Klim Baja S4 - opinions yet?

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  1. Madman4049

    Madman4049 Been here awhile

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    Yah that...
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  2. eakins

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    I have Baja (medium) and find the Enduro (medium) fits over well because of the stretch material. No doubt that soft is soft shell material is not cheap but also that material works well for movement vs a hard shell jacket.
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  3. eakins

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    No doubt if you take a hard dump with the Enduro on the fabric might tear or rip.
    Any light rain jacket will.
    Layering it up with extra panels will just make it bulkier.

    Want a cheap wind/rain solution just go the old way and throw on a z-linner under linner.
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  4. eakins

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    I'm happy with the Enduro jacket.
    Any quality Goretex jacket is going to cost that $ and this one is better and stretches with you. I tried a Goretex over jacket to compare and it did not have the same range of motion, more restricted.
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  5. Madman4049

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    Agreed, for the enviornment/purpose it was designed it is phenomenal. There's a dude above, considering getting an arcteryx and cutting the hood off, I initially agreed that was a viable solution. I would say don't, just buy the Enduro now that I've tested mine. The stowable hood is awesome cutting it off would leave it useless in camp. I tend to ride somewhere, set up camp then spend the rest of the day or two hiking, maybe rent a canoe and fish, turn-around ride some local twisties with no luggage then go to a grocery to get a steak for the fire, etc. One rain jacket that can do all of it is pretty awesome.
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  6. Some_Dude

    Some_Dude Been here awhile

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    Can anyone do a comparison between the Baja and Dakar?

    I have a Carlsbad set I almost never wear (too hot) and the Dakar stuff I pretty much live in. I’d like to know where the Baja sits in comparison.

    I’m about 50/50 on/offroad.
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  7. FlyFishJeff

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    In the Klim Baja S4 and Enduro S4 Company Video, the presenter says that the Enduro S4 material is not as breathable as Gore Tex. Can anybody confirm or deny?

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  8. cblais19

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    I’d love to see the measures on it. Gore Pro/Performance doesn’t “breathe” for shit from an outdoors gear perspective (hence mechanical ventilation). I’m guessing the schoeller product they’re using is somewhere in the 10k range for moisture transpiration testing; since I seem to remember seeing a 20k water column somewhere? Regardless, you’re getting pit & back zips - so the Enduro is going to be effectively better at temperature regulation then their Gore non-vented rainshells.
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  9. Aviatordoc

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    So I am ready to order these. Need help with sizing.
    I wear a Large in both the Badlands pro and the Induction jackets, what size should I go with the Baja S4?
    I am 5' 7" 180 lbs with a 44 chest.
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  10. levain

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    I'm 6'1", 43 chest, 36 beer belly, wearing a large. Fits perfect
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  11. Aviatordoc

    Aviatordoc BMW R1200 GSA LC and S1000XR rider Supporter

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    Update: so I went ahead and ordered the Medium jacket, will get it tomorrow. Keep yall posted.
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  12. cblais19

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    Found a set on Ebay for a really good price, so gave up and will be giving this a shot too! Excited to see how it all fits.
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  13. Aviatordoc

    Aviatordoc BMW R1200 GSA LC and S1000XR rider Supporter

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    Alright here we go. Just picked up my 3 big boxes. ( I had ordered some other stuff like gloves as well)
    As mentioned before, I usually take a large jacket, and thanks to the advise from the forum, I ordered a Medium in the jacket.
    Perfect fit! Shoulders, arms and all.
    Have not tried the pants yet, had to get to work. But more later.
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  14. spuh

    spuh Been here awhile

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    So the Baja fits loose? Please try yours with a pressure suit ( and without the included pads) please. I'm looking at wearing a Baja over a Forcefield pressure suit.
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  15. Aviatordoc

    Aviatordoc BMW R1200 GSA LC and S1000XR rider Supporter

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    Spuh, I dont have a pressure suit or use one.
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  16. Ulfhednar_42

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    Had the full Baja kit on for a 3-4 hour ride this weekend in 88-92 degree sunny weather. As long as there was airflow it was extremely comfortable, if the bike was rolling over about 15 it was great. Found a new reason to stand up on the bike, the airflow is excellent when you're in uninterrupted air especially through the pants/legs.
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  17. cblais19

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    Ive got a couple different pressure suits - if nobody else does I’ll see how the fit is when I get my set this week.

    Fearing ill need a medium for a non-baggy fit though based on Aviator’s comments.
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  18. spuh

    spuh Been here awhile

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    @ aviatordoc, sorry for making that assumption
    @cblais19, thanks for coming to the rescue; I await your verdict.
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  19. Aviatordoc

    Aviatordoc BMW R1200 GSA LC and S1000XR rider Supporter

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    The medium fits like it was tailored for me.
    The pants are a lil baggy for my taste. Its the regular length, they dont offer the short size in the Kinetic Blue.
    The S4 gloves are a size up. I have empty space beyond my finger tips.
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  20. Some_Dude

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    FWIW - I have a medium Carlsbad that fits great on its own but doesn’t have a lot of room for a pressure suit. When I switched to a Dakar jacket I went up to a large and I’m happy I did. Makes fitting mid layers a lot easier.

    41” chest.