Klim Latitude Misano Hi Vis Jacket
Using a touring jacket for commuting to work
Klim has won me over with the build quality and durability of their products. Backed by a generous lifetime guarantee, these factors justify the price. However, a brand promise as strong as Klim's can get in the way of the most important aspect of choosing riding gear: fitment. You can shop features, and you can shop price, but these aspects are irrelevant if the gear doesn't fit comfortably.
I wanted a loose-enough fitting jacket I could wear over business clothes without needing extra gear to accommodate the hot days or the wet days. Klim's American box cut accommodates a variety of body shapes and sizes with adjustment points: at the neck, butt, waist, biceps, and wrists.
I recommend taking the time and spending the money to try several jackets. If this one fits you, you'll be very pleased with its features and durability.
I wear this jacket with the Klim Torrent Gore-Tex Over Pants and REV'IT! Rodeo Boots to and from work in the heat/wet of Houston, Texas five days a week.
A size small fits my body:
height 175cm 68in
weight 63.50kg 140lbs
shoulders 37.00cm 14.57in
arms 62.00cm 24.41in
biceps 27.50cm 10.83in
chest 91.00cm 35.83in
Waistline 82.00cm 32.28in
July 27, 2015
I love this jacket. I have the hi viz and I enjoy it. I wore it to about 30°F and stayed warm with a wool sweater and vest. It holds up well in the rain, I stayed dry. And now summer in Chicago has finally started. It is great. It is warm in stop and go traffic but you remain relatively comfortable. The vents do a great job of channeling air over sweat to keep you cool (when moving of course). Lots of pockets for stuff and yes it's expensive but it's worth it especially when you see the dorks on scooters and flip flops getting soaked and you stay dry and comfortable. Would not hesitate to buy again.
June 10, 2015
I have only had this jacket for a short while but proven it shelf to be the best jacket I have ever owned.
I had a trip to Louisville, KY a couple of weekends ago from Maryland (611 miles one way) in temps above 90 and in the 70s with rain. When it was 90 degrees as long as I was moving I had no problem, air flow was great. When Stopped I heated up pretty fast. With the hot sun beating down on me the jacket never seem to absorb the heat, it reflected it.
Great jacket, I am going to buy the Klim Latitude Pants now.
June 25, 2015
I don’t know why I shop at Revzilla.
I keep buying stuff I don’t want and they keep sending it quickly. I just ordered replacement armor for my Klim Dakar pants and some new Spidi gloves. None of these things I want. I would prefer to ride a motorcycle like a cruiser dude with his 100% cotton American flag bandana do-rag helmet, black t shirt and fingerless gloves with a total retail cost of $29.50.
But I don’t. I go to Revzilla, watch Anthony talk in detail about everything, read the purchaser reviews and then buy things that cost a whole lot more than jeans and a t shirt.
Last October I took a ride to get new tires on my ’07 BMW K1200GT, then an inspection. While I waited for tires I demo’d a BMW R1200GSW and a BMW F800 Adventure. The next day I rode 340 miles in the rain. I liked the new Michelin Pilot 4’s. During that day I had an electric vest cease being electric, a rain jacket with a bad zipper I decided was disposable and I tossed some cheap “waterproof” gloves into the trash. I needed better gear. I tried on the BMW Rally suit while at the dealer. Didn’t fit but it was almost sale priced right on a rainy day in October with 160 miles to go.
Through the fall and winter I pondered long and hard about buying the Klim 840 Latitude jacket. It is what motorcycle owners do in the winters that bring three blizzards in 5 weeks. I looked at everything, Aerostich, Rev’it, Tourmaster, Olympia, Alpinestar all the other names Revzilla carries but had focused on Klim. I am big but fit and nothing with a European cut other than a glove is going to fit me (6’ tall, 230#, 38” waist, 48” chest, the XL works). Last fall I was staring at the website watching Anthony tell me about the Klim Misano Latitude jacket. I was back and forth between the 840 Latitude and the Misano throughout the winter, the Misano a bit lighter with better D3O armor, the Latitude heavier without D3O. In February when I was about ready to pull the trigger on the Misano I noticed that the Misano price, which had been the same as the Latitude, had increased by $150. I called Revzilla to see if that was really the case and they said it was. That made the decision simple. They are discontinuing the Latitude for the more stylish Misano and getting rid of that sub $500 price point. That price point is high enough for me. Aerostich was considered option however it is nearly $600 and has its own armor and no spine armor without an $85 upgrade. Glad I have the Klim.
I got the Latitude in black and a pleasant surprise was it came equipped with the D3O armor. Being the wonderful husband I am I had my patient non-riding wife hold the armor in her hands to see how it flexed. Then I put the armor on the counter and showed how hitting it with a hammer made it get hard. She asked if a hammer would do the same thing for me. I answered that a new BMW 1200GSW might. She said she was pleased that I was protecting myself then returned to watching dog videos on Facebook.
