Klim Latitude Misano Pants
Worth the Money
I bought these for a 9,000 mile trip. The trip ended after 4 days due to a crash, but I had the opportunity to ride four 12+ hour days in the pants, including some extremes of heat and cold, went through some very severe storms and heavy rain, and had TWO crashes. So, here is my review.
Features: great. The pants are well made, impressive right out of the box, and very comfortable. Heavy construction. I bought the gray, which look more like white, and they got extremely filthy very fast so minor complaint that ALL road dirt shows ALOT. Pockets work well and seal well. Never got a chance to use the leg pocket, but the hip pockets are nice and the mesh liner is not flimsy--it's quite secure and comfortable. The zippers dont leak. No wet crotch, even in heavy rain. Good design.
Minor complaint on the construction--there is a heavy seam that goes right across your upper butt that was bothering me after four 12-hour days. It probably wouldnt bother if your seat is flat, but if your seat has a step that holds you forward, this seam may bother you. Other than this, very comfortable. These are fairly low-rise, which turns out to work well in terms of fit when seated. Standing, they look a bit weird (junk in the trunk) but very well cut for riding all day once you are seated.
Fit: I think the sizing is about normal. I bought one size up, so I would have room to wear street or insulating clothing underneath if I wanted, and the fit was fine. They have suspender loops and I found this the best way to keep them up if you buy them oversize. In hot weather, nylon shorts are good underneath--the mesh liner is soft on your legs so you dont need an inner layer on your legs.
It's a bummer they only have one leg length--I have a short inseam and the armor isnt in exactly the right spot if they arent the right length, although it did still protect me.
Cold: Great riding in heavy rain at about 38-40 degrees on my first day, with only wool long underwear underneath. They seal out the wind extremely well. The adjustable gaiter snaps at the ankle are well designed.These pants will fit over heavy boots if necessary--the calf is very loose.
Heat: the pants are very heavy construction and would be very hot above 85 degrees or so if you dont open the vents. The vents work pretty well, the front acting as an air scoop .. . .although the rear (exhaust) vent has a heavy zipper on the back of your leg that is very close to being under a weight-bearing part of your thigh. But the ventilation system works, and even in heavy rain with the vents open, not much water comes in. BUt above 80-85 degrees, these pants will be very hot unless you can keep moving and use the ventilation system. For slow off-road trips, or stuck in traffic. . . you will not want these in hot weather.
Waterproofing: No leaking in extremely heavy rain, although I did get some water up my legs from not stopping to tighten up the ankle cuff. I also got some dripping down from a leaky jacket. But basically, I think these are very water tight and do not leak. No wet crotch and no seam leaking around the knees or pockets. The seams are all taped..
Crash protection: Yes, I can review that feature, crashed twice in one day. Hit a deer at 50, unavoidable, with a long low-side slide and rag-doll tumble on the pavement. No road rash, and only bruises under the hip and knee cups (killed the deer); I taped the motorcycle back together and resumed my trip, only to be run off the road by a hit-and-run driver an hour later, this time a high-side crash and very long pavement slide from about 55mph (yes, it was an extremely bad day). But the pants did their job--not a mark on me except for bruises and goose eggs, the pants were completely destroyed. Glad to report the hip and knee armor DOES WORK WELL, and the cordura DOES protect you in a slide even going down twice at 50-55mph.
I am VERY glad I had these heavy and protective pants, do not regret for a moment the $$$. They are expensive, but so are skin grafts. I will definitely buy another pair.
June 17, 2013
First rate in all areas
Took pants out of the box and spent 10 days in the Utah and Arizona back country. Very comfortable, no break in needed, warm on the cool mornings and cool as the day heated up--great venting. Pockets are just what is needed. Totally waterproof in the rain. Revzilla service was great, as always. I had ordered the standard, which were too short--I am 6'3" with 34 inseam--and the exchange for the tall was very easy. If in doubt I would order the tall.
May 20, 2013
Everything I thought they would be.
