KLIM Badlands Pro

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

  1. ducatirdr

    ducatirdr Re-entry Noob

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    I had the same issue with the collar at first. It feels like someone is holding a butter knife to your throat when its stiff and new. It did break in after a few hours of wearing.
  2. snbrd4evr

    snbrd4evr Adventurer

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    I went for a 3.5 hour gravel/trail ride right after getting my jacket and my neck was raw when I got home. Couldn't shave for a few days (like I cared).
  3. Happycamper

    Happycamper Have bikes, will travel

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    I hated the collar. Now I actually like it. Seals up well in the cold and allows airflow in the warm. No longer feels hard and scratchy.
  4. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Did they fix the collar on the newest models? I was actually very pleased with how soft and comfortable the collar on mine is at the place where it makes contact with my neck.
  5. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    It's not keeping it open I have a problem with but sealing it off from the rain!!

    I hate the nasty little piano cord draw string and the thin material at the collar. I prefer a taller collar with a longer padded strip of velcro which can be snugged up to the neck. The draw cord for adjusting the neck seal...REALLY is that the best they could come up with in a $800 jacket!!! At least for my skinny neck it will take a lot on cinching up to get the neck to seal and the collar material will bunch up before it seals the neck with the draw cord digging into the neck with bunched up material. Also a thin seal to keep water from draining down my neck.

    BTW where does one route the camel back tube????
  6. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    I've had my Badlands for 4 months now and find it quite comfortable. I did cut the hand gators off, I though they were unnecessary and now I can get more air up the sleeves in warm weather. As for the complaints of a stiff collar and just generally unyielding fabric overall, well this replaced a Motoports Kevlar Mesh jacket and stretch pants. Compared to the mesh Kevlar, the Badlands feels like silk.
  7. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    My reply a couple pages back
  8. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Thanks
  9. bikefever

    bikefever Adventurer

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    Hi Guys, could someone post a summary list of known updates on 2013 Badlands Pro?
    I'm thinking of buying one (thanks everyone this thread is megahelpful!) and would find such list very helpful.
  10. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Okay, it seems the more that I ride with it, the less I like the collar (everything else is GREAT. Now I'm starting to see why there are complaints about the collar. Not terrible, but not a complaint I'd like out of a jacket at this price.
  11. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    I'm sort of the opposite. I hated the collar to begin with, particularly the drawstring and thin fabric. Now I don't notice it at all, and it does a pretty good job of keeping wind and rain out for me.

    Just an opposing view. You never know what sorts of things will bug you, and what sorts of things you'll become accustomed to.

    Ride on!:ricky
  12. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I did still just buy it. I only have about 200 miles in it, so maybe I'll come around too. Hopefully, anyhow.
  13. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    you're married right......:rofl
  14. Matt

    Matt Dirt Virgin

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    HI-Viz option is the only change this year, no structural mods - as emailed to me from Klim.
  15. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    Not married. Never married. No kids, either. Which means I sleep like a rock and I'm happy as hell. :D
  16. bikefever

    bikefever Adventurer

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    emailed with Klim as well...

    "The only difference with the badlands will be that we have a new color. We have not changed the structure or the style or anything from previous years." Allee/Klim
  17. CDNRIDER09

    CDNRIDER09 Adventurer

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    Are they going to address this at all and improve the jacket right away or are they hoping that no other complaints are reported ?

    It is a show-stopper for me at this time.
  18. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    I've never had a problem with the vents leaking. Yes, I'm usually in San Diego but I ride throughout the state for work. I've ridden through some toad chokers with no leakage. YMMV
  19. kingby

    kingby Adventurer

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    I live in St. John's, NL. One of the rainiest and windiest places there is. I have not had a leak yet (fingers crossed :eek1). I am really careful about setting all the vent zippers up into the zipper garages, when not in use.

    I am also liking the badlands collar. I am able cinch down over my collared dress shirts (commuting to the office) and haven't had a soaked collar yet. I use in conjunction with my Shoei Hornet with the chin spoiler and the reduced turbulence around the neck helps I think.
  20. bikefever

    bikefever Adventurer

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    Id like to ask those Guys who own BDP jacket, do you experience any difficulties putting gloves under the sleeves of the jacket? Do wrist gators make it difficult?


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