Klim Badlands Annoyances

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Strelok, Apr 16, 2018 at 4:06 PM.

  1. Strelok

    Strelok Too weird to live, to rare to die.

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    I searched for a dedicated Klim thread here and in the Vendor forum but couldn't find one.

    I have a Klim Badlands Spec suit (2017 Badlands just blacked out). Overall I'm very satisfied with it even given the price, but it's not perfect. I have two gripes with it that I'd like to iron out.

    1. The kidney belt in the jacket. I love having this thing, but every time I take the jacket off the kidney belt retracts up into the jacket and I have to wrench myself around to reach up and pull it back out. Anyone come up with a fix for this?

    2. Every single time I put the pants on both of my feet get caught in the loose internal liner, not even in the knee armor pockets as far as I can tell, just in the loose material all the way at the bottom of the pant leg. Anyone come up with a fix for this?
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  2. brianpc

    brianpc Long timer

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    1 - is your kidney belt installed correctly? It should be velcro'd in place in the center, and then wrapped through the elastic bands on each side. I've had the badlands and badlands 2.0 and have had no problems with the belt on either jacket.

    2 - I have no loose material at the bottom of the pant leg? Do you mean the leg cuff with the snaps / zipper on it?
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  3. Strelok

    Strelok Too weird to live, to rare to die.

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    It's fixed in the center, but the right side always retracts back beyond the elastic and disappears, even though I pull it through the elastic every time I put the jacket on.

    I do not mean the cuff with the snaps and zippers. I have those undone, and my foot gets stuck in the thin inner liner, not the Goretex I don't think, pretty sure it's the anti-microbial/comortable skin contact stuff. I have to reach in the bottom and pull it off my toes in order to get my foot out no matter how I angle my foot in.
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  4. AdamChandler

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    I have the exact same problems as OP. Thought I was alone.
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  5. RockHard_RideFree

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    Got the same issues as well.
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  6. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    You'll learn to deal with the belt.
    Got nothing for the pants issue.
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  7. frontman

    frontman Adventurer

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    Yup. That belt sneaks it’s way back into the jacket every time. I have last years Badlands I got from Rev on closeout and can say I love the combo. Great investment, right next to heated gear :)
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  8. EastRoad

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    I can't comment on the pants - don't have them.


    But the Jacket:
    I used to have the very same issue as you do.... and the belt was wrongly installed....

    If you look closely under the fabric where the belt passes through, there's two flimsy "belt webbing loops"... the outside velcro of the kidney belt is supposed to lock around that and keep the belt from retracting into the jacket.

    Photos:
    20180417_092242.jpg

    fully installed this is not "visible":
    20180417_092252.jpg

    hope that helps...


    and yes, the retracting belt is utterly annoying.
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  9. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

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    and yes, the retracting belt is utterly annoying.
    X5......grrrrrrrrrrrrr
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  10. Strelok

    Strelok Too weird to live, to rare to die.

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    Thanks, I'll check that out when I get home.
    If that doesn't fix it I'll probably try and sew on some flaps/hooks to catch the elastic band or something.
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  11. Smoke Eater 3

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    I haven't found any perfect riding gear yet. My Badlands is pretty damn close though. I would absolutely buy it again.
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  12. deesee

    deesee Adventurer

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    On my 2018, I can zip the kidney belt into the jacket, so the velcro doesn't get caught on stuff, or pill up my shirts. I find no need for the kidney belt, as I am a sport touring type fellow, and don't ride off road.
    The neck closure, however, sucks! I may be retrofitting a snap, as the velcro that they provided does not stay stuck...
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  13. EastRoad

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    a kidney belt is really NOT JUST for off road riders...


    The Neck Closure on may Badlands (2015?) has a velcro AND a SNAP in the middle of the velcro and stays put perfectly. ...
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  14. N22WLZ

    N22WLZ Been here awhile

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    The collar of my 2017 model against my adams apple was enough to make me try a different jacket.
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  15. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    Collar and zipper eating my neck up.....................and the stupid buckle on my C3 cutting into my neck.
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  16. EastRoad

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    ??

    On the C3: you can try shifting the buckle to one side or the other (it's adjustable)...
    I don't have the problems on the C3 Pro (E1) ... but had it on a previous helmet...

    the jacket's collar though? if anything it's a tad too low and likes to get a gap between the neck and the helmet - which can cause rain to enter if it rains heavily.
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  17. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

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    I've learned to put on the jacket with my right arm in 1st to keep the belt from disappearing, the collar is "fixed" by wearing a bandana around my neck. two days ago I went down in a hairpin curve, slid 30 feet across the pavement then 20 ft in a ditch 2 feet deep before coming to stop. I stand up from the bike asking the question, "WTF" just happened? had I not been wearing ATGATT I would be in the hospital right now and the picture would not have been pretty, however, with the Klim, not one scratch! yes, I would buy it again! the bike, well, I wish klim made a suit for a GS!:y0!
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  18. EastRoad

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    Glad it went "smooth"...

    But on the GS: Trust me here, they do look a LOT better with a few dents and plenty of scratches... at least I believe mine does ;)
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  19. Smoke Eater 3

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    I suggested to Klim that they make a removable collar for summer riding. No response.
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  20. nk14zp

    nk14zp Long timer

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    Would putting a plastic shopping bag over your foot let it slide through the pant leg?
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