All New Pro Jerseys from Klim – Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before
Klim Dakar Pro Jersey
The all-new Pro Jerseys from KLIM are like nothing the off-road riding world has ever seen. Part jersey, part jacket and full of function—the new Dakar and Mojave Pro Jerseys from KLIM are introducing a new class of riding equipment to motorcyclists.
What makes them so different? Well, we sat down with KLIM’s Brandon Mueller, product developer for the off-road line, and asked him what inspired the project and just what makes these new jerseys so darn good.
What inspired you to create the Dakar Pro and Mojave Pro Jerseys?
Mueller: Inspiration came from ripping several brand new jerseys, really! Ever since my introduction to tight woods riding in Wisconsin, over 19 years ago, I recall ripping jerseys and seeing other riders with ripped jerseys. Since those early days I have personally ridden in tight technical trails in almost every state within the United States and no matter what the terrain, some obstacle always seems to reach out and grab you.
Knowing there are riders, like myself, whom have dealt with ripping and shredding brand new motocross jerseys built for riding closed course tracks, we thought KLIM sure enough should be the first to make something better.
The possibility of making this happen really didn’t come true until Justin Summers, KLIM founder, President and CEO of Klim, put the challenge to make KLIM jerseys better than the rest on me. We were looking at our jerseys from 2012 and he said, “Brandon, what makes this any better than what the competition is doing?” The answer was nothing. This is when I was able to really go full force in applying our knowledge and technical experience with fabrics, fit, venting, comfort and more to the Pro Jersey concept.When did you get the “green light” to go ahead with this idea?
How long have you wanted to bring a jersey like these to the market?
Mueller: I’ve wanted to produce these jerseys for about 19 years! I’m so sick of tearing jerseys and getting abused by branches! The last two years is really when this became a reality. To be honest we made a small go at it when I was at Moose Racing, but at the time we did the best we could with what we knew at the time. But it really did not have all the gusto it needed and was not built to the right quality standards. It only had a few panels on the elbows and shoulders vs. what we have done at KLIM—building a truly durable and functional jersey from the ground up starting with heavy duty nylon thread and really focusing on the function not the fashion.
Jerseys haven’t been considered a durable piece of the average rider’s clothing. In fact, they’re almost disposable even though they cost around $50. How do you think the Dakar Pro and Mojave Pro Jersey will change the way people think about what a jersey can do for them?
Mueller: This is so true. I feel riders who like to ride technical single track or tight terrain have been limited in choices for technical jerseys and just living with torn sleeves. That’s the norm. There’s no reason to think a Jersey could be something better. Well, until now, of course.
I think once consumers touch and feel and ride in these jerseys they will get it and feel naked in a motocross jersey. I mean, if they are the true trail rider, technical single track rider, or an off-road racer that hits vegetation, they are going to get it. If you’re a track guy, this jersey is not for you. You can read technical bullet points until your blue in the face and you still may not be sold on the idea. But once you touch and feel how strong the fabrics are and how well the seams are constructed and how well the fit and finish is, you’re going to see that hitting trees in these jerseys is a much better idea.
Klim Mojave Pro Jersey
Let’s start with the Dakar Pro Jersey. What ingredients and construction methods make it the ultimate in durable jerseys?
Mueller: We basically wanted to duplicate the success we enjoy with our Dakar Pants. That is, they are simply over-built to exceed customers’ durability expectations. In fact, the Dakar Pro Jersey and Dakar Pant share key ingredients. Our heavy-duty 840D Cordura® main body pant material (which took us two years to build) is the fabric in the arms of the jersey—it is tough but relatively light weight. Then we found some insane meshes. I spent over a year going to different fabric mills, garment and footwear manufacturers and material shows looking to find the right strength and weight meshes to suit the job of ventilation in the under arms and main body. This was much more difficult than I originally imagined. There are a hundreds of fabric mills which produce light-weight meshes, but a lot fewer which produce high quality heavy-duty meshes. Finally, we use thicker EVA foam in the elbows and shoulder octagons and thinner EVA in the side arm, top forearm, and rib area.
Because of these heavy-duty fabrics and materials we had to really concentrate a lot of effort on the shape of the panels and the shape of the padding to maximize mobility and fit/comfort. With the help of our pattern maker, and our experience in building heavy duty garments, we were able to accomplish a really nice fit.
