Klim Latitude Jacket
Need to break this jacket in before comments on the collar
Ok, the collar! Lets go there. The jacket material is so stiff at first that as soon as you get on your bike the collar is smashed against your neck. The collar when the jacket is new will drive you crazy. I fiddled with it a bunch trying to get it off my lower adams apple and to keep from interfering with my helmet strap every time I moved my head. I was this close (very!) to returning it the first week!
But after wearing it for 2 months straight every day the jacket material has softened nicely and the collar is no longer an issue. I just wish the break in period was shorter!
Now for the waterproofness, I have ridden in some severe rain on my bikes, my arms, legs have stayed dry. But I think I had left the collar open a bit during some heavy rain and the inside front and Gerbing jacket got wet and dribbled down to my pants. I was on my C14 with the screen all the way up, the rain hitting my helmet was blowing down my visor and I think blowing towards the collar and that's how the front and Gerbing jacket and pants got wet inside? Next time in the heavy rain I will be sure cinch up the collar close to my neck and see if this stops the front and mid-layers from getting soaked. I hope so. Supposed to keep you dry!!!!
Armor, seems a bit weak on the overall coverage of the armor, but others have said the same.
Won't make a separate comment on the pants but I like them a lot!
On the ZX14 the airflow ventilation is excellent in the hot temps. On the C14 I don't get as much cooling air but its the bike configuration that's the issue. Seems to be just fine on the KLR.
June 22, 2016
Collar is problematic
Collar is giving me fits. If snapped closed, it presses uncomfortably against my Adam's apple. If left open, the Velcro grabs the fabric on the chin pads of my helmet. It's really torn up the fabric to the point I've had to order replacement chin pads for my helmet. I've had to mod Velcro on the collar to keep it from grabbing.
The rest of the jacket is fine.
March 13, 2016
Jacket and overprints were exactly what I was looking for.
Drove up to RevZilla showroom and tried on Klim Lattitude jacket and over pants. Both were what I wanted and fit well. Was out riding a few days ago with 80 temp. With all vents open I was cool and comfortable. It is very comforting to know that I have a very protective jacket and pants with GoreTex and I won't have to stop and put rain gear on anymore.
March 13, 2016
Overall, A Good Jacket...
Keeps me warm and dry, fit is true to size. I normally wear an XL/48 jacket, 5'10"/220lbs. and the XL fits great. The collar, on the other hand...
If this collar is an improvement on previous Latitude jackets, then Klim maybe needs to be investigated for violations of the Geneva Convention. Closed, it chafes and rubs my neck raw with each head turn. Open, the Velcro catches on the chinstrap cover on my Shoei, causing me to jerk my head continously to unstick it. Olympia has figured out how to make a comfortable collar...it's not rocket surgery.
January 2, 2016
Great product, quality fit/finish
After a lot of research I puchased this jacket and am really glad I did, fit and quality is definitely there and it feels great on. Ventilation is surprisingly good when on my RT in 85 degree weather. Only issue was that arms seem short on my 6'2" 175lb frame, usually wear Medium but had to exchange it for a large. Revzilla was great, made that process very easy.
November 9, 2015
A bit torn
Let me start off by saying I have experience with the 2 versions of the misano latitude as well as the overland jackets.
This version looks better then the misano ones, but does not vent as well. Fit is similar to the Chinese run of the misano jackets. So they are not sized as large as the Vietnamese run.
Sizing I am 185 5'10. I find the large fits best with layers and the medium fits best with no layers. I have the same problem many people do with klim. Their jackets jump up 2 sizes instead of 1. Their lineup has become really cluttered, they should make more sizes for staple products instead of having 10 different jackets with the only difference between models being an additional adjustable strap or one more vent.
Now the quality on this jacket is about the best youll find. Its a great fall, winter, early spring jacket. Can stretch it to late spring if you live in an area of low humidity. High humidity and 70 degrees youll probably want to look elsewhere. It simply does not vent well. The side vents are now covered with a flap so no air gets in. The arm vents work well. The back vent being horizontal is covered by the back pad making it useless. Klim needs to add 2 vertical exhaust vents to this jacket.
They already have a great latitude jacket model called the altitude. The female version is simply better. You get 2 vertical exhaust vents, pit vents with no flap covering them, the front pockets just like the old misano double as huge vents, and a far superior system to hold the collar open. As is, i feel the overland is the best men's jacket in the lineup barring the badlands (which is to heavy duty for me). The overland vents better then the latitude simply because of the vertical exhaust vents. You open up that collar and air flows in and out.
Even with all the negatives, if you are looking for a cold weather laminate jacket this is probably the best youll find given the price. Way cheaper then rukka. But if you want better venting and to save $200 get yourself an overland even though it doesnt look as good.
November 6, 2015
2016 Klim Latitude
Was able to view construction at Charlotte NC BMW but they did not have Latitude or one that was XL. Took a shot and ordered at REV based on size info provided by others in reviews. No question about quality construction. I also like the new Latitude styling. I am 5'10, 205#, 46" chest with gut to match. Bought XL. Feels good with Gerbing jacket underneath. Sleeves are perfect length. Short time I had with jacket has been good. Comfortable and worked well up to about 75F. Good venting. Scratching my head on the D30 armor. Yes comfortable but I hope I never have to look back and wonder if thicker would have been better. .
November 3, 2015
A great all around motorcycle jacket!
I have put around 1000 miles on this jacket, mostly commuting. I have so far ridden in 41 degree to 87 degree weather and the jacket has been very comfortable. I thought it would be great in colder weather, but I was surprised at how well it vents in warmer temperatures. Obviously, if you are sitting in traffic it gets hot, but even in the mid eighties it feels comfortable when moving. The only hot spot for me is the back armor. I leave the back vent open until it gets below 50 degrees.
I am 5'9" and 180 pounds. I have a 42" chest. The large fits perfect. I am able to get my Alpinestars GTX X-trafit gloves over the sleeves with no problem.
I have not ridden in heavy rain yet, but I have other Gore-Tex gear and am confident it will keep me dry.
The collar is a little tough on my adams apple. I now unzip the bottom of the two way zipper by 3' and it sits just under my chin in the riding position. If you are taller than 5'9" this will probably not be an issue.
Overall, I love this jacket and would purchase it again.
October 9, 2015