Talk to me about the Klim Overland...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sevenpointsixtwo, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. hardwaregrrl

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    Sorry if this has been covered. But how do the pants fit compared to the traverse?
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  2. Elusion

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    Anyone have the Grey color? Some of the pics it looks almost white, seems like it would show dirt easily.
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  3. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    "Gray" is very white.

    I enjoy it on my Latitude Jacket for being cooler. But on paints I would most likely go black for the road grime/dirt.
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  4. sdd04

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    just got the pants. Not as light as I thought they would be. Colors exactly match my Traverse jacket for the gray.
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  5. Drop-n-Roll

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    I picked up one of the new Klim Overlands this week. I've been shopping for a 3 season jacket for several months never finding one that quite had everything I was looking for. I wear a BMW Air Flow 4 in the summer but I was looking for a jacket for spring, fall and winter.

    I spend quite a bit of time outdoors in the fall and winter hunting and have realized the past few years that the most comfortable I've been is when I use a merino wool base, a primal loft under layer and a gortex outer and that was what I was looking for in a motorcycle jacket, a gortex shell.

    I looked at the Revit and Dainese line but it was just too restricting in the armpit area. Nice stuff but too binding for my build. I tried just about all of the BMW line but didn't get a warm and fuzzy feeling on any of them. I was close to pulling the trigger on the Rallye 3 but I really wanted to try a Gortex shell.

    I kept going back to the Klim Badlands but just wouldn't commit to it. It fit nice but seemed a bit overkill with logos and pockets. I was looking for something a little more basic. The Lattitude fit pretty well but I didn't like the light color combo and was looking for something other than black.

    I tried the Overlands and right away really liked the fit. It was pretty basic with minimal pockets and a real nice look in gray. What I liked most about it was the fit. It fit pretty nice with just a tee shirt, but I could also layer up underneath without feeling all bound up. I finally wrote the check and took one home.

    Here's what I found. The jacket armor that comes with it is nice but for an extra $70 I can upgrade the back, elbow and shoulder armor to the D30 Pro. Same D30 the jacket comes with but a little heavier. A very nice upgrade! The jacket is very comfortable up to around 80 degrees with just a tee shirt underneath. The side and back venting works "very" well. There are no chest or arm vents in this model but again, I wasn't looking for a summer jacket. Some folks wish it had a waist belt. I'm pretty lean at 5'9 170 (33 waist) and the medium fit me perfect with no bagging or flapping in the wind, so the lack of waist belt was fine with me. When it gets cold I plan on wearing a primal loft jacket underneath. It's nylon so it won't bind up and the slipperiness of the primal loft makes for a real nice under layer. I can also slip on an electric vest or merino wool depending on the temperature. All in all a very nice setup for traveling or riding around home. All for $389 plus around $70 for the armor upgrade.

    Hope this helps those considering the Overland.
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  6. Drop-n-Roll

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    About the color. The gray in the Overland is not the same gray color used in the Lattitude. The Overland uses dark gray in the impact areas and a lighter gray in the body. I would have went with the Lattitude had it had the same color scheme as the Overland. I just kept looking at the Lattitude saying, "man that's light colored". Maybe it's just my eyes???
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  7. hardwaregrrl

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    So does anyone know if the Overland pants are sized and cut the same as the Traverse???
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  8. tcall52

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    In my opinion, the light color on the "gray" Latitude is way too light. I think it would show dirt from a mile away. I looked at the Latitude before buying the Overland. The Latitude is obviously a very nice jacket, but I like the Overland better for its simplicity.
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  9. sdd04

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    Gave my new Overland pants a go yesterday. Just under 100 miles in about 4 hours. Very comfortable and easy to maneuver in, and the ventilation worked great. May sound weird, but they just feel like your wearing pants as opposed to a snow suit. Waist is in the correct place etc. No problem fitting over my SG-12's at all. Got 2 more days of riding before I head back to work, but so far, these pants what I'd hoped they be. I'll probably order the suspenders, but I don't have hips, or a butt according to my wife!

