Klim Latitude 840 Jacket
Awesome Everyday Jacket
I've ridden in cheap gear for too many years and I finally hit a tipping point a little over a year ago. I've been doing a lot of adventure touring, and all of my old gear was too bulky, restrictive, poor fitting, and difficult to use. I ended up picking up a (different) Klim jacket and pants. I enjoyed that jacket so much that I decided to get a new everyday jacket.
I moved to Klim for one main reason. I wanted a technical, waterproof shell. I'm a notorious for being too stubborn to pull over and put a rain liner in. The Latitude is very waterproof. When I roll up on a storm, I just zip up the vents. Since the shell itself is waterproof, it sheds water instead of soaking it up like other jackets with zip-in liners do. I've been in some heavy storms, but I haven't put it to the test with one of those hour-long torrential downpours yet.
The fit of the Latitude is amazing. I wear a medium in street clothes, but I typically have to get a large in motorcycle jackets. As a consequence those jackets bunch up in the arms and at the waist. I took careful measurements and went with Klim's recommendation of a medium and I couldn't be happier. I'm a little heavy right now, and the jacket fits snug with a fleece and electric jacket underneath. The tailored fit means that it is a dream in the wind. One of my bikes is naked, and the jacket doesn't flap at all.
I haven't owned the Latitude in the Summer yet, but it may be too hot for stop and go traffic in the South. I'm going to give it a shot though. If it's one thing that I've learned with my other Klim jacket, it is well designed jacket can flow more air around the body keeping you cooler than a poorly designed jacket with large, flat mesh panels. Sounds crazy, look at Dakar racers. My other Klim jacket was a dream at 102 degrees last summer...while I was moving.
As far as armor goes, the Latitude use their pliable armor, which makes it fit really well. It does not have a chest protector like more serious jackets, but it definitely has better stock armor than another other non-Klim jacket that I've owned. Other than ventilation, waterproofness, and armor, this jacket doesn't really haven any other major features. This is just a great comfortable and safe jacket for everyday.
And lastly, the Latitude is a sharp looking jacket. I get compliments all the time. It helps that it fits slim. However, I always look around when they ask me the price to make sure I don't get mugged. Sure it's an expensive jacket, but I plan on having it for a long time. I think a lot of other companies are trying to fight quality with feature sets. Helmets are a perfect example. Gimmicky features compromise comfort and safety unless they're designed really well (read expensive). I liken Klim to Apple and their competitors to a bunch of Android manufactures trying to differentiate with bullet-points and price. Makes since, those are both objective measures. Quality, comfort, and performance are all highly subjective and so you can't trust a manufacturer that claims the deliver all of those...because they all say they do. It's called advertising. LOL. Seriously though, save up for nice gear. And if you don't like it, use RevZilla's generous return policy.
March 17, 2014
Really nice jacket...
This is the first "medium" piece of clothing I've worn in years. I've been losing weight, but for most products am moving from XL to L. Measurements for chest and belly are 40", Hips at largest are 42" and this is where they fit most snug.
Haven't been in rain with it yet, but it seals great in the cold (I think GoreTex is the best for this, as well as for rain) and vents very well. It is quite comfortable at 80F and I expect that it will be as cool as anything other than mesh when the temp goes up. It has high quality of craftsmanship and materials and I appreciate the complete set of D3O armor.
I tried a L first and Revzilla was quite helpful and responsive for the return.
February 16, 2014
Finally! A stylish jacket that fits me well.
First off, I'm 6'3" 185lbs. I'm tall and lean and have narrowish shoulders so finding a jacket that fits me was a challenge. After trying on many jackets that were either too big or too small, I stumbled upon the Klim Latitude, tried it on in a Medium, and found that it fit like a glove. Looking at sizing charts, I never would have guessed I'd be a medium in anything, but this seems to work for me. I prefer a tight cut over a bag flapping in the wind. This jacket is tight, looks good, and still allows room for a puffy jacket underneath. The sleeves are just a hair short, but my gloves more than make up for it. The jacket was stiff at first, but after a few weeks of riding, it's gotten much better. It handles well on and off-road.
