Monday, March 23

Dainese Super Rider Jacket: Category Champion

Tony - Content Coordinator

There are sharks, and there is Jaws. There are cars, and there is the Ferrari 488 GTB. There are hamburgers, and there is the Thurmanator (Columbus, OH… you know what I'm talkin' about). The point is this, in life, there are categories, and then there are the unequivocal category champions. That is where the new Dainese Super Rider Jacket resides.

Dainese Super Rider Motorcycle JacketAs the best of the best in the Dainese lineup, this is a jacket that has been designed for a very limited segment of the industry. Lathered in MotoGP style and technology, the Dainese Super Rider, as well as the Dainese Super Rider Perforated Jacket, are truly the best of the best. With an overall CE Cat II safety rating for the jacket itself, the incorporation of composite armor at the shoulders, elbows, and chest, as well as D-skin 2.0 leather, and aluminum shoulder sliders beef this bad boy up to the max. They have even added external, replaceable, elbow shoulders sliders for y’all who really lean hard!

All of this comes with an extreme attention paid to comfort and fitment. Truly aggressive and cut to fit for the track, all of the safety features don’t come at the cost of making things bulky or cumbersome. And of course, a perforated version allows air to flow more freely for those hotter days at the track or on the street.

Dainese makes top-tier gear. That is their specialty. So when something comes along that stands at the top of their entire line, it is a definite attention grabber. Such is the case with the new Dainese Super Rider Jacket.

Have fun out there, be safe, and as always…

Enjoy the ride


Sunday, March 1

Klim Badlands Hi-Viz: Be Seen Adventuring

The best just keeps on getting better. Most of you adventurers out there are likely already familiar with the Klim Badlands jacket. The Badlands is known for being one of the most popular and capable jackets out there for hardcore adventure riders, whether you are covering some serious miles on the highway or trekking off road into the wilderness. Traditionally available in black or gray, Klim has listened to customer suggestions and has released the Badlands jacket that we all know and love in Hi-Vis Yellow.

Klim Badlands Hi-Vis Motorcycle JacketThe Klim Badlands Hi-Vis jacket is everything you know and love about the Badlands, with the added benefit of bring extra visible when riding in low light or poor weather conditions. The Gore-Tex 3-layer shell will keep you dry as you ride through rain and the occasional water crossing. The Superfabric incorporated into the shoulders, elbows, and forearms makes abrasion for the most part a non-issue. And none of the pockets will be a weak point, as they are constructed with Armacor on the back, chest, and waist for outstanding abrasion and tear resistance. To top that off, the jacket includes a solid D3O integrated armor system with elbow, shoulder, and a CE level 2 back protector included. Even the chest is covered, with siliconized spacer mesh armor.

Comfort is king, and Klim made sure that this jacket would be as comfortable as possible for those all-day rides. Adjustable straps are included on the wrists, forearms, and biceps. The collar is lined to prevent any excessive rubbing, and a removable and adjustable kidney belt helps to keep the jacket stable and secure when traversing rough terrain. For those extra hot days, a hydration bladder and hose can be equipped. Lastly, the large chest, side, bicep, forearm, and back vents have the ability to flow a ton of air, keeping you cool in the hottest temperatures.

Klim has nailed it again by keeping it simple and not changing what wasn’t broken. The Badlands is still among the best when it comes to hardcore adventure jackets, and is even safer now that it is more visible. If you have any plans to do some serious adventure riding in the near future, definitely keep the Klim Badlands Hi-Vis Jacket on your list.

- Byard

Klim Torrent GTX Overpants: ADV-Tough, Every Day

Most of you adventure-types are undoubtedly familiar with Klim and their bombproof adventure gear. The stuff they make is about as high-quality as it gets, although not everything is necessarily practical for everyday use. Well, for all you adventurous commuters out there, Klim has a new overpant for you. Say hello to the new Klim Torrent Overpants.

