Klim Latitude Pants
Best Purchase I've Made!
There is no other way to say it; the Klim Latitude Pants are just flat out amazing. But I really had to convince myself to purchase them, since I was quite worried about the cost; $500 is pretty steep for a pair of pants. However, after many hours and several hundred miles riding in them in various weather conditions, I am 100% satisfied with my purchase and highly recommend them for commuters, touring and adventure riding. Let me break it down and explain why these pants are a force to be reckoned with.
Protection & Durability: Protection doesn't get much better than D3O knee and hip armor. The knee armor is also very adjustable thanks to some large Velcro patches. The armor is quite flexible making it very comfortable while riding. 840D Cordura fabric will provide excellent abrasion resistance and is sure to hold up in the event you hit the pavement. The large leather patches in the inside of the legs provide some additional durability and protection where your legs will meet the bike and does a great job at warding off heat from the engine/exhaust.
Style, Comfort & Airflow: These pants are simple and sleek in design. Personally, I love it as it matches my Klim Blade Jacket very well. The pants are extremely comfortable to ride in for many hours, even with their heavy duty construction. Airflow is phenomenal thanks to the two huge side vents that vent directly to your legs through some mesh fabric. The two smaller rear exhaust vents also do their part to help hot air escape out the back of the legs. I spent 3 hours riding in 90+ degree humid weather and besides some sweat on the back of my knees, these pants kept me nice and cool the entire ride.
Features: These pants are packed with features, from the Gore-Tex membrane, to 840D Cordura fabric, to the D3O armor, to the awesome vents, these pants kept me dry, cool/warm and protected no matter the weather.
Cons: There are only a few things I dislike about these pants, the first being the fly zipper. The zipper is rather short and is further restricted from opening thanks to the waterproof gusset. This makes getting the pants on rather difficult to put, especially when wearing them as overpants. Once they get past my hips/butt, they fit great, but getting them on can be a bit hassle. Second, the adjustable knee armor can be a pain to get right. The knee armor has Velcro patches on it which attach to the Velcro patches in the pants. So lining them up properly in the pocket can be a hassle but once I got it right, they have stayed secure without issue. Lastly, the thick fabric bunches behind the knee and caused some discomfort at first. However, the pants broke in a bit and I seemed to notice it less and less the more I rode in them. If Klim sees this, they should definitely look into using some lightweight fabric or stretch material behind the knees since that area is much less prone to impact and it would improve comfort, especially for rider with bikes that have a sporty seating/body position.
Overall, these pants are great. And do not be worried about the price as I was at first; they are well worth the price. These pants will definitely last you many, many seasons of riding in whatever weather comes your way.
July 28, 2016
Solid product that could be improved
In general I like these pants. They're well-constructed, they're waterproof, the fit is good, and they look good as well.
Fit: the fit is spot on with the size chart. The cuffs have a fast and easy snap setup to cinch them down over your boots, and the cut works well in the riding position. Also, the knees are in the right spot for me, which can be an issue with some pants. Also, the general cut of the pants is very trim, meaning that there isn't a lot of extra fabric flapping around. This is a blessing and a curse (keep reading).
Waterproof: I've only worn them in rain once, but it was a steady hard rain for about 90 minutes at elevated freeway speed, and I had no leakage at all. So far, so good.
General quality: as you have a right to expect from a pair of pants costing this much, the build quality and quality of materials is excellent.
Heat: Yes, I know that these are Gore Tex pants, and as such, they're going to be warm, Here's the thing: these pants have huge thigh vents, and rear (bottom if you're sitting) vents as well, and together they flow almost exactly no air whatsoever. When the no-flow venting is combined with the trim cut of these pants, you get an exceptionally hot pair of pants. I don't know what the answer is, but it needs to be figured out.
Knee armor: While better than most, it is pretty much impossible for knee armor to be reliably in-place in a fall with any pants that aren't fully articulated leathers, or close. Like every pair of street or on/off riding pants I've worn for the last 30+ years, the way to go with these is to ditch the knee armor (a shame, as in this case it's high-dollar 3DO stuff) and use off-road style knee/shin guards. I tried my Icon street-centric Field Stryker knee armor (similar to the dirt bike stuff, but CE approved w/ 3DO armor inside a hard shell) but they were too bulky under these pants. Klim would be better served by eliminating the knee armor in all its pants, and designing a companion separate strap-on knee/shin product to sell with their pants.
