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Klim Badlands Pro Jacket The Badlands Pro Jacket and Pant from KLIM represents the latest design, fit and material technologies available to the premium adventure motorcycle market. Inspired by the ultimate performance of the unmatched Adventure Rally product line, the KLIM Badlands Pro focuses on a sleek, un-inhibiting fit, durable-yet-comfortable fabrics, high-end integrated armor and the undeniable performance of the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY GORE-TEX promise. Ready for anything, and boasting unique features youve come to expect from KLIM, the Badlands Pro is ready for any ride. Features Gore-Tex 3-layer Pro Shell guaranteed to keep you dry High strength fabrics combine in a durably breathable waterproof jacket High-mobility active fit patterning for unmatched comfort Pre-curved arm and rider positioning construction Gore-tex stretch shoulder panels minimize restriction of movement D3o ce-rated integrated limb and back panel armor system [Viper Pro Level II back armor Dow Corp. siliconized spacer mesh front chest armor Adjustable armor pockets for refined placement Highly abrasion resistant Armacor panels in key impact and wear areas Integrated jacket-stabilizing, removable and adjustable kidney belt support system 7 external pockets [5 cargo front, 1 large back, 1 sleeve i.d. 4 internal pockets [2 zippered, 2 mesh stash 1 secret internal pocket Bottom hem adjustment Jacket-to-pant zipper integration system 4 sleeve adjustment straps Lined comfort collar Mesh comfort liner Max flow ventilation 8 ports - 4 arm intakes, 2 pit intakes, 2 vertical back exhausts Industrial grade 3M Scotchlite reflective panels and trim Hydration system compatible with bladder pocket and hose port routing (bladder not included) Rubber coated button closure YKK zippers throughout, water resistant urethane coated in exposed areas. Velcro adjustable wrist closures
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sweet
PostedAugust 14, 2013
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Dempsterdriver
From Seattle
State:WA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I thought I'd try to get one more year out of my beat up First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket, but after I sprang for the Klim Adventure Rally Pants I figured I might as well go all the way. I'm not sorry I did.
The Badlands jacket is amazing, durable, well designed, functional and chock full of features. I was skeptical at first of the venting, but after seven days in mixed temperatures it became clear that, coupled with the breathability of the Gore Tex Pro shell, they worked -- open them all up and you're good to go. I am now a true believer. I haven't had a chance to try the jacket in the rain yet, but the tag says, "Guaranteed to keep you dry ..." so I'm not worried. I've worn Gore-Tex for years and the stuff works.
There are plenty of pockets on the jacket. I like the built in chest protector and kidney belt. The hip pockets work well as hand warmers and the inside pockets help keep odds and ends protected and organized. Some don't like the kangaroo pocket on the back, but I use it and appreciate that it's there.
I was worried about the weight and stiffness of the jacket, but after a week in the saddle the jacket is well broken in, the weight isn't noticeable at all and the jacket conforms to my body perfectly.
This wasn't a planned purchase, but now that I've tried the jacket, I wish I would have spent the money sooner. It's tough, breathable,waterproof and looks good. Gear of this quality is an investment that I'm not sorry I made.