January 27, 2014
My first experience with the Klim brand. Purchased this jacket and the matching pants. I wear a XL shirt/jacket, and ordered the XL. At first I thought I was going to have to return the jacket as it seemed enormous compared to my old jacket. I decided to give it some more test fitting with all of my liners and heated gear in case I did need to return it. Now after 2 months, I am glad I stayed with the XL. Once the heated jacket liner goes on it is nearly a perfect fit. I'm 5'10" at 190 lbs and I think the arms are too long. Without fastening the velcro at the wrists, the jacket arms are nearly halfway into my palms. Speaking of arms the preformed bend in the arms does improve the overall comfort as the material doesn't bunch at your elbows. Klim thought of nearly everything in the design. The attention to the details is evident in the features and materials used. So far it has been cold riding as I got the jacket in the end of Nov. A ride less than an hour and I can go jacket and long sleeve shirt to about 45 degrees F. On a longer or colder ride I'm wearing my heated jacket liner. So far no rides in the rain. I was purchasing products less than half in price, they just didn't hold up, and always leaked water within the first year or two. I'm sold on the Klim brand.
January 26, 2014
Goretex will save you!
Awesome suit! 6000+ miles, no problems. From 17F to 90F, rain, desert, blah blah blah. This suit is everything you expect from an adventure suit. Super waterproof, well ventilated, doesn't get saturated in heavy rain. When you pay this price for a suit, you want it to do everything they say it will and it does. The lower pockets on the outside have tiny velcro and I don't know why they don't have snaps or fastex buckles. They don't stay closed as well as they should.
December 12, 2013
Great jacket with great fit
After a long time of searching info on the internet, reading on forums and even trying the jackets I decided to go for the latitude (over the badlands). My weight approx 200 lbs and 6' I was between a Medium and Large, but by preferring the tight fit and short sleeve length the Medium fits perfectly, even with the klim midlayer. Just received the jacket so for the moment I do not have any practical experiences.............thanks revzilla for the great service!
December 3, 2013
Best jacket I have owned
Love this jacket. I have a good amount of miles on it now, still looks like new, durable and very comfortable. It is good for 4 seasons, protects you well from all weather conditions and has good ventilation for warm weather. I live in Florida and use it all year, although it could be a bit warm in the hot summer months, but need it with me because is perfect for rainy days, which in Florida could be any day. I also gave it a good try this year through the smokey mountains during the fall,kept me warm and comfy all the time. Good storage compartments/pockets, great windbreaker, good protection from rocks, bugs and rain. Fits well, adjustable to your needs. I am very satisfied with this purchase. Bought the matching pants as well.
November 26, 2013
Thank you Filip Lewicki with Revzilla Customer Service!
Here goes my detailed story hoping it may assist future Klim Latitude Misano jacket buyers that may have a similar buying experience. I am 5'9" tall and weigh about 155 lbs. I am broad-shouldered. I have a 42" chest and 34-35" arms. Filip truly went to great lengths to make sure I ordered the correct size jacket. There are no Klim dealers in my area (Dallas, TX) so I relied 100% on Filip's advice over the telephone/email. He personally located and tried on two different sized jackets (small and medium) and sent me pics via email. Luckily, Filip is built similarly to me. A picture really is worth a thousand words! Along with the pics he attached to the various emails he sent me, he made personal recommendations based on how the different sized jackets fit him.
I purchased a medium Latitude Misano jacket (with D3O armor removed) to be worn over a size medium Fox Titan Sport long-sleeved ballistic jersey in the cooler months. The jacket will be worn with D3O armor in place to be worn over a size medium Tourmaster Synergy (electric) liner jacket in the winter. I find that the jacket fits me rather well. The sleeves are the perfect length on and off the bike. A huge plus for me is the bungee cord adjustment at the top of the jacket collar. Once cinched down, it does a wonderful job of keeping the heat produced by my electric liner jacket from escaping from the jacket during cold rides (hot air rises!). On the other hand, the jacket vents very well when all 7 vents are opened in 86 degree farenheit weather. Thanks to the Gore Tex, the jacket is completely windproof. I rode my motorcycle home from work the other day for 20 highway miles at 70 MPH in 60 degree farenheit weather. I wore the jacket over my synthetic t-shirt and the pants over my underwear. I was never cool or cold!
The thing that impressed me the most when I first wore the jacket was just how substantial and rugged (i.e. heavy) it was! Even though my Latitude jacket is made in China, the craftsmanship seems top notch. I opted for the light gray colorway. It is gorgeous and different (not to mention cooler in the warmer months) compared to the basic black colorway in my opinion. Hope this review helps someone:)
November 20, 2013