Klim Traverse Suit

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by osteo, May 18, 2010.

  1. Travman

    Travman SDF

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    Here a quick update on the Traverse jacket. I replaced the D3O elbow armor with large Know flex elbow armor (still like the D3O in the shoulders and back). This is the waffle cut looking stuff. The Knox armor fully fills the Traverse armor pocket and provides nearly twice the coverage of the D3O elbow armor and is significantly lighter.

    Also had the jacket out in the rain for the first time. While riding in the lower Smoky Mountains this Saturday. Spent about 2 hours riding in a light rain in the morning and again for 1 hour in heavy rain on the BRP. Stayed totally dry. Not a drop came through the jacket. Now I do sit behind a full fairing and a large windshield but the upper portion of the jacket was still completely wet from the rain.
  2. psychopompos

    psychopompos Been here awhile

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    Today I rode to work and back(25 mile round trip) in some moderate rain, and my Revit Infinity leaked pretty much everywhere but through the zipper.

    I've skimmed over this thread, and a few others, and the Traverse combo looks like it might work for my needs - something that fits over jeans, jacket that can be layered under, waterproof and somewhat quick to get in and out of.

    Now, a few questions I couldn't figure out: are the pants cut generous enough to go over jeans? There's no zipper between the pants and jacket, right? I'm assuming that the jacket is long enough to not expose the lower back, or is that wishful thinking?

    Finally, should I even be looking at the Traverse for commuting needs, or should I look the way of the Latitude, or something else entirely?

    Thanks for the answers!
  3. soph9

    soph9 Bike Addict

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    the jacket is lower in the back than front...enough to cover your ass...if you can fit your regular size pants in the waist you should be able to use these as an over pant....they are roomy compared to the Latitude. We just sold our Latitudes, well have a small jacket left and we are using our Traverse again. We had the original Latitude jackets and 840D Cordura was too stiff for us and we like the fit of the Traverse better. Great commuting suit.
  4. Urbandrag

    Urbandrag KLiM Beotch!

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    Traverse suit and powerxross gloves!... Boots are Icon non waterproof but I use neoprene socks...
    This monring after work... 40km under a windy heavy storm!... Check out the trees in the back, Can you see the branches are bending because of the wind?!... :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1
    Today it was raining almost all day, humidity was all around, and the suit dried in a couple of hours, hanging in the winter garden, no hvac or something like that!...
  5. tar356

    tar356 Adventurer

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    It's soooo much easier to buy these things if one can try them on vs. shipping back and forth. I've searched everything I can find about sizing, but not sure where I'm at with the size.

    Anyone know of a dealer in the Orange County, CA area? Or is there someone who lives in OC who has a pair I can try on for size?

    Maybe the experts here can help?? I'm 6'0", 185 pounds with a 33~34" waist and a 34" inseam (measured from crotch to ground barefoot). I don't intend to wear any knee pads/braces, etc.

    The Klim chart says a 34 regular should fit, and probably will. Since I don't plan on wearing pads/braces(just the armor in the provided pockets), can I get a more "fitted" fit with a 32 Tall??

    Thoughts?
  6. soph9

    soph9 Bike Addict

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    I would go with your pant size and go for the TALL....you are long! :D
  7. fmunson

    fmunson Adventurer

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    Interesting to hear you've returned to the Traverse suits sophp, I was hell bent for leat...err...Badlands or Latitude until I tried both suits last winter in Quebec, PQ. I thought both suits were amazing but found them too stiff and felt that they would be seriously warm come July. I'm a warm person naturally and like to ride with the bare minimum under my suits in the summer. My main reason for Klim and gortex was waterproof without an over-suit. I have a few thousand kms of experience this summer alone that demonstrates the Traverse's ability to keep me dry and cool as possible while maintaining a good level of protection. My only complaint is you need to stand up to get air flowing through the pants; off-road this is my normal position and the Traverse is great for this purpose. I added suspenders from Canadian Tire and 3Do armor to stock and like others the shoulder/underarm fit is tight but tolerable. I live in Newfoundland where temperatures are a few degrees Celsius lower than the mainland on average and still find myself keeping the vents open which alleviates this 'tightness. I recall one afternoon in NB this summer where we drove through thunder showers for 3 hours and I actually enjoyed myself, especially since my brother was swearing constantly over the headset about how friggin wet he was.:rofl
  8. soph9

