❏ As a rider, purchasing riding
gear will sometimes challenge your
pocketbook. There are also a vast
number of companies that you can
choose from that makes the process
even more difficult. We at Dirt
Wheels always try to provide the
best information to make this buying
process a little easier by offering tests
on the best gear that we can find.
We feel that protection above all else
should be number one. Our test this
month we decided to give the Klim
(pronounced “climb”) gear a go.
Klim manufactures gear for any type
of rider. From ATV, UTV, snowmobile
and adventure riders, they have it all.
With multiple options available, we
went with the XC gear, F4 ECE helmet
and Radius Pro Moto goggles. The
XC gear is offered in multiple colors:
blue, green, orange, Orange Flame
and red. However, most of those colors
actually have multiple color changes
throughout the design.
XC GEAR (JERSEY, PANTS &
Klim is known for how durable its
gear is and didn’t skimp on the XC
gear. Some of the features include
Cordura nylon and mesh-wicking
polyester to help keep moisture at bay
while riding. The full gear set feels
light and very comfortable. If you ate
too many carbs over the weekend and
you’re feeling a little bloated, the XC
pant has two adjustable waist straps
to compensate. The XC jersey follows
the XC pant design. The jersey utilizes
breathable foam in the elbow region
for added comfort and protection. We
liked this option, as we haven’t tested
many jerseys with this sewn into it.
Even with the foam option, the XC
jersey is still light.
The XC glove complements the
gear well with the same styling
and durability. The strapless design
makes it so that you can’t tighten the
fit, which some riders don’t like, but
Klim designed them to fit snugly and
comfortably. The palm offers a single-layer Ultra Grip construction and the
top layer offers padding. We found
that the XC gloves provided a lot of
traction, which comes in handy when
you get fatigued on longer rides. One
thing to always keep in mind when
buying gear is ventilation, especially
if you ride in a climate where the
temperatures are in the triple digits.
The XC gear offers great ventilation;
in fact, we suggest wearing a base
layer in the colder climates with this
F4 ECE HELMET, $399.99
At the moment Klim only offers
one helmet line—the F4 ECE helmet.
However, the F4 is offered in multiple
color schemes that will complement
any set of gear well. This is the most
ventilated helmet we’ve ever tested
at Dirt Wheels. With large EPS air
channels integrated into the helmet
providing continuous fresh air to
an inner pressure chamber, you
can almost feel the wind rushing
through your hair. With more airflow,
however, more noise comes into play.
After about 10 minutes you won’t even
notice the increased noise.
One of the other cool things that
our test riders loved is how light this
helmet is and the comfort of it. The
original version of the F4 helmet was
pretty heavy at 3. 9 pounds, while the
F4 ECE weighs in at 2. 75 pounds.
That’s over a pound of weight savings
that feels much better on your neck
after a long ride. It’s manufactured
with aerospace fiberglass, carbon
fiber and Kevlar, so you can be sure
it’s safe. One thing to mention is that
it is not DOT or Snell approved. For
European riders you’ll be safe, as it
meets ECE 22.05 requirements. If you
plan on riding with this helmet on
the freeway or in competitive racing
in the USA, be sure to check the
rules on helmet requirements before
purchasing the F4 ECE.
RADIUS PRO MOTO GOGGLES,
While riding, it’s very important to
have a solid goggle. Not only one
you can see out of, but one that is
comfortable and has great features.
Klim spent a lot of time developing its
off-road goggles after having success
with their snow line. The Radius Pro
Durability, function & style rolled into one
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
We liked the venting and fit of the Klim
Radius goggle. An extra lens, tear-offs,
and a premium carrying case are sold
with the goggles. Quite the bargain at
The XC gear has great style, and even
though it’s durable and well built, it still
feels light and comfortable.
Notice the large vent system on the F4
helmet. It literally forces air around your
skull for the best vented helmet we have
tested thus far. It’s also very comfortable and fits well.