BMW F850GS Rally

Our personal relationship with BMW goes way back, but from 2019 BMW Motorrad Hellas is supporting our project. Both I and my brother have been owners of many BMW motorcycles in the past like the R1200GS, the R1200GSA, the UnitGarage R120G/S, and the exotic HP2 Enduro. This year we will be riding something very special for BMW Motorrad, it’s first mid-sized adventure motorcycle powered by an in-house power plant. The brand new BMW F850GS Rally!

Deep-woods meditation

At first, we had mixed feeling about this motorcycle, but after a 1.500km adventure, we realized that it sits just in the middle between the BMW R1200GS/GSA and the KTM 950-990 ADV/SE we had been riding for the last years. It feels lighter, shorter and slimmer than all the GS/GSA models and it’s 21/17 size tubless wheels work excellent both on the tarmac and on gravel. It is softer and way more comfortable than any LC8 we have ever ridden, so it is basically better than the R1200GS/GSA off-road and better than the 990 ADV on long tarmac miles, with the addition of the BMW Comfort Seat.

It just hits that perfect place where everything is great. Not perfect, but good enough.

The F850GS engine is friendly and has a strong pull from 4000rpm all the way to the limiter. Kudos to BMW Motorrad for such a brilliant powerplant. We are using the optional BMW Akrapovic exhaust system, but engine and noise characteristics are identical. Nevertheless, it seems like the right choice since the weight reduction and the places it is removed from, work well on this beast.

The new F850GS Rally eats miles like cupcakes!

Arguably the most important part of an adventure motorcycle is the suspension. Let me start by addressing the elephant in the room. It is not a KTM, so it could never come close to the hardcore off-road performance. Period. On the other hand, the softish suspension is very capable and can carry the bike’s weight well on travel-enduro conditions. Your hands do not get tired and vibrations have a hard time reaching your torso and neck. It doesn’t like being rocketed full gas on an obstacle (your typical KTM riding style), but it will easily make 200+ off-road kilometers per day, plus 300+ tarmac. At the end of the day you will still be smiling and with a good night sleep, you will be totally ready for more action in the morning.

The F850GS is a real world traveler and since in nature circumstances often change, so should your motorcycle be able to adjust with ease.

We have opted for the ESA version for one main reason: ease of use. When you change from tarmac to gravel, or you just remove the panniers, you can change the suspension set-up with the press of a button, in comfort from your cockpit. This is not your hardcore KTM 950 Super Enduro that gets set-up once you are done.

BMW’s don’t like off-road. Yea, right…

So is it all perfect? Certainly not, they never are but with minor upgrades, it can be. The mirrors are not well designed, since looking better rarely means working better. They are small and the shape lacks field of view. That is one upgrade coming soon to our bikes. The F850GS is also lacking wind protection because of the short windscreen, that is fine for travel speeds up to 130-140km/h. After that, you are pulling hard with your biceps and the trip stops being enjoyable. On the bright side though there is no helmet wind-turbulence, so aerodynamically the shape works. Its size is also perfect for off-road riding, somewhere in the middle between a Super Enduro with the 690 screen and a 990 with short aftermarket screen.

It will take you to remote mesmerizing places, easier than you think.

The OEM footpegs are small and not suitable for standing up, so we upgraded with the optional BMW Rally pegs. Last, the OEM luggage system just doesn’t feel built for the Greek rough gravel soil. We are also not fond of hard luggage systems for reasons you can read in our Hard or Soft luggage article. This was easily solved with the addition of the Enduristan Monsoon 3 panniers, with 2×30lt of storage. We are adding to the rear the brilliant 15lt Enduristan pannier Topper and the 7lt Enduristan Sandstorm tank bag for a total of 82lt of 100% waterproof cargo space with the minimum weight added on the motorcycle. This is very effective and light, the best combo in my book.

Totally waterproof big cargo space with minimum weight. What more can you ask?

We are very excited to work with this fabulous motorcycle since it’s ride characteristics seem well suited for its future in the Greek mountains with us. Furthermore, it is a perfect platform to work on the development of future products with AltRider and Enduristan, so keep posted for future updates.

