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Klim Drifter Jacket

Series 626

Built for the adventures of everyday life, the Klim Drifter Jacket combines Klim’s unrivaled rugged functionality and a classic canvas workwear look. A full complement of D3O CE Level 1 Armor add protection to the enduring style. The Klim Drifter Jacket only looks casual – it’s all Klim all the time where it counts.

  • Waxed canvas provides natural water resistance
  • Minimal branding
  • Timeless workwear styling
  • YKK zippers
  • D3O CE Level 1 protection at shoulders and elbows
  • D3O Viper CE Level 1 back pad
  • 4 external pockets (2 chest pockets, 2 hand pockets)
  • 2 internal pockets
  • Pit holes provide ventilation
  • Zippered cuff closure
  • Internal plaid accents

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Sizing Information

The chest sizes listed in the chart below are from Klim’s chart and I’ve double checked the actual jackets against the chart and it is accurate. But be careful… while the size Large is exactly what you’d expect with a 44” max chest, the smaller sizes are a bit smaller than normal and the bigger sizes are bigger than normal. For example, a men’s size Medium usually is styled with a 42” max chest and Klim’s medium is a 40” max chest. Same goes for larger sizes… an XXL is typically a 48” max chest, but Klim’s is a 52” max chest.

Given the variation from “normal” for smaller and larger sizes, I’d highly recommend you measure yourself and/or measure a jacket that fits you well (take the link below on how to do that). Then choose a jacket that is big enough for your chest.

Overall sleeve and torso lengths are generous and will work for most average height or taller riders. Those of shorter stature may find the sleeve and torso lengths to be longer than ideal.

Jacket Size Max Chest Max Belly
Small 36” 36”
Medium 40” 40”
Large 44” 44”
XL 48” 48”
XXL 52” 52”
XXXL 56” 56”

Need help measuring? Get it here.

Our Two Cents


The Drifter jacket for 2018 is part of Klim’s 626 collection. What 626 signifies, I’m not sure exactly since they only describe the collection in non-specific terms, but here my take: The garments share some modern features such as D3O armor, but with more subtle.. perhaps even retro styling. This jacket’s material is a bit different… think vintage Carhartt with a coat of wax. Wax cotton fabric has been used for decades… maybe centuries and was the choice for outdoor gear before more modern materials came along. We’ve sold some jacket that just “look” like wax cotton, but this one is the real deal. The tag inside says the shell is 75% cotton and 25% nylon and the care instructions warn against washing (they advice wiping with a damp cloth), and to reapply wax as necessary.

With this jacket, you get a full set of D3O level one armor… all removable, shoulders, elbows and back. The D3O is standard issue for Klim and many other brands we sell such as Icon. Its good stuff and comfortable to wear.

The front placket is held down by magnets which is quick and easy. The front has four zip close pockets…two up top which are decorative too, and two standard hand warmer pockets below. Inside there is one pocket with a grommet for your headphones.

I can see how this jacket would be comfortable over a wide range of temps because it feels like the outer shell would breath, and if you layered underneath you could take it in lower temps too. Klim says the wax cotton has “naturally water resistance” and I’m sure it does to some degree, but don’t take that to mean this one will perform like a GoreTex shell because it won’t .

Get in touch with your inner retro farmer self and get yourself a wax cotton Drifter jacket! :: Paul, 01-30-18