In late May I rode 1,900 miles over 4 days from Cape Cod through West Virginia to Ohio and back, on interstate and nearly 900 miles of two lane. I left at 50 degrees temperatures, it dropped into the 40’s. Day two in West Virginia it dropped to 48 degrees at high elevations and was blowing at 20mph in the highlands. No problem. By day 4 on the return trip I was in the mid-80s’s some places and the venting works. It is a superior jacket. I neglected to pack the heated vest which would have been welcome, but properly layered the jacket was excellent. I hit rain on the interstate in northern Virginia for about 30 miles before my hotel. It is great to not have to add rain gear. I just changed gloves. It worked as advertised. My bike has good fairing and my arms felt the coolness from the water on them, but they were dry. I understand why some reviews say it is stiff, it is. But it works. I am very pleased with the 840 Latitude. On the trip I saw a lot of people riding in T shirts and jeans or shorts and sneakers. Early morning (7am) on the interstate in PA I saw a couple of BMWs and a Triumph Tiger rider all fully geared with Klim and other brands. I watched stupid drivers while I rode 550 miles in one day and reminded myself that half the population is below average. So I dress and ride with that knowledge and wear a full helmet rather than a do rag.
June 1, 2015
This jacket, compared to my old jackets, is wind and waterproof. After breaking it in (which took one 2-day ride in the rain), it is very comfortable. Having a lot of pockets is very handy also. Haven't had a chance to check the airflow as it has been pretty cold weather so far. I like the ability to be able to use under layers with this jacket as compared to the Badlands Pro which would not have accommodated a mid layer.
Great service and price from Revzilla, my go-to store.
April 13, 2015
My new all-rounder
Been looking for a new Gore-Tex shell to replace my old gear. Could not have been more happy with this jacket. I was specifically looking for an unlined shell to layer with that was waterproof and would take me well into 3+ seasons of riding. I have yet to test it in the rain, but I'm sure it will score high marks as well. The Large fit is perfect for me (6'2", 185lbs) with enough room for layers underneath or just a tshirt. The cut is a bit more tapered than other jackets I've worn, but not like a pair of skinny jeans. This thing vents surprisingly well, but I can imagine switching back to my mesh for 90+ days. I'd rather sacrifice the GoreTex for breathability when its truly hot out.
Adequate pockets, extremely well-constructed, but lighter fabric (misano) so gives that broken in feel right off
the rack. Armor, while not adjustable, fits me in all the right places and can't beat the D30 package it comes with. Opted for the grey for better warmer weather. I especially like the gusset for expanded mobility when standing on pegs and the reflectivity of the logos, piping, etc.
I was seriously debating this jacket for the older Latitude with 840D all over, but am very pleased I did not. I feel as though I am super picky when it comes to riding gear, and although "they" say there is no such thing as the perfect piece, I'm beginning to think this jacket and my Darien pants will be with me for a long long time.
May 8, 2015
Great jacket for the money
I bought this jacket on sale instead of the newest version of the latitude.
Glad I did, it is a stronger version of the Latitude Misano.
Klim made the new Latitude jackets out of more flexible material to alleviate some complaints about the jacket being too stiff.
Some of the reviews state that this jacket runs large. That is true in that the arms tend to be longer for some reason. I am 5'8" and 197 lbs. I have fairly broad shoulders and the XL jacket fits me really well in that area. (Although I think a large may have fit me too. Each jacket has a wide rage of sizes it can accommodate. ) I've had many jackets over my 30+ years of riding and say unequivocally that this jacket is one of the best. I have a Fieldsheer cordura jacket that used to be my mainstay after I got rid of a really wrong Aerostich roadcrafter suit. The Fieldsher was pretty good but not up to the standards you see with Klim. The Aerostich hype doesn't begin to mention how uncomfortable it is. Break in, right...
I've ridden in the rain with this jacket and it really did keep me dry.
By far the most important takeaway from this review is that Klim makes some very comfortable, safe, very strong, and good looking gear. Hope this review helped you.
May 5, 2015
Best jacket ever
I bought this thing last week and took it for a ride.... Not just any ride but 4000 miles in a week! So during my trip the temp was from a low of about 48 to a high of 102, but I was never terribly uncomfortable. For the first time ever I have a jacket that the vents really work! If I said I was never warm or cool i'd be lying but I used this all week with no base layer without issue. I didn't get to try out the waterproofness but I suspect it would be fine. I was hesitant after seeing stuff about the collar but what I found was to ensure that the zipper was all the way up and everything was fine. If you leave it unzipped even a little with the Velcro closed its like having a saw blade on your neck. It is really comfortable after a little bit of wear and I found myself not removing it for stops to eat. Go on hit the buy button this thing is great and if it's not Zilla has always been good with returns.
May 4, 2015