I live for adventure on my dual sport bike. Riding remote backcountry trails and camping under the stars is pure freedom. But I’ve learned the hard way that riding hard can take a brutal toll on gear, especially gloves.
But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Are these the best gloves for adventure motorcycles? I took a pair out on the trails to find out.
Built for Adventure Riding
Klimb markets their Baja S4 glove for “adventure and technical riding.” The mix of materials suggests they perform well in warm riding conditions:
The glove chassis isn’t overly supple, but it should break in after a few rides. For $89, I expect good quality, and so far, the Baja S4 delivers.
Serious Armor for Hard Riding
- XRD armor across knuckles and fingers
- Wide wrist puck over the carpal bone for sliding
- Foam padding over the inner wrist
The palm also gets schlock with a leather overlay in high abrasion zones. That’s a smart design to prevent premature wear.
Solid Adventure Fit
Finding a good glove fit isn’t easy. Thankfully, Klimb provides a detailed sizing chart on their site.
Ventilation Where It Counts
Nothing ruins a hot day in the dirt faster than sweaty hands. Thankfully, Klimb built the Baja S4 glove for maximum airflow:
- Perforations across all fingers and back of hand
- Breathable mesh panels on fingers
- Lightweight nylon and Cordura chassis
So far, these summer-focused features work great. My hands stay cool without excess moisture build-up.
The texture also provides decent grip, wet or dry. Ideal for riding loose, sandy washes in the desert heat.
Smart Touches for Convenience
The Baja S4 excels at convenience thanks to thoughtful design touches:
- Touchscreen index fingertip works flawlessly with my GPS and phone
- Goggle wipe on left thumb to clear roost quickly
- Easy-entry opening ensures quick on-and-off
- Connected wrist closure prevents flopping Velcro
These little details add up to excellent user-friendly gloves perfect for hardcore adventure riding.
The Bottom Line
When you regularly punish gear testing backcountry trails, quality matters. That’s why I chose the Klimb Baja S4 for summer trail riding.
Now, I just need to fend off my riding buddies from “borrowing” them for every group ride!
Let me know if you have any other questions about the Baja S4 glove or Klimb’s gear lineup. Ride on and adventure responsibly, my friends!
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