Written by JM Staelens. Posted in Equipment
Although the third generation Klim Badlands Pro jacket and pants exceeded my expectations for three months/10,000 miles RDB marathon (ADVMoto number 118), they didn’t see much action after I returned to my base camp in the foothills of the Himalayas (ADVMoto number 119). The tropical climate of northern Thailand demands lightweight clothing that combines impact protection with maximum ventilation and breathability. It must also be waterproof and windproof during the wet monsoon and the following winter months when it is cold at high altitudes. Combining and reconciling these diametrically opposed design criteria is a difficult task.
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the Badlands Pro, a rugged, world-class suit intended for four-season expedition wear, is impractical for dual-sport riding, which requires more physical exertion than street riding. Given the high levels of exertion, you want gear that is breathable, flexible, well-ventilated, lightweight, and has good weave.
However, in cold or wet weather, the body armor should be supplemented with a windproof/waterproof shell. To this end, I used to wear light and packable rain gear. Tired of frequently replacing my flimsy rain gear because it ripped easily in the event of a spill, I was looking for a more durable shell that was better than the cheap gear I used when superior options failed. were not available.
I considered the first generation (2010) Klim Crossing in the past, but found the thickness Cordura 840D overlays too bulky, heavy and stiff to be practical for dual-sport/enduro riding. It has been positioned at the ADV end of the ADV/dual-sport market, where highway riding requires strong abrasion protection. On the other hand, I was looking for a lighter, packable and more flexible shell that catered to the opposite end of the dual-sport spectrum, where the risk of slipping on tarmac at high speeds is unlikely.
Fast forward to the 2020 launch of the third generation Traverse jacket and pants. This redesign repositioned the to cross more towards the end of the dual-sport/enduro spectrum where it belongs, like KlimThe product line already amply serves the ADV segment.
After several months of intensive use, including a lot of bad weather, I can confirm that the third generation to cross lived up to my high expectations. According to previous experiences with Klimit’s Gore-Tex-lined clothes, the to cross kept me dry in the ferocious Southeast Asian monsoon storms, which was no small feat.
However, I was more curious how well it would hold up to the inevitable spills. the to cross proved to be sturdier than expected, unscathed from numerous falls on the treacherous trails. My enthusiastic collection of soil samples left virtually no skid marks on the Cordura 500D overlays that cover impact abrasion areas, impressing me to no end. The rigorous crash test program has proven that KlimThe compromise paid off, as it replaced the lighter duty Cordura 500D for the thicker, more abrasion resistant Cordura 840D previous editions has significantly reduced its size, weight and rigidity without sacrificing much of its robustness and durability.
Overall, the improvements offered by the new design and lightweight nylon chassis increase the to crossthe usability of for the purpose for which it is intended. Unlike typical ADV jackets, the new to cross jacket packs are small enough to be carried in a hip/backpack or on the bike, greatly improving versatility and mobility by complementing the standard dual sport/enduro outfit of an MX shirt and body armor balls. In this mode, the D3O ventilated armor pads on shoulders and elbows are redundant. I only left the hip armor in the pants and removed the knee pads to make room for the knee pads. If you choose to keep the armor in place, the elbow and knee armor pockets are ingenious Velcro bands to adjust their positions. The jacket’s antimicrobial, moisture-wicking mesh lining includes a pocket for a back protector, sold separately.
For a breathable wind/rain shell, the ventilation works well. The pants have two 10-inch air intakes and two seven-inch zippered exhaust vents at the thighs, while the jacket has two 14-inch zippered underarm vents. the Velcro-Fitted cuffs on the pants on the boot easily adjust the fit to MX or ADV boots. The jacket sports two hand pockets, an external chest pocket with key lanyard and a large internal chest pocket with helmet port. The pants have an external cargo pocket. All exterior pockets are waterproof YKK zippers. Klimattention to detail shows up in intelligence Velcro retaining tab that keeps the microfleece-lined cinch collar open for ventilation without annoying wind flapping against your neck.
When it comes to high-quality technical riding gear, the third generation to cross reconfirm why Klim is the industry leader. The Idaho-based brand spares no effort or expense to develop the ultimate gear that withstands the most extreme conditions. With the last iteration, Klim shows once again that implementing their customer feedback into their design process delivers world-class riding gear. The minimalist and functional shell design of the flexible, lightweight, waterproof Klim to cross fits perfectly with the BYO-base/mid-layers approach and layering body armor so popular with dual-sport/enduro riders.
MSRP (as of publication date): Crossing Jacket—$449.99 | Traverse Pants–$449.99
- Lightweight and 100% waterproof
- Protection and ventilation
- Durability, small footprint and compressible
- Fit compatible with body armor system
- Removable D3O armor pads on shoulders, elbows, knees and hips may be redundant with some suit combos
- The price could be reduced if the D3O armor pads were optional
- No belt loops at the waist of the pants (only two adjustable Velcro-straps on the sides)