Klim Latitude Jacket Review: Does It Breathe in Hot Weather?

I’m always on the lookout for high-quality riding gear that can stand up to my active lifestyle. That’s why I was eager to test out the newly updated Climb Latitude jacket and pants to see how they perform both on and off the road.

In this in-depth review, I’ll share my hands-on experience with these latest additions to Climb’s street touring lineup. I’ll cover the key features, fit and sizing, protection levels, comfort, breathability, and more.

I’ve tested the Latitude jacket and pants on multiple day trips through varying weather conditions and terrains. But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best motorcycle jacket for summer for you? Let’s find out!

Klim Latitude Jacket

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Key Takeaways

  • Lightweight and athletic fit
  • Adequate storage for touring
  • Impressive ventilation and breathability

Highlights of the Updated Climb Latitude Jacket and Pants

Climb revamped their popular Latitude jacket and pants to create a more modern, lightweight, and comfortable riding outfit. Here are some of the most notable updates:

  • New stylish, asymmetric design for a modern look
  • Lighter overall weight by reducing bulky material
  • Perforated leather is used in high abrasion zones for added breathability
  • Two-way stretch panels provide flexibility without bulk
  • Redesigned direct-to-body vents improve airflow
  • Bicep cuff adjusters allow a more customized fit
  • Prices increased by about $100 each, partially due to inflation

Despite the changes, the Latitude retains its position as a mid-range Gore-Tex weatherproof shell designed for on-road touring. It does not include insulation, so base layers are required.

The updates seem geared towards reducing bulk and enhancing comfort during long days on the bike. I was eager to see how well they achieved these goals once I got the jacket and pants out on the road.

Sizing and Initial Impressions

I’m 6’2″ and 180 lbs with an athletic build. Based on Climb’s sizing chart, I opted for a men’s size large jacket and size 34 pants.

The Latitude fit me perfectly straight out of the box. The size large jacket offers enough room to layer fleece or a light insulated piece underneath. The sleeves are slightly longer to prevent any wrist exposure while riding.

Meanwhile, the 34 pants are tailored but not too tight through the legs. This prevents flapping material without impeding mobility. The standard inseam length also prevents any ankle exposure.

Overall, the sizing is spot on if you reference Climb’s detailed size chart. No surprises here.

My first impressions upon seeing the Latitude set were overwhelmingly positive:

  • Sleek, modern styling reflects Climb’s shift towards targeting a younger demographic
  • Asymmetric zipper and pocket layout prevents bunching across the chest when riding
  • The new perforated leather accents add unique visual flair
  • Vents redesigned for better flow based on rider feedback
  • Lighter overall feel compared to the previous generation Latitude

The styling alone made me excited to see how these held up on a long ride. Time to hit the road!

Testing the Climb Latitude On and Off-Road

To thoroughly test the Latitude jacket and pants, I wore them on rides covering a variety of conditions:

  • Short evening commutes through the city (1-2 hours)
  • All-day on-road tours up to 8 hours of saddle time
  • Off-road excursions on gravel and dirt
  • Cold weather rides down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit

This diverse testing reflected the Latitude’s intended use as a street touring shell capable of handling anything short of aggressive off-road riding. Here’s how the jacket and pants performed in key areas:

Weather and Water Resistance

The Gore-Tex shell provides exceptional water resistance, as expected from this premium material. I rode for hours in light to heavy rain with no water penetration. Seams are fully sealed; water beads up and rolls off the surface.

Wind and cold air are also no match for the protective shell, although layering is a must in true cold weather. I layered a fleece mid-layer for 30-40-degree temps, and it was toasty warm.

The cinch cord tightens the collar securely when needed. However, I typically left the collar open and loose for optimal breathability.

Ventilation and Breathability

Venting and airflow are superb, a notable improvement over the previous version. The direct-to-body pit vents allow massive amounts of air to flow through when open. I stayed cool and dry even when riding in 50+ degree weather.

The perforated leather used on the shoulders and elbows also enhances breathability in the jacket’s abrasion zones. Overall, the Latitude jacket has the best ventilation of any waterproof shell I’ve worn.

The pants are also quite breathable, with vents on the inner thighs providing adequate airflow to prevent overheating.

They don’t flow quite as well as the jacket but are significantly better than most waterproof riding pants.

Fit, Comfort, and Mobility

The Latitude jacket and pants move with you and allow complete freedom of motion, even when exerting myself on off-road sections. The two-way stretch fabric under the arms adds noticeable mobility without extra material.

I wore the Latitude for up to 8 hours in the saddle with no discomfort or hot spots. The pants are especially comfortable, and I feel like I’m wearing my favorite casual pair.

The asymmetric pocket layout prevents any bulging across the chest when riding sportbike-style. I also appreciate the bicep adjusters for customizing fit. Overall, the comfort level is superb for all-day wear.

Abrasion Protection

Abrasion resistance is adequate but not overbuilt. The leather-reinforced shoulders, elbows, hips, and seat provide a good compromise of protection and