The last ingredient, but a very important ingredient, is the glue to hold all the great fabrics together—the thread. It’s all held together by the best thread in the motorcycle apparel industry.
There’s also a cool chest pocket with a goggle wipe cloth on a flexible shock cord but now I just sound like I’m bragging. Oh, and 3M® Scotchlite reflective panels for dual-sport visibility.
Trophy Girl Christina models new jersey
What type of rider do you think can benefit from riding in a new Dakar Pro Jersey the most?
Mueller: Any off-road recreational rider or racer. From single-track, enduro, desert and GNCC. Quite of few of these riders do not like to wear pressure suits, elbow pads, or chest protectors and therefore some wear jackets for the extra barrier resistance to branches and vegetation. These riders will benefit greatly from riding in the Dakar Pro jersey. This jersey is a really a hybrid between a jacket and heavy duty jersey. I wanted to call this product a jeracket!
The padding in the Dakar Pro is not going to keep you from breaking a bone or having a bruise, it is not designed for that type of impact, the combination of heavy-duty fabrics and padding is designed to resist the impact of branches and brushing off rock walls and trees, etc.
From blazing trails when they’re overgrown to brushing off angry plants in the south, anyone who is looking for supreme durability will love this Jersey.
KLIM Mojave Pro Jersey
Likewise, who is the Mojave Pro Jersey for?
Mueller: Similar to the Dakar Pro Jersey the Mojave Pro Jersey is built for technical off-road riders who need the ultimate in ventilation and durability. However, the Mojave Pro is designed for those wearing upper-body protection under their jersey. Unlike the Dakar Pro Jersey, which has Cordura® fabrics on the shoulder, ribs, elbow/forearms and heavy mesh everywhere else, the Mojave Pro Jersey is a full mesh jersey that is sized to fit over popular pressure suits and other body armor.
Three separate types of heavy duty meshes are placed in specific panels to maximize durability, mobility, and air intake and air exhaust.
This is the jersey I will ride in pretty much all year long until the snow flies. I have a customized pressure suit I have cobbled together over the years and by wearing it I am always a little on the warm side. So, having a fully ventilated mesh jersey is a must for most of my riding season. Now, I have one that isn’t disposable.
I hope to see some dual-sport and adventure riders wearing this jersey underneath their jackets for those moments they decide to do some more technical riding and can ditch their heavy jackets. This Jersey will allow them to have a ventilated layer between their body armor and jacket that is durable.
How does the Mojave Pro differ from the Dakar Pro in material construction, fit and style?
Mueller: The Dakar Pro jersey is slimmed up in the sleeves and body compared to the Mojave Pro. Reason being we put more substantial padding and Cordura fabric in the sleeves and rib area of the Dakar Pro jersey and for it to be effective the jersey needs to fit snugger to the body. The Mojave Pro has the same fit as our other off-road jerseys (Dakar and Mojave), it is a looser fit which allows for elbow pads, pressure suits, and chest protectors to be worn underneath.
The Dakar Pro is a combination of heavy meshes and Cordura® so it is less ventilated than the Mojave Pro. The Dakar Pro jersey offers a little extra coverage with the Cordura® fabric and EVA padding whereas the Mojave Pro has open cell foam.
Have you ever seen anything like these jersey’s before?
Mueller: I have never seen anything like the Dakar Pro or Mojave Pro Jerseys before. I would say the Mojave Pro is 5 times more durable and the Dakar Pro is 10 times more durable than any jersey I’ve ever seen or developed.
Why does KLIM keep coming up with products like the Dakar Pro and Mojave Pro jersey?
Mueller: There are multiple reason, but I feel one of the main reasons is because we really do ride. And when we ride we are constantly testing our existing gear in different terrain and conditions. And therefore, we are constantly pushing the boundaries with new ideas to make the ride more comfortable, more suitable, and more durable for different sorts of terrain we happen to ride in. If you’re comfortable your ride is going to be more enjoyable. If we keep innovating like we are riders in KLIM will soon notice how the weather or conditions do not hamper their enjoyment of the ride.
Another big reason is because we listen. We listen to distributors, dealers, support riders