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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Xeraux, Aug 16, 2011.
Naw not so much. I'm more of an ATGATT guy
I have traverse pants and latitude jacket, very comfortable on both. I would like a better lower leg closure system on the traverse. It opens and burnt the velcro. I have been in many rain storms. But the last two which were particularly heavy I had leaks. The jacket was left pit/pectoral region and the right fore arm klim Canada is setting up a new repair facility so this will be taken care of in the next couple weeks. Now the pants are a design issue. The water puddled wind pushed and went past the storm flap thru the zipper and over the goretex flap behind the zipper and made my meat and veggies gasp. As it was only 4 degrees. the water was a shock. The jacket I am not to worried about. The pants I am wondering how to fix this problem. I was thinking of having the zipper replaced to a ykk water resistant like the vent zippers. Any other options. I love both the jacket is amazing.
You can add snaps to the leg closures like the ones on the Badlands/Latitude pants.
Hopefully, if/when Klim redesigns the Traverse pants they will make this mod. - Velcro sucks.
i was thinking the exact same thing for the pant leg. never did like velcro, is it difficult to do? i have never done begore, i was thinking a winter project,
Should be easy. I would use the heavy duty post style snaps.
I have the Latitude pants and I am considering the jacket, but I am worried about the fit: I am tall and thin, 6'3" (1.92 cm) and just about 176 pounds (80kg). For the pants I got 34 tall and they are on the limit (1" longer would be great, but it is good enough with my Icon boots), for the jacket I would be a M size but I think the sleeves will be too short. I do not have a place to try the jacket before buying (there is one shop in the entire country importing Klim products, no Latitude M or L on stock), I would appreciate any information from people that are about my size owning a Latitude jacket.
There is absolutely no way the sleeves are going to be long enough in a M. I'm 6-2 and an XL has about the right length for the sleeves. Granted, I'm 220 and your lighter weight will help some, but not enough.
I'd say you need an XL and would have to live with it being pretty baggy. If your arms are short for your height, perhaps a L would work. But a M for a 6-3 person? No way.
Honestly, you're going to need some custom tailoring to get a jacket to fit well. I'd suggest you look at the Aerostich stuff - they'll add sleeve length for a small fee to either a Roadcrafter or Darien jacket and are pretty good about returns to have stuff re-sized. I like my Latitude jacket and its somewhat more stylish, but the Aerostich stuff is VERY functional and a good fit would trump style in my book.
A couple more sizing thoughts...I'm 5'9", wear a size 42 Darien jacket and recently picked up the Latitude size L. The Latitude in L fit me perfectly at the neck/chest/waist, and the arms were way too long. I spent a bunch of time on the Klim web sizing chart, planning to layer underneath during the cooler months, so felt reasonably comfortable going for the L over the M. I really liked the fit and weight, and decided to do the alteration adjustments to bring both sleeves up an inch, which works much better for me. Not too happy about spending extra $ for the alternations, I am pleased with the final result.
If you're 6'2", thinking size L may small on the sleeve side, as well as the waist height. Either find someone with your sizing and the jacket, or try it on somewhere. Ah, you're in Romania. Hm. Okay then.
A little comparison commentary on the Darien / Latitude if anyone is interested...
I was finding the Darien to be a bit too hot in the summer months, particularly when commuting, the air flow isn't as great at 85F+, and my work clothes would be dripping. I find it awesome for winter wear - easy to layer, full length jacket that drips the rain off, waterproof pocketing. It's a great 3 season jacket.
So I looked in the direction of the Latitude as being a 3 season jacket to handle summer. Lighter than the Darien, good protection, Goretex, different venting. It's a jacket that stops at the waist.
The Darien wins on a pocket volume faceoff, there's just more of them, the Latitude has decent coverage for the basics. Not sure how much I trust the mesh pockets yet. Each has their own subtle favorite treatments: the Darien right wrist pocket is perfect for my garage door opener, the Latitude has a left wrist ID card spot where you can also jam loose change and bills.
If you care about looks, the Darien has the law enforcement ambiance, the Latitude is sportier. Most non-M/C people I'm around don't notice a difference - hey, looks like another black jacket.
Surprisely, the Latitude is a better fit for my wide neck, while the Darien velcro always felt a tad tight. The rest of the Darien handles layering quite well, while the Latitude will be snug with anything more than a single extra layer.
I've had a few soft get offs with the Darien, mostly with the bike almost stationary and I've rolled off onto pavement and gravel. The cordura has held perfectly, no scratches. Haven't test the Latitude yet there. I do like the lighter protection so far, as well as back coverage.
More sizing notes...
Got my Latitude Misano jacket today in size XL. Put it on with a light fleece and immediately thought "whoa, this thing is big!" I'm 6'2", 220 lbs, 46" chest and 38" (in Klim sizing:huh) waist. Tried the jacket with a heavier fleece and it was better, but still had some room. The sleeves were longish, but worked well sitting and standing on the bike. Even with the waist gussets open, it rode up and poofed up the chest more than I would like when sitting on the bike.
