close range Posted June 17, 2020 Share Posted June 17, 2020 (edited) 2020 Klim Carlsbad Review First off, I have owned a 2019 version of the Klim Carlsbad jacket since late 2018 and have used it extensively in all conditions up here in the Pacific Northwest. I paid for that jacket out of my own pocket at full price after extensive research on what jacket would be best for me. Second, thanks to tenere700.net I had the chance to upgrade to the 2020 Klim Carlsbad and I wanted to offer the following review: First impressions: The 2019 Carlsbad is black and size Large The 2020 Carlsbad I chose is Blue/Grey with red accents and is size Medium Here are some side by side pictures: A note on the fitment, the 2020 Carlsbad seems to fit a half size larger then the previous model. This has been many other reviewers experience as well. For me the 2020 medium was an improved fit, it immediately feels better with only a single layer underneath, and still there is enough room to layer my heated jacket or mid-layer. Also, by removing the armour from both models I can wear a Dainese body armour pressure suit and wear the Carlsbad over top. The 2020 Carlsbad has D30 Level 2 armour, in contrast to the previous version's D3o Level 1. There is a clear visual difference and the Level 2 armour is heavier and thicker. After test fitting, wearing around the house, and commuting a few days (200kms total) I can offer the following observations: - The 2020 Carlsbad's venting system is a massive improvement in usability and effectiveness over the previous model. - The sleeves on both the 2019 Large and 2020 Medium are 1 1/2" too long for me. This results in some bunching up in the arms but its not really a bother. -The 2020 has more adjustability for armour placement in the arms and it helped me get the armour better placed. -The breast pocket on the 2020 (with Klim logo on it) is just big enough to fit a Garmin Inreach Mini. -The Carlsbad offers a great mixture of protection, mobility, and versatility. It was my personal choice in 2018 and the newer model is even better. Once I put some more miles on, including time off-road I will post up more observations. CR Edited June 17, 2020 by close range 5 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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