Klim Drifter Jacket: Review

The leader in technical motorcycle gear gets hip

Klim is a name that all the most experienced motorcyclists know well. Actually, in the cruiser world, it tends to be only the more experienced and long mile tourers that are very familiar with the hyper-technical motorcycle gear company. We suspect that will all change with the addition of this new line-- one that takes their technical expertise and rounds off those corners a little bit for a more casual and stylish look and feel. Introducing the Klim Drifter Jacket.

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The Klim Drifter Jacket in Green in size XL on Morgan who is 6'4". Buy It Now!Staff

The jacket is made of waxed canvas, meaning that it has some natural water resistant qualities but shouldn't be considered waterproof. The outer shell canvas is thick and cuts the wind well, but doesn't feel too rigid or stiff. CE Rated D30 armor (the good stuff, not some cheap rip-off) comes equipped in the elbows, shoulders and one big pad in the back to make sure you're protected from impact in the case of an accident.

Closures on the jacket are all top-notch as well. YKK zippers are covered with magnetic snaps that block the wind and work incredibly well. The magnets were actually one of my favorite parts of the jacket and one thing I love on Klim jackets that I haven't seen elsewhere. Unlike most of their other jackets, there's no big Klim logos anywhere that you can see, either-- things are simple and clean.

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D30 padding in the shoulder with Klim's plaid linerStaff

The fit of the jacket is definitely more on the boxy side. I am slim and had to go up to the XL for arm length and shoulders, but the body fits a little too bulky for me-- true to the way most Klim gear fits. Zip closures in the sleeve help monitor venting and an 'action back,' helps maintain full range of motion in the arms. For the price, I would say that this jacket is a great buy. You get all of the build quality and attention to detail you're used to from Klim, but at a lower price point. The jacket is available in black, blue or green for $300 for sizes S-2X, and $310 for 3X.

EXTERIOR FEATURES

  • WAXED CANVAS, NATURAL WATER RESISTANCE
  • MAGNETIC CLOSURES
  • MINIMAL BRANDING
  • YKK ZIPPERS SAFETY
  • D3O CE LEVEL 1 ELBOW ARMOR(2)
  • D3O CE LEVEL 1 SHOULDER ARMOR(2)
  • D3O CE LEVEL 1 BACKPAD(1) CARGO
  • 2 CHEST POCKETS
  • 2 HAND POCKETS
  • 2 INTERNAL POCKETS
  • 1 INTERNAL CHEST POCKET VENTILATION
  • PIT HOLES FOR BREATHABILITY FIT/STYLE/COMFORT
  • ACTION BACK FOR FULL RANGE OF MOTION
  • ZIPPERED CUFF CLOSURE
  • WAIST LENGTH
  • PLAID ACCENTS

For more info or to purchase one, check out Klim.com