The F850GS is an exceptional world traveler, there is no doubt about it

We have been using KLiM Gear for the last 6 years now and one thing that we have come to realize is that the taste every motorcycle adventure leaves is directly related to whether you were in your “comfort temperature”. This is a dominant factor for well-being in all of our activities and rarely gets enough focus. As an Architect with specialization on Bioclimatic Architecture, I know it’s importance and try to educate as many users as possible. If you want to ride in comfort, you must understand Micro Climate.

Your Adventure is as comfortable as your gear is.

If you want to read about our current 2018-2019 riding gear, early this year we did a full review of the KLiM Badlands Pro and last year we did a full review of the radical KLiM Krios Helmet. More reviews about the KLiM Badlands Aero glove and the Sidi Adventure 2 boots coming soon.

KLiM Badlands Pro

I was planning for our next Mythical Routes tracking ride when the new 2018 KLIM Badlands Pro showed up in the office. What a great timing, I thought. This year’s first ride will be with brand new gear! Packed the old Super Enduro and headed to Mount Parnitha for a first ride in the new suit to see how it stands against our current 2017 KLIM Badlands suits.

As soon as I tried the pants, the fit improvements are obvious. It has a looser fit than the previous Badlands and the second top strap (above the knee) has been eliminated. That strap was something that was always bugging me with the old Badlands. That top strap, even fully loose, was pulling and squeezing my thigh every time I sat on the bike. Now that it’s gone, the pants are much more comfortable. Another nice improvement is the bigger size of the pants hem. My MX boots fit perfectly and the pant zipper closes without any effort. The jacket has an almost identical fit with the old one, with just a little more room at the belly area.

Ice and snow are ideal conditions for a great test ride

One thing that strikes you as soon as you use the new suit is the extra protection added with the all new KLIM® D3O® AERO PRO Armor. With 44% more coverage, these things are huge! You really feel the upgrade here. On top of that they ventilate 5 times better due to their innovative design.

One of the key components of the Badlands series was the enhanced protection provided by Superfabric® extreme abrasion panels placed on the highest abrasion zones. These panels were first used at the Adventure Rally and then inherited to the previous Badlands. The new upgraded panels feature variable density fabric that provides a combination of free movement and extreme resistance. The new panels are also larger in total area thus providing an upgraded abrasion protection.

Built and backed up by KLiM’s legendary name and warranty

KLIM has always used motorsports-exclusive GORE-TEX® 3-Layer Pro Shell technology for all previous Badlands incarnations, so waterproofness and breathability was never an issue. No change here for the new model. We feel 100% sure, as with all previous models, that it will withstand all weather conditions and we will always arrive safe and dry, wherever the trail brings us.

Ventilation was always one of Badlands strong points, better even than the legendary KLIM Adventure Rally that we have used extensively in the past. The positioning of the majority of vents have no variation from the previous model, which already worked just about perfect. The new jacket eliminates the lateral vents and replaces them with two front ones, just below the chest. This new configuration should work even better than the previous model, but given the cold we faced during the ride, we did not use the intake vents much. Maybe in the near future we will make a review of the venting system, once the weather becomes warmer once again.

Tan colorway blends perfectly with Greek National Forest colors

Ventilation is also enhanced, due to the use of the new dynamic D3O AERO PRO armor’s open structure. Airflow can now move completely through the best armor in the industry, protecting but also cooling the body by expelling heat at all speeds.
Furthermore the use of KLIM engineered KLIMATEK COOL base layer cooling fabric into the armor pockets, utilizes chemical-free moisture transfer and cool evaporation technology that does not wear out over time. The result is a fabric with hyper-wicking properties that is cooling your skin.

We focus only in the trail ahead and let our gear worry about the weather..

The only issue we had with the new Badlands Pro is the design of the rear cargo pocket. KLIM eliminated the top zipper and replaced it with two lateral zippers. In theory it should work better being easier to reach, but given the lower volume of the pocket, we had trouble storing the exact same items that we used to store in the previous model.

