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KLIM Releases World’s First CE AAA-Rated Textile Adventure Gear

The Idaho-based company takes adventure riding gear to the next level.

Published on 05.03.2021

KLIM has announced the release of the limited-edition Badlands Pro A3 Jacket and Pant — the world’s first CE AAA-rated GORE-TEX textile motorcycle garment. Created with stronger and more durable next-generation fabrics than the flagship Badlands Pro, the new A3 is the next evolution in KLIM’s adventure riding apparel.

KLIM Badlands Pro A3 adventure jacket and pant

The coveted AAA rating, certified to standard EN 17092-2, has historically only been awarded to leather outerwear such as racing suits and select textile garments, which all come with significant heat, bulk and flexibility compromises by nature. It was commonly assumed that the materials and construction needed to receive this rating would be excessively bulky and hot, both in textile and leather form. For example, AAA-rated riding jeans are available, but they’re excessively heavy and hot, making them impractical for extended trips. 

The lowest CE rating for garments with abrasion protection and impact protection is the A rating. This is the easiest of the A-ratings to earn. The next highest is CE AA, which is often the target for apparel manufacturers to build their gear. For example, KLIM’s Touring and Adventure gear lines are full of CE AA-rated gear. This is highly sufficient for normal riding scenarios, price points and rider comfort levels to suit commuting, adventure riding, touring and other disciplines that end up riding pavement at high speed. However, KLIM states that “the elusive AAA rating has remained possible but unrealistic for gear meant for adventure travel, because of the expected associated comfort penalties.”

KLIM Badlands Pro A3 adventure jacket and pant

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To beat the comfort compromises and drawbacks typically associated with AAA-rated gear, KLIM’s fabric sourcing and development team worked on creating a new fabric, in partnership with GORE-TEX and Vectran. The Vectran fibers are made from liquid-crystal polymers, and have been used in Mars rover landings, sailcloth, bowstrings, medical devices and other highly specialized applications – but never before in motorcycle apparel. The main fabric in the Badlands Pro A3 is made of Vectran™ fibers and high tenacity twisted-yarn Cordura nylon, creating exceptional abrasion protection and cut resistance. When comparing the main body fabric in the Badlands Pro and the new Vectran fiber fabric, there is a significant 17% increase in strength and 10% decrease in weight for those materials. Working with Gore to meet their stringent quality and performance standards, they used GORE-TEX Pro shell technology to build a three-layer laminate to guarantee waterproofness and breathability. 

KLIM Badlands Pro A3 adventure jacket and pant

Using the proven Badlands Pro chassis, KLIM integrated this new fabric into key areas of the highly ventilated, armored platform. The new A3 Jacket and Pants feature adjustable vents, D3O Aero Pro armor for great impact protection, and extensive storage options. MSRP for the jacket and pants starts at $1,499.99 and $899.99 respectively. According to KLIM only limited quantities of this new suit exist, visit KLIM.com for more information and to find your local dealer.

Bandlands Pro A3 Jacket

  • 3-LAYER GORE-TEX PRO SHELL
  • WATERPROOF
  • VECTRAN™ FIBER FABRIC FOR SUPERIOR ABRASION & CUT RESISTANCE
  • CUSTOM-ENGINEERED VARIABLE-DENSITY SUPERFABRIC® ON SHOULDERS, ELBOWS & FOREARM
  • CE AAA RATING CERTIFIED TO EN 17092-2
  • KLIM AERO PRO LEVEL 2 D3O® SHOULDERS AND ELBOWS
  • D3O® VIPER PRO BACK PAD
  • 12 TOTAL VENTS
  • 14 TOTAL POCKETS + HYDRAPAK COMPATIBLE BACK COMPARTMENT
  • MOISTURE-WICKING ODOR-FIGHTING MESH LINER
  • ADJUSTABLE COLLAR, HEM, CUFFS, FOREARMS
  • COLOR: VECTRAN SAGE
  • MSRP from $1,499.99

Bandlands Pro A3 Pant

  • 3-LAYER GORE-TEX PRO SHELL
  • WATERPROOF
  • VECTRAN™ FIBER FABRIC FOR SUPERIOR ABRASION & CUT RESISTANCE
  • CUSTOM-ENGINEERED VARIABLE-DENSITY SUPERFABRIC® ON KNEES
  • HEAT-RESISTANT LEATHER INSIDE KNEE PANELS FOR GRIP AND PROTECTION
  • CE AAA RATING CERTIFIED TO EN 17092-2
  • KLIM AERO PRO LEVEL 2 D3O® HIPS, KNEES AND TAILBONE (TAILBONE NOT CE RATED)
  • 4 TOTAL VENTS
  • 2 ZIP THIGH POCKETS
  • MOISTURE-WICKING ODOR-FIGHTING MESH LINER
  • ADJUSTABLE WAIST, HEMS, KNEES
  • COLOR: VECTRAN SAGE
  • MSRP from $899.99

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