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Old 10-30-2011, 09:00 AM   #61
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I still haven't had the opportunity to try it in heavy rain, so can't comment on real world waterproofness..yet!

Maybe the temps are too low where your at but can you comment on the venting of the pants with the zippers open?
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:37 PM   #62
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2) The short connecting zip on the inside of the pants is difficult to attach to the jacket once the pants are on. You have to connect before doing the waist up, although the longer jacket length means you probably dont need to zip them together that often.

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The primary reason for zipping tops to bottoms is so everything stays together (jacket doesn't ride up/pants don't fall down) in the event you crash. But thanks for pointing this out. I zip my gear together every time I ride which is every day so if its a hassle to zip the gear together that a big downer.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:44 AM   #63
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I am sure the quality is there but I'd be willing to pay a little more if the stuff was made in another asian country or somewhere in Europe. As it is I am on the fence about buying the Klim gear despite it's great design due to made in China.
yep...but man its nice stuff and its dam near imposable to find good stuff made here.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:45 PM   #64
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Tried both the Latitude and Badlands jackets last weekend at the Dirt Bike Show here in the UK. I'm on the slim side and found the Latitude a reasonable, slightly loose fit in Medium but was disappointed to find that the sleeves lacked thumb loops but an otherwide excellent jacket. Note I was only weaing a T-shirt and a thin fleece.

The Badlands, in the same size, was a tighter but more tailored fit and felt a little tighter across the shoulders and chest. Trying on a Large, I felt very confortable immediately, a far superior jacket IMHO. It also comes with the all important (for me) thumb loops. The internal waist harness is a great innovation.

I'd love a Badlands but need to save my pennies first. The black version looks best BTW.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:21 PM   #65
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Confused some say the Badlands is roomier than the Latitude and now others saying more tailored? Should have put the Badlands jacket on when we were at Touratech a few weeks ago.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:41 AM   #66
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Confused some say the Badlands is roomier than the Latitude and now others saying more tailored? Should have put the Badlands jacket on when we were at Touratech a few weeks ago.
Although, I did not try on a latitude jacket, I did try a Badlands on the weekend and it is more of a snug fit than I was expecting for a 2XL. In particular, the arms are quite snug (I only have 18" arms, so anyone with bigger arms may have some difficulty) which is not necessarily a bad thing as the elbow armor will not move, especially when the arm straps are adjusted.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:41 AM   #67
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Anyone know how the sizing compares to the Valdez? Wondering if I can get the same size...
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:18 AM   #68
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Anyone know how the sizing compares to the Valdez? Wondering if I can get the same size...
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:18 AM   #69
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For me the sizing is the same. I've got a Valdez in medium, the same for the Badlands.

Badlands obviously feels different when on because of the built in armour but I still have room for more layers if needed.

As above though. No substitute for trying before you buy.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:55 AM   #70
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My XL Badlands is very similar to my XL Valdez. Should be great with a couple of layers underneath and still functional with just a t-shirt as well. The kidney belt really holds the weight nicely and it is a damn nice jacket. The quality is very evident.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:11 AM   #71
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My XL Badlands is very similar to my XL Valdez. Should be great with a couple of layers underneath and still functional with just a t-shirt as well. The kidney belt really holds the weight nicely and it is a damn nice jacket. The quality is very evident.
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For me the sizing is the same. I've got a Valdez in medium, the same for the Badlands.

Badlands obviously feels different when on because of the built in armour but I still have room for more layers if needed.

As above though. No substitute for trying before you buy.
Thanks chaps - like nibby, I wear a medium too, which also looks right compared to the size chart (5' 9", 41" chest, 31" waist)

So then the only question is whether to buy this for myself for Christmas... from me, to me
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I've got a Valdez in Large and it's a much looser fit than than a similar size Badlands. I wear the Valdez over my Alpinestars body armour when trailriding, there's no way I wear the Large Badlands over the Alpinestars.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:19 PM   #73
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I've got a Valdez in Large and it's a much looser fit than than a similar size Badlands. I wear the Valdez over my Alpinestars body armour when trailriding, there's no way I wear the Large Badlands over the Alpinestars.
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Funny - I would've thought you and I would've been the same size and I have the medium Valdez to wear over BMW bodyarmour ... but then it's been a long time since I've seen you!

Would think the Badlands needs body armour underneath? I was working on the basis it would replace my Rallye and it's internal armour...
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I'm fine, no change in size, shape or weight, have managed to retain my panther-like physique......

The medium Badlands was a very snug fit over T-shirt and thin fleece but no room for anything else in winter. Large was excellent, the inner harness taking up any slack but still leaving room for additional layers. I could possibly have got away with a Medium Valdez but I've got long arms and I think it would have been a little restrictive in places.

IMO a far superior jacket to the BMW Rallye gear which I've never owned but do have two Savannah jackets which are similar to the Rallye.

BTW I'm trailriding around Lambourn and Aldbourne on Sunday if you fancy coming along?
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:04 PM   #75
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Hey chap

Funny - I would have thought you and I would've been the same size and I have the medium Valdez to wear over BMW bodyarmour ... but then it's been a long time since I've seen you!

Would think the Badlands needs body armour underneath? I was working on the basis it would replace my Rallye and it's internal armour...
Personally I got one so I did not have to put a pressure suit underneath. I save the pressure suit and Valdez for the snotty stuff.

The built in armour seems very good and covers everything very well if the size is right.

It does feel a little snug when you put it on but I would put this down to the armour and in particular the chest armour which feels a little strange at first but you do feel very well protected. It should soften up over time?

When sitting on the bike it feels perfect. As earlier I am a medium in the Valdez with a base layer and forcefield suit underneath. Never need more than this myself when off road.

I can layer a couple of base layers and fleece with no problem with the Badlands, it doesnt feel too bulky or restrictive.

The length both front and back is perfect.

If it's cold enough to need more than that then i dont think you can beat a base layer and heated jacket.

I tried a large and it felt massive.

It survived a very wet Scotland a few weeks ago without a problem. Very impressed so far.

You really need to try one as everyone is different with different needs etc.

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