Monday, February 21

Klim Badlands Pro Jacket & Pants - Brief Review

UPDATED: Klim Badlands Pro Jacket Video Released 8/15/2011

The Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and Pants are a new Gore-Tex ADV shell combo we saw for the first time from Klim at Indy this year (this morning actually). Please excuse the Candids as we do not have our hi-res photos yet. Also check out the KLim Lattitude Jacket and Pants which are the more road oriented new alternative.

To be honest I am quite proud of Klim, who listened to the riding community and built a refined enduro / adventure touring combination of jacket and pants that are all-season, extremely technical and priced at $849 for the Jacket vs $1200 of the popular Adventure Rally Jacket.

Here is what I thought was notable after wearing it and monkeying with it for 15 minutes. Think "Klim Traverse on steroids built for a moto-superhero". It's what BeemerBatman would wear if he were real - or I was him.

Or it should be the jacket of choice for the hardcore all-season adv rider who just wants a technical shell vs a full jacket and liner system. It's an a la carte bombproof exterior.

The Klim Badlands Pro will be Gore-Tex ProShell and uses Armacore like the Klim Adventure Rally, but it is slightly lighter weight and includes a full kidney belt but does not have the integrated backpack system.

It also comes stock with d3o Molecular Armor in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees - as well as  a d30 T5 13mm CE2 Backpad.

There is also a DOW Deflexion Chest Armor Pad.

The fit is refined / tapered in my opinion is off the rack on or offroad ready

The Klim Badlands Pro Pants and Jacket will be geared for on-road and offroad use using Gore-Tex technologies including the 3-ply ProShell, Armacore and Gore-Tex Stretch Panels. The Badlands Pro combo will be Gore-Tex OnRoad certified which is their most extreme all weather test.

Here is KLIM's Spec sheet for the Badlands Pro - as of now.

It's not shipping until late Fall 2011, but we will keep you posted and have a video review soon - although there may be subtle changes before it hits the production line.

Keeping you all in the loop.


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