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Dudumas

Hi all , riding in Klim Latitude jacket and Dakar pants ,since 2016 , both enduro and travel conditions . 

Latitude jacket even if it comes as a touring oriented and not off road has been proven to be my favorite, kept me dry after hours of showers . Dakar pants is perfect for enduro riding and is a rugged pair of pants. mine has seen over three years of enduro in extreme and mild conditions . not waterproof though. 

As far it concerns helmets i always choose Arai , heavy but well balanced , perfect fit and handcrafted shell.   

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JayD

I have the Marakesh jacket and pants. Solid pieces. The stretch is fantastic!

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Idarex

I did not know Klim was made in China.  I thought they were bought out by Polaris?

 

The quality is amazing.  Dakar pants and jerseys feel like they will last forever unlike most dirt bike/enduro jerseys and pants.  I recently got the Mosko woodsman pants and fubalisk jacket.  I've been using the jacket as a shell hiking in the snow.  I am pretty happy with the quality.  The arms are freakishly long (or my arms are stumpy) and the neck is too tall in front.

 

Bear spray always reminds me of an old joke:

 

"They advise park visitors to wear little bells on their clothes so they make noise when hiking. The bell noise allows bears to hear them coming from a distance, so they won’t be startled by a hiker accidentally sneaking up on them, which might cause a bear to charge.  Visitors are told they should also carry a pepper spray can just in case they encounter a bear. Spraying the pepper into the air will irritate the bear’s sensitive nose and it will run away.  It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for fresh bear droppings so you have an idea if bears are in the area. People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear scat. Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and possibly bits of fur.  Grizzly bear scat tends to contain small bells and smells of pepper." 

 

 

 

 

 

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Idarex
On 11/24/2020 at 7:33 PM, DORTx2 said:

Is Idaho that dangerous that you have to carry a gun while riding around on the bike? That is absolutely insane to me.

No worries Dortx2 Idaho is very safe.  If we ever ride together, you'll never know I'm packing.  I only posted it  up here in the hopes that other CC riders would offer me better suggestions than what I'm currently doing.

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DORTx2
1 hour ago, Idarex said:

No worries Dortx2 Idaho is very safe.  If we ever ride together, you'll never know I'm packing.  I only posted it  up here in the hopes that other CC riders would offer me better suggestions than what I'm currently doing.

Hey fair enough! Whenever the border opens up again I'll be routinely taking the bike down to Oregon so maybe we'll make that happen one day.

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Dudumas
On 11/25/2020 at 7:57 PM, Dudumas said:

Hi all , riding in Klim Latitude jacket and Dakar pants ,since 2016 , both enduro and travel conditions . 

Latitude jacket even if it comes as a touring oriented and not off road has been proven to be my favorite, kept me dry after hours of showers . Dakar pants is perfect for enduro riding and is a rugged pair of pants. mine has seen over three years of enduro in extreme and mild conditions . not waterproof though. 

As far it concerns helmets i always choose Arai , heavy but well balanced , perfect fit and handcrafted shell.   

 

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una.brisa

@Idarex Looking back at your experience so far with the GTX boots. Any additional thoughts to date apart from the sole? It's been quite difficult to find real world use reviews. 
I am currently looking for new boots, but with so many options it's hard to make a choice.

 

My hesitation with the GTX boots is that they don't look like they protect much? (I am only evaluating based on online images), in particular what makes me gravitate towards them is that duality possibility and comfort they advertise, but not willing to sacrifice safety.  Any thoughts? 

 

Similarly, regarding comfort. I was also entertaining the REV'IT! Expedition H2O Boots, but desisted due to the lack of real world reviews.

 

Until now, the Sidi adventure 2 are taking the lead while I anxiously wait for my Badlands Jacket as it makes its way across the USA! :classic_happy:



 


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8 hours ago, una.brisa said:

@Idarex Looking back at your experience so far with the GTX boots. Any additional thoughts to date apart from the sole? It's been quite difficult to find real world use reviews. 
I am currently looking for new boots, but with so many options it's hard to make a choice.

 

My hesitation with the GTX boots is that they don't look like they protect much? (I am only evaluating based on online images), in particular what makes me gravitate towards them is that duality possibility and comfort they advertise, but not willing to sacrifice safety.  Any thoughts? 

 

Similarly, regarding comfort. I was also entertaining the REV'IT! Expedition H2O Boots, but desisted due to the lack of real world reviews.

 

Until now, the Sidi adventure 2 are taking the lead while I anxiously wait for my Badlands Jacket as it makes its way across the USA! :classic_happy:



 

The GTX are very comfortable and the lace system is amazing.  The lace system makes them very fast and easy to put on and very fast and easy to take off.  It also equalizes the pressure across your entire foot.  These boots are very well made and I don't think they will wear out as little as I use them.

 

I don't recommend them for protection.  I originally bought them for a moto ride through the Andes and Amazon.  All dirt and gravel roads but no hard enduro.  For that they worked great.  I got on the plane in my riding gear with one back pack carry on and my helmet.  The GTX were the only shoes I had for several weeks and were warm enough for Andes glaciers and not too hot at sea level in the Amazon basin.  Also they kept my feet dry and they were great for hiking or going out in town in the evenings.  The GTX boots paid for themselves on this one trip in my opinion.

 

Yesterday I wore the GTX boots on a snow/ice/mud hike with a GF and then met 2 of my sons at a pub after.  The boots were at home in both environments.

 

I would not wear them dirt riding.  They have very little real protection for hard riding and they are medium height.  Today I only use the GTX boots for hiking with GFs or getting to a trail head to XC Ski.  I primarily use dirt bike boots for any riding that involves off road and street bike boots if I'm primarily on road.  The GTX boots aren't really either.

 

I test rode a friends Tech 7 boots and I'm going to switch to those for ADV riding.  Everide the youtuber has a vid explaining why he doesn't want ADV boots on his group rides anymore and he prefers people wear motocross boots.  Just my opinion but I tend to agree with him.  I prefer my motocross boots to any other boots for riding and so will switch to the Tech 7 Enduro Drystars as soon as I can budget them in.

 

Hope this helps!  -EP

 

 

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Firebolter

Assume you guys are talking about the Adventure GTX boot? There are 5 different GTX models of boot. I am currently riding with a pair of Forma's. While they are comfortable and super easy to walk in, they do leave a little to be desired IRT protection if you get into the gnar. I wear Gaerne's usually off road and while they are okay to walk in, they sure protect alot better so I see why some guys are going back to MX stye boots over ADV boots.

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tramsnod

Well I guess I'm a fan boy now.

I ride daily on a 100km round trip to work and do a two or three day adventure or Enduro ride each month.

I've ridden enduro with Klim Dakar pants for over 10 years now averaging 3 years each pair.

When I started adventure riding I tried cheaper brands which didn't perform as expected and then I managed to buy a used set of Latitude jacket and pants.

Now I have supplemented the jacket with a vented Induction jacket for summer with a Forecast jacket in case it rains. 

Just recently added a pair of Baja S4 gloves and have bought a pair of adventure GTX gloves for when it gets cooler.

 

Yes its expensive BUT it does what it says it will do, it fits really well and it lasts a long time. I reckon I would have gone through two or three of the cheaper brand jackets by now and not had the rain and crash protection that I know I have with Klim.

 

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