The water-resistant suit is made of
Klim’s rip-stop polyester and cotton.
There are stretch panels designed into
the shoulders and lower back of the
suit. The built-in waist belt is adjustable, as are the Velcro sleeve cuffs.
Klim designed five pockets into the suit.
There are two generous chest pockets
that can fit a wallet or phone (not recommended if you use a harness-type
seatbelt system), two thigh pockets
that are large and one more pocket on
the bicep of the right arm.
Two armpit vents are designed into
the Terra Firma suit that allow you to
get into the pockets on your clothes
underneath the suit, as well as cool you
down. The dual-zippered entrance of
the suit starts from the collar and continues all the way down the right pant
leg. This makes getting in and out of
the dust suit easier than having to step
both legs into it. The last interesting
design element of this suit is the built-in (and removable) kneepad on the left
WHAT IT’S LIKE
The only way to test a dust suit properly is to—you guessed correctly—get
it dusty! We took a few UTVs out to the
desert and drove in each other’s dust
for a 20-mile loop for the first test. The
Terra Firma suit was covered in dust
on the first stop, but once our tester
opened it up, his clothes were still
clean like he had just stepped into the
machine at the start of the day. Next,
we had our tester open the vents for
the second loop. Once the loop ended,
his clothes were a little dusty, but not
compared to the suit. Finally, to our test
driver’s dislike, we had him leave the
suit behind. He wasn’t thrilled when we
got back, because he had no clothes
to change into! His clothes were so
covered that he almost drove home in
his underwear so he wouldn’t get the
inside of his truck dirty.
The vents helped keep us cool in the
heat, and, fortunately, the suit will fit
over a jacket to help us stay warm in
the cooler months. The built-in kneepad was a big plus. Our managing editor always hits his knees on UTV doors,
as do we, and he was excited to hear
that a company built a pad into the suit.
At the end of the day we could
quickly take off the Klim Terra Firma
dust suit, stow it away and get into our
trucks with relatively clean clothes on.
We aren’t sure how the water-resistant
suit would keep up in muddy or really
wet conditions, but for the desert and
dry terrain, it is worth the price. Go to
www.klim.com or call (208) 552-7433 to
get yourself a suit. They come in multiple sizes but in only one color at the