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The Klim Altitude is a true woman's fully-functional feature-rich jacket tailored to fit the female form promises to break new ground in women's motorcycle apparel. From concept to completion, this garment was specifically designed to fit and was based on the comments of hundreds of women riders.
Gore-Tex Misano performance fabric
840D high tenacity nylon abrasion zones at elbow shoulder and lower rear hem
Two bicep vents
Pit zips vents
2 vertical back vents
Adjustable side gussets at waist expands hip circumference 6"
Collar to shoulder fasteners for when an open collar is needed
Single adjuster on forearms
External waist belt
3M Scotchlight reflective for increased visibility in dark conditions
External pockets - two lower hand pockets, two large horizontal chest pockets
Velcro wrist tab closures
Jacket to pant zipper panel
Functional and fashionable
D3O EVO elbow armor
D3O EVO shoulder armor
D3O FLO 1 back protector (level 1)
Specifically designed for women riders
Special sizing specifically for women
Internal pockets - two upper zippered mesh pockets, two lower velcro closure mesh pockets, and one hidden passport / money pocket
Best jacket ever! Built tough, but stylishly for a woman. Vents wiell, tough zippers, waterproof...the padding kept me safe & the jacket only looked scuffed after I hit a deer, hit the gravel, totaled my bike & walked away with only a broken collarbone
September 1, 2014
Excellent jacket with some flaws
It's a nice jacket. At this price point, I'd say that's a given. I waited to review this until it got a good rain test. It kept me dry in 70 miles of moderately heavy rain. The contents of the waterproof pockets were not so fortunate. Luckily I had my phone in a ziploc bag just in case. This was particularly disappointing since they had apparently waterproof zippers. The upper outside breast pockets are only useful for flat items because they sit right on your chest at it's most protruding vertical level. One of them has a pouch intended for eyeglasses or sunglasses. Fine idea expect the location makes it unusable as the glasses or anything else bulky presses into you on the inside and makes a ridiculous looking protrusion on the outside. Lowering those pockets would make them usable. The back of the neck has a snugger to tighten the jacket around your neck. Good idea, but bad location at the back of the neck makes it a constant hair puller, even when my hair is tucked into my helmet. The inside pockets are made of the mesh liner material, which is a comfortable liner but lousy pocket material. It's too flimsy. Some of the pockets close with a little velcro tab, not secure for small items, thus requiring more ziploc bags. The zippered inside pocket is so flimsy that it requires two hands to operate, one to hold the end of the zipper the other to pull.
It's somewhat tailored to a woman's shape, though I find it baggy around the middle. Yes you can adjust the waist nice and small, but I still have all that excess fabric, just as when wearing men's jackets. It's long enough for my 5'11" height, very exciting since tall women's motorcycle gear is almost non-existent. The front zipper closure works very well and is fast to open and close, much better than my Olympia which required an extensive snapping process. The vents are easy to open and close, though not as effective as the Olympia they are MUCH faster and easier to operate. The neck is well-designed and comfortable with an effective way to keep the front tab open without flapping.
So overall a terrific jacket with a few flaws.
June 3, 2014
Klim quality throughout
We have been waiting for Klim to come out with a jacket that is fit for a woman. I have been wearing Klim gear for a few years and know the absolute high quality and the water-proof qualities of Gortex. On a trip to Alaska I survived brutal cold and jungle rains all the while being warm and dry and confident that i would be protected in a crash.
This jacket has all the same quality as the mens gear but is definitely cut for a woman. The sizing is true to the measurements so use the chart and don;t go with what you "usually" wear.
May 5, 2014
The most comfortable jacket I've owned.
Love the features on this coat...collar that has a snap open capability, side zips that give more room when seated, softer/more flexible armor and GORE TEX. The only down side is the sleeve length...wish they had a zippered extender like the pants. Another inch or two would be great.
April 7, 2014
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Richard B: Reputation and prior experience with Klim.Mar 27, 2015
Nathalie J: great protection, great reviews, designed for woman, adjustable, darker color better the the previous gray, waterproof but still goof ventilation...Mar 17, 2015
David S: Long term review and comments by ADVGrrl blogger Leslie convinced me of the quality and fit for my wife. We have been caught by rain when wearing non-Goretex gear once too often, and wound up soaked to the skin before being able to stop and get out the waterproof liner for current gear.Mar 14, 2015
Darlene B: Klim jacket was reccommended by a guy who rode 3 hours in pouring rain and remained dry and comfortable. Looking for a replacement jacket since my BMW jacket let the cold seep in through the long arm zipper.Mar 6, 2015
John F: Happy with the Latitude Misano, so this was an obvious choice for my lovely wife.Oct 21, 2014
Nate C: Looking for better gear for the wife. She thought it was more feminine and I thought with it being Klim it offered better protection than what she currently wears.Apr 17, 2014
David C: Garment had all necessary features and materials, yet obviously styled for women and comfortable to wear on and off the bike.Apr 1, 2014
Kambra B:I bought this jacket last year when it first came out. There were many things I liked about it when I tried it on, but I returned it because it just didn't quite fit me right. Just telling you that so you know I haven't been riding in it for a year. Having said that, I am 5' 8" and found that the arms were plenty long for me when sitting on the bike. As I said, I returned it so never rode in it, but I did sit on the bike in riding position with the jacket on.
