After many years of not spending very much at all on jackets on brands like Spada and latterly RST I decided to venture into the more premium end of jackets.
As I am just down the road from Adventure Spec I called in and tried the Badlands Pro on and was immediately impressed with both the quality of the materials and the fit. I have now done around a 1000 miles in the Klim and I have no regrets at all, I paired it with a Powerlet heated jacket and in combination with this it's just amazing. The Klim is a gore text shell rather then a fully insulted package so you are left to choose your own insulation layer - this is actually a far better, more flexible approach and more akin to what outdoor clothing manufacturers have been doing for years. I use a down jacket (if not using the Powerlet) or an old fleece.
I love it I must say and now I need to save up for the trousers!
After riding for 30 years in a variety of clothing, I decided I needed a Gore-tex riding suit after suffering a miserable 6 hr ride in France during a torrential storm. Much research later and I chose the Klim (over the Touratech Companero and Rukka Cosmic). The TT suit is a great idea but I don't ride in dry climates enough to warrant a 2 jacket system. The Rukka was just too expensive although a mate wears one all year round and swears by it.
My Klim suit, ordered through Adventure-Spec.com was delivered quickly and fits perfectly (I ordered a med and large suit and tried both, returning the one that didn't fit with no fuss or problems).
A 4 day trip from UK to Holland in all weathers, day and night confirmed the quality and more importantly, the waterproofing of this suit. When the sun shone, I rode with all the vents open which kept me cool without the suit turning into a sail. When it rained (torrentially) I was totally dry, as were the contents of my pockets. The Gore-tex phone bag is a great idea and shows that people are thinking at Klim, as it keeps your phone dry while the jacket breathes your moisture to the outside world.
The VFM for me was based on quality and fitness for purpose, not to mention a deal being done by Klim at the time.
I have the black suit which is nice and subtle, with some nice reflective panels for the dark nights.
Would I buy again - without question.
An excellent suit in every way once you accept the price
But lifetime warranty and goretex pro out so the suit doesn't soak up water and leave you sat in a wet mess even if you are dry in side
It's a Hugh improvement on my Held Suit in every way
It's very well designed and put together
It's totally waterproof providing you a careful with the neck and venting zips with loads of venting options
Only gripe from me is that the outer chest bellows type pockets are not waterproof
In my opinion if you can afford it then get one and it's still cheaper than a top end Rukka
The longer I wear/use the Badlands Pro the more I am in love with it! I have tried a number of lessor jackets over the years, wasting time and money on substandard jackets. I don't have any gripes about the B-Pro, some small stuff that could be worked into the next generation. I love the Hi-Vis, but change the collar to black, mine is nearly black from the rubber of my Arai XD-4 rubbing on it. Also, putting an forearm pouch on the RIGHT arm big enough for accessing cash with glove on would help at toll booths or whenever paying someone for entrance is required. Lastly, the collar closure system could be changed a little, the single loop pull cord is not a great design, I clipped mine and tied two knots in it so it did not catch on things. Now, I have two antenna like things that flap around and drive my pillion a little nuts, but I told her to find another pilot if she's that annoyed :)...that's about it, all very small things and nothing worth griping about. Overall, its a Bad-A$$ jacket for the Badlands of adventure!
Pricey, but does what it claims to, is comfy from day one and keeps me bone dry! Very rarely need to wear anything other than a shirt under it for my daily commute. Plenty of pockets and vents making it a true all year jacket. Got rid of my other jackets as this is used all the time. Once you factor this in, the high initial cost is easier to bear. Great reflective panels but still looks quite understated in black, which I like. If I need a bit more 'high viz' I wear an Icon flouro vest over the top. Overall one of the best bits of biking kit I have ever bought!