Updates are everywhere for the all-new 2018 Badlands Pro

Is this the perfect Adventure suit? If you had to find the one suit that does it all, from Adventure to Off-road to Touring and everything in-between, this would be it. We said the exact same thing for the previous Badlands model, but this is just the confirmation of how well engineered and executed the Badlands concept has always been. This 2018 new model is a true successor of the Badlands legacy and the key reasons are:

  1. it features the best protective armor produced to date, matching – or even surpassing – the Adventure Rally. That is a statement on it’s own.
  2. it is 100% weatherproof without sacrificing breath-ability. It will keep you dry and comfortable day after day.
  3. it features heavy-duty abrasion resisting fabrics without being too heavy. Weight feels almost identical to the previous model, even with the added weight of the larger protective pads.
  4. it is full of features and pockets and zippers and everything to make your life easier, without being too flashy.
  5. it features kidney belt and chest protector, as any real Adventure suit should feature. Being hit in the chest by a stone is no joke.
  6. it features increased low-light visibility without the need to use Hi-Vis colors, so “I don’t want to get dirty” is not an excuse anymore for those that opted for the Hi-Vis color.
  7. it has more venting ports than I can remember, better placed than the previous models and much more than any other waterproof adventure suit that we have ever used.
  8. it is backed up by KLiM’s legendary name and KLiM’s warranty system that works every time.

We really couldn’t be happier with this year’s Badlands Pro. Now, let’s get dirty !!

KLiM Badlands

Adventure Riding is one of the most demanding applications for motorcycle clothes. They have to perform in many different and often contradictory conditions. They need to be 100% waterproof without the ridiculous habit of requiring a vinyl overcoat, yet they need to be able to breath in warm weather. They have to be able to withstand impact with rocks, tarmac and whatever the road brings your way, yet they have to be in a relatively light so that you can wear them comfortably for 11+ hours per day – every day.

This year we have both switched from the KLiM Adventure Rally to the KLiM Badlands and our thoughts are very positive. The new Badlands feels very light, lighter than the old Badlands Pro and much lighter than the Adventure Rally. As a matter of fact you feel very impressed and puzzled with such a weight difference.

The D3O T5 EVO Pro XT protective pads are smaller in thickness that the Adventure Rally’s equivalent XERGO pads, but they remain thick enough to provide you with the necessary protection. After all they are bigger than anything else provided in the market today (except of the ones used at the Adventure Rally).

KLIM Badlands in its natural environment

In this new Badlands, KLiM added Superfabric (since only the Adventure Rally used to feature it). This stuff really works! I took a 80+km tarmac slide on my Adventure Rally and after I washed it, I could not see any scrape marks on it at all. Crazy stuff.

Ventilation is an area that the Badlands surpasses the Adventure Rally (and the previous Badlands Pro). It’s not just the number of vents, but the position that they are placed and the extra room you have inside the suit in comparison with a same size Adventure Rally. They just work fantastic. Even the side intake vents of the pant, though they look the same, bring much more air inside the pants. Yes, this is a Mediterranean-hot-summer Adventure Suit as well!

Hydration wise, like the old model’s there is an internal dedicated back-pocket to add a hydration bladder and works great, but if you have used the Adventure Rally’s external hydration pocket + internal harness for weigh distribution, you kind of miss it when you add more than 1,5lt (max is 3lt).

Fit is way better than the previous Badlands Pro and you could even describe it as “European Fit”. Feels comfortable even when you wear it all day long.

The Perfect Suit

If you had to find the perfect Adventure Suits, the one that is protective but not over-built, tough but also light, totally waterproof but breathable, this would be the one. If you could only have one suit for everything, from Adventure to Off-road to Touring riding and everything in-between, this would be it. And the reason is:

  1. it features big protective armor without being overkill
  2. it is 100% weatherproof without sacrificing breath-ability
  3. it features heavy-duty fabrics like the Superfabric without being heavy
  4. it is full of features without being too flashy
  5. it features kidney belt and chest protector for when you might need them
  6. it features increased low-light visibility without the need to use Hi-Vis colors
  7. it has more venting ports than you can remember
  8. it is backed up by KLiM’s legendary name and warranty

In order to be a real World Traveler, your gear must be ready for anything.