Klim Torrent Gore-Tex Motorcycle Over PantsThe Torrent Gore-Tex Overpants combine the convenience of an overpant with the rugged construction and protection that we all expect from Klim. Don’t feel like fully gearing up, but don’t want to compromise protection? Look no further. The Torrent has D3O hip and knee armor, as is standard with Klim armored gear. It will keep you protected from the elements as well with its Gore-Tex 3-layer pro shell construction and 3M Scotchlite reflective material for visibility at night and in poor weather. On top of all that protection, the Torrent will be more comfortable to wear over your work clothes (or whatever else you decide to wear under them) than most other offerings, and they have large zippers to allow for maximum ventilation. You can adjust the hem using built in snaps, and an elastic back allows for easy movement. To top it all off you get waist adjustment straps. These pants can fit a wide variety of body shapes and sizes and as such should be very comfortable.

Klim nailed it with this one, and I would recommend that anyone looking for the convenience of an overpant without sacrificing protection check these out. Whether you are a full time adventurer or an everyday commuter, the Torrent Overpants are versatile enough to be a great fit for anyone.

- Byard

Klim K Fifty 1 Jeans: Technical Commuting from Klim

Matt - Gear Geek

From the brand that is known for gear such as the Badlands Pro or the Adventure Rally, now comes technical gear for the street touring and commuting market. Just like Klim’s other offerings, they did not spare any technicality with the K Fifty 1 Jeans either. If you are looking for a denim pant that is protective and designed by an American company, look no further!

Klim K Fifty 1 Motorcycle JeansThe Klim K Fifty 1 Jeans are made from Cordura denim and feature Kevlar throughout the slide zones. Now that we have abrasion covered, lets look at impact protection. Of course Klim decided to go with D3O Evo Hip and adjustable Knee armor while also adding tailbone protection! For comfort, Klim has added a mesh comfort liner and given these jeans the fit of the oh so popular Lucky Jeans.

Klim is pushing their limits and breaking through other market segments with their new street touring and commuting gear! The Klim K Fifty 1 Jeans is going to be a great option for someone who does not want to wear their Badlands pants to work or when they are just going out for a bite to eat. They will also work great for someone who wants to keep a stealth protection look as well!

- Broughton

Klim Latitude Jacket and Pants: Redux

Andy - Gear Geek

Anddd they have done it again. While the entirety of the adventure touring / dual sporting world is still lusting over Klim’s original Latitude Misano, they went ahead and engineered a new piece for 2015. Still bearing a similar name, the Latitude Jacket and Pants retain all of the same function as before, albeit with a revised style and flare.

I am sure you already know about the Gore-Tex Performance shell that the original Latitude Misano was equipped with so I will not bore you with the features which remained the same. On the new Klim Latitude Pants, we are looking at a style redesign with minor improvements to make your riding more comfortable. The leather panels on the insides of the knees are slightly larger and shaped differently to give more effective coverage from heat and grip while tossing your steed around. The thigh pocket was refitted to a higher height and tighter angle to allow for easier access and the zipper pull was retrofitted to make opening and closing with gloves that much easier than before.

Klim Latitude Motorcycle JacketOn the Klim Latitude Jacket, the style upgrade was huge. The colored panels and reflective pieces on each colorway were redesigned to better mimic the humanoid shape; a safety feature which allows cagers to better recognize a motorcyclist at a glance. This may sound silly, but Klim has put the research in to find that this is an incredibly effective way to make yourself more noticeable. With that aside, the collar got some attention, too. The tightening pull on the back of the neck has been cocked off to the left side for a more natural reach with your clutch hand and the collar can now fold down to get some more air flowing through the jacket in the heat. There is even the Klim Latitude Hi-Vis Jacket for those riders who want to stand out a little bit more.

We are glad the Latitude Misano is not getting replaced and we are ecstatic to see that it has only been improved on. When you look at the changes made, nothing seems too revolutionary, but considering the Latitude Misano was one of the best all around jackets we have ever seen, complete change is not always what us riders think is best.

- Mello
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