Photos by Adam Booth and courtesy of Klim
Not just another gear company, Klim Technical Riding Gear is all about making practical protective tools-that-you-wear, rather than purely stylish riding apparel. At the recent Dirt Rider ride day, the Klim crew stopped by to show off the new line of fully functional off-road armor. Take a look:
Prior to 2013, with names like Everest, Dakar, Baja, Chinook, Mojave and Badlands, Klim’s off-road selections required an atlas to navigate. This year, they’ve narrowed it down to two main lines of gear: Dakar and Mojave. The main difference between the two is ventilation. The Dakar line features semi- and optional ventilation while the Mojave utilizes lighter materials and is fully ventilated.
Starting with the super-versatile Dakar line, the Dakar Jersey is for a wide range of riding conditions. Mesh panels are located in the underarm area where you sweat the most, while the rest of the jersey has a breathable, yet tighter knit material for protection and comfort. Light padding is added to the shoulders and elbows and the fit is on the looser side for unrestricted movement.
As for pants, Jesse Ziegler of Klim keeps it simple.
“You just decide what conditions you ride in and then pick in the boot or over the boot. We’ve got your off-road pant needs covered.”
Offered as both over- or in-the-boot style, the Dakar Pant is packed with features that both moto-only riders and trial junkies will love. For colder days, keep the zippered thigh vents closed. When things start to heat up, unzip them and feel the breeze shoot out the rear leg vents. The whole pant is made from a Heavy-duty 840D Cordura body. Also, this year’s pant offers the same excellent protection with less bulk than previous models.
“We got rid of about 20% of material, but gained back that space in stretch, If you wear bulky knee braces, the new pants will stretch out to the original size, but if you don’t they are way tighter,” says Ziegler.
The last item in the Dakar Line is the Dakar Pro Jersey.
“Jerseys suck. They’re super cheesy and you hit trees and they tear right away. This stuff doesn’t tear. You can have great air flow with the durability of this tear-resistant material,” says Ziegler.
With full-frontal jacketing, this jersey falls somewhere between a super-lightweight outer shell and a typical off-road jersey. The top of the arms, shoulders and chest all feature a thicker, tear resistant material while the underarms and sides have wider mesh to allow breathability. To augment the more rigid jacket-like material, stretch panels are strategically placed to achieve maximum movement while maintaining quality protection. Some thin pad patches were added to the shoulders, upper arms and ribcage to take some of the sting out of branch and tree limb strikes.
The Mojave Series shares most of the technology and innovation featured in the Dakar line, just in a fully vented version. Even though the Mojave Jersey, Pant and Pro Jersey were designed for maximum airflow, they maintain a high level of protection.
The Pro jersey sports the same jacketing on the shoulders and upper arms as well as built in pads, but ops for more breathable material elsewhere.
The Mojave pant is not only well ventilated, it is lighter weight than the Dakar pant, making it a great option for the desert or muggy trial rides.
Overall, the 2013 Klim gear is ready for any and all rides you can through at them. If you ever find yourself wearing a jacket when it’s hot because of the protection, the Dakar and Mojave Pro Jerseys were made for you. Keep an eye out for full tests in Dirt Rider soon.