Review: KLIM Badlands Pro Jacket and Pants

Mar 08, 2015 View Comments by

DSC02867 - Version 2KLIM serves the premium motorcycling market with a full line of high-tech adventure riding gear. The Badlands Pro Jacket and Pants are sleekly styled, comfortable, and with their high-end armor and durable GORE-TEX three-layer shell, provide significant rider protection.

Jacket
Some of the more notable features of the jacket include: Viper Pro Level II back armor with an integrated kidney belt, D30 CE-rated shoulder and elbow armor, a secret internal pocket for important documents (like a passport), a lined comfort collar, high-volume airflow ventilation via eight ports, 3M Scotchlite reflective panels, a jacket-to-pant zipper, and more pockets than a billiard table.
The jacket fit me well without being constraining or bulky, and it looks great whether I’m on my GS Adventure or a street bike. I know this because several other riders complimented me on its sharp styling. The jacket’s first-rate armor protection conveys a high level of off-road confidence. I felt very secure in it and was well protected when I went down while doing some challenging off-road riding. Later, when I self-inspected for the all-too-frequent body bruises from off-road ‚”get-offs” none were evident.

Because KLIM laminates the GORE-TEX directly to the jacket material, it doesn’t come with a removable insulation liner. So, I added layers of clothing and a heated vest while riding in cool spring temperatures. Although I went with black, the Hi-Vis yellow version is just as stylish and more visible to other motorists.

Pants
The Badlands Pro Pants also come with many useful features, including: hip and knee protection by D30 CE-rated integrated armor, two mid-thigh external cargo pockets, high-back elastic waist, side waist adjustment straps, high-volume airflow via four leg vents, high-wear Cordura panels in abuse zones like the cuffs, abrasion-resistant Armacor panels in key impact areas, reflective panels and trim, leather inner-knee and lower-leg exteriors, and a GORE-TEX stretch panel in the seat.

Like the jacket, the Badlands Pro Pants also provided confidence-inspiring, comfortable, and attractive protection. The pants also do not come with a removable insulation liner for cold weather riding, but that was easily remedied with a pair of synthetic long johns. On warmer days, the venting system offers excellent airflow and welcome relief from the heat. The only other feature these high-end touring pants seem to be missing is an integrated suspender system. I added after-market suspenders, which are always helpful for pants with an elastic waist.

In Conclusion
KLIM guarantees that this gear is waterproof, which I inadvertently tested one day. After riding through sustained rainfall for over 40 minutes, I arrived at my destination completely dry. Subsequent to that experience, I’ve ridden numerous times with the KLIM jacket and pants in light rain with the same results. Whether the jacket and pants would work as well in sustained, hard rainfall is unknown, but I’m always appreciative when I don’t have to change in and out of rain gear on days when rainfall is either light or intermittent.
Overall, the KLIM Badlands Pro Jacket and Pants supply a high-degree of protection, possibly the best of any textile riding gear I’ve had the opportunity to test. Now I’m eager for more adventure off-the-beaten path, both near and far from home. Although the KLIM jacket and pants are expensive, state-of-the-art riding gear often does command a premium price.

KLIM Badlands Pro Jacket
Colors: Black, Light Gray, Yellow
Sizes: S-3XL
Price: $699.99 to $749.99

KLIM Badlands Pro Pants
Colors: Black and Light Gray
Sizes (waist): Regular 28-42‚ and Tall 30-42
Price: $499.99 to $519.99
www.klim.com

 

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