Leg zippers: they're too short. If you're going to add complexity to the pants by having long leg cuff zips, make them long enough to facilitate boot-on leg entry. These aren't.
Overall impression: Until somebody acknowledges that in-the-pants knee armor doesn't work in pants like these, this won't change. Once you add your own knee-shin solution, they go to 'good.' There is a double fabric knee covering which seems stout, and the same treatment is given to the butt area. There is 3DO hip armor included, but it's very thin, so its effectiveness is going to be questionable at best.
But, at the end of the day, we're paying this money for pants because we don't want to be forced to stop riding when the rain comes, and unless you like riding in your own personal rain-liner-induced sweat-sauna all summer, a 2L or 3L Gore Tex pant is the only game in town. These are a solid choice in that arena.
July 25, 2016
I like them!
I originally ordered a 38, too small, went up a size to a 40, fits great once I have them on. Adjustable waist is nice. For me the armor sits in the right spots both in knees and hips when sitting on the bike. Heavier material in the right places. Fits over my boots easily. They are pretty heavy, but feel quite protective.
Rode a few hours the other day with temperatures in upper 80's, all vents open, not bad. Have not tested in the wet yet.
Very happy with them even though they are on the expensive side...
June 29, 2016
Very solid pants
Really wanted the Overland pants but they were on back order. I'm actually glad, because I really like these pants. They look like a slim fit in the pictures but are a cross between baggie and slim. 6'0" 185lbs. Usually am 33x32 jeans but ordered 32x32 because a lot of reviews said they run a little big. Fit is perfect. I wear UA heat gear under and not at all tight. I was nervous at first because they seem tight in the hips but what you put them on they are extremely comfortable. The length is perfect when sitting on the bike. Yes, they will be a little warm in 80°+ weather but the vents do work really well. People seem to complain about the armor placement but mine fit me spot on. The main reason I'm glad I purchased these over the Overland it is because of the Velcro on the leg closures of the Overland. The Latitude has a zip leg with snap closure. ( multiple snaps for different size boots) Fits over my Sidi Adventure Boots well...
Yes, they are expensive, but you really do get what you pay for. I have the Klim Badlands jacket, but didn't need the extreme Badlands pants.
I have not worn them in the rain yet. I'm sure they will be 100% waterproof.
I think these are great pants and highly recommend them.
June 8, 2016
I bought Klim, again
As I said in a little read review early in 2015 I don’t know why I shop at Revzilla. I keep buying stuff I don’t want and they keep sending it quickly. The review was little read because it was about a Klim 840 Latitude jacket which had been recently discontinued for Klim’s newer, more stylish and expensive jacket line upgrade. There was no need to read the review because the only 840 Latitude left left was size XS.
In early May 2016 I ordered a new Shoei helmet from Revzilla and it arrived in four days. I didn’t want one. 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 so many products, read the purchaser reviews and then buy something that costs a whole lot more than jeans and a t shirt. I figure my head and my butt are worth it, but that’s just me.
Soon I was going on a 4 day 2,100 mile trip New England to Ohio and back. I had just done a 700 mile weekend from Cape Cod to northern Vermont and back with 200 miles of rain. On that trip I stood in the storm along Interstate 95 pulling rain pants over riding pants while the interstate rest stop perverts in their cars watched and wondered. That rest stop helmet removal / boot removal / rain pant hitch up / replace boots / replace helmet while breaking a sweat in the humid air tap dance while being checked out by the regulars at the rest stop out was an activity that I decided did not add value and joy to my overall motorcycling experience. To reduce or eliminate the frequency of rainy visits to interstate rest stops I considered different pants. That Shoei helmet did not fit my fat face so it did not make that trip and I returned it and got the Latitude pants instead. My Nolan helmet will have to serve a little longer.
The Latitude comes with the D3O T5 armor which is nice. Trying to elicit some interest the part of my spouse I had my non-riding, non-gear head 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 1200GS might. She said she was pleased that I was protecting myself then returned to watching dog videos on Facebook. She had said she enjoyed not having a dog these days. I am not sure that is true. There is a rescued (repurposed?) 15 month old Great Dane arriving in two weeks so apparently watching dog videos had an effect. I watch Anthony and Lemmie on Revzilla and buy gear; she watches videos of dogs biting water from spraying garden hoses and gets a dog. Gear doesn’t shed or eat.
