Klim has introduced a new pair of adventure riding pants that are aimed at maximizing comfort when you take off-motorcycle excursions.
The Switchback pants are part of Klim’s 626 line, which includes a few pieces of kit that are intended less for crash protection, and more for all-round practicality. According to Klim’s website, this stuff is “Designed for the seasoned traveler. Blending tried and tested materials with world travel sensibility – the attention to detail, comfort, fit and finish will keep you in command of your experience.” It’s somewhat the same idea as all the protective flannel shirts, etc., that you see marketed to the hipster bobber/cafe racer/chopper crowd. The idea is to make motorcycle gear that looks like it could be streetwear but offers some safety in a crash.
The Switchback pants won’t blend in at a trendy bistro, but they do look like something you’d see on a backcountry hiking trail, and that’s the look and the market Klim was going for.
There doesn’t seem to be much slide resistance in the pants’ fabric (the press release talks lots about a lightweight nylon chassis, like it’s a vehicle or something?). However, the Switchback pants come with removable vented D3O armor in the hips and knees, so you’ll be protected from impacts and slides in those areas, at least.
The pants have Klim Karbonite micromesh panels, along with two zippered outer thigh vents to assist ventilation. There is a pair of zippers at the bottom of the pants to make it easier to put them on over boots. There are six pockets in total; two front hand pockets, two rear pockets, a zippered front thigh cargo pocket and a double-snapped front thigh cargo pocket. Stretch panels mean the pants move easily.
The Switchbacks are available in a size 30 to size 42 waist in regular length (adjustable bottom hem), and in size 32 to size 38 in tall length. They carry a $249 MSRP, and are available at Klim.com.