Klim Latitude 840 Pants
Probably good pants if they only fit!
I have been drooling over the Klim gear for a couple years, and was now ready to pull the trigger on the Latitude Misano Pants. My only concern with the $400 purchase was ordering the right size. I read EVERY review on EVERY site and message board I could find regarding the sizing. Some said 'fits like a glove', 'true to size', etc... while others wrote "baggy", "oversized:", "American cut", etc... Finally I went to the Klim website ignoring everything else and just ordered based on what they wrote. I'm 5'10" 168lbs, avg build. I wear 32" or 33" waist pants depending on brands. I ordered the Latitude Misano 32s.
Of course RZ was easy and fast delivery. Once they arrived though... it was hard to pull them up #only wearing boxer briefs# the waist opening even with the zipper completely open is very narrow with now stretch in the material at all. When on, it was a struggle to get them zipped and snapped. IMHO there is NO WAY these are 32 cut. Not even close. The Klim site quotes a range of 30-34. I would say it would be more accurate to say the 32 size fits like a 30 pant, with the option to tighten them down to a 28. On top of it the way the material is cut and stitched together the top edge cut in to skin making them them irritatingly painful to wear. The pant length was fine, the width of leg from quad to calf was fine. It was just that darn waist was too dang small.
Returned the 32s for a pair of 34s. This time waist fit better, but I'd say it was like a 32 at best. BUT now the seat or area around the butt was huge looking like a deflated balloon. The legs were too long and way too wide. I'm a normal guy, and I've not seen a person I think these would fit. Perhaps if you're 6ft tall, small waist and huge hips and butt.
Lastly, the knee armor was thin. As was the hip armor. Except the hip armor wasn't located anywhere near my hips! More like the front upper and outer part of my quad muscle. Not close to any bone though. We all wear big boots, so I wish the pant leg zipper went up higher 3 or 4 more inches.
I'm not a fashion guy either, but I want my pants to fit, not be a painful distraction. I want to put them on and live in them for 3 weeks without any issues. I tried 2x to make it work but I think Klim's sizing is ridiculous. Returned them both and went with Dainese. Better fit, super comfy, better armor, and less money.
September 19, 2014
Great pants that keep you dry and warm or cool depending in weather.
September 8, 2014
I bought the Misano pants to match the coat I had previously purchased.
The fit was perfect. 5'9 155. The 34 fit perfect. I pulled the adjustable belt tight when worn alone. If I expanded the belt I can get a pair of pants under them.
I got caught in a pretty hard rain storm that I rode in for about 60 miles while on the expressway. I'm happy to report not a drop of rain came thru the pants or coat!
Comfortable up to 85 degrees. I got warm from the temp up if I had to stop for traffic lights. On the open road it was fine.
Excellent product. Highly recommended and worth the price.
August 18, 2014
Good features but misses the mark.
Mostly I am struck by the things I don't like. Fit was way to generous, like made to fit volumous snow pants under.Didn't get annoyed by this until on a week long trip. Good crash pads and I liked the inner thigh leather.
Closure at ankle difficult to "snap". I would prefer some adjustible valcro. Not really much air even with all the vents open. If it weren't for the no return policy after worn outside, I would send these back.
June 23, 2014
Like they were made for me
As soon as I put these on it was clear they were here to stay. I was eager to try these as others had commented on a different kind of fit at the waist. It is different... Good different.
The fit is clearly derived from modeling designed to give a seated rider maximum comfort without binding, creeping, or bunching. Frankly, they leave the package alone, the knees free and the butt comfy. Throw in total dryness and superior ventilation and you've got the ideal pant. As with all Goretex outers, they're only as good as the base and mids beneath. I go with KLIM for all those as well.
Materials and workmanship are straight A's. I nearly gave a demerit for cost, but after ogling over the design, quality, comfort, and safety features it's apparent those just don't come cheaply... Nor should they. If you want cheap there's plenty out there to suffer.
Lastly, when my wife whistles when I walk away it's confirmed I made the right choice.
April 14, 2014
I like them
I won't give the same full on rave of Revzilla that I have in the past just because I hate to repeat myself…but…as a company, for customer service, and with price matching and , return policy, amazing….oh wait I am doing it again. But the pants,
I wore these recently( first week of March) on a trip from Pittsburgh PA to the outer banks of NC. Weather ranged from 24-62 degrees. Sun and clouds, only got poured on once for 30 minutes. Waterproof, yes. No liner, I didn't want one anyway. Front zippered pockets hand openings are too small and not easy to use. No back pockets(that sucks a little). Definitely softer than the normal cordura but still somewhat similar to wearing a very heavy potato chip bag. But the fabric is as good as current tech allows and still bombproof. Rant warning: Every pair of pants ever made regardless of elastic, velcro, super glue…should have frickin belt loops! These don't with the expected result. But only to a slightly annoying, not deal breaking, degree.
I am extremely critical and can spot a bad design feature from a mile away. Admittedly, most people are much easier to please than I am. But aside from the listed negatives, I am actually very happy with them and they were plenty comfy on the bike (even if slightly annoying off the bike). I found these on sale somewhere for 100.00 less and with the price match the bang for the buck is unbeatable, at regular retail, I would still buy them. End of review!
March 31, 2014
Pants with room for those in need
I have these pants and the matching jacket and commute year round in the Pacific Northwest. These pants are very comfy on the bike. I wear jeans under these up to about 70 and down to the low 30's. At low 30's it get's chilly and the venting is not good at 70+. Get's better if you stand up.
Sizing: This was the big selling point for me. I have an odd shape where I need extra thigh and seat room. I can't even squeeze into some Italian brand pants that are 2 sizes too big. I got these 2 sizes too big (40 vs my jeans 36) and they fit perfectly with a pair of jeans underneath. The 36's fit perfectly with no pants underneath. For me, the baggy issues other have just means they actually fit. It is important to note that I had to get the "long" version because I'm 6'1".
These pants never leak and dry pretty quickly. I really can't complain about them.
Verdict: I would buy these again partly because they fit and partly because they are top quality.
March 3, 2014
Not for the short-legged...
Many of the ratings are not based on my experience, since I never rode with these, but I had to put something. I tried multiple sizes of Latitude Misano and Overland pants and could not get a decent fit. I wear in the range of 38-40" pants with a 30 or 32 inch inseam. I am 5'9", 195 pounds.
If you are shaped like me, you may be out of luck getting one-piece Gore-Tex pants like this (Revit pants that fit my waist must be made for people that top 6'4"). Revzilla has been very good about returns and exchanges.
Oh well. I've ridden hundreds of thousands of miles carrying plastic rain pants. Hasn't hurt me yet. ; )
February 16, 2014