2018 Klim Latitude

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  1. Patch

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    Everyones leg lengths are going to be different ... but like @elcabong my knee armor is effectively shin pads. After sitting on the bike I have to ajust them up before riding off.
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  2. N22WLZ

    N22WLZ Been here awhile

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    Knee armor seems to work best to me independently of the pants (same goes for my current Latitude pants) because of sitting versus standing lengths. Just got the new Latitude jacket last week and couldn't be more satisfied with how well it fits and adapts. The collar seems wrong again, the forearms are weird and the sleeves seem long but it all is absolutely perfect once on the bike.
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  3. Poweranger

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    Did they lengthen the sleeves on this new version? The sleeves were way short on me when on the bike with the last version. Sounds like the collar issue is sorted.
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  4. augie05

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    So..... I bought the pants and just sent them back. I really liked them other than the knee pads as referenced above. Mine were in black and the same lot number. I didn't want to send a brand new set to Klim for "warranty" work. Ultimately i wonder if Klim knows they have a larger issue with these and what they plan to do about it.

    See the attached picture. The top piece of tape shows the middle of my knee while the bottom two pieces show the top and bottom of the knee pad. When sitting, the knee pad is still way below my knee.

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  5. sebnad

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    I recieved my pants back from Klim and the knee pads are now at the right place when placed at the lowest adjustment in their pockets. I’m really happy with my pants now, only thing that could be better is lower waist and elasticity in the waist for comfort.
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  6. Big Derek

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    anyone got anything to tell me about a 3xl latitude I've just ordered in grey for our European summer ? hope there ok
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  7. maveriks

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    Very glad I found this thread - Thanks to Ol Man referring to this thread in his AK ride report ...I followed up my April jacket purchase by getting home the pants this weekend. All along felt the knee armor was more like shin protection barely over my knee when on the bike....mine is #1859 too (size 36)...will contact Klim tomorrow.

    I'm hoping to get it back in time for my AK trip end of the month.
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  8. atokad

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    I cannot speak to previous version, but I just bought a 2018 XL and the sleeves are very long. Have not road tested it yet. I wear a 36.5 sleeve normally and these feel about like a 38" sleeve. I'm ok with that though as the wrist velcro lets me hold them snuggly at my wrist and the forearm adjustments make sure my elbow armor is in place. The body of the jacket has some room in it, just enough I am hoping to allow my heated liner to fit underneath. Haven't tried them on together yet. Moving over to Klim after 35k miles and 10 years in my Olympia Airglide 3-1 jacket that served me very well, but has faded considerably. That was always a bit short at the waist for me and the collar and liner system and having to put rain gear on and take it off bugged me. Hence the move to the Klim Latitude. If I like the jacket well enough I will be looking into the Latitude pants next. FYI - 6'3", 38 waist, 238 lbs.
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  9. maveriks

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    Opened case, responded to case confirmation email w pictures. What is typical time for closure from experiences?

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  10. elcabong

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    It was about 4 working days not including shipping time for me (2 day shipping, 4 working days and another 2 days for return). This was in April. They could be busier now that the season is in full swing. They did an excellent job BTW.
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  11. Luckycharms

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    I found the exact same thing when I tried on a 2018 Latitiude at a dealer recently. The large was the perfect size except the sleeves were 1.5" too long. The medium fit snug and wouldn't allow for layering in cold weather.

    Don't have any idea why the sleeves are so long in this jacket.
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  12. rd400racer

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    I've worn XL in shirts and jackets for the last 30 years (17.5x37) so naturally I bought an XL Latitude. Yes, I agree that the sleeve is a tad too long but so far it hasn't hampered the wear of the jacket at all, and will probably come in handy when I start layering come cold weather. Interesting thing is that I just bought an Induction from an inmate...it was a large yet his body size was almost identical to mine. I was very skeptical about buying it but figured worse case I'd put it up for sale again and not lose any money. Well, the large Induction fits me perfect.

    Clothing sizing is without a doubt one of the most random forms of measurement in existence.
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  13. atokad

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    The sizing drastically changed when manufacturing moved off shore and on top of that the material quality has varied so much that the fit changes as the garments are worn and washed. I have long sleeve casual shirts from Eddie Bauer that are 20 years old and timeless, and still in great condition. Can't find anything even close in quality and fit from them anymore.

    You guys are making me think I should try on a Large Klim Latitude before I take the tags off my XL and start using it. I figured I would need about that much room though to layer a fleece for colder days.

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  14. rd400racer

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    I'm 6', 200#'s but I have large shoulders. The XL fits me fine. I'm afraid if I would have gone large then it wouldn't leave much layering room. I've also worn XL in First Gear, Revit and Alpinestars jackets.
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  15. TBTSyncro

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    I'm 6'' 190lbs, and a Large is a perfect fit for me, with enough room for layering. :)
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    And that right there is the quandary of sizing. We're damn close to the same build, but I have to do the slightest bit of contorting to get the large Induction over my shoulders. The gut area is fine, but I couldn't get another layer in there. Good thing it's just a summer jacket.
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  17. elcabong

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    Same here. I would have loved to buy the size Large but those sleeves were long. Everywhere else was perfect. I purchased the Medium and although I can layer underneath with a fleece, it is tight in the shoulders and abdomen but not to the point of restricting. Still, my next one will be a size large and I'll have to deal with the longer sleeves. It was one of those questions in the back of my mind about jacket size and advice given that a snug jacket was safer and better wind management than a looser jacket. Logic says so but for an adventure/touring jacket I should have gone up a size IMO.
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  18. maveriks

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    Update: called Klim today; 2 days later after sending pics of my unused pants bought this past weekend. They were receptive to my situation of leaving on a riding trip in 2 weeks. Got the return shipping lable & when pant reurn is in transit - they will ship me a new one in time before I leave on my trip.

    Defectives happen, appreciate the effort to work w customer.

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  19. atokad

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    Ok. Took the tags off this weekend (very carefully pulled the little plastic connecters apart), put the jacket on, zipped it up, got on the bike and gave it one last tug from the center of the chest for a last check...Dammit. Too much slack, took it off and put on my old Olympia and went for a 300 mile ride. The Olympia fits really close without either of the other 2 liners in it so I think I may fit in a large Klim just fine. Have to go back one last time and try the large on.

    To be continued...

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  20. Patch

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    Clarification on the pants and knee armor issue ..: the affected PO manufacturing error is very easy to compare to a proper one. See pics.
    Klim has been great and I am able to have my pants replaced. For as often as they are trashed on this forum I'd wager that many don't simply call and talk to them like a rational person with a solvable problem. Sure it stinks there is a defect - but it does happen.
    Pics - you can see the difference - the proper ones are on the bottom.
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