Talk to me about the Klim Overland...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by rally roo, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Interesting thread, I'm looking to buy another Valdez but here in the UK we're tiold they're no longer available yet 2013 spec jackets are for sale on US Ebay and are listed on the Klim website - anyone know what's going on?

    I'd prefer not to buy a Traverse, I like the snowskirt and thumb loops of the Valdez and I'm not bothered about armour as I'll wear it primarily for trailriding with an Alpinestar pressure suit underneath.

    Anyone familiar with the Tomahawk:
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    Or the Keweenaw which looks nearly identical to my old Valdez?
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    Or the Klimate which looks like the Keweenaw & Valdez but without the Napoleon pockets:
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    I've been told that the Traverse is made of a tougher grade of Cordura than the Valdez which should give a bit more abrasion resistance which I think is a bit lacking in the Valdez as I believe it's main use is a snowmobile jacket - any comments?
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  2. bhb

    bhb Been here awhile

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    Bottom one does not appear to be a raptor, just a nice built f150.

    Also- thanks for this report. Really helps figure out the Klim line.
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  3. prime

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    Just got my xl Overland in the mail today:) i am very impressed with the quality of the jacket. The d30 armour seems to fit quite well and is very comfortable. I just took it for a quick ride in light rain, hardly a test, and stayed dry. No openings where breezes could get in. I wore a joe rocket alter ego before. There is no comparison at all in fit, quality or design. The only thing i would change is i would like the forearm straps to cinch up a little tighter. Not bad by any means, i only had a t shirt on but a little more snug in the forearms would be nice. I had great, quick service by both Klim usa and canada. :wink:
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  4. BCJC

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    did you order direct from klim canada?
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  5. prime

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    Yes I did. They originally figured the would be shipping May 25, last friday I got an email saying it was shipped, today it was here when I got home.
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  6. rpet

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    Got one coming at me compliments of Atomic Moto.

    Great CS from them so far, by the way.
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  7. Mr.Dabalina

    Mr.Dabalina Been here awhile

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    I decided to support my local shop and just got a pm from him saying they are in and he is holding all sizes for me. So I should get it tomorrow.
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  8. rally roo

    rally roo the hoonigan formerly known as sevenpointsixtwo

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    Good to know they're shipping! I talked to Revzilla and they didn't have them yet...
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  9. rpet

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    Atomic had all sizes but Medium last week, and they were able to get me 1 of 2 mediums available directly from Klim.

    so yeah, support the littler guy. :)
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  10. rally roo

    rally roo the hoonigan formerly known as sevenpointsixtwo

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    AtomicMoto says that the Overland fits large, unlike the Traverse. How's the fit on the size medium? I'm 6'3/190 so finding gear that's long enough without being super bulky in the torso is difficult. Probably shooting for the 32L pant.
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  11. rpet

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    Mine is on it's way still.

    I have a similar sizing issue to you, at 6' even; 155 lbs.

    Will post results later in the week when it's in my hands.
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  12. .fisher

    .fisher pissin' in the wind

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    I'm nearly the same build — hoping to hear your results.
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  13. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    Which has the better venting? the traverse or the overland? The overland appears to have the same shape vents as my chinook pants from klim, that sort of diagonal cut from waist to above the knee which I think helps scoop up a lot of air all over my leg. Can anyone comment to the effectiveness of one pant over the other?
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  14. bhb

    bhb Been here awhile

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    are you just curious about the pants? or jacket as well?

    I've got a Traverse jacket, and I really like it, but it doesn't vent all that well. all it has is under-arm vents, which, in riding position, are pushed closed. You have to hold up your arms a bit (bow them out) to get the vents to open up and air to flow. Thankfully its not a heavy jacket to begin with, so even with armor, its not terribly hot. Its been hot around here recently (90's) and it hasn't been terribly uncomfortable while underway. Sitting on the tarmac at a traffic light .... thats another story.

    Can't speak to the pants, I've got Latitudes.
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  15. prime

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    I rode home today thru town (60 km/hr) with jacket vents open. I have to say I expected the venting to perform a little better. I have a 4 day trip coming up next weekend, that should be a better test for this jacket than my 5km commute to work. I think I might spring for the pants too.
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  16. Mr.Dabalina

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    I just picked mine up. I have not ridden in it yet, but I do think this maybe a bit toasty on those 90 degree days. I don't think many jackets other than a straight mesh jacket can be comfortable in those temps. This is my first motorcycle jacket so i can't compare it to much. It is much more comfortable than the other three piece jackets that I happened to try on. Coming from back packing and snowboarding the do it all shell makes more sense to me. For fitting purposes, I am 6' and weigh 215 and the large fits perfect. I am able to put my north face, 550 fill, goose down jacket underneath and all is right. I will post back when I go for a ride later today.
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  17. TegRacer324

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    Those are all definitely from their snowmobile line. I actually have a tomahawk for sledding. The klimate even has insulation in it I believe. They might work in the dirt somewhat but I don't think they're really built with any abrasion resistance in mind.
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  18. rpet

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    This Overland is very well made! Just enough pockets and doo dads to have enough utility, while remaining minimalist.

    The armor is much more substantial than I thought it would be. It is great quality stuff, and I see no reason to upgrade it. The spine protector needed some help with a utility knife to finish the vent holes - a 5 min job.

    The M fits me well - 6', 155 pounds (cyclist's physique). The sleeves are long enough, and the dropped tail all are good. (I often have issues with stuff being too short in these areas). The jacket is a little bulky on my skinny frame, but that will allow met to wear a fleece or down underneath as well as body armor when necessary; I like those options.

    I can fit my Dainese compression suit/spine protector underneath if I remove the KLIM's shoulder and spine armor. I will be using the jacket both ways: with it's included armor for road rides, and with the compression suit for more offroad stuff. In other words, this is going to do double duty as my touring jacket and my enduro jacket.
    The sleeve cinch strap should keep the jacket's elbow armor in place better, plus reduce bulk and wind drag. This was a key differentiator vs the Traverse for me. If I was not planning to use the jacket's armor and would always be wearing body armor underneath, I probably would have opted for the Traverse. It's price is better if you're 100% Enduro mode.

    With the included jacket's armor, I can wear my Leatt over the top of everything comfortably. I do not think that will work with the jacket as a shell, and my Dainese suit underneath it.

    The venting could be better. The vents that it has are are large, but some sort of chest or front of arm vent would be a nice addition.
    I think it will be hot under 40mph, but haven't had hot weather here yet to actually test.

    The styling details are much better than the Traverse, in my opinion.

    I will be pairing this jacket with KLIM Dakar pants for a 4-week Western US trip in July (OBDR, CDT, western TAT). For road stuff around the tri-state, either the Dakar or heavy jeans.

    Again, great customer service from Atomic; they were highly communicative and got an M drop shipped from KLIM HQ for me.
    To be honest, I would have gone with Revzilla if they had the gear earlier, but they didn't have as good information to share and received their KLIM goods a few days after Atomic Moto.
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  19. rally roo

    rally roo the hoonigan formerly known as sevenpointsixtwo

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    Thanks for the report! Your sizing solidifies my decision to go with the L.

    Atomic will be getting my business as well. I talked to Brian and they didn't have the 32T pants in stock just yet, but I will hopefully get them on order when I get back from Canada in a few weeks!
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  20. staplebox

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    Can anyone speak to hot weather venting / use of the Overland?
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