Klim Traverse Suit

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by osteo, May 18, 2010.

  1. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    I see the Traverse is now available in Black... Should have waited a year to buy. If the cut of the Latitude is more roomy I can see selling my Traverse on E-bay.
  2. Motochaud

    Motochaud n00b

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    I have the traverse suit but being designed for "dirt" I would be very interested in the Latitude jacket once its out with its upgraded resistance material to be more suitable to handle road conditions. Lighter Grey looks sharp!

    I wonder if I could transfer the D3o from my Traverse to the Latitude?
  3. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list Supporter

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    So, I went down pretty hard the other day on some gnarly gravel. Hit the ground going around 30. Not a scratch on me or a scuff on the suit. Look what the fall did to my valve cover....

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    Even though it's only a 200 denier, it's pretty stout.:D
  4. wilkinsonk

    wilkinsonk soup de grimace

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    Glad to hear you're okay and the suit held up well.

    Aren't those BMW heads designed that way in order to be sacrificial? :hide
  5. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    Glad your ok, crashing always suck:huh. Hope you made it back home without too much problems.
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    Just bought the traverse pants (black) but I will be buying the Latitude jacket. Just doesn&#8217;t like the look of the traverse jacket.<o:p></o:p>
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  6. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    i have a traverse pant and looking to match it with a latitude jacket.
    that will be an ideal combo for me.
  7. TRTN

    TRTN Adventurer

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    Can anyone tell me whether Klim made any modifications to the Traverse for this year, apart from adding a full black option?
  8. Travman

    Travman Been here awhile

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    Great thread on this gear. I know the Traverse jacket is geared towards the enduro/dual sport folks but is anyone wearing this strictly as a street jacket. I use an electric liner and so do not wear the thermal liner in my current jacket nor will I in the next. Looking for this jacket to take me from the low 30's to about 80 with changes to electric power and layers. Doable? How about fit, I'm a bit on the larger size :D, 6'3", 52" chest and 37" sleeve length arms.
  9. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    where it every day we ride...commuting too...below freezing with a Gerbings liner and base layer...not sure about your size...can you try one on?
  10. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    I used my Traverse mostly on the street. It is a light weight, low bulk material compared to most street jackets. The fit is rather restrictive in the shoulders. It did not fit my body shape too well. I upgraded to the Latitude this year and like the fit a lot better. The Latitlude is a heavier material and has more pockets, if you like pockets. The Latitude is designed more for street use.

    I would think you are a XL or XXL. I had a large was tight on me with a Gerbins under it. I'm 6'2" 190lbs.

    Order one and try it on! It's only $6 or so to send it back if you don't like it.
  11. Travman

    Travman Been here awhile

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    I've got a local dealer for Klim so will we see if they have XXL, which I may need. Curiously, I caller Revzilla today to ask about the Traverse jacket as a comparison to a few others. Within the Klim line, the rep wanted to steer me toward the Latitude jacket because as he put it "it is a more substantial jacket". I get that fit may be different and that will ultimately be the determining factor but I do'nt get why more substantial is better. It has more pockets but I do not use the pockets I have now, except hand warmer pockets as they are a must have. As an alternative, he also suggested that I look at the Olympia AST2. I always thought that these were bulky and again, I'm going to hang the liner in the closet and never use. Can anyone compare the Traverse, Latitude, and the AST2. Yes, I know I'm asking a lot.
  12. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    The Latitude is "more substatial" than the Travese as in the material will survive sliding across pavement much longer. And the whole design of the Latitude makes it more windproof at high speeds.- heavier material, waste and arn belts to help keep the wind leaks at bay and excess material from flaping around... and a higher, much better, colar than the Travese.

    BTW, I had a Large in both and the sleaves are longer on the Latitude. Also the extra arm vents in the Latitude work very well. They let in so much air the back of the jacket start ballooning out if you do not open the back vent. I never got that much air flow from the pit vents on the Traverse.

    I think the quality of Klim gear is way beyond Olympia and you paying for a liner you do not want. I do not like the mult-color look of Olympia. I tried a few traditional "Adventure Touring" jackets like the Firest Gear Rainier. I found them way too bulky, like a ski parka, with all the liners in and way too big an loose without the liners.
  13. Travman

    Travman Been here awhile

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    Now if they would only have a Hi-Viz option it would be a done deal. Going to Hi-Viz was one of my main drivers for a new jacket.
  14. Eurastus

    Eurastus Hej på dej!!

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    Yup. I wholeheartedly agree!
  15. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list Supporter

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    Add a vest!

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  16. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    +1:d
  17. Oddfellow

    Oddfellow Beasty Rider Supporter

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    That's one good looking Airhead! :D
  18. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list Supporter

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    Thanks! I love her:raabia Just got a refresh including a KTM WP 5060 forks! Oh, I love my Traverse as well. Great suit!
  19. Travman

    Travman Been here awhile

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    Well got to the dealership to try on the Traverse, Latitude, and just for shits and giggles, the Badlands. First the Badlands, holy crap this thing is built like a tank. I felt like running into a brick wall just for the hell of it. However, it was very stiff and uncomfortable. On to the Latitude. Nice fit on the xxl, excellent sleeve length and I even liked the light color. Nits, no hand warmer pockets and these are the only pockets I really want on a jacket. Deal killer was the collar. When I sat on a bike, the collar folded a bit and hit me right in the atoms apple. Really uncomfortable. Next the Traverse. Nice light fit and the xxl was generous in size. The dealer put in the D30 armor. Did not feel like there was any protection from this stuff. It barely covered my elbow and nothing in the forearm. Does anyone know if the CE armor is larger and covers more. Came away wanting a bit more on this jacket. May take another look at the Icon Patrol jacket.
  20. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    CE is larger and stiffer....did the dealer not have CE armour for you to try?