We hope KLIM gets their act together and come out with a DUAL SPORT suit in female sizing that is the same quality as the guys in the very near future. We LOVE KLIM but it seems other companies such as BMW are a head of the game treating grrls as equals when it comes to the ADV suits.
It’s not rocket science that grrls ride DS bikes and we demand the same protection as guys. There are no surprises when it comes to our needs for fit, colour choices, layering choices as well look. In what sort of what appears to be a low-budget BMW video you can get an idea that both the male and female version of the GS Dry suit are made equally with the sole difference being BMW is acknowledging grrls have different sizing needs.
We don’t need a suit with a kidney belt, the need for suspenders because the pants are so heavy, don’t have a need for all the technical accessories. We are simple riders that would like a simple suit. Some decent amount of jacket pockets, love pants side pockets, a suit that we would want to go out to dinner in, a suit that is comfortable you don’t even feel like you are wearing it…a suit that when done riding for the day you are not craving the need to tear it off. See, we are not picky….just sometimes less is more for us. ;-)
Presently, Cheryl and I wear the KLIM Traverse. WE love this suit but one draw back for instance, Leslie has to wear a large jacket due to genetic hips and pants a size up for the same reason. Same with Cheryl. We are both wearing suits that are technically too large for us but we make do.
Sometimes I feel the market for real DS ADV gear tailored to grrls leaves us with not much to choose from that will fit…so, why not dress like this pic? Just Kidding, had to throw in another wedding pic that I love. ;-)
We ride all year-long too, so the gear needs to be waterproof without a doubt from the outside in.
Harley has amazing marketing strategy and offer more than enough chooses for their female riders not only in gear but bikes.
I am seriously going to consider this new GS Dry suit and will find stock to try it on. I will wait until the new year to see if KLIM comes out with a respectable female suit that is a H20 proof shell. We like to layer ourselves, need waterproofing from the outside in, not the other way. We hate embedded layers and do not need a quilted thermal layer at all. We use our heated liners.
So, I am aware Olympia, Rukka and others have female sizing too. But when you look at price, quality etc…. BMW seems reasonable at a cost around $1000 for jacket and pants. Looking forward to checking this GS Dry suit out some time soon. See the tacky but informative video here…
I am aware some grrls want or need pink gear. WE are not those grrls but can appreciate the need. But gear manufacturers still need to provide the same quality, same material same design choices. It’s really that simple. Hey KLIM if you read this…make the Overland suit with side hip gators, add a few more pockets and add female sizing to your pants and you have 2 suits sold over here. ;-)