    soph9 Bike Addict

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    you live and learn by trial and error...if KLIM does not release a newer more road orientated jacket and pants as comfy as the Traverse then we stay with the Traverse. We feel protected, we have D3o and take care when riding. The Latitude 1st generation was just too stiff and the pants did not fit like the Traverse does. We did ride in 109 F this summer in the Latitude...it's all in your base layer and keeping that wet with cool water. Opening arm vents in that heat worked to keep us cool for a few hours and then we would repeat the process. We now have cooling vests to help in the extreme heat when touring.
  9. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    i've got the traverse jacket and love it...2 days ridding in the rain and very dry and comfortable. i satill need armor though. i want the pants to match but have not bought them yet.
  10. catalina38

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    I sized my Traverse pants to use as a over pant to replace my old 36L Darien pants. I wear a 36w 33L in street clothes and the Traverse 36T fit great by it self but not as an over pant, I got a 38T and can use larger armor and wear jeans or fleece pants under it. They are a little long when off the bike but perfect on the bike
  11. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    thanks catalina..sounds like a 36t for me too. the jacket has one small pocket on the inside. do the traverse pants have pockets? a couple cargo type pockets would be nice for carrying maps.
  12. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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    One large pocket below right hip. They are the best option for a high quality water proof, breathable, well vented off road pant. IMHO
  13. zenjen

    zenjen Go Outside

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    It looks like Klim has a new, less stiff version of the Latitude.

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    http://www.klim.com/en-us/shop/moto/5146-000

    http://www.klim.com/en-us/shop/moto/5147-000


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  14. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    ordered the traverse pants from TELLICO OUTFITTERS this morning. $280.49 :)
  15. TimCC

    TimCC Been here awhile

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    I bought my traverse suit at the end of last season and haven't ridden in it yet. So last night I decided to put the knox armor in. I can't see a way to fit the knox back pad into the pocket without distorting it. I feel if I bend and mash it up to get it to go in it will kill some of the shock absorption of the foam.

    Has anyone successfully put the knox back pad into the traverse jacket?


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  16. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    It's not that fragile. Just roll it up enough to get it through the opening and push it in the pocket.

    It would be pretty silly to make a pocket for the back protector that would compromise the integrity of the back protector.
  17. kainam00

    kainam00 n00b

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    I have a Knox back protector in my traverse jacket, took a bit of persuading, but it fit just fine. Like the poster above said - it's not fragile, its designed to take abuse, bend and twist away.

    On the jacket and pants as a whole - I love mine.
    Had them on numerous trips and they were comfortable into the 90s in the desert and into the 40s in the mountains with a fleece underneath.
    The fit is fantastic, feels a bit baggy when you start off, but so great on the bike, no flapping what so ever.
    It's comfortable with a Thor impact rig pressure suit underneath for offroad riding and with some CE armor stolen out of scorpion gear for street stuff.

    Waterproof, goretex, cordura, fits both offroad and street armor, and top notch klim quality and fit? I looked around quite a bit and there is no other jacket even nearly this versatile on the market at this price.

    Could use more pockets, but the upside is that you never have to wonder which pocket something is in :)

    PS: happy to read that the materials held up well to a pavement off, that was always my main concern.
  18. kainam00

    kainam00 n00b

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    Just back from an hour of riding around back roads and some minor off road in the 90 degrees and humid weather. Not bad at all when moving, hot when standing still... But it's hot in shorts and tshirt too, so...
  19. Travman

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    My max temp for wearing the Traverse is about 80 degrees. Above that I switch to mesh rear. However, with proper long sleeve and a heated liner, I have worn the Traverse down to the mid 20's. So very pleased with the temperature range ability of the jacket.
  20. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    I'm good up to about 90, rode it truly offroad in the upper 70's. Got real warm real quick. However, youre right its great when its cold with some of the other Klim Layers