Klim Latitude Suit

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Xeraux, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. ghostryder

    ghostryder made it

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    I noticed that the other day trying to get a set of winter gloves on.....
  2. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Yep. I had to take my watch off. :umph
  3. keiji

    keiji Long timer

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    I haven't worn a watch since I started riding... I don't get how any of you guys can stand wearing one under a gauntlet, even if the sleeve openings are big.....
  4. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    It's funny, I never really noticed it until this jacket.
  5. ar1814

    ar1814 Been here awhile

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    I'm riding my Latitude (old style) for about 4 months now. Everything's still fine. Haven't tried it in hot weather (above 20 C) but until -5 C, I can ride with only a technical shirt under it even in the rain/snow.

    I'd really like a back pocket, like on most DS jackets (and not only for a water bladder), but can live without it as I ride with a backpack anyway...

    Actually, even if it's a little stiff, the collar is fine for me. The velcro is very aggressive to helmets if left open though. Still love the style and even if there are big logos on the sleeves, at least they are reflective.

    If I had to buy a new suit now, the Latitude would still be one of the top on my list, but it's definitely not flawless...
  6. wonderings

    wonderings Long timer

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    I am outgrowing my BMW Rallye 3, so am looking around for a new jacket. While I like the Rallye 3, its a steeper price tag then what I want to spend again on a new jacket, especially when it seems there are some good jackets that cost less.

    How does this jacket handle the warm weather? Can get hot and humid here in SW Ontario. I have had waterproof jackets before, albeit cheaper ones, and they did not vent well at all.
  7. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    I actually upgraded to the Badlands from the Latitude because it didn't vent very well. Huge difference IMO.


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  8. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    That's good to hear since I just bought a Badlands. Venting was just one of the many reasons I went with the Badlands instead of the Latitude, but it was a close decision.
  9. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    I did the same thing for the same reasons.
  10. vintagebob

    vintagebob Been here awhile

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    The extra weight with the Badlands doesn't bother you?

    I tour in the Latitude (Misano) and chose it more for the weight difference, but additional venting would be nice.
  11. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    No, it doesn't bother me. I came from a BMW Rallye 3 jacket which was also kind of heavy. I loved the lightness of the Misano Latitude I had, but its a less breathable fabric. I was sweating in 75* with the Latitude, but the Badlands I'm quite comfortable at 80* which is as high as its gotten this fall/winter since I purchased it. I even find my new BP pants feel cooler than the Traverse pants I had.
  12. AdrianB1

    AdrianB1 Adventurer

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    Today I got a bit of water inside my Latitude pants; I have no idea how, but on a 30 minute ride in rain I got home with the left side of my butt wet and the other side perfectly dry. I looked at the pants, it was a darker part on the left buttock side (I have the gray pants) and completely dry on the right side. I will have to check when the jacket will arrive (ordered, but delivery in this part of the world takes a few weeks) if the water got between the pants and the jacket (shorter than the Latitude jacket) or just through the pants.
  13. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    I'm getting the Misano's.
    I'm just under 6' and weigh around 180
    What size jacket?
  14. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Where are you? You could probably fit into a Medium, but wouldn't have much room to layer if you ride on cold weather. If you're in a warmer part of the country, maybe cold weather layering isn't something you plan to do.

    But if you plan on layering during the winter months, I'd think about a Large. Just my $0.02.

    Of course, most places that sell Klim stuff will gladly exchange if you get the wrong size, so long as you don't remove the tags.
  15. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    I'm up in Vermont, USA
    I have a snug fitting Gerbings heated jacket so I don' tend to layer, I just crank her up!
    My dealer won't have any problem exchanging if it doesn't fit.
    Thanks
  16. Hipster

    Hipster Long timer

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    The zippers on my Latitude jacket and pants are getting a little more difficult to operate. I called Klim and the only lubricant they offer is for the lockout zipper on the Adventure suit.

    Does anyone know of a Gore-Tex safe zipper lubricant?
  17. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    You're putting it on the zipper, not the gore-tex, so unless you're inclined to be super messy, I don't think gore-tex compatibility is an issue.

    I would assume any good silicon lubricant would work fine. If you want to use something more application-specific, I have a tube of this stuff that came with a dry bag I purchased a while back designed for waterproof zippers and I use it on many other zippers. Seems to work fine. It's available in dive shops and online.

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    - Mark
  18. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    I got the large jacket and 34w pants. Everything fits perfect! Now I just have to wait till spring
  19. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I fixed it for you. I ride all winter, but not when the roads are slick.

    Anyway, we'll expect an extensive gear report. Something in the 5,000-word range. With pictures. :D
  20. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Wax on zippers works


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