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nowhereman 05-06-2011 05:27 AM

KLIM Adventure suit in HOT weather? Any good?
 
I recently deployed to the middle east, and it is hot as hell here. Like really hot. And it is getting worse. I own a roadcrafter which straight up SUCKS for riding in here. I also have a Savannah 2 jacket which is a little better. I try to ride with a Leatt on, but it is a pain in the ass without a suit or jacket cut for it.

So here's my question: How well would the Klim Adventure jacket do in the heat here (it gets upwards of 115 to 120, around 60 to 80% humidity)? I really want a jacket that you can wear a Leatt properly with, i.e. against the body.

Anyone own a Klim Adventure and have used it in extreme heat? Tell me your thoughts. It is a lot of money to spend on something that just won't work well for me.

Thanks -

Damon

Country Doc 05-06-2011 09:10 AM

I wouldn't consider wearing an Adv Rally jacket in 100 plus temps. It's a large, heavy jacket with decent venting, but you are going to ROAST in those temps with that jacket.

I'd definitely look for something unlaminated/non-waterproof, like the new Leatt jackets, or the A-stars Durban, something of that nature.

I had the jacket for a short time (bought the wrong size), and it was too hot in 90degrees plus for me, FWIW.

dc

OlyRider 05-06-2011 09:23 AM

+1

Foot dragger 05-06-2011 09:36 AM

Ventilated armored jacket with one of the vests you soak in water to keep you from roasting. Of course bullet proof ventilated vests might be hard to come by.
Best of luck!

YetiGS 05-06-2011 09:43 AM

It does ok up to about 90* F as long as you're moving. Slow stuff sucks.


I'd recommend (it's what I'm going to do) getting a Motoport Mesh Kevlar with a Leatt collar addition.

_cy_ 11-05-2012 03:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YetiGS (Post 15845061)
It does ok up to about 90* F as long as you're moving. Slow stuff sucks.


I'd recommend (it's what I'm going to do) getting a Motoport Mesh Kevlar with a Leatt collar addition.

had been wondering if Klim's high $$ adventure suits would work for super HOT conditions.

it's my premise that no heavy waterproof motorcycle suit will be functional at super HOT temps... like say 105f +

most functional that I've seen at those type temps is Motoport with some type of cooling vest. which doesn't work well for me in nasty wet/cold conditions due to need for waterproof inner layer.

Klim Adventure suit looks better matched like Aerostich Roadcrafter for wet/nasty conditions ...

got two piece and one piece Aerostich Roadcrafter and Motoport mesh Kevlar, but no Klim. what am I missing here?

Dave.0 11-05-2012 04:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by _cy_ (Post 19972372)

got two piece and one piece Aerostich Roadcrafter and Motoport mesh Kevlar, but no Klim. what am I missing here?


Not much - the Klim stuff is a little better compromise to try to get at a 4 season outfit - waterproof without a liner, but still with adequate venting. If you had to have one suit, it seems like a good choice.

mrt10x 11-05-2012 08:16 AM

KLIM has a new suit coming out which is kevlar mesh and a GoreTex over suit for wet conditions, reminds me of the Touratech Companero (sp?).. It will probably be serious $$ though.

_cy_ 11-05-2012 09:04 AM

have come to conclusion it's just not possible for one suit to cover all conditions.

any suit that's capable of functioning in say 20f conditions with wet nasties thrown in will not work in say 105f conditions.

Motoport claims theirs is good for all conditions... BS .. who would want a soaked outer layer with dry insides. then factor extra fuss factor for dealing with an extra layer. on top of dealing with all the wires with heated gear.

closest to a one suit solution is Motoport with a goretex oversuit. but then oversuit gets really bulky to fit over Motoport jacket. arrrgghhh....

best solution I've found when riding in wide ranging temps is to carry two suits. Motoport for 75f - 110f ... then one piece Aerostich for temps 80F- 20f.... add heated jacket/gloves below 45f .... add heated pants below 30f...

Motoport mesh kevlar doesn't compress well and takes up lots of space. Aerostich one piece packs down small.

KingOfFleece 11-05-2012 09:33 AM

No breathable fabric will move enough moisture at those temps.

YetiGS 11-05-2012 10:01 AM

The Klim suit is probably the best "One Suit" currently available. Either the Adventure or the Badlands. Zipped up with a layer underneath and I'm good into the low 30's. Once it gets over say 95*, nothing is going to be comfortable but the Klim is as good as anythig else.

In fact, I sort of retract what I said earlier. Over 90* or so, I think the Klim may be better than the Motoport mesh, especially if it's a dry heat. The Motoport flows so much air, you can actually dehydrate somewhat quickly. With the Klim jackets, you can adjust them so there's enough airflow to keep your cooling vest working, without sucking all of the moisture out of you. It's sort of like you have your own personal micro-climate. :thumb

If you're not moving fast and it's very hot out, NOTHING is going to be comfortable. Nothing.

catalina38 11-05-2012 10:41 AM

My Adventure Rally is fine into the high 90's dry desert heat as long as I'm moving, standing around it's not. If it's hotter than 100 I avoid riding unless it's a for a few hours or less passing through a hot area. With all the vents open and collar off and wrists opened up there is plenty of air going through out the jacket. For high humidity and heat IMHO nothing is going to be comfortable I could wear shorts and T shirt and be sweaty and miserable in that east coast summer weather:puke1

bamarider 11-05-2012 03:58 PM

Badlands...
 
I've used the Roadcrafter alot in the southeast US. It is not best suited for that environment. I picked up the Badlands this year.. I did 700+ miles across Kansas & Missouri in June, with the high being 106... I don't believe that anything will work well in those temps. Stopped to hydrate, internaly and externally every 100 miles or so. The Badlands flowed enough to get good evaporative effect without letting the furnace blast get to you. Very good and effective compromise!! It also spent a day in torrential rain without a leak..

levain 11-05-2012 04:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yetigs (Post 19974198)

in fact, i sort of retract what i said earlier. Over 90* or so, i think the klim may be better than the motoport mesh, especially if it's a dry heat. The motoport flows so much air, you can actually dehydrate somewhat quickly. With the klim jackets, you can adjust them so there's enough airflow to keep your cooling vest working, without sucking all of the moisture out of you. It's sort of like you have your own personal micro-climate. :thumb

+1

moggi1964 11-05-2012 06:10 PM

I used my Spidi Expedition suit up to about 90 then swapped into my Spidi Netwin over that temp. Both offered good protection (clearly better in the Expedition as it is certified Level 2).

I could have used the Expedition in higher temps but not in stop-start traffic which is what I am mostly in around here.

I think three seasons are the best you are going to get from a suit if your temps go above 90 and especially if you live somewhere where it is humid (like NJ).


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