Rides: 2004 BMW R1150GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Klim Adventure Rally Pant
Klim Adventure Rally Pant
Klim Adventure Rally Pant The KLIM Adventure Rally Jacket and Pant is the undeniable leader in all-weather adventure motorcycle riding gear. The most advanced GORE-TEX Pro Shell material technologies combine with KLIMs extreme-condition gear construction techniques to deliver the most versatile, most complete set of riding gear in the world. Durability is simply unmatched in the KLIM Adventure Rally Jacket and Pant. Talisman and Armacor highly abrasion and tear-resistant main body materials, exposed Cordura overlays, integrated d3o armor and liberal high-grade leather applications ensure it remains the ultimate battle suit for the adventure market. Features Replace Talisman fabric on rear seat panels with Armacor 3L fabric. this increases flexibility and improves overall fit of the pant while maintaining substantial durability New urethane coated #8 coil water resistant YKK zippers, and external waterproof flap (as done on Traverse pants .) in place of lockout thigh vent intake closures Incorporated attachment points for Klim suspenders Added adjustable location capabilities for knee pads (up/ down left /right) for perfect positioning Extreme-durability Gore-Tex fabrics Guaranteed to Keep You Dry High capacity ventilation system Industrial grade reflective 3M Scotchlite piping Heat/abrasion-resistant leather panels on inner/lower leg Adjustable pant cuffs Hook and loop side waist adjusters Polyester moisture-wicking liner Liner reinforced with Invista Cordura fabric on the inner knee and cuff Two thigh pockets with storm-flap covered YKK zipper Two large thigh vents via YKK water-resistant zippers Two adjustable exhaust vents on back thigh via w/r YKK zipper W/r YKK fly zipper with exterior storm flap and inside gusset High-back yoke area with gathered elastic Fast forward patterning with articulated leg and seat area Pad pockets in hip and knee allow customized pad preferences Supplied T5 D30 pads are removable D30 armor Soft and flexible for maximum long-term comfort and mobility Molecules lock together to absorb and spread impact energy T5 knee - EN1621-1 CE certified T5 hip pad - EN1621-1 CE certified fabrics Gore-Tex Armacor 3L pro shell Gore-Tex SPL600 3L pro shell Italian leather
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
If you've got the cash, don't hesitate
PostedAugust 14, 2013
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Dempsterdriver
From Seattle
State:WA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
These pants rock. If you're in the market for riding gear that will stand years of use and abuse, and you've got the money, look no further. They fit pretty true to size. I have a 33 inch waist and 32 inch inseam and I took a size 34. The length is perfect. There are velcro adjustment straps on each hip so you can fine tune the waist.They are cut a little bit fuller than jeans but they are not over pants. There is enough room underneath for cold weather layering and although I may have to buy a set of suspenders, the fit makes them super comfortable when sitting and makes it easy to go back and forth from the seat to the pegs and back again.
The venting works fine while sitting and even better while standing -- no surprises there. The materials used are bomber. The Gore-Tex Pro Shell material is simply the best. I stayed cool and comfortable while stuck for more than an hour in stop and go city traffic in temperatures up to 80 degrees. I haven't had a chance to wear them in a downpour, but I spent a number of damp, misty mornings riding in them with vents closed and no layering and they kept me warm and comfortable.
I bought these pants to live in day-in and day-out while on extended trips. I tested them for seven days on Washington's Olympic Peninsula and so far so good. The pants function as advertised and I have no buyer's remorse. So .. if you've got the cash and can live with being a walking billboard for Klim (too many logos in my opinion) just do it. If you've never had the pleasure to ride in top of the line, waterproof, breathable riding gear ( I really hadn't until this purchase), these pants are a revelation.
Some buyers have complained the hip pads are a little small, and I agree. The knee pads, however, provide fantastic coverage.
I also tried/considered Aerostich Darien Pants, BMW gear and Rukka. (I liked the Rukka gear but my size wasn't available.)
Rides: 2004 BMW R1150GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sidi Adventure GTX Boots Based on the outstanding success of the Sidi Adventure Rain Boots , it has been decided that the full Gore-Tex version of the boot will be imported from Italy. Previously this boot was only available in Europe. This ultimate adventure boot combines the best of both worlds (offroad and touring) into a boot that is extremely protective as well as comfortable both on and off the bike. With the Gore-Tex membrane these boots are 100 waterproof as well being highly breathable. These boots come with the Gore-Tex Guaranteed to Keep You Dry promise. Soft rubber sole for maximum grip. Replaceable strap system. Top grain leather construction. Composite inner sole. Removable arch support. Exclusive cam-lock buckle system. Cambrelle lining. Slim, cool non-bootie design. Rigid, shock resistant, anatomically shaped heel for maximum protection. Split grain leather inner anti-wear/heat panel. Single Flex System upper.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Too expensive for what you get
PostedJune 3, 2013
Customer avatar
Dempsterdriver
From Seattle
State:WA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I purchased the Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots after trying and returning a pair of Sidi Crossfire 2s. I was looking for an all-day every-day boot I could wear under riding gear, first for a solo six-week trip up the Dempster, then for a longer solo trip into Mexico and Central America. I ride an 1150 GS Adventure and I was looking for maximum protection.