    I'm not very style/color conscious with motorcycle gear. For how I ride it will all be dirty and have dead bugs on it anyway. I wanted the lightest color possible because of the heat here. As it turns out though, when wearing the gray Traverse jacket with the gray Overland pants, they look like they were a "set".
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  10. ramjet

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    No, they are different. Traverse is higher in the back, baggier in the crotch and stretchy in the waistband. Overland is more like jean cut in the waist. I was hoping to find an offroad pant similar to my Dainese
    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/dainese-d-system-d-dry-pants
    And the Overland was it.

    Much better in my opinion.
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    And my question to him would be: "Float"? Why?
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  12. Michael bell

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    Better 'skinny little euro boy' than 'most obese nation in the world big fat supersize yank' size!
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  13. Elusion

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    Did you ever figure this out? I need to move my Knee armor up and find the same problem you describe.
    I thought that I could buy the "pro", thinking they were bigger. but after looking at the dimensions of the "pro" and measuring the armor in there already. They are the SAME size.
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  14. .fisher

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    I just purchased/received an Overland jacket from an inmate here in the Flea Market and have been watching this thread for a while, hoping to contribute a bit so here it goes…

    Took the jacket out for an hour or so ride last night in about 82º / mild-humidity with a cotton t-shirt underneath. The pit-zips and exhausts do their job to keep your core cool, however some fore-arm vents would be nice. This wasn't technical riding by any means but I can see how doing some trail riding in this jacket you'd work up a good sweat. I'm not going to get into the breathability of the Gore-Tex because that's probably been beaten to death in some other Klim thread. It is what it is.

    As some have stated the D3O in the shoulders and elbows is a bit thin, but the user can upgrade if they feel necessary.

    Cut and patterning of the jacket is nicely done. It's obviously a more entry-level piece of gear but is still nicely patterned with good ergo's and sensible, thought out feature placement. I'm a lanky dude — about 6', 165lbs and find the medium to be a surprisingly perfect fit. It'll allow for layering from fleece to a low-fill down insulating jacket. Plenty of room for a pressure suit through the shoulders and sleeves.

    Hope this helps anyone considering the jacket. FWIW, YMMV. :1drink
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  15. tcall52

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    The XT and the XT PRO pads are the exact same size except for the thickness. The PRO pads are about 50% thicker than the regular XTs.
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  16. jackalsour

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    As I read several times, the knee pads are way too low. The top of the pads are below my knee caps which feels weird. On the bike they feel ok, but I think they would fail to protect my knees. I flipped the pants inside out and there is velcro adjustments but it's not enough to move them into place. The armour itself feels really cool but it's much thinner than my Knox stuff. I'll just have to get the pockets modified somehow.

    From reading I expected the Overland pants to be a more street fit compared to the Traverse. I don't have them side by side to compare, but find the Overland pants quite bulky which is great to me as I like to layer sometimes. The fit feels a bit unnatural until you're on the bike. The material of course is top notch. Very thick in places for abrasion and thin where possible. I'll probably even layer this suit for snowmobiling and snowboarding.
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  17. seabiker

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    I just got mine and noticed this. Have you tried sticking self adhesive velcro strips to the back of the knee armor pads? They should then stick to the velcro behind. In addition can probably add a strip just above the opening to "lock" the armor in place. I'm going to try this...
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  18. eakins

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    Overland jacket and Traverse pants have been the ideal combo for me.
    The Traverse pant is cut much more comfortable for off-road riding than the Overland, where as the Overland is a better jacket than the Traverse.

    Klim nailed the Traverse pant from the start and the Traverse jacket should have been built like the Overland from the get go.
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  19. RSinBC

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    I have a traverse in XXL and I find it to be a great jacket.

    My one complaint about the jacket is the stock D30 armour is pretty small. I wear a TekVest over the jacket and want proper elbow protection for off roading. If i pull out the D30 and wear my strap on elbow pads, i can barely get my arms into the jacket. The rest of the jacket is baggy enough to fit over my vest, but the arms are quite tight.

    Can anyone comment on the Overland Jacket in way of the fit in the forearms?

    I see they have added two cinch straps to help hold things in place, which is great, but are the arms any roomier?

    Thanks for the input.
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  20. soupamoto

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    I bought an Overland 2XL and it was unfortunately too big for me. I"m 6', 235 lbs, 34" arms and it was big all over (XL Badlands fit me). I didn't find the arms overly bagy, just long.

    I have it for sale in the Gear section for $325 shipped, absolutely new with tags.
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