Updates are everywhere

Badlands features

  • improved comfort and fit
  • new Gore-Tex® 3-layer pro shell material on main body reduces weight without sacrificing durability/weatherproofness
  • Gore-Tex® 3-layer pro shell talisman superfabric® abrasion-resistant material on shoulders, elbows and forearm shrug off abrasion
  • easier hydration bladder access
  • jacket-to-pant zipper has been standardized (40cm) which enables users to zip different new pants and jackets together
  • new collar fit for greater coverage and comfort
  • collar can snap back to allow for more ventilation
  • custom tpu zipper pulls, pocket flap grips and zipper garages
  • hypalon headphone access port
  • shortened wrist gaiter for increased comfort
  • additional venting ports on outer chest—10 ports total
  • improved cuff material resists wear
  • arm vent storm flaps feature a more secure closure and opening system while providing higher levels of weatherproof construction
  • improved venting via easier-to-access side chest ports and lower body vents
  • refined armor placement and new exterior adjustment straps keep limb armor in place
  • guaranteed to keep you Dry®
  • Gore-Tex® 3-layer pro laminate technology
  • Gore-Tex® pro laminates—the most breathable, most durable motorsports shell construction available
  • high-mobility active fit patterning for unmatched comfort
  • Gore-Tex® 3-layer pro shell material on main body
  • Gore-Tex® 3-layer pro shell talisman superfabric® abrasion-resistant material on shoulders, elbows and forearm
  • Gore-Tex® 3-layer pro shell armacor™ material on back, chest and waist pockets
  • pre-curved arm and rider positioning construction
  • Gore-Tex® stretch back/shoulder panels minimize restriction of movement
  • 3M scotchlite™ industrial grade reflective materials on panels and trim for increased low-light visibility
  • Velcro® brand fasteners adjustable wrist closures
  • forearm and bicep sleeve adjustment straps
  • vt10 YKK® Vislon® aquagard water resistant zippers
  • D3O™ T5 Evo pro XT elbow and shoulder pieces included (exceed level 1 ce certification for pren1621-1:2011 testing)
  • D3O™ Viper pro back piece (exceeds level 2 ce certification for en1621-2 testing)
  • siliconized spacer mesh front chest armor
  • adjustable armor pockets for refined armor placement
  • 7 external pockets* [2 chest, 2 waist, spot pocket on left chest, id/licence pocket on left forearm one large storage pocket on exterior back]
  • four internal pockets + one hidden interior passport pocket [2 zippered, 2 mesh stash, 1 hidden)
  • waterproof internal pocket
  • hydration bladder compartment and internal hose route (bladder not included)
  • removable and adjustable kidney belt jacket-stabilizing support system
  • bottom hem adjustment
  • jacket-to-pant zipper integration system
  • 4 sleeve adjustment straps
  • lined comfort collar
  • moisture-wicking mesh comfort liner
  • velcro® wrist closures
  • key fob: yellow clip attached to shock cord in top of chest pockets
  • 2 chest, 2 side, 2 biceps and 2 forearm intake vents
  • 2 vertical back exhaust vents

* More information about KLiM Badlands here

 

Paris Baltoyannis

Paris Baltoyannis (Πάρις Μπαλτογιάννης) graduated from the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece as a Landscape Architect and from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece as an Interior Designer. He has done postgraduate studies in the Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti in Turin, Italy in Decoration and Scenography.

In 2004-2005 he was occupied in the Environmental Administration of Municipality of Voula, Greece and in 2010 he co-founded ArchiCulture, an architectural office in Athens, Greece. Much about his work can be found at his LinkedIn profile.


The Mythical Routes project

Alongside with his work as a Landscape Architect, his passion for motorcycles has been constant for the last 20 years. Paris has extensively ridden many off-road miles and has traveled mainly around Europe. Being very passionate about architecture, history, and adventure, in 2017 he co-founded with his brother Angelo the Mythical Routes project, in an effort to combine the scientific knowledge that he had acquired all these years, with their passion for exploration and Adventure motorcycling.