The sleeves are plenty long, and I have long arms. I found the sleeves in the biceps area (at least in the first version of the jacket) to be somewhat bulky and there were no Velcro or snap adjustments to bring in the material. I also found that the wrist area got bulky when I closed the Velcro to fit me since there was a lot of material gathered up there.Mar 7, 2015
Amy E:Klim has a size chart on their website. It seems to be accurate for sleeve length. I have size S Altitude jacket; I measured my arms like the chart shows (center of neck to wrist), and got 26-27 in, which matches the sleeve length for a size small. The sleeve length fits me well, but the sleeves on the next size up medium jacket were too long for me. Hope that helps.Mar 6, 2015
Kathleen J:I'm a rider...not a driver and I am also 6 ft tall. For me with my arms reaching out the cuff is at the top of my wrist...arms at my sides it just below my wrist. Personally wish that the sleeve was about 1 inch longer.Mar 7, 2015
Craig S asked:I own a Klim Badlands Pro Jacket for myself and it is quite heavy.(Male size L) I'd be buying this jacket for my wife and am concerned about the weight. can you tell me weight difference between the 2 jackets please?Apr 3, 2014
Sherry K:Hello Craig,
The difference in the weight of the Klim jackets:
Badlands is 7 lbs( men's small); Altitude is 4.8 lbs. (women's small). My preference is for the Badlands ( because of the built-in kidney belt, chest protector, pro shell Goretex, better ventilation, and sturdier fabric). It is heavier but the kidney belt takes the weight issue away for me. Unfortunately the small men's size is just too big for me--mostly in the shoulders.. If Klim had this in a men's extra small I would jump at it. I'm 5'2" ( 29" inseam) and 110 lbs. , female, ride my own bikes and I'm looking for an adventure suit for aggressive street riding and some off-roading. I tried the men's small size 28 badlands pants & they fit pretty well-- venting is super, a little baggy in the seat but I like them. Just wish I could find a badlands jacket to go with. The Altitude jacket is nice but I don't think I can live with the very light gray color and I miss the features of the badlands. It is very pretty, however, and certainly a nice jacket , doesn't feel overly heavy, and is comfortable and flexible ( more so than the Badlands). It's a womens version of the Latitude. In a black or dark gray/ black I probably would get it for me personally.
My husband has the men's Latitude jacket & pants , size large and quite happy with his suit.
Hope this helps--- I'll be glad to answer your questions. It's a hard decision for sure.
I do like Revzilla and trust them as well.Apr 3, 2014
Kathleen J:Craig - I don't know the actual weight ...but yes it is on the heavy side. Fewer pockets, better collar design than men's jacket help keep the bulky feel to a minimum. The side zips make it more comfortable when seated. I switched from a Revit because I wanted a one piece waterproof jacket and liked the new armor system as well. Really didn't notice the weight except when mounting/dismounting. Still waiting for the "wet" test. Hope this helps - KathiApr 3, 2014
Mike H:From KLIM's web site: The shortest answer is no. KLIM does not manufacture final products in the U.S. However, the manufacturing story deserves more than a short answer. Truly understanding the scale of the topic is important.
KLIM manufactures parts of and whole products all over the world. As a technical apparel company with an intense appetite for the absolute best, KLIM sources raw materials and other ingredients from multiple countries (including here in the U.S.). Many of our materials require highly specialized manufacturing that is only done in a few places in the world. For instance, some of our GORE-TEX® laminates originate in different parts of Europe before being shipped to Asia for final finishing. Also, the thread that holds much of our gear together is sourced out of Texas.
In the pursuit of the absolute highest quality in our gear, KLIM products are only made in the best factories in the world. That is the single most important takeaway in any manufacturing discussion.
It’s important to note that just because a product is produced in China, Korea, Vietnam, Sweden, or anywhere else KLIM products are made, doesn’t mean it is cheaper in cost or lower in quality. While brands can and do travel to Asia to find factories that will build for the lowest cost possible, the gains in margins aren’t generally worth the reduction in quality. There is still a lot of truth in, “You get what you pay for.”
There is no easy way to show our customers the effort we take into selecting a factory. But we are very confident our products are produced in the highest quality factories in the world. KLIM’s decision to rely on overseas manufacturing is not based on pricing. It is based on quality first and sustainability thereafter. With all that said KLIM truly wishes we could produce our products here in the United States; however, in the short term, that’s simply not possible.Jan 6, 2015