Great pants, although a bit heavy for SoCal, but airflow seems a tad better than average, but not "great", IMO. I had one very slow speed get off on dirt with these, and they still look brand new, which is nice. I've only done about 400 miles in the pants since I got them (2 weeks ago), so time will tell, but I'm very confident these are some of the best MC pants I've owned, and I do feel they are worth the $$$. They easily fit over my Sidi Adventures, and I think they could fit over bigger MX boots as well (although I haven't tried yet). Haven't ridden in the rain yet, so can't comment on the waterproofing.
One negative - pants came with a small, half dollar sized hole in the right hand pocket, in the mesh pocket lining. If I didn't catch it, and threw something small it there - like a lone motorcycle key, it would have definitely fallen out. Not good. Its a very easy fix to sew up, but not cool for pants a this price point. Again, not a huge gripe, as I don't carry anything in the pockets while on the bike, but its worth noting.
May 14, 2013
Do these pants make me look fat?
Why, yes, in fact they do. As some other reviewers have mentioned, Klim seems to have designed a large amount of free space in the seat area. Mostly I'm not checking out my own behind so it's not a real issue, and once on my ride they are superbly comfortable.
Outstanding features, comfort, and durability (for years to come from the look of the finishing). The day after I received my Latitude Misanos I had a 45 minute ride in a torrential downpour. Snug as a bug in a rug.
When I first ordered these I went with the Medium as Klim's sizing chart indicated a fit factor between 31-37" waist. I'm a 33" waist, 165lb, 5'9"... even with my skivvies on I could barely zip up. How a 34-37" person is supposed to get these on I've no idea. Thanks to RZ's awesome order/return policy, I had a new pair of size LARGE within a week. Thanks RZ!
April 22, 2013
Perfect to NW Riding
I have some over-pants for my daily commute but wanted some good riding pants I could wear on long weekend trips without bulky jeans underneath. I needed waterproof and something that didn't look/fit super baggy.
So far here in rainy Portland, OR...they've done everything as advertised. I've ridden them with a thin base layer and without and they've been great. In fact, these are my new commuters which means I have to bring my jeans and change at the office. These do fit tight so don't expect to be able to wear jeans underneath these unless you order a size big.
Pockets are great and padding fits great. Not a huge fan of the button-snap over the boots (would prefer zipper) but overall, these have been great.
A little on the pricey side but I made the investment on these because I intend to ride in these throughout the year (all season) and for many years to come.
April 15, 2013
Great pants except for the bum
Bought these pants as the Badlands Pro in my size were out of stock and I needed them quick for a 5,000 km trip.
Worked fine keeping me warm and dry. I am 6' tall 85 kgs with 42' chest and wear size 34 in jeans. I chose the 34 tall so that they would not ride up too high with a bent knee while riding. Spot on for length and waist measurement. The only problem these pants have is that the bum area is designed with extra room so that they are real comfortable when sitting.
This is great except when you stand up and your rear end looks like you have lifestyle pants on! Doh!
Maybe there is no problem if you have a larger sized bum but on my skinny frame not so good. They require regular hoisting in the rear to hide the excess material.
They worked well with my Badlands Pro jacket which has a long tail and so blends well with bum area.
April 15, 2013
Very high quality pants
These are really nice. The rear is tailored so it's puffy when walking around or standing up. As soon as you sit down they feel custom made. So comfortable.
I wear one or two thin base layers underneath these into the 20s and my legs are always warm. No leaks. They look as though they'd hold up well in a crash, even for textile. No loose threads or anything suspicious to say they will wear out soon.
These are seriously high quality. I'm a very big fan, they should last for many years.
February 25, 2013
All Day Waterproof!
I tested these pants during a 9 hour long dual sport ride in the rain and 50 degree temps. They were plenty warm with light weight long underwear underneath.
My legs were 100% dry at the end of the day. No pooling of water at the crotch. No leaking at the vent zippers. Without a doubt the most waterproof pants I've ever owned.
My only complaint is you can't put on your boot and then put on the pants. Well, maybe *you* can, but my size 13's would not go through.
They do run small though. I wear a 36 in street clothes, but knew from previous experience that I'd need a 38 in Klim sizes, so you might want to order one size larger.
January 2, 2013