The Crossfire 2s felt like too much boot, but worse, they wouldn't fit under the pant legs of any of my riding gear which meant having to buy new riding pants in addition to boots. (Unfortunately, about two weeks after the arrival of my Sidi Adventure's, the regular Crossfires were back in stock, but by then it was too late. I'd already worn the Adventures. From what I've read, the Crossfire 2 is larger at the calf, whereas the regular Crossfire might have fit under the pants legs of my riding gear. If the Crossfires had fit under my riding gear, I would have kept them and gotten used to their bulk and stiffness.) Anyway, on to the review ...
Out of the box, my initial impression (after having handled the Crossfires) is the Adventure Gore Tex is too expensive for what you get. Yes, the full grain leather is nice and the style works, but the buckles and build feel plasticky and cheap, as though if the wind blows the wrong way (or if the buckle mechanism doesn't seat correctly when you go to buckle them, which mine tend to do) they'll break off. Good thing they can be replaced. In addition, the malleolus protectors appear to be riveted on, which means you either need some kind of special Sidi tool to take them off and replace them, or, they aren't replaceable at all. In either case, it's disappointing. The calf protector is a hard part that provides good protection, but it's stitched on, which could also make it difficult or a hassle to replace. The plastic heel cup, also as compared to the Crossfire, feels thin and flimsy and able to provide only marginal protection. But I guess, like the calf protector, both are better than just leather.
As for the sole, it's glued on, not stitched, which was a deal breaker until I called an outfit in California which does all of Sidi's warranty resoles and is an authorized Sidi resoler in the U.S. The man to whom I spoke said when he resoles the Adventure's, he replaces the stock sole with Sidi's no-tread motocross sole, like the basic sole on the Crossfire. And now, after 8 hours and 300 miles in the boots I understand why.
If you ride an adventure bike with spiky, aggressive foot pegs, the boot's gummy, hiking boot style lug sole will catch on the pegs. Not fun. The sole is also so soft and gummy that standing on the pegs for long periods can get tiring. But here's the kicker, combine the sticky sole catching on the pegs with the boot's tall toe box (think big and boxy like a pair of pull-on, steel toed Harley boots with the buckle on the side), and it can be hard to shift with out really getting set up for it. On the positive side, the boot's flex system makes it comfortable to set up the shift and to brake all day. The gummy sole seems well suited for comfortable, short walks off the bike.
The Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex boots fit nicely under Levi's 501s, Carhartt double-front dungarees, Transit leathers and textile dual-sport pants. There's not much room to tuck pants inside the boots, put pants with less material in the calves and ankles might work.
As far as fit, all my mountaineering and telemark boots are Italian and I have consistently worn a size 42 with thicker mountaineering or telemark socks. I have a very high arch and a slightly narrow foot and Sidi's size 42 was spot on. I may insert a Superfeet insole for additional arch support, but the boots fit well and are very comfortable with or without them.
I was looking for a boot that I could wear all day every day for the Dempster trip. I also wanted a boot that could be worn under jeans or riding gear so I be a little more discreet while off the bike and walking around towns in Mexico and Central America.
All in all, for an all day, everyday, or commuter boot, that is comfortable on and off the bike I compromised on the Sidi Adventure Gore Tex. The boot offers protection that is better than leather alone, but based on the build and the items mentioned above, I'm still not convinced that they are worth the price. Shipping the boots with a different sole would be a major improvement. Nevertheless, I'll try the boot for the northern leg of the trip, and will reassess. Maybe they'll prove themselves.
Rides: 2004 BMW R1150GS Adventure
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