Idarex Posted June 22, 2020 Share Posted June 22, 2020 (edited) Disclaimer... Klim is a SE Idaho company and I firmly believe in buying local whenever possible. I do wear Dakar off road. I hadn’t planned on buying any of the ADV gear. What sold me on Klim was their boots and helmet. I bought a Krios and the GTX boots for 3 weeks in Peru. Plan was bomb around the Andes on dirt roads and go as far as we could go in the Amazon basin. The Krios was the first helmet I have ever owned that I could wear all day and not have to take off at rest stops or gas stops. That’s how light and comfy it is. We got on and off the plane wearing our riding gear and carrying a carry on back pack and a helmet. The shoes I had on were it for 3 weeks. The Klim GTX boots kept my feet warm and dry from 14k feet to the Amazon River at sea level. I hiked Machu Picchu all day and never wished I was wearing something else. That said, let’s talk Carlsbad ADV gear. Overpriced to be sure but worthwhile all the same. I’ve put 2000 miles on mine and here is what I think. 1. Heavy Heavy Heavy when you first pick it up and put it on. I think that’s on account of the D3O. 2. Ok from 30 degrees to 100 degrees. Layering of course. Use electric layers if you want to go lower. Higher and you’re just going to suffer. 3. Runs large compared to Dakar gear. I think the Carlsbad uses old guy 32 inches versus Dakar which uses young guy 32 inches. I had to return my Large Jacket and 34 pants for Medium and 32 Short. 4. What to Love: The large vertically zippered chest pocket on the left side is the exact size as folding maps... Stinking Genius!! 4.1. More Love: There are loops in the collar to latch it open on the shoulders. Brilliant for warm weather. Every jacket needs these. 5. Carry much? A work in progress... For CC guys, I carry a CC holster under the hip strap on my Dakar gear. You can cover it with an untucked jersey. That keeps it clean and people never notice it. You can carry the same way with the Carlsbad but I haven’t worn a Jersey with the Carlsbad. The cargo pockets in the jacket/pants easily fit a CC or Compack, not so much a full size. The pant cargos have a zipper covered by a Velcro flap. The jacket cargos only have the Velcro flap. I still haven't figured out an optimal CC plan. Edited June 23, 2020 by Idarex 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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