Talk to me about the Klim Overland...

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

  1. rpet

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    The arms fit me perfectly, but I weigh 160.
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  2. saritaymike

    saritaymike 2-up on a KLR!

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    I picked up a full set (pants and jacket) at Klim headquarters before starting my Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia trip. Dawned the set for the first time in Prudhoe, and of course ran into some nice Alaska Dalton Highway rain right away. All I have to say is that within minutes my clothes underneath the jacket were moist. The water that accumulates on my seat soaked me right to the 'nads… I know their spiel about "submarine standards" is an exaggeration, but this was ridiculous.
    Anyway, I'm now halfway through my trip, in Nicaragua. Tropical rains like bucketfuls are a daily occurrence, and my suit is completely soaked right away, so I've taken to wearing a waterproof jacket and pants over them. This does not even qualify as "water resistant." What a joke for a "well reputed" brand and the price tag.
    Maybe it was the sale to Polaris. Maybe it is just the Overland. Hell, maybe just my jacket and pants. Still expected better. Anyone else test these in the rain? By the way, let's go ahead and stop kidding ourselves about the venting- they're a frickin' sauna.
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  3. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    +1 on the Overland jacket ... only suggestion is that it could use a bit more venting ... otherwise, very happy with it.
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  4. sdd04

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    I've got a Traverse jacket and Overland pants. With the jacket, I've had several rides in the rain, including a 3+ hour heavy rain ride. My upper body does not get wet. Jacket yes, me no.

    The pants have only seen one rain run, and it was about an hour and a half. It felt like I had water in my privates area, but in fact after inspection when I got home, that area was dry. I had 2 small damp areas around the top of the front vent zippers. That was it. I don't know if the zips were not entirely closed, or if the way the water pools there, some water will get in. I suspect it was the cold temperature of the water sitting in my lap that made me feel like that area was wet.

    As for venting, I ride a naked bike-KTM 690-both the jacket and the pants vent well when standing, which is fairly normal for a 690. Jacket still vents well (pit zip vents on Traverse) when sitting, pants-not so much.
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  5. 2Stamp

    2Stamp Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know how the sizing compares to the Dakar pants? All the dealers around here only have the snow mobile gear in right now.

    I'm 5'8", 155 and wear a 32 in the Dakar. I've got the tabs adjusted pretty much as tight as they'll go for a good fit in the waist.
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  6. spacemanvt

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    any sizing advice for me?

    6'1" weight 180 41 chest. I am a L in Revit Sand 2, though its a bit snug in the back/shoulders. I guess I am in between a M and L in this jacket.... any ideas for me?
    I wear medium in most brands. unless its cut trim or Euro fit. Gap, North face, patagonia.. all medium
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  7. jackalsour

    jackalsour Dreamer

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    I always wear 32 in jeans and I bought 32 in Overland pants. Whereas 32 jeans are usually a bit loose on me and I wear a belt, 32 Overland is snug even without the tabs. I would actually prefer if they were a bit loose and had belt loops, or if I wore them with the tabs tightened down. Don't know if that helps.
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  8. mwhite5471

    mwhite5471 Been here awhile

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    Took my first ride in my Overlander today...a 200 mike loop in the nasty 70° AZ winter weather :D...needed both the front vents open and neck undone an inch.

    It was perfect.

    We'll see what the upper limit is in a few weeks as the highs creep towards 75...my guess that will be it or maybe 80.

    48" chest the XL fits loose enough for a jumper just.

    Agree the arms need vents...would be awesome.
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  9. ADVGirlCharlotte

    ADVGirlCharlotte Scooter Trash

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    What he said! :thumb

    I LOVE the Overland. Keeps me dry and it looks great! Looks even better on a guy ;)

    Even though there are large vents, I like the large pit vents on the Traverse
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  10. casperghst42

    casperghst42 Been here awhile

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    Just picked up my Overland Jacket; I am unfortunately one of the people who will never end up liking it - probably end up parking it in a closet, the things I really dislike about it are:

    - the collar is 1/2 - 1" too high
    - the "chest" pocket is not a check pocket - placement silly
    - shoulder width does not match sleeve length (I got a wide body).

    Price / Quality is just about right, just about same quality as the mid-expensive Rukka, or expensive Rev'IT.

    I have asked Klim if they know of a company in Europe who can shorten the collar - lets see what they say.....


    Casper
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  11. mwhite5471

    mwhite5471 Been here awhile

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    True...the collar is a little high...mines breaking in some tho...but would be nice if i could get it trimmed an inch.

    Still very pleased with it as it continues to loosen up...got an RUKKA outlast shirt coming next week to see how it stretches the temperature range.
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  12. spacemanvt

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    I heard those outlast shirts are great... True??

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  13. budsboy

    budsboy Where it started

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  14. rpet

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    Collar height is fine for me.

    My main construction complaint is after about 7000 mi and 40 days on the bike, the zippers are still very sticky. Pulling my EazyPass out of the breast pocket one-handed is not easy. I could probably wax the zipper.

    The only design complaint I have is that I'd love more venting, such as larger intake vents on upper arms or chest. It's OK up to 90degrees on road. Off road... well I don't really use a jacket offroad on hot days unless it's a quick and easy stint between pavement.

    Great piece of kit, and I'd buy an identical replacement if I lost mine!
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  15. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    I had the pants and promptly sold them. They material and build quality was perfect, but the knee armor is a joke. The pants are cut so baggy around the legs that there is no way the armor would be in place if you took a fall. I could literally fold the armor in half and it still wouldn't make contact with me knee. Once you are on the bike, they feel fine, but realistically speaking the likelihood of them being in place in a fall was very small. Having just had a run in with a deer last summer, my knees were all bruised up, but saved some major damage by my Olympia x moto pants, and knee armor that stayed in place.
    I was disappointed as I really wanted the overland pants to work.
    It seems that Klim has some wacked out ideas about pants and their fit. I tried on a pair of latitude pants the other day, and the cut in the front was so low that the top band of my underwear was sticking out. Wth? Most guys don't want to wear extra knee braces underneath, they just want a pair of pants they can put on and go. Wierd.
    I went back to a pair of Olympia ranger pants. Tough, simple, and they fit right.
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  16. spacemanvt

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    Thanks for that info will be skipping then

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  17. rpet

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    I disagree with the above. I would never ride offroad without dedicated knee pads.
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  18. sdd04

    sdd04 Long timer

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    Yep, I wear armor attached to my knees as well.
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  19. eddyturn

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    I would't either but that is what stand alone knee guards are for. That's what I use and most pants have included knee pads that are not positioned correctly such as the Overland.
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  20. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    98% of my riding is on the street. I do not wear additional knee pads under the armor on the pants. For my purposes, the overland fit was not good. YMMV. Kinda sux, because they are advertised as a more touring oriented pant. I've heard the same thing about the badlands. Jacket fits great, pants are goofy. This sux when you're spending over $1200 on a gore tex setup.
    For me, Olympia gear works well. Priced right, tough gear.