KLIM Badlands Pro

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mrt10x, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I've been debating spending the coin (which is honestly much more than I had originally planned on spending) on either a Latitude or Badlands jacket. I ride year round in northeast PA down into teens and single digits. If the armor turns rock hard in cold weather, that's simply unacceptable for me. Sigh.
  2. tbsingleton73

    tbsingleton73 The Drunken Crow

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    I just checked my elbow and knee pads in the jacket and pants. While the are the same size and basic shape, they are different. The elbow pad actually seems thicker and has deeper groves, I assume to aid in flexing. The knee pad is also labelled as such and the elbow is not labelled as elbow. You would think the knee armor should be bigger.

    As for the other comments, I've been riding over the last month in 0-7C (32-45F) temps and have not had an issue with the armor being stiff with the cold, compared to inside wearing the jacket.

    My only complaint is sometimes the Velcro in the pads pocket will undo and the pad will shift position.
  3. snaert

    snaert visit www.rvsz.ch

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    I have had 3 different sets of Klim Badlands jackets and pants since the fisrt and second ones were leaking. Klim did do a brilliant job and modified the third jacket then wihch stopped the leaking problem. On the first and second sets I had in both knee and ellbow the same D3O marked with "knee". In my third set however I have another D3O:
    [​IMG]

    Also in the third set the same protector in pants and jacket. Seems like Klim has changed the used D3O model...

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  4. keiji

    keiji Long timer

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    Do you have any details regarding how they stopped the leaking?
  5. snaert

    snaert visit www.rvsz.ch

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    The problem were the upper vents on the sleeves. They added a flap to prevent rain getting in direct contact with the "water resistant" zipper. Now it is absolutely waterproof in my case as well for my riding buddy who had exactely the same problem.
    You can read the whole story with illustrating images on our webpage under http://www.rvsz.ch/?page_id=59 (It's in german though)
    Here one image of the modification:
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  6. wb5plj

    wb5plj Been here awhile

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    HAHAHA :D

    one of my knee armor pieces (or elbow I suppose) is torn at one of the edges. I haven't asked Klim about a replacement yet.
  7. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    I did my first ride in the Badlands Pro this weekend. First impressions are this suit is heavier and hotter than my old BMW R2P. It also feels harder/crunchier which I suspect is the Goretex material. The temps we rode in were 40F to 93F and the suit felt very hot over 80F and that's with all of the vents open. I might be selling this thing soon, will probably look for something lighter and cooler. I have no doubt this suit will protect me in a hard crash, but I don't want to ride in the Western states all summer in something this hot and heavy.

    Does anyone know when the Klim Adventure Air suit will be released?
  8. bastimentos

    bastimentos Been here awhile

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  9. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    Dang, I've been waiting impatiently for their vented Adventure Air jacket. I got to check out one of their prototypes up close last August, but I didn't think I'd be able to make it out of the back room, past the front desk, and through the parking lot in time to call it my own. :lol3
  10. snbrd4evr

    snbrd4evr Adventurer

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    Had my first nasty weather experience with my jacket and pants. I had to go pick up my bike from service and had the choice to do it either yesterday or a week from today and I choose yesterday. The day started out at 50 degrees and sunny, then on the way to the shop it changed to 38 and rain/sleet.

    The ride home was just fine. And we're talking an hour and a half ride, rain 50% of the ride, and temps below 40. My only problem I had wasn't with the jacket or pants but was with my gloves. I wore my snowboarding gloves, but they're so bulky they cut off circulation and made my hands colder than not having that insulation.

    Soooo... Cliff Notes: under 40, rain/sleet, 1.5 hour ride = happy rider :D
  11. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    So, I've been seriously contemplating this jacket for some time now. I'm 6'0" 215lbs. 45" chest, 37" waist, not sure of my sleeve length, but my arms are long for my height. I can't try one on locally. It seems as though I'm between a L and XL size, but I hear these run a bit big. Could some of you guys comment on the sizing... Particularly anyone who is around my size.

    I plan to wear this year round, so I'll need a bit of extra room for layers in the winter.
  12. Sans Cage

    Sans Cage Mousy traveller

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    I have the Badlands Pro pants only, I do want the jacket but I must say that I am not a fan of D3O. I ride year round and in the winter the D3O goes completely stiff and feels like a steel plate against me. Makes my knees not want to bend at all (hurts like hell).
    I also use the Klim Tactical Short and do not understand why they did not use the PorornXRD in those as their standard armour. Seems like a far better product to me.:clap
    I had a high-side in Feb and my hips were totally fine, unlike some other parts of me "protected" by D3O and SAS-TEC.
  13. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Mine are up for sale. I just like the Traverse so much better, fit-wise.
  14. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    I have the Adventure Rally jacket and pants, plus I have another Klim zippered/hoody sweatshirt and with both the jackets I find the sleeves are VERY long (too long for me). I've talked with one the Klim designers and he even admitted the tend to size their gear with longer sleeves. So you're probably going to find this to be a great product for your longer arms.

    The Adventure suit does run big (especially the jacket). I am only 5' 10" but I have long torso and a 49" chest/36" waist. My typical t-shirt or dress shirt size is XXL. As such, I got a XXL size jacket. Because of their over-size cut, I could have probably been okay with an XL size.

    Hopefully this may give you some idea of how they're sized. If you're buying on line, find a shop that won't kill you in return fees if the size you pick needs to be exchanged for a different size. :nod
  15. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Thanks for the sizing insight. I'm actually looking at a vendor on Ebay selling new jackets for $720/shipped. I'm sure I'll get bent over backwards for returns... But for that price, I honestly couldn't expect too much. It looks like the large size will probably be my best bet. I think I'll pull the trigger soon... But the armor in the cold has me second-guessing this jacket... Decisions, decisions...
  16. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Well, they sold the last large at $720 literally three minutes before I committed to purchase. I'm definitely wishing I didn't decide to watch the YouTube review videos one last time before making the purchase. Sigh.
  17. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    I wouldn't say they run big. They seem normal to me. I'm large in jackets and shirts and the large fits just barely with an electric liner under it. With your dimensions, I would certainly buy an XL. I doubt the large would fit. I'm 5'10" 200lbs, 38" waist with a 43" chest and if I gain anymore weight, I'll be looking at a XL.


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  18. wb5plj

    wb5plj Been here awhile

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    I don't understand do the Klim Tactical Shorts use PoronXRD? or are you just wishing they would use PoronXRD? I really wish claim their materials better on there website etc.
  19. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

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    The large will be too small. I'm 44-45 chest and the large fits great with nothing under the jacket but a thin shirt. Any layers and it pulls tight in my arm pits.
  20. GillT

    GillT Been here awhile

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    When I sized the badlands the sizing just would not work for me. Like Ducatirdr said the large will be too small, but I believe the XL will be toooo big then. I'm 6' 45" chest 34-36" waist, the large fit okay with a Tshirt, with a thicker layer it was too tight and I could hardly move. However trying on the XL it was huuuge, with the Tshirt I was swimming in it and with the heavier layer it was still a bit too loose.

    I probably didn't help your decision much, but just wanted to throw my experience in.