoever.
For storage we have the usual zippered side pockets which are roomy enough for my wallet (Packed with gas receipts) in one side and a few snacks on the other. Both sides have ingenious zipper "igloos" which I assume are to stop clothing getting snagged, or to keep them warm.. A nice touch.
The Napoleon pocket on the left breast houses a waterproof bag for things you don't want to subject to the rain (Mogwai, etc).. I keep my SpeedPass/EZPass in there because I don't own any Mogwai.
The collar is comfortable and unobtrusive, the zippers are great quality, smooth and feel like they should last forever.
On the left sleeve there's a compartment for a medical information card which is redeemable on the Klim website.
As for reflectivity, we have a wide strip between the shoulders on the back, one on each outer bicep, one on each breastbone and two on each forearm.
The bottom of the jacket is adjustable to accommodate those with (Or without) middle aged spread.
Although this is described as an American cut I still think it fits as some of the European brands which I prefer.
For reference, I'm a 34 waist with a 45 chest and broad shoulders and went with a large which feels like it was tailor-made and doesn't flap in the wind.
I haven't had a chance to use the waterproof liner yet so all I can really say is that it's grey and has a trick zipper which disappears when closed.
The liner is very easy to insert and remove which is a bonus for when those darker skies start rolling in quickly so you're not fumbling for what seems like hours trying to keep yourself dry on the side of the road getting laughed at by cagers.
I'm very picky about gear to the point of being annoying.
The Klim Induction is by far my favorite item of gear.
I wouldn't change anything about it and I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.
June 8, 2015
Nice Jacket, A Bit Pricey
I bought this jacket because I was looking for a mesh jacket with good air flow and above average crash protection. By and large, this jacket fits the bill perfectly--it does get a lot of air flow and comes with a basic inner liner for the 60 degree summer mornings we frequently get in the Midwest and is compact enough to roll up and keep on the bike just in case.
I also love the style of it, but do second some of the suggestions to go up a size if you have broad shoulders. I'm 5'9" and a bit barrel chested--nearly everything I own is a Medium, but I bought a Large here and it fits perfectly with use of the numerous Velcro tightening straps. The Hi-Viz color scheme is attention grabbing but not overwhelming. In terms of protection, the mesh purports to be extremely abrasion resistant, but the D3O back armor admittedly feels a bit flimsy (although lightness and flexibility was probably the goal) and I'm torn on whether to install a more rigid protector (which unfortunately would likely cut down on air flow down the spine). Otherwise, the jacket is fairly basic, lacking a dedicated cell phone pocket or roll-up hood like some or my other riding gear, although the included dry bag is a great idea. Not a deal breaker in any sense, but it would help offset the feeling that this jacket was a bit high priced.
June 8, 2015
This is an excellent summer jacket that provides open airflow and solid protection. That build quality is outstanding.
I highly recommend this jacket.
June 1, 2015
If you have the means I highly recommend it
I'm 5'10", 190lbs, 41 inch chest, 39 inch waist. Wide shoulders and back left over from my weightlifting days... pretty close to Anthony's shoulders in the demonstration video. The large fits me almost perfectly; I sort of wish there was a bit more room in the shoulders, feels a little tight... but it's probably for the best as a close fit provides the best protection. ( Room for thin layers, but I think a hoodie or sweatshirt would be too much.)
The length of the coat was a pleasant surprise... its a bit lower than waist length on me and longer than my other coats, which I am really happy about. I found the sleeves to be the perfect length; cuff edges at my mid-palms with my arms at my sides, and right at the wrists in a riding position.
In spite of the flex panels built into the coat there is not a lot of flex in the jacket overall IMO. The mesh and Cordura are tough stuff. If your body has proportions other than those the jacket was designed for, you may be out of luck. A little gut is no problem, but if you have a big belly you might find this jacket kind of constricting.
I don't buy a lot of gear so I don't have much to compare it to. For summer, until I bought the Induction, I was still using my Joe Rocket Ballistic ( the first version from 2003 ) and Fieldsheer Air Titanium of the same vintage. As you would expect, the Induction is in a completely different league. The design philosophy is different. With the two older jackets they are hoping the mesh will hold up enough to keep the skidplates and foam in place for abrasion resistance, whereas on the Induction I assume the shell itself provides the abrasion resistance and the D30 absorbs impacts. The Induction is much sleeker, thinner, and denser, and fits like an armored skin, where the other two are more like wearing my older brother's football jersey with some pads sewn in. After experiencing the Induction I no longer see the other two as safe enough for highway use. My perspective has changed.
The appearance of the Induction is, obviously, much improved over the other two. I really, really like it a lot. My "Power Rangers" days are over.
Unlike many other reviewers I find the thin removable liner useful. I have a rain suit already so its not going to substitute for that, but what is does very well is easily transform the jacket into a substantially warmer one, and stows away very compactly until you need it for that purpose. So when I ride to work in the afternoon and its hot, I can keep the liner in my luggage or even the pocket of the jacket itself, and then when I leave for home in the middle of the night, I can put on the liner and put the coat on over it and there is no more wind coming through.
The zippers are large and solid and easily worked with. The collar is soft but substantial enough to be useful without being too much.
There are two small zippered breast pockets in the interior, as well as the large and useful front pockets and the "Napoleon" pocket as Anthony shows in the video. Plenty of room for stuff, provided the coat is not already a tight fit.
All in all a premium coat at a premium price... as I said in the title if you have the means, I highly recommend it.
And, thanks to Anthony and all of Revzilla for a prompt and reasonably priced service. The video reviews have been invaluable in helping me select my gear.
May 30, 2015