Into the Badlands…

… the Klim Badlands Pro, that is…

I picked up my new suit at Romney Cycles last weekend – and I’ll tell you what, I’m excited!

Over the last few years Klim has been building a reputation for tough, waterproof, comfortable riding gear. The main drawback? Their gear is expensive. This particular suit comes in with a stomach-churning MSRP of $1500. That’s almost 3 times more than I’ve ever spent on a riding suit. Gulp…

However, I’ve been around for a while, and have never had a suit that I’ve been completely satisfied with. Most textile suits aren’t waterproof, or if they are they use the clumsy, inconvenient solution of a removable waterproof liner (my recently sold Rev’it Sand was like this). It worked pretty well, but the outer garment got soaked through so then you’re carrying several pounds of water around, not to mention the hassle of getting it dried or the embarrassment of dripping water over the restaurant floor.

The other option for waterproofing is to wear an oversuit – also inconvenient, sweaty in warmer weather, and prone to damage in the slightest spill. And they are not always waterproof anyway.

So I’ve finally arrived at the stage in my motorcycling life where I’ve given up on the cheaper solutions and conceded that I need to spend the big bucks to get something that works. Mind you, with only 2 days riding under my belt in the Klim, I’m not jumping to that conclusion just yet. It’s looking promising though.

Another thing that factored into my decision was that I’ll be wearing it most days for the next couple of years during a ride around the world – more on that later…

Klim produce four suits suitable for the adventure touring rider – in order of price and sophistication – the Traverse, the Latitude, the Badlands Pro, and the Adventure Rally. All are Gortex and “guaranteed to keep you dry®”  but they have different features, materials, levels of armor and of course, price. I was eyeing off the Latitude at first since it seemed to have most of the important features of the Badlands, for about $500 less. After doing a bit more digging I found that the Badlands actually breathes better and flows more air than the Latitude. This is important to me because for this trip I need a true 4 season suit, something that will work from the mountains to the tropics. The Badlands comes closest to this. I don’t know about the Adventure Rally, I didn’t even look it with a price of $1300 on the jacket alone!

I wanted a grey suit but it seems that grey jackets are out of stock at Klim, so I got a black jacket/grey pants. Still looks good I think.

For anyone with questions, feel free to ask them here and I’ll try to answer them.

I’ll update on the suit once I get some miles on it – hopefully in some gnarly conditions!

 

Klim Badlands Pro black jacket

Klim Badlands Pro grey pants

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  1. Leslie S says:

    What do you think about the collar height?

    • Trevor Angel says:

      I’d seen comments from you and others about the collar height on the Latitude, and so was paying attention to it when I tried on the Badlands. It was fine when standing, but as soon as I sat on the bike I could feel it pushing up under my chin. I started looking for the side zippers in the skirt of the jacket in the hope that opening them would reduce the upward pressure on the collar. I was outta luck there! Those side zippers only come on the Latitude, they left them off the Badlands – it’s a bit of a mystery to me as to why they would remove features on the more expensive suit.

      Once riding though I didn’t have an issue with the collar, especially when it was held open with the velcro tab (something the Latitude lacks). This was riding in good weather with the collar open, so it will be interesting to see if it’s a bother when fully zipped/buttoned/velcroed up.

  2. James says:

    How did you find the fit? From the few reviews there are online it seems they run a tad on the large side?

    • Trevor Angel says:

      Fit is pretty much right according to the Klim size chart. My previous suit was Rev’it, which are more of a euro-cut, and known to run small. With a 44″ chest, I needed an XL. In the Klim Badlands, a Large is correct. I feel like it might be a bit tight with some layers underneath, but on the other hand the XL was way too big on me. So there’s no question the L is the closest I’m going to get. All reports say it’s quite warm when all zipped up, and I will have an electric jacket, so hoping that I will never need to layer-up so much that the size becomes a problem.

      The pants fit pretty much like most jeans I have, in both waist size and length, so fitting for them should be pretty straightforward for most people.

  3. Mrpincher says:

    I have questions about the pants. I already own the jacket. I’d buy the jacket again if I lost this one. I’m wondering how the pants feel after riding in them all day? Are they waterproof? Do you like the venting? Do they bind up or chaffe :( How do you like the fit? Sorry for all the questions.

    Best of luck on the ride – keep the horizon in front of you and don’t stop til you get there. Mike

    • Trevor Angel says:

      Mike,
      I find the pants very comfortable. They are roomy enough to wear armoured shorts underneath if you want to do that (I wear these Alpinestars Bionic Shorts).The roominess also contributes to the free flow of air through them when you want to unzip the vents to keep cool. The waist adjustment straps allow a precise fit, and the studs around the ankles give a couple of settings so that you can adjust to whatever style of boot you’re wearing.

      I have to admit, I haven’t had mine in a serious downpour yet, but expect them to keep me dry. After all, the are “guaranteed to keep you dry”, so if they don’t they will go back.

      Trevor

  4. Mrpincher says:

    Mike here – thanks for the info. Have my new pants on order! Hope the new pants feel as comfortable as my jacket. Should have them by middle of this week.

    Ps.
    You asked (some where) about exercise on the road. Try a good quality jump rope. ? Light weight, doesn’t take you to far away from camp, if you’re good at it, it’s dmn good exercise. Plus – Everyone will think you’re training for a fight and will keep their distance. haha See ya.

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