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Old 06-02-2012, 02:28 PM   #181
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According to W.L. Gore's website for Outerwear:


I've cleaned my Skiing, Hiking and Camping (Tent's) that use Gore Tex for years with very mild (Downey) detergents. After every couple of washings I use Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On repellent. As above, Gore does not recommend "wash-in" repellent's.

Cheers,
You can also use ReviveX which you can find at MEC. I bought some here in Ottawa.

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/MensCl...-repellent.jsp

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Old 06-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #182
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Hey everybody,

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on the awesomness that is the Klim Badlands Pro suit. But I'm kinda concerned with sizing. Has everybody found the Klim sizing charts to be accurate? I'm trying to get it right the 1st time. If I order by Tuesday, I should have it here for a ride I have planned. So any input is much appreciated.

I'm currently using Klim Dakar pants in a 38", and Klim Revolt jersey or jacket in XXL over my Thor compression suit.

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Old 06-03-2012, 03:11 PM   #183
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I find the waist on the Badlands pants to run tighter than my Dakar and Traverse pants. They fit perfect, but I have to suck it up to get the Badlands snapped. Maybe just a one off problem, not sure as I wasn't able to try on another pair.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:45 PM   #184
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Not sure about other Klim pants, but I just got the Badlands Pro jacket & pants, and the pants are kindda tight at the waist as LoFlow mentioned. Not sure if it was because I had too much "poutine" while I was visiting back home, but I also had to do the same "breathe in, zip up and snap" method, which is not very comfortable to be honest. So I went back to the store to try the one size over, but it was too big. Since I *really* wanted those pants, I told myself I could lose a few pounds and be comfortable enough (hey, women have their wedding dress - I have my Badlands pants! ). In the meantime, I'm going to try a small elastic string to hold them in place.

The jackets fits perfectly. I'm just waiting for a good downpoor to try it and see if it's really as waterproof as they say. I live in Central America, and it's the beginning of the rainy season now. That was the main seller point for me.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:06 PM   #185
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I find the waist on the Badlands pants to run tighter than my Dakar and Traverse pants. They fit perfect, but I have to suck it up to get the Badlands snapped. Maybe just a one off problem, not sure as I wasn't able to try on another pair.
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Not sure about other Klim pants, but I just got the Badlands Pro jacket & pants, and the pants are kindda tight at the waist as LoFlow mentioned. Not sure if it was because I had too much "poutine" while I was visiting back home, but I also had to do the same "breathe in, zip up and snap" method, which is not very comfortable to be honest. So I went back to the store to try the one size over, but it was too big. Since I *really* wanted those pants, I told myself I could lose a few pounds and be comfortable enough (hey, women have their wedding dress - I have my Badlands pants! ). In the meantime, I'm going to try a small elastic string to hold them in place.

The jackets fits perfectly. I'm just waiting for a good downpoor to try it and see if it's really as waterproof as they say. I live in Central America, and it's the beginning of the rainy season now. That was the main seller point for me.
So to be clear the Badlands pants run on the tight side compared to the Dakars. This is with the waist adjusters all the way out? If my Dakars aren't overly loose, do you guys think I'd be better off going with a 40 instead of a 38? Be better for layering purposes, and the slack could be taken up with the waist adjusters? I also plan on using the Klim tactical shorts the majority of the time.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:51 AM   #186
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Can't speak for the Dakar pants because I haven't tried them on, but for the Badlands, in my case the 34 is a bit too tight (with adjusters all the way out), and the 36 was too big (with adjusters all the way in, even past the velcro!). It looks like if you fall in-between sizes like me, you're a bit screwed. That might be the one thing I could complain about those Badlands pants so far - the lack of adjustment at the waist line. Perhaps something Klim can improve in their designs in the future. You'd expect the 34 size to cover up to the 36 size with some adjustments.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:13 PM   #187
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I tested the jacket for 20 mins on Friday when DC had a torrential downpour. Excellent! except... I got pretty wet on the inside of my right elbow. I gone over the jacket and zipped up all vents before I started, but seems I missed the last few teeth on the on on the right sleeve, hence the dampness.

A bit more concerning was a wet patch on my belly... not much but I don't think it should have been there. I guess the key is to make sure everything is cinched up tight. Try again next time!
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:39 PM   #188
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anyone own a medium badlands?
if so could you please measure the length of the front flap from the top of the jacket at the neck to the bottom. wonder what the height of a medium is.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:00 PM   #189
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I tested the jacket for 20 mins on Friday when DC had a torrential downpour. Excellent! except... I got pretty wet on the inside of my right elbow. I gone over the jacket and zipped up all vents before I started, but seems I missed the last few teeth on the on on the right sleeve, hence the dampness.

A bit more concerning was a wet patch on my belly... not much but I don't think it should have been there. I guess the key is to make sure everything is cinched up tight. Try again next time!

Tell Klim. The jacket comes with the Gore-Tex™ "Guarantee to keep you dry".

I wore my Traverse in multiple good-god-what-am-I-doing-riding-in-this-kind-of-rain for hours at a time and not a drop got in.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:10 PM   #190
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^ +1 been there too...down pours in our Traverse not a drop...almost down pour in our Latitude, nothing...I would call KLIM too!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:19 PM   #191
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My medium Badlands jacket has 25" in the front (collar to bottom).
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:20 PM   #192
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My medium Badlands jacket has 25" in the front (collar to bottom).
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:34 PM   #193
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Tell Klim. The jacket comes with the Gore-Tex™ "Guarantee to keep you dry".

I wore my Traverse in multiple good-god-what-am-I-doing-riding-in-this-kind-of-rain for hours at a time and not a drop got in.
Yeah I guess I should mention it to them and at least give them a chance to tell me what I'm doing wrong. I think the sleeve leak was user error, not so sure about the one at belly button level.

Forgot to mention, got some water down my neck, but that could have been because I didn't know where to grab for the cinch cord. The pull is to small to find by feel with gloves on.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:20 AM   #194
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A bit more concerning was a wet patch on my belly... not much but I don't think it should have been there. I guess the key is to make sure everything is cinched up tight. Try again next time!
I rode under the rain yesterday and experienced the same. I did not have time to inspect where the leak came from, but it could have been from the front zipper. I'm pretty sure I did not have it done all the way up, including the collar piece. I'll check again at the next downpour.

Other than that, everything stayed dry. Very happy with this jacket so far. Though, I wonder why they did not use a waterproof type zipper for the front? Perhaps these are not well suited for heavy/regular usage?
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:58 AM   #195
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With regards the zip - they're pretty expensive and known to be fragile both of which seem like good reasons not to include.
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