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Old 03-19-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Klim Dakar comfort range: How low can you go?

What temperature range have you found suitable for the Dakar Pants? How about layering. If you layer, what material do you use? Jeans, poly thermals, under armor? I'm particularly interested in the cold side of the range as I have a pair of Mojaves if it's gonna be above 80°ish.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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What temperature range have you found suitable for the Dakar Pants? How about layering. If you layer, what material do you use? Jeans, poly thermals, under armor? I'm particularly interested in the cold side of the range as I have a pair of Mojaves if it's gonna be above 80°ish.

I prefer not to ride at highway speeds wearing Dakar pants
if the temperature is below 40 degrees F. The Dakar pants I use are
the style which was sold new six months ago. The problem is that
unless your under-layers are windproof, the wind WILL go through
the vents in the Dakar pants and if you are riding at higher speed
for more than a few minutes this will cause body parts most of us
prefer not to chill to become chilled. The crotch vents on the older version
of the Dakar should have been designed such that the vent could be closed,
but this is not the case. Perhaps the newer Dakar design has been improved in this
regard; the guys at Atomic Moto should be able to tell you whether that is true or not.


I think when it gets colder you're better off with Gore-Tex pants
because they are more windproof, but of course when it gets
hot you'll suffer wearing the Gore Tex pants more than you might
with a pair of well-vented warm weather pants which are not waterproof.


If all your riding is off road and at lower speeds, you can probably wear
the Dakar pants into much colder temperatures. But for me dual sport riding
usually involves some higher speed pavement so I don't wear the Dakar pants
when the temperatures drop below 40 degrees. I usually wear stretch shorts or tights
under the Dakar pants or if it is colder thicker fleece tights. Only experience will tell you
what sort of layering works for you in a given temperature, because we're all different with
respect to tolerance for cold.



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Old 03-19-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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Agreed, I move to Latitude pants when it gets colder. In fact I only use Dakars when it is hot.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:23 AM   #4
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One ride last November with my Dakars and I bought a set of Traverse pants
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