Klim has decided to tackle the one-piece riding suit market, announcing the Hardanger touring suit for this season.
It’s an interesting time to see Klim introduce this suit, as there’s not been much movement in the one-piece riding suit market lately. They’ve disappeared from the Olympia website, and from Scott and REV’IT!’s websites as well. BMW still lists a one-piece riding suit, and the Joe Rocket Survivor is still on the market (low-priced, too, at $399 US MSRP). But for the most part, Aerostich, the company that introduced the textile one-piece is still the biggest name in this game, at least in North America. There’s not much competition from anyone else.
So, what’s the Hardanger got to offer? It’s waterproof, thanks to a three-layer Gore-Tex shell that the press release says is “guaranteed to keep you dry.” (Indeed, it’s worth noting Gore-Tex does have a lifetime waterproofing guarantee). There are 750-denier Cordura patches on knees, shoulders, and elbows to protect you in a crash, and there’s a waterproof pass-through port, allowing you to patch in heated clothes.
There’s vented D3O armour in shoulder, elbows, hips and knees, and there’s also a back pad. Klim included chest, forearm, tricep, bicep, back and thigh vents. It’s also designed to integrate with the Tek-Pak touring backpack. The armour is supposed to be easily adjustable.
Klim’s press release says there’s no interior liner, and there’s “top down zip-in-zip out” entry. It’s designed to be easily worn over street clothes, and to make it even more convenient for touring or commuting riders, Klim included a clip on the suit that allows you to lock it to the bike. Arrive at your destination, take off your suit, secure it, and then you’re free to wander around in your plain ol’ pants and shirt, instead of clomping around in moto-gear.
With all the talk of improved commuting and touring capability, the suit is definitely aimed at grabbing a chunk of Aerostich’s market, especially when you see it’s available in a wide range of sizes (short, regular and tall lengths, S-3XL). For now, colours are restricted to fairly subdued black, tan and grey, with no retina-searing high-viz mentioned—yet.
But, with pricing starting around $1,299 US, Klim isn’t really beating Aerostich on pricing, and for now, there’s no real customization possible. Still, it’s another option on the market for the rider who wants this sort of kit.