I own a pair of Klim Dakar pants from a generation or two (2012) ago. They have been great over the last 30,000 miles and I like the large cargo pockets but they are not Gore Tex. A cool wet crotch reminds me of that about 20 minutes into any significant rainstorm. The Latitudes are cut tighter, less boxy than the Dakars. The Latitude armor seemed lighter and I swapped in the Forcefield 4 layer hip armor I had in my Dakar pants. With the Dakars I often wear padded shorts adding a layer of protection. The tighter cut of the Latitude makes the padded shorts more difficult. The comments here about getting the fit right have validity. I am a solid 6’, 230 lbs with just under a 40” waist, 31” inseam and big thighs. A 40” Wrangler jean is loose in the waist. The Klim Latitude 40” regulars are a loose in the waist, but right in the legs and they are long in the inseam. Had I smaller thighs I could go with a smaller waist size. With the 40” Dakar the cut is loose so if you want to use them as an overpant you can fit pants beneath. With the 40” Latitude you would need to size up. I miss the cargo pockets but the pants look trimmer. There are two regular sized zippered pockets and the larger slash pocket across the left thigh. I am not betting they are fully waterproof and would put valuables inside my jacket in a downpour, but my wallet stayed dry in a light rain. The leg vents work well but with the weather protection on my ‘07 BMW GT not a lot of air flows. Standing on the pegs I feel the vent intake and the exhaust allow cool air to blow up my skirt so on a bike with less fairing they would work well.
The four day ride from New England to Ohio and back trip saw a two hundred plus miles with rain, mist, a flat rear tire and temps ranging from 49 to 95 degrees F. At 95 degrees at highway speed the jacket and pants were warm but bearable, much worse in traffic, but what are you gonna do? Late the afternoon of the hot day a little thunder and rain and the jacket and pant combination were just what I wanted. In the low 60’s degree F it was time to close up some of the venting.
On day four a zipper pull broke as the Klim logoed rubber end pulled off the nylon ribbon pull. Not serious failure but for the price I want them pristine for as long as possible. The zipper pulls are a bit fancier and perhaps less rugged than the simple ones on my Dakar pants and 840 Latitude jacket. I have talked to Klim and they sound like they will make good on a repair or replacement. If not I will embarrass them in a future review. But for now I like these pants. My Dakar pants won’t get much use going forward until I get a dual sport bike.
After 4 days and 2,100 miles of highway and two lane, 90’s and 50’s temperatures, rain, mist, watching texting, talking, lipstick applying, reading, eating, early stage dementia, lane drifting, “Whoa, let’s make that exit ramp from the center lane without signaling” youths and adults drive one is reminded that half the population is below average and most have car keys. I dress and ride with that unsettling knowledge and wear Klim, D3O armor, a hi viz vest and a full helmet instead of a do rag.
June 8, 2016
Crash test at around 30 mph. I wear them while practicing in an empty parking lot. They worked well enough that I didn't get hurt thanks to the CE armor but the pants ripped at the knees. I didn't slide far which was good because it seems like that would have been a really bad thing if I slid a longer distance. I am looking for a pair that will give me a better feeling that if I slide a ways the pants will hold up.
May 23, 2016
KLIM Latitude a good purchase
Purchased the KLIM Latitude pants (size 40 Tall) last fall and have been using them this spring so far. They are very comfortable and fit well.
Have been using them so far in 38F to ~45F weather commuting, and I have no scientific evidence to support but think they feel warmer than other over pants or gear used in the past. Perhaps they breathe better than the cheaper Gore-Tex knock offs?
Like the protective gear that comes with it, matches the KLIM Badlands Pro jacket D30 stuff, is much less bulky than the hard-armor stuff. Cannot even feel it there. A plus.
Wife has the whole Latitude suit for women, she likes it as well.
A good purchase.
March 18, 2016
I wear a 33x34 in most everything, so ordered 34 tall. Way too big!, about 2-3 inches too large in waist and really long, The actual inseam on the talls is 37" (I measured). Returned these and and got 32 tall. Fit good, just too long. Really doesn't matter about being too long, you can snap the closures on the ankles and they are fine. Length is actually about right when sitting on bike. Quality seems really good. My legs don't get as sweaty as with other non gore-tex waterproof pants I've owned. Haven't ridden in the rain yet, will post an update after I do. Like most others have commented, these pants have a pretty snug fit. I've got a pretty slender build and they fit me great. Overall, I am pleased with the pants
March 8, 2016