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KLIM 2023 :: New Heights for Touring Gear

KLIM announced new products and updates just last month, and are now unveiling serious improvements to their top touring gear. The women’s Altitude and men’s Latitude pants and jackets, in KLIM’s words, “combine purpose-built engineering and legendary performance for touring riders who care about comfort and weather protection.”

More Protection for 2023

The new KLIM Latitude is now in its fifth generation of protecting touring riders, while the Altitude ascends to its fourth. The biggest news is that all four garments are certified to abrasion standard CE A EN 17092-4. More protection for the long miles ahead.

KLIM Updates Touring Pants

Comfort is crucial on long rides. With that in mind, KLIM added Gore-Tex stretch panels to the crotch, thigh, back, and knees of the pants. That should quell any binding in key comfort zones, while knee, seat, and lower cuff overlays protect abrasion-prone regions. Adjustable D30 hip and knee armor round out the upgrades for the Latitude and Altitude pants.

Jackets Get a Makeover

KLIM’s touring jacket mods take things a little farther. First off, they feature updated Euro-style and stretch Gore-Tex panels for the back and underarm gussets.

Next, KLIM adjusted the zippered vents to improve airflow and fit perforated goat leather on the elbows for better breathing. An antimicrobial, moisture-wicking mesh liner also helps battle sweat build-up. For super-cooling, the jackets sport a pair of cross-chest vents, twin exhaust vents and “two massive adjustable wrist vents with dual zippers.”

The final upgrade for the Latitude/Altitude jackets is protection. KLIM started with heavy-duty overlays at the shoulder for abrasion resistance. Following that, they fitted a suite of D30 CE Level 1 armor, including a Level 1 back pad, for impact defense.

Ride Far, In Comfort

Less bulky, more stylish, and offering better ventilation and protection, KLIM’s Gen5 Latitude and Gen4 Altitude are destined to make touring riders rest easy in the saddle.

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Arden’s first motorcycle was a Yamaha Enduro, obtained while in high school. It set the stage for decades of off-pavement exploration on dual-sports and adventure bikes. Camping in the middle of nowhere became his favorite pursuit. As a former whitewater river guide and National Park Service seasonal employee, Arden believes in wilderness, wildlife, and being kind to the earth. A self-taught writer who barely passed English classes, he has contributed adventure stories and tested motorcycles and accessories for Rider Magazine and other outlets for nearly 30 years. In that time, he’s worn out two KLR 650s and is currently following the road to the middle of nowhere on his Ténéré 700 and an aging but reliable DR-Z 400S.