Mesmerizing ancient Messene

Trying to understand the construction aliments of Ancient Greek Temples and the connections that existed between them, they are trying to recreate the Ancient Mythical Routes that were first introduced in the history books of their father, Architect, and Author George Baltoyannis. Since 2017 Paris has been actively engaged as an Adventure and Historical Tour Guide for Mythical Routes. As he quotes:

We have decided to create the Mythical Routes website as an interactive instrument of knowledge, that will help spread the ideas and facts of Ancient Greek Architecture throughout the Adventure Community, both Greek and International.

Stepping up the game on the SevenZeroOne

The project has been welcomed and appreciated by the international adventure community, the press, and many adventure oriented brands. Klim, Enduristan, AltRider and Aurora Rally Equipment have been very supportive and interested to contribute.

The best way to connect selected archaeological sites with unique routes of great aesthetic beauty, is by motorcycle Adventure Traveling. Our routes cover gravel roads for the most part and bring you closer to the least visited parts of Greece.


Motorcycling Highlights

Since the late 90s, Paris has passed from most motorcycle categories, with a solid background on racing tracks and super-sport motorcycles. Later on, he switched to enduro bikes and soon fell in love with big twin off-road twins. Since 2014 he has been actively contributing to the adventure community, organizing multiple non-profit Adventure Rallies and Events for motorcycle clubs and brands.

Paris’s contribution to the international ADV community has been noticed by KLIM (Teton Outfitters, LLC), a US-based global leader in designing, developing and manufacturing the most advanced motor sports apparel for the motorcycle rider.

From 2017 Paris is supported by KLiM, when he became an official KLIM Ambassador, with Adventure and History coming together.


Adventure Rally Planner

In 2015 Paris co-organized with his brother Angelo the first ever annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally in Greece, an Adventure Rally aiming to gather under a common ride, all the Greek large displacement KTM motorcycle owners.

The route was aimed at the more skillful off-road rider and contained single-tracks, beautiful free-ride trails, and steep descents. The driving skills of the majority of the participants were tested and everyone was filled with beautiful images and intense experiences.

In 2016 the second annual KTM Adventure Rally took place with more participants and trickier tracks.

 

Paris undertook in 2015 the role of co-organizer and host in Greece for the March Moto Madness Adventure Rally, an annual Worldwide Rally happening in the last days of March simultaneous in over 14 countries worldwide!

The three-day event is based at a campsite and composed by a medium distance trail ride and a trials track for the following day, all designed for large Twin Adventure bikes. The MMM has been a blast and a new edition is happening every year.

For more info, images, videos and future events, visit the March Moto Madness Greece facebook page.

 


Rider Certifications

Through the years of his riding, Angelo has had a long history in road & track riding, with various motorcycles. In addition to the experience he gained in the tracks, he completed all the training courses by the California Superbike School, a team dedicated to educating the Art of Cornering for to riders. The Greek branch is a fully qualified branch and is one of the four in the world with its own coaching team.

 

Around the 2000s he switched to big adventure motorcycles and his riding style started shifting to off-road / rally. Since only large cc twin beasts could combine his riding past with his riding present, his involvement in the Greek Adventure community was logical. In addition to the vast experience gained within the various Adventure Rallies he organized or joined, he completed all the advanced courses by BMW Motorrad Greece Off-Road Training.

Angelo Baltoyannis

Angelo Baltoyannis (Άγγελος Μπαλτογιάννης) has studied Architecture in Rome, Italy (Sapienza Università) and graduated with a Masters degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the National Technical University of Greece (NTUA). He has done postgraduate studies in Architectural Planning and Bio-climatic Architecture.

Since 2003 he was professionally engaged in many established architectural offices and in 2010 he co-founded ArchiCulture, an architectural office in Athens, Greece. Much about his work can be found at his LinkedIn profile.

In 1997 Angelo undertook the design and research of Dionysus Revelation, the first of five books published by George Baltoyannis. With more than 30 years of Historical research on the relation between Ancient Architecture and Ancient Religion, George is the writer of the following Best Seller books, in all of which Angelo is the graphic designer:

  • Dionysus Revelation (ed. Aldebaran – Athens 1997)
  • Acropolis through the blue eyes of the goddess Athena (ed. Aldebaran – Athens 1998)
  • Sacred Architecture (ed. Esoptron – Athens 2002)
  • Holy Sacramental Journey to Greece (ed. Esoptron – Athens 2005)
  • Sacred Astronomy (ed. Esoptron – Athens 2008)

Detailed information about these books can be found here


The Mythical Routes project

Alongside with his work as an Architect and Project Manager, his passion for motorcycles has been constant for the last 25 years. Angelo has ridden many off-road miles and has traveled extensively. Being very passionate about architecture, history, and adventure, in 2017 he co-founded with his brother Paris the Mythical Routes project, in an effort to combine the scientific knowledge that he had acquired all these years, with their passion for exploration and Adventure motorcycling.

