Klim Dakar comfort range: How low can you go?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by threadkiller, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. threadkiller

    threadkiller Long timer

    Jul 29, 2007
    Middle Tennessee
    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.
  2. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

    Jul 20, 2011

    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.

  3. divimon2000

    divimon2000 Been here awhile

    Apr 16, 2011
    Lake Champlain, Vermont
    Agreed, I move to Latitude pants when it gets colder. In fact I only use Dakars when it is hot.
  4. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

    Aug 27, 2008
    Woodland Park, CO
    One ride last November with my Dakars and I bought a set of Traverse pants :D