Talk to me about the Klim Overland...

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

  1. mwhite5471

    mwhite5471 Been here awhile

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    Collar seems to have loosen up now after a week of everyday use and sitting against it on my work chair....i don't pop the clasp and hardly notice it at all now.

    The Rukka outlast is working out well too...been using the XL size over my work polo and its fine in the morning commute of 40 thru 50s.
  2. mwhite5471

    mwhite5471 Been here awhile

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    Found out today it gets a little toasty at around 85 :D...might be time to look at the new Induction or a Phoenix 5.

    For all those people in the SE freezing your butts off...I'm not in AZ....and this never happen :wink:
  3. waylongway

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  4. Travex

    Travex Lost is found

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    The Overland jacket and pants are ideal for me. Addressing the knee armor has me thinking that no manufacturer can design or produce any garment that will fit all people perfectly. That said, a little backside-adhesive velcro tends to the knee pad re-positioning quite nicely. As for Klim's statement that the pads are designed to float... Well, that's just an inherent design function to allow the pants to have the latitude to accommodate countless leg sizes, layering possibilities, compression suits, moto armor and so on.

    Short of custom fit/tailored garments, I think Klim's ergos are second to none.

    I normally use their minimally armored PowerXross Pullover as my go-to around the town waterproof top, and find the Overland jacket a confidence inspiring substitute in it's place. I also have the Badlands jacket/pants and it sure is nice to have a lighter weight, highly functional alternative for even greater condition pairing.

    Concerning the complaints about the lack of arm ventilation, you're right. However, if Klim were to integrate them (or various other desirable features), they would be dis-incentivising customers to move up in their product line. That would just be poor marketing.

    For me the Overland system likely represents precisely what Klim was going after... An excellent, price conscious approach to a popular entry to mid-line offering.

    In the end we get a durable, waterproof, Goretex suit with legendary Klim quality for under $800.00.

    Nuff said.
  5. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    If the knee pads float, of what value are they in a crash ... floating all over? I am disappointed in my Overland pants for that reason... although the back pad also moves around just a bit in the jacket as well ... and it does get sticky when stopped or at slow speeds. Overall, I still give the Overland combo a thumbs up.
  6. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    I agree with that. I really tried to like my Overland pants. But the amount of float built into the knees was just crazy.
  7. Dkizerian

    Dkizerian Honky Lips

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    I have a pair of tourmaster overpants, and I think they have a great system for the kneepads. Knee pad pocket is ~4" longer than pads, and has multiple, full-width Velcro strips along the to and bottom. You undo all Velcro, slide pad to where it needs to be, then lock down top and bottom. The pad then has minimal movement possible. Pocket width is also just wide enough so pad doesn't move from side to side. I'd like to see something like this on some higher quality pants.
  8. sdd04

    sdd04 Long timer

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    While the Tour Master "float" may be less than the Overland, they still move. I went down one time with my Tour Master pants, and never felt anything other than contact with my hip. When I got home and was taking my gear off, I noticed a ground down area on my knee pad (attached to my knee-not the pocket pad). I grabbed the pants and found the silver dollar sized hole in them. The hole ended up being off to the side of the pants, not where the armor would have been, so the pants twisted on impact. Funny thing was I never knew my knee had even touched, and those are cheap knee pads.

    I think it's difficult to make pants that have enough room for you to wear a motocross boot under it, and have them be tight enough to hold built in pads on your knee,, and still give you mobility.
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  9. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    Bingo
  10. Travex

    Travex Lost is found

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  11. 2Stamp

    2Stamp Been here awhile

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    Has anyone tried putting different knee armor in the Overland pants? Are the pockets too big for the D3O? Would something like BMW NP fit better?

    I tried on both the Badlands and Overland pants yesterday. 32 seemed right, I had to tighten the side tabs on both a little.
  12. BCJC

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    Broke the little chord that tightens the collar from the back. It's a pretty chintzy little thing. Be gentle with it...

    Otherwise, the jacket has done well.
  13. Mastery

    Mastery Mr. Funny Man

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    For those with the Overland pants who wear them as overpants...can you put them on and take them off with your boots on, or are your soles catching really bad? Trying to find out if these are boot friendly or not, can't find any reviews about this particular question.
  14. wandering fool

    wandering fool A Man on a Bike

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    I wear Sidi Adventure Rains and there is no possibility of fitting them through the Overlands. A feature I sorely miss.
  15. Travex

    Travex Lost is found

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    That depends entirely on the boot and the size of it. Donning your boots before your pants typically results in decreased pant life. In my case I wouldn't even try it with my Sidi Canyons.
  16. sdd04

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    I wear SG-12's, and no, you're not going to slide them through. I've happily traded full sided zippers for pants that don't leak, don't have 2 very long zippers that snag, and easily fit with my boots. Though I find that I only rarely wear them as overpants. Most of the time I'm on the bike, I'm wearing them as pants.
  17. Mastery

    Mastery Mr. Funny Man

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    Thanks for the feedback. I travel for weeks at a time, so would use them for overpants since they are a little pricey, and only get to a washer once or twice a week at the most when out camping going across the country.
  18. DonL

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    I purchased an Overland to go with my 2014 BMW 1200GSA and if the temperature is over 25 degrees C no matter how many vents are open it is too hot.

    As for the fit, the knees don`t float on me; they are too tight. Extremely uncomfortable. I wish I could have tried one on before purchasing.

    I will be replacing it very soon. :(:
  19. aftCG

    aftCG Been here awhile

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    Agreed. Full length zippers are asking to leak. I knew full well I would be donning and doffing (been waiting months to use that expression) my boots each time. Totally worth it.
  20. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    I just got a size Large Overland suit...I'm 5'11" and typically wear a size 42R or 44R suit and it fits a bit on the large side. The sleeve length and neck diameter is spot on though....the suit is just baggy....made for layers. But I intend to wear this as a Fall-Winter-Early Spring suit, so with layers it will be perfect. I find the suit to be super comfortable and it stays amazingly cool for me (I, too, have a 14 GSAw) in temps around 80 degrees (granted humidity has been fairly low). I also wear a HitAir airbag vest and the vents are still effective even with that on. I typically haven't ridden with pants that have vents, so I find these to be very breezy particularly when standing. The pants for me are a bit baggy without layers underneath. My only "concern" is the armor...the D30 is nice in terms of material, but it does not have the wide coverage that my BMW Summer suit has. For the money, I think its a great Gore-Tex suit.