Klim Pants

Discussion in 'Australia' started by squizzy, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. squizzy

    squizzy Been here awhile

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    Hi Guys, after some feedback. I already have some Klim Dakar pants which are great for summer, but after some winter pants. Looking at the Klim Latitude or Traverse pants. Want something that is waterproof without needing to carry or take out liners when it warms up. The latitude are more expensive as they have another gortex layer and armour. The armour can be fitted to the traverse also for extra $. They both have zip ventilation, but apparently they are waterproof. Any opinions welcomed.
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  2. Wasca

    Wasca Adventurized!

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    Move to Queensland where we only have to wear the Klim Dakar pants all year round :lol3
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  3. Chuffa

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    I recently swallowed hard and opened the wallet for some Traverse gear. My thinking was - the A$ is tanking and soon this stuff will be even more expensive. I don't like mucking around with different liners either.

    With only a few outings of use, so FWIW I think the pants are really good. They are lightweight so you can wear another layer underneath to keep you warm without feeling overly bulky. They keep the wind out and help that way, but when it's cold I just wear thermals underneath & I'm toasty. The pants performed really well during a ride with a few hours of constant rain & kept it all out. It's the 1st time I've ridden in that much rain & stayed completely dry (except for my neck).

    As far as when it gets hotter - I don't know yet. If the ventilation works, then it's only going to work when you're standing and really moving I reckon, judging from the location of the vents/zips. Velcro cuffs make boot access easy and they fit around my mx boots.

    I'm usually a 36" waist but got the 34" and it fits perfectly. I can just squeeze them over some tracky daks and still talk the same (no hip armour). Warm wash & chuck them in the dryer, so the instructions say. Easy.

    The jacket works - except for the soft collar (nice) that seems too big & gets wet (not so nice).
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  4. Matt

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  5. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    Got my Traverse pants and jacket from AdventureMoto

    Very happy with them [both the Traverse gear and AdventureMoto] :clap
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  6. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Tangential question: how do you pronounce 'Klim'?
    I assumed it was like the big bald ex-swimmer, 'Milk' in reverse.
    But when Radioman was here (he's got the newest, bestest suit they make!), he pronounced it like 'Climb' - not that it matters much, but does anyone know the right way to refer to this stuff, other than "Pharking expensive"?
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  7. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    "Climb"
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  8. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Wikipedia reckons it's CLIMB...
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  9. Jdeks

    Jdeks Accepting and supportive of everyones feelings.

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    Hah! Asked the same question on the phone to Klim customer service today - it's pronounced "Climb".

    I had their Latitude suit. Took it through Morocco, Spain, Thailand, and a butt-load of Aus riding, including a head-on with a truck. Worked so well I bought an Adventure jacket. Took about 5 crashes to finally damage the pants, but did have a random fly zip failure for no good reason. Klim is being really good about warranty repairs.

    Nutshell version: it's seriously good kit backed by a great company. Worth the money. Go for it.
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  10. Dale950

    Dale950 Long timer

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    Now I have been thinking about buying the Klim gear too :D
    But ........ I was thinking how does this gear go in regards of washing it ?
    Will washing upset the waterproofness of the Gortex Layers ?
    I've never owned Gortex before & my gear gets pretty dirty .
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  11. Brute

    Brute Melbourne , outer east .

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    Thats the beauty of Gortex . you can throw it in the wash no probs . I have the Traverse pants . I usually wear a size 36 but my Klims are 36 & are a bit loose . Had to buy a set of braces .
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  12. Burgo650

    Burgo650 Adventurer

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    The tags say warm wash and warm tumble dry to help maintain waterproof properties.

    This does make a big difference

    Good to have a read of the Gortex Aust website.
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  13. Burgo650

    Burgo650 Adventurer

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    Love my pants. Vents work pretty well in hot weather, waterproof yes. Only one pocket thou.

    I found the knee pads rubbed the skin off my knees. I don't use them. However that was in hot weather, prob be ok with thermals on.
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  14. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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  15. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    What they said.

    My Traverse pants and jacket are the best riding gear I've used in over 40 years of riding. I don't use armour because I wear braces, and if its chilly, thermals too. As close to waterproof as can be, yet vent OK in the heat, but not as good as the Dakar, or lighter MX type nylons. But as an all rounder, terrific stuff. Just needs pockets like the Dakar and it'd ber perfect for me.

    Also with the jacket, I don't use any armour in the jacket, but wear shell armour under. Means I can take the jacket off and still be somewhat protected if its really hot.
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  16. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Thats great! I was wondering if I could still talk the same once the pants are over my tracky daks.


    The Traverse pants were 100% waterproof on a swamping raining trailride I did,good stuff.
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  17. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    I have a pair of Mojave pants and they vent quite well , on my recent desert sojourn I was quite comfortable ( early May ) with my skins compression pants underneath , however last weekend I went for a ride locally with Mudrat and when the fog cover was full on I could feel the cold creeping in so am looking at the Traverse pants myself for winter use .

    I crash tested the Latitude jacket Mojave pants combo on my Desert trip and can give them the thumbs up , 90 kph on a hard clay surface and not a mark on me or the gear , great performance for my money !
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  18. ozadvntr

    ozadvntr Planning that trip, again

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    Go the Traverse, I have a set, wore them in NZ this year, they are relatively water proof and stand up to a bit of punishment.
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  19. squizzy

    squizzy Been here awhile

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    Ordered the Latitude pants, will see how they go. Thanks for the feedback.:D
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  20. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    Provided you got your sizing right you will not regret that decision :clap .
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