Cape Sounio is one of the most dramatic site locations in Greece

Trying to understand the construction aliments of Ancient Greek Temples and the connections that existed between them, they are trying to recreate the Ancient Mythical Routes that were first introduced in the history books of their father, Architect, and Author George Baltoyannis. Since 2017 Angelo has been actively engaged as an Adventure and Historical Tour Guide for Mythical Routes. As he quotes:

Greece has one of the oldest and richest civilizations. Hellenic Art and Architecture are founding pillars for every modern artistic expression. Our natural resources are full of life, diversity and beauty.

Amazing views in every ride … this is Greece!

The project has been welcomed and appreciated by the international adventure community, the press, and many adventure oriented brands. Klim, Enduristan, AltRider and Aurora Rally Equipment have been very supportive and interested to contribute.

In the Mythical Routes project, we will showcase the beauty and the well hidden historical facts of the Ancient Hellenic world, with the broader Geographical meaning of the term, through an experiential and naturalistic approach using large displacement off-road motorcycles as vehicles.


KLIM Ambassador

Since the 90s, Angelo has passed from almost every motorcycle category, with a solid background on racing tracks and Superbike motorcycles. Later on, he switched to off-road bikes and soon developed a particular taste for big twin off-road beasts. Since 2014 he has been actively contributing to the adventure community, organizing multiple non-profit Adventure Rallies and Events for motorcycle clubs and brands.

Angelo’s contribution to the international ADV community has been noticed by KLIM (Teton Outfitters, LLC), a US-based global leader in designing, developing and manufacturing the most advanced motor sports apparel for the motorcycle rider.

From 2016 Angelo is supported by KLiM when he became an official KLIM Ambassador and testing cool upcoming products is just one of the perks!


Adventure Rally Planner

In 2015 Angelo co-organized with his brother Paris the first ever KTM Adventure Rally Greece, an annual Adventure Rally aiming to gather under a common event, all the Greek large displacement KTM motorcycle owners.

On the KTM Adventure Rally Greece, riders will discover the true meaning of ADVENTURE and what it means to embrace the KTM SPIRIT. Charging down epic dirt roads, conquering extreme riding territory and sharing it all with like minded riders, friends.

The KTM Adventure Rally Greece includes trails on more demanding dirt roads, with emphasis on the long duration and distance that will be covered in each leg. Motorcycles must be equipped with off-road tires and have a minimum fuel autonomy of 180 km. The route is aimed at the more skillful off-road riders and containe single-track, beautiful free-ride trails, and steep descents.

100% pure ADVENTURE | 100% KTM Spirit | 100% Unforgettable Experience !!

 

March Moto Madness is an Adventure Rally that happens worldwide in the last days of March, an opportunity for meetings with old or new friends who share a common love for motorcycle, village touring and exploration.

March Moto Madness started in 2006 by a group of American motorcyclists because of their love for the motorcycle, driving on the ground, camping near nature and talking about the fire. The event started from the very beginning and is now being co-organized in the US with the GS Giants, the largest forum of fans of the BMW GS racer bike in the world. In 2015 it escaped from the borders of America and transformed itself into a global event that was held simultaneously in 14 countries of the world, including Greece.

Angelo co-organizes with his brother Paris the annual March Moto Madness Greece Adventure Rally since the very begining back in 2015 and is running it every year.

 


Rider Certifications

Through the years of his riding, Angelo has had a long history in road & track riding, with various motorcycles. In addition to the experience he gained in the tracks, he completed all the training courses by the California Superbike School, a team dedicated to educating the Art of Cornering for to riders. The Greek branch is a fully qualified branch and is one of the four in the world with its own coaching team.

