Klim 2020 Traverse Jacket
- GORE-TEX PERFORMANCE SHELL
- GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY
- LIGHTWEIGHT NYLON MAIN BODY
- 500D CORDURA® OVERLAYS ON SHOULDERS AND OUTER ARMS
- 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ C790 CARBON BLACK REFLECTIVE MATERIAL
- BIOMOTION RECOGNITION
- FRONT ZIPPER STORM FLAP FOR WIND/WATER PROTECTION
- YKK® ZIPPERS
- ADJUSTABLE ELBOW ARMOR PAD POCKETS
- REMOVABLE ARMOR PADS
- D3O® LEVEL 1 LP1 VENTED SHOULDER/ELBOW ARMOR
- COMPATIBLE WITH D3O® CE LEVEL 1 OR 2 BACK PAD (SOLD SEPARATELY)
- COMPATIBLE WITH KLIM TACTICAL SHIRT FOR SHELL + ARMOR SUIT SYSTEM
- FULL DOUBLE-HEADED PIT ZIPS
- 2 ZIPPERED HAND POCKETS
- 1 WATERPROOF ZIPPERED CHEST POCKET
- 1 CHEST INTERNAL POCKET W/ HEADPHONE PORT
- BREATHABLE OPEN MESH LINER
- FLEECE-LINED COLLAR
- ADJUSTABLE CINCH COLLAR
- VELCRO COLLAR TAB RETAINER
- ADJUSTABLE BOTTOM HEM
- ADJUSTABLE VELCRO CUFFS
- FIT COMPATIBLE WITH BODY ARMOR SYSTEM
- RIDER POSITION ARTICULATION
- GLOVE-FRIENDLY ZIPPER PULLS
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.
This particular style of Klim jacket seems to have a bit of extra room built into it. You could add a thermal layer, back protector or other armor and I think our sizing advice above will will work without upsizing.
Overall sleeve and torso lengths are average to generous and will work well for most riders.
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Our Two Cents
The 2020 Klim Traverse jacket is an updated version of the original Traverse from 2017. This new design offers a lighter weight textile shell that has a bonded Gore-Tex liner and comes with elbow and shoulder armor. The matching back protector is optional.
The original Traverse jacket was touted as an “adventure shell”, which means it was a Gore-Tex textile shell much like this new version, but was offered without any armor at all. The idea was you’d have your own favorite protective gear and want a waterproof shell to go over it. But with this new version, the similar Gore-Tex shell is offered but with armor included. The armor is D3O brand like you find in virtually all Klim’s jackets. It is light weight and flexible and very comfortable. The armor inserts in this jacket are rated CE level 1. A pocket for the addition of a back pad is included (see the link below). It’s a very low cost addition and well worth it IMHO.
With a good set of armor included, the Traverse becomes more of an all-purpose riding jacket for those what want something just a bit lighter duty in the Klim lineup. The overall weight of this jacket is noticeably less than the more complex and expensive models. The shell fabric is noticeably thinner as well. So for those whose rides don’t demand the most rugged coverage, this might be just the thing. But rest assured, this is a very high quality product. The shell is a bonded Gore-Tex product meaning the waterproof lining is bonded to the shell material which is a premium product. It is a single layer that keeps water out but also breathes well.
Under each arm of this jacket is a LONG zippered vent that can be used to promote some air flow through for warmer weather use. The shell itself is windproof, so layering underneath with your own clothes or with Klim’s accessory jacket options can take this shell down to colder temps too. You should be able to ride in most of the year, but maybe not during the warmest or the coldest weather where most season-specific gear would be needed.
I like the sharp looks with this jacket. The Black/Kinetic Blue is the one on my desk and the blue zippers and logos make it modern. Also, there are good quality reflective strips on the front and back. Overall, a very nice jacket. :: Paul, 03-27-20
Klim says: The redesigned Traverse is engineered to meet the demands of unpredictable weather conditions found in full seasons of dual-sport riding. Redesigned with a focus on increased comfort and reduced bulk, you get full weather protection with more durability than a regular rain jacket and less bulk than a fully built adventure jacket. The lightweight waterproof jacket will let you ride all season long with the confidence to conquer the weather.