Klim Latitude Jacket
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
quality doesn't come cheap
you really get what you pay for with Klim... i first bought this to wear on a Triumph Tiger, but now im using it for dual sport riding on my KTM 500 EXC. good ventilation when moving and not as heavy as some other armored jackets. however, still not a great summer jacket, but will be perfect as temps drop below 75 degrees.
September 28, 2015
Just finished my first trip with the 2015 Klim Lattitude jacket. Probably got a little more info than I originally bargained for but here it goes. Did a 811 mile first day ride from Okc to Cortez Colorado. Temps ranged from low 60's am to over 100 in Albuquerque NM. Venting works well although I did wear a cooling vest in the very high temps. Am temps in Colorado were as low as 49 deg. so closing the vents gave a good option to warm up a bit. I do think the jacket could have more exterior pockets for my taste. I can never have enough places to stuff things from phone to a candy bar and billfold. I did have the unfortunate chance to test the C30 armor in a get off on the trail. It works as advertised and probably saved me from a arm brake even though I did break 3 ribs. I feel the cost of the jacket compared to other safety equipment, helmet, good boots, gloves etc. is right in line with what you get. Buy a cheaper jacket and you will be replacing it in a few years. Buy an expensive on and it last a lifetime. Overall very happy with performance and value. Would definitely buy again with no regrets. Klim quality is second to none.
August 27, 2015
Great jacket.. could use a few changes
great jacket. D30 armor comfy. a bit stiff still but good looking jacket.. I would change the fastening direction of the waist straps and "I" Cant reach the rear vent with jacket on..I had a first gear Kilimanjaro jacket and pants which i loved but decided that if I gave it to my son for his riding safety, I could rationalize buying this Klim Latitude jacket. with the D30 and the lack of liner it stows away on the bike nicely when off the bike. the stiffness makes it want to ride up on you a little which I hope will change when it loosens up.. I due like it and would buy it again.
The Kilimanjaro needed re-waterproofing now and again.. Kim Gortex is badass...
August 11, 2015
I live in a climate where the temps easily reach and exceed 117 degrees. This jacket is perfect. It affords good protection from the wind and sand very well. As long as you are moving it works as well as advertised. If you're stuck in traffic, it does get a bit warm, though no fault of its own. I ordered the hi-vis version as I want the extra added safety of being seen. I have no complaints to register. A suggestion worth mentioning would be to have more pockets. The zippers are easy to grab when wearing gloves. The added liner will not do me much good as we only receive about 5 days of rain per year. Though it may help when the temps finally drop to the 70's in the winter here. All well said and done it does the job it advertises and does it very well.
August 4, 2015