Klim Latitude Pants - 2018
With each essential element refined, the ideal touring companion is here. Mastering protection, ventilation, and adjustability, the Latitude is your trusted companion on your next odyssey.EXTERIOR FEATURES
- GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY®
- GORE-TEX® 2-LAYER PERFORMANCE SHELL EXTERIOR IN MAIN BODY
- GORE-TEX® 2-LAYER NEXT GENERATION 840D CORDURA® LAMINATE IN HIGH ABRASION ZONES
- TOURING FOCUSED ERGONOMICS
- 3M SCOTCHLITE™ REFLECTIVE MATERIALS FOR INCREASED LOW-LIGHT VISIBILITY
- GOAT LEATHER ON INNER KNEE PROTECTS FROM HEAT AND ADDS GRIP
INTEGRATED ARMOR SYSTEM
- D3O™ T5 EVO XT HIPS AND KNEES PIECES INCLUDED
- D3O® MEETS AND/OR EXCEEDS LEVEL 1 LIMB PROTECTOR CE CERTIFICATION [PREN1621-1:2011]
- ADJUSTABLE PAD POCKETS
- QUICK ADJUST KNEE ARMOR STRAPS KEEPS ARMOR IN PLACE
MAX FLOW VENTILATION: 4 PORTS
- 2 FRONT THIGH INTAKES
- 2 BACK THIGH EXHAUSTS
CARGO, HYDRATION, COMFORT AND SUPPORT SYSTEMS
- 2 FRONT WATER RESISTANT HAND POCKETS
- 1 LEFT FRONT WATER RESISTANT THIGH POCKET
- STANDARDIZED JACKET-TO-PANT ZIPPER INTEGRATION SYSTEM
- ADJUSTABLE WAIST CINCH STRAPS WITH ELASTIC ACCORDION REMOVED
- BOTTOM CUFF ADJUSTMENT
- CUSTOM HYPALON ZIPPER PULLERS
- IMPROVED COMFORT WAISTBAND CONSTRUCTION
I measured a selection of these pants and found the waist size of the pants to measure out consistently at 2” larger than the stated size. Most men’s jeans will be sized this way these days…. it’s called vanity sizing. We recommend you measure your waist or the waistband of your favorite jeans to see what size pants you need. The waist sizes for each pant size can be adjusted down by 2 to 3 inches with the side waist adjusters.
Inseam on the regular size pants is about 33” and inseam on the tall size pants is about 35” and the short sizes are about 31”.
Here is a chart I put together to show you how each pant size measures out so you can select the size based upon what you come up with when you measure yourself.
|Pant Size||Max Waist Size||Inseam Regular||Inseam Tall||Inseam Short|
Our Two Cents
The new Latitude pants for 2018 are changed just a bit as compared to the previous version (now sold out). These pants have a pretty darn versatile design and will work well for adventure, touring or commuting.. The pants are vented and they’ll work for about 3 seasons as well… really all weather except really hot temps.TOP 3 BENEFITS
- PERFECT BALANCE OF TOURING FUNCTION AND FEATURES
- STAY DRY AND COMFORTABLE ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
- REFINED FOR TOURING PERFORMANCE
The waist of the pants is the main area that has been revised in this 2018 version. The waist band in back gets taller to form a bit of a kidney belt shape. The side adjusters are anchored to the pant inside that kidney belt area with some elastic, so when you adjust down the side adjusters, there is still some “give” to the waist band size. Its really an ingenious design. I can’t say I haven’t see it before, but its pretty rare. Personally I think it is a great design since it keeps the pants firmly on your waist, but they stretch a bit when you sit on the bike to give some breathing room.
The pants are a solid textile shell that is waterproofed with the best… Gore-Tex, and are guaranteed to keep you dry. The type of shell material is just like with the matching jacket…. its a textile material bonded directly to the Gore-Tex waterproofing material. There really isn’t a better system to provide waterproofing and still have breathability. They do have some large zip vents on the side of each thigh and exhaust vents in the rear. These close with waterproof zippers, and when open, will admit air directly through the thigh area, which should give some comfort in warm weather. Klim doesn’t include under-layers with their basic gear, but rather they encourage you to use your own layering depending upon the weather.
The pant leg design of these pants is inspired by dual sport riding… the leg opening is large at the bottom to accommodate just about any boot but the cuff has snaps so you can make the pant leg smaller at the end if you like (for smaller touring/street boots). The insides of the legs are lined with a second layer of heavy Cordura material so buckles won’t wear on the insides of the pant leg. And the area of the lower leg that rests toward the bike is leather. The leather works to help prevent melting from hot pipes and also give some “grip” for those wrangling a bike off the road.
The pants come with a full set of D3O armor in the hips and knees. The knee armor installation is great…. the armor is inside a pocket that is quite a bit larger than the armor, and inside the pockets there are patches of Velcro that engage the armor so that you can position it up or down, or side to side, so that it fits in the right spot when you are mounted. And the Velcro arrangement works very well… better than most other schemes I’ve seen.
These pants have plenty of storage too. Two upper hand pockets and one lower thigh pocket… all with waterproof zips to keep your contents safe and dry. Reflective materials are provided as well. Take a look at those in our photo gallery “night shots”. :: Paul, 02-07-18