My old Rev-it Cayenne is a XXL and is slightly smaller than the Klim XL.
So I did what any rational person would do and sucked it up and ordered a Large. I'll do a back to back comparison and send whichever one doesn't work back. I think I may be right between sizes and just have to go with the XL in the end. It will be primarily a winter jacket so there will usually be a layer or two under it. I'll try and get the wife to take some pictures of the two jackets on me for reference.
The pants are great for me. I'm a 36" in most jeans, but Klim runs small in the waist. Even with the 38", I'll have to not let the holiday eating get out of control. In fact, losing a few lb wouldn't hurt.
More next week some time.
My latitude pants are staring at me from under the Christmas tree. Wife won't let me touch them until Christmas. Not even to try them on.
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+1 for Klim Latitude jacket & pants. I was looking for a comfortable, durable and versatile set and am very very happy. Just rode on the Ural in driving snow! Took them to Europe this summer for a GS tour and experienced snow, driving rain and 80 degree Italian days and couldn't have been more satisfied. The neck is a little stiff, but that is the only complaint and barely worth mentioning.
Got the Latitude in large today and compared it to my XL that came last week. Brace yourself for some ugly pictures!
Here I am. 6'2", 218lb this morning, 46" chest, 36-38" waist depending on the pants:
That light marmot fleece is pretty standard ride attire here in MS, and it usually comes off by the end of the day. If I had plans of adding a few more layers I might think differently about all this. A light fleece and a thermal undershirt is about the extent of the cold weather gear I need.
Here is the large:
Here is the extra large:
After trying both on I went with the large. The XL was just too baggy in the chest when seated on the bike. The shoulders on the XL let the armor fall off of my shoulders. Like I said, if I lived in Minnesota or Maine I might have gone with the XL.
Hope the pictures help somebody else make the right decision. Now it's back in the box and under the tree for the next week. God I love my wife .
Had my Latitude Misano for a couple months now and its awesome! I got the jacket and pants. My chest, waist, and weight are the same as yours Anticyclone, however I'm 5'11". I also went for the large as you did, the XL like you said was just too baggy. My inside layer for the cool weather is just a winter weight Under Armour thermal shirt and pants. When the cold really sets in, its a t-shirt and the heated Gerbings. I haven't had a chance to use it in the warmer weather yet. So far I am really happy with the gear.
Rode for a couple of hours in a light rain on Sunday. My Latitude Jacket and pants kept me absolutely dry. No leaks, but it wasn't much of a real test.
The real test will be a Spring, 4-hour, 200 mile, oh-my-god-what-am-I-even-doing-riding-in-this rain.
My Klim Traverse jacket and pants kept me bone dry in one of those the last time I wore them.
Oh! Also a thumbs up for my pair of Held Warm and Dry gloves. Again, no leaks.
I just picked up the pants. I'm a 32 waist 32 long and the Latitude 32 is PERFECT fit. The pants are low rise like most these days, so thats something to get used to, but they fit way better than my Dakar pants in general. Tight to get them over the hips to get to the waist, even with the side straps loose. Best winter pants I've found so far. I use City 2 pants in the summer/fall/spring. (Dakar pants if its really hot). Can't wait to be able to afford the jacket.
do you have the Misano or old style?
we disliked the old style...sold both of them....just way too stiff...sort of wish KLIM would add hip gators to the Traverse for we grrls. That way we can wear smaller jackets.
Had a real test of the Jacket and pants on our annual MSADVriders New Year's Day ride. We rode from 8:00 until 5:00 on everything from two lane highways to two track forest roads. The conditions were temps hovering around 50*F and rain. Nonstop rain ranging from light drizzle to pouring. I was on a DRZ, so no weather protection at all.
To give you an idea of how much rain, check this out, from the morning of NYD:
Meridian, MS was our turn around point. They received 1.93" of rain during our ride.
I got one dribble of water through the front zipper of the jacket early in the ride. I suspect the storm flap was not velcroed correctly since after I fiddled with it, it never leaked again. Nevertheless, I'm going to get my wife to sew some extra velcro in that area.
The pants were flawless. Not one drop got through.
When we stopped for lunch, the other guys all wanted to head back the direct route and some did. They were all soaked. I may have sold a few Klim suits when they all realized I was totally dry.
On the ride home the temps started dropping into the low forties. I had on medium weight long underwear, and a light fleece jacket and was fine.
Other than the slight leak that I'm pretty sure was operator error, the biggest issue with the jacket is how small the cuffs open up. There is no way a bulky winter glove will fit inside the cuff. The BMW Pro Winter gloves I started the day with were totally soaked from the inside within a couple of hours due to water running down my sleeve into the glove. On the way home I switched to an old pair of Rev-it gloves and could barely get them in the cuff.
All in all though, I'm pleased as can be. Excellent gear for the type of riding I do.