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Old 01-03-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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KTM HQ Adventure - ny reviews or experience?

Wondering if anyone can share practical experience / opinions of the KTM HQ Adventure jacket and pants. In my quest to consolidate the ever-growing multitude of gear that I continue to amass, I have decided that:
1- I need waterproofness for the occasional downpour (anything beyond a sprinkle)
2- I need some versatility for accommodating weather changes given where I live (Canada - goes from cold to downright hot and humid)
3- I need something that can be used for my sport bike riding / touring as well - but not for hooligan canyon carving or anything serious like that
4- I am not looking to replace my very hot weather gear (Rev'it Airwave jacket and pants) - yes, for those days where it's damn hot and I know I'll end up in traffic
5- I am not looking to replace my leather gear for the times I am on my sport bike and want to look and feel like a 43 year old MotoGP ass-clown (or when I want a ton of tarmac protection on the sport bike)
6- I do not want a one-piece suit

What I currently have:
1- Rev'it Airwave jacket and pants for extremely hot days
2- Dainese leather jacket and pants (strictly for sport bike riding)
3- Held Awara Jacket and Held pants (good, simple textile jacket and pants with zip-in thermal linings. Not waterproof but fairly "sprinkle-resistant" - very, very good value - very good fit. I use this gear for both the ADV and the sport bike
4- KTM Rally suit; lightweight, tough, beige and orange monstrosity of a design but it works and gives me plenty of room underneath for heavy duty body armour for off-road silliness - again, sprinkle resistant, not waterproof
5- Sidi rain top and pants for the "just in case of a torrential downpour" moments
6- Kevlar reinforced jeans for the nights out on the town :)

I've been battling with myself about "traditional" water resistance versus "outside water resistance" - by that I mean gear that comes with zip-in, zip-out waterproof linings. Though this seems to be the more popular approach in the mass market, it never seemed to make much sense to me to wear a waterproof membrane INSIDE of the jacket / pants. That has always left my gear heavily soaked and me miserable even if inside, I was somewhat dry. That leaves me with options for gear that is "externally" waterproof such as Klim, Rev'it Horizion, some Rukka (aka: expensive as all hell), etc, etc.

I have to admit that I've tried some Klim gear on (Traverse, Adventure) and a) wasn't crazy about the fit for me and b) the Adventure gear was just too costly and too heavy.
I have not worn any Rukka as there isn't a single dealer anywhere near me.
I have access to Rev'it from a local trusted source but am not a big fan of the fit of the Horizon gear on me (their only "externally waterproof" gear right now). It just doesn't feel comfortable to me...

So...I might as well suck it up and stick with something that has the usual zip-in water linings which brings me to the KTM HQ Adventure gear. I have tried this on - it fits very well to me and the pants are actually long enough (I am very long legged and 6'3"). It seems very durable yet flexible and well vented (from what I can see by the locations and sizes of vents). I have no idea who makes it for KTM but the quality is good and it seems like very good value. I am looking for opinions and experience from anyone here who uses this setup. It is different than the former version; the AQ Adventure and it's quite "higher-end" than their Pure Adventure jacket and pants.

Can anyone help? OK, I'm definitely a gear-whore...

Thanks in advance everyone.
Toronto, Canada
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