US Adventure clothing firm Klim are expanding their range to include gear aimed at the road rider for the first time. The Klim Apex Jacket is an extremely good example of how effectively expertise from the adventure and off-road worlds can be applied to touring and commuting gear. It’s not cheap, but it is excellent.
Like much of Klim’s gear, the Apex uses the Gore-Tex Pro Shell system, where the breathable and waterproof membrane is laminated to the tough outer. There’s a mesh inner, but no separate thermal or waterproofing liner: all the weather-beating ability is built into the Pro Shell itself.
There are exceptionally big ventilation zips on the chest and forearms, which can be operated on the move. Perforated leather reinforces the shoulders and elbows. There are six external pockets, with water-resistant zips, as well as five internal pockets. D3O armour is provided in the back, shoulders and elbows. There are grey reflective patches to improve visibility. There’s a zip and hoop combo for easy attachment to trousers.
I’ve gone for a perhaps unnecessarily large size, and for me that’s working out well – it allows for good movement of air in hot weather, but room for layers when it’s colder. There are size adjusters on the arms, waist and collar to aid this.
Anyone familiar with Klim’s adventure gear will recognise the commitment to simplicity and ease of use, and the very high quality throughout. As someone who’s been wearing their Badlands Pro jacket on the road for years, I like the fact that this takes all of that item’s best features, but removes the chest protector, waist belt and hydration system.
To some it might seem that you don’t get that much for your money. Where are all the zip-out layers? Where’s the storm collar? But they’ve done well to stick closely to their tried and trusted approach. Yes, it requires the wearer to adopt a layering system, and to open and close the vents as the temperature changes. But the comfort and effectiveness of this jacket makes it all worthwhile. The expanded Klim range also includes the ventilated Induction jacket (£339) and the stylish Blade jacket (£399).
Price : £649