Although Klim is a relatively recent name in high-end motorcycle gear, their clothing has developed quite a reputation with hard-core enduro, off-road and adventure riders.
The company, located in Rigby, Idaho, began making clothes for the ski patrol and back country explorers 11 years ago.
The lineup is being expanded and they currently make jackets, pants, gloves and boots designed to conquer the elements for a variety of outdoor sports.
Most recognizable to motorcyclists is the already legendary Klim Adventure Rally jacket, an all-out, no-compromises “enduro” jacket using some of the best materials and technology currently available for outdoor gear.
The Adventure Rally Jacket has a special built-in harness and kidney belt.
Cinch these up and they act as a sort of suspension, while the jacket shell “floats” over the rider. It’s a very comfortable arrangement — I tried on the size large jacket they had on hand and it fit like an enduro jacket should.
That is, the shell is a bit loose to allow for the range of movement one experiences when riding off road, but the harness keeps the built-in chest and back protector in place.
The jacket uses the D3O armor system, described in the webBikeWorld Firstgear Teton jacket review. I’m not 100% sold on this armor, but it is a lot thinner than other types.
Whether it really works as well is still a question in my mind. When Ben Spies starts using it, maybe it will help me believe?
Added brushed fleece tricot fabric over inner lining of top front flap on the left and right sides of the collar to increase comfort.
Reduced collar height 2 cm to minimize contact with rider and to increase mobility and comfort.
Added brushed fleece tricot fabric over the top of the existing Cordura panel on top edge of collar. It is the same brushed fleece tricot as currently used on the inside of the collar. This adds comfort while maintaining durability.
Added adjustability to the elbow pad pocket up/down, left/right. This will allow user to move elbow pad to get perfect positioning. The elbow pad pocket is now bigger so a larger pad could be used if so desired.
New second-generation Gore-Tex Lockout Closures
Move key hook in left lower pocket to upper left chest pocket. Replace webbing with shock cord.
Refine shoulder fit by reducing volume of shoulder area.