 

Around the 2000s he switched to big adventure motorcycles and his riding style started shifting to off-road / rally. Since only large cc twin beasts could combine his riding past with his riding present, his involvement in the Greek Adventure community was logical. In addition to the vast experience gained within the various Adventure Rallies he organized or joined, he completed all the advanced courses by BMW Motorrad Greece Off-Road Training.

KLiM Adventure Rally

When planing for that epic long Adventure, you need an Adventure suit that is waterproof, full of safety features, well ventilated and that will withstand the beating of the harsh off-road riding without any problem. Basically you need something built like a Tank! When the best is required, you can’t find anything better than the KLiM Adventure Rally Suit !

The KLiM Adventure Rally is ready for everything

This has been our favorite Adventure Suit for the last 3 years. We have done almost exclusively off-road riding with it, and it has seen all sorts of weather conditions. For non-stop downpours that went on for days, till the hot Greek summers with 38+ degrees of heat.

The 3-layer Gore-Tex used by the Adventure Rally in conjunction with the Superfabric and D3O Xergo protectors at shoulders, elbows, knees and hips, D3O Viper back, Deflexion Spacer Mesh chest and quadriceps and finally PoronXrd the coccyx, have a rugged feeling and you feel like a knight in his armor. Even when things go south and you end up on your back, most of the impact get absorbed by the suit and not much is transferred to your body. Your simply just smile with confidence and get on your way …

The epitome of the no-compromise riding suit

In real driving off-road conditions, the Adventure Rally reminds you of its origin as a thoroughbred outfit from Rally races like the Dakar. Even with full 3 liters of water inside the back-bladder and all back and side pockets full with tools, food and extra layers, the inner harness eliminates the weight, that just disappears. Its unique Rally technology with internal weight distribution straps and kidney belt distributes evenly transported kilos throughout the body. Whatever the conditions, this is a unique and do-it-all tool. It will bring you back safe, no matter what.

The only complaint that we have with the Adventure Rally is that even though it distributes it’s weight better than anything we have ever tried, the weight itself is a lot .. It is built like a tank, but it weights like one too.

Adventure Rally features

  • Gore-tex® 3-layer pro shell Armacor™ for waterproof and outstanding abrasion and tear resistance
  • large Gore-tex® 3 layer pro talisman Superfabric® slide zones on shoulders and elbows
  • guaranteed to keep you dry®
  • stretch panels at shoulders for full range of motion
  • high coverage 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material integrated armor systems
  • D3O® Xergo shoulder and elbow pads (meet and exceed newest proposed ce level 2 limb protector standards [n1621-1:2011])
  • D3O® Viper pro – level 2 back pads (exceeds level 2 impact performance standards for ce certification en1621-2 testing)
  • Fully ventilated silicone dow corning® Deflexion™ integrated chest coverage cargo, hydration, comfort and support systems
  • 10 external pockets*: 2 upper chest, 4 lower center front, 2 side quick-access tool pockets, rear center back pouch, larger left chest spot® pocket.
  • 1 seam-sealed waterproof*, removable roll top “dry bag”
  • 3 internal pockets*: 2 inner chest and 1 hidden (passport) pocket
  • external hydration system pocket and internal routing options
  • 3 liter Hydrapak® reservoir included
  • vertically adjustable/easily removable kidney belt with shoulder straps moves weight of entire kit to the hips
  • Klim® id/emergency id pocket on left forearm
  • moisture wicking mesh internal liner
  • neck brace-compatible collar system
  • armor adjustment straps at bicep and forearm
  • external waist belt with daisy chain
  • standard klim® jacket-to-pant zipper panel
  • Velcro® fastener adjustable wrist closures
  • heavy duty YKK® zippers throughout
  • highly water resistant YKK® Vislon in exposed areas
  • bottom hem shock cord
  • microfleece-lined collar
  • hidden strech-straps allow collar to be pulled open for increased ventilation max flow ventilation system: 8 ports
  • four zippered arm intake vents: 2 bicep, 2 forearm
  • two upper torso/pit intake vents
  • two large vertical back exhaust vents

* More information about the KLiM Adventure Rally here