Klim Stow Away Jacket Review: How Does It Handle Heavy Downpours?

The Clime Stowaway jacket is a versatile rain jacket for motorcyclists and outdoor enthusiasts.

As a long-time motorcyclist and outdoor adventurer myself, I was eager to test out this jacket and provide an in-depth review.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best gore-tex motorcycle jacket for you? Let’s find out!

Klim Stow Away Jacket Review

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Key Takeaways

  • Packs tight stays dry
  • Heavy rain protection
  • Ventilation needs improvement

A Lightweight and Packable Design

The Stowaway jacket is crafted from a 2-layer Gore-Tex performance shell fabric, making it 100% waterproof while remaining breathable. The material features a ripstop weave for added durability against tears or abrasions.

Despite the rugged construction, the Stowaway jacket packs down surprisingly small. When not used, the jacket folds into its pocket, reducing to a compact rectangular pouch. This “stowaway” feature makes the jacket ideal for storing inside a saddlebag or backpack until needed.

When taking the jacket out of the pouch, it’s quick and easy to shake out the folds and slip it on. The full-length YKK zipper glides smoothly up the front, secured by a snap at the collar.

Slim Fit Won’t Interfere with Riding Gear

The Stowaway has a relatively slim cut designed to layer cleanly over motorcycle jackets and riding gear. For reference, I typically take a men’s large-size jacket. The Stowaway size large fits me well over a leather motorcycle jacket.

The sleeves are long enough to reach my wrists when holding motorcycle handlebars. However, the slim sleeves won’t fit over bulky motocross jerseys.

The Stowaway jacket is available in sizes ranging from small up to 3XL to accommodate various body shapes. For taller riders, the size large provides a good balance of fit in the shoulders while maintaining sufficient length.

Ventilation Options for Comfort

Riding in the rain inevitably means dealing with humidity inside motorcycle jackets and pants. The Stowaway helps alleviate “sauna syndrome” with its large underarm zip vents. These pit zips allow significant airflow directly through the jacket.

I found these vents made a noticeable difference in damp conditions where condensation can build up inside riding gear. After stopping to unzip the vents, I felt much cooler during rides in the rain.

The jacket also features a lightweight mesh lining that helps wick moisture away from the skin. While not completely waterproof, the mesh adds breathability and a layer of comfort when worn.

Put to the Test in Heavy Rainfall

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we see more than our fair share of rainy rides. I was able to test the Stowaway jacket in wet conditions ranging from light drizzles to heavy downpours.

The 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric lived up to its waterproof reputation, keeping my core and arms completely dry in heavy rain at highway speeds. Water beads up and rolls off the surface of the jacket with ease.

The Stowaway’s zippers and seams provided better protection against leaks and seepage than my older rain jacket. No water penetrated the front closure or cuffs, even when riding for extended periods in heavy rainfall.

One key advantage I noticed is how the jacket cuts the cold wind when riding in wet conditions. The snug cuffs and adjustable waist prevented icy drafts from creeping in.

Lack of Hood Limits Versatility

While I found the Stowaway jacket excelled as a lightweight riding rain jacket, I was disappointed in the attached hood design.

The hood is fixed in place and cannot be removed or stowed away. When riding a motorcycle, the bulky hood flaps loudly in the wind and impedes head movement. Trying to wear a helmet with the hood attached simply doesn’t work.

For use as a versatile multi-purpose rain jacket, I would have preferred an adjustable hood that could be detached. The fixed hood limits the Stowaway’s potential as an all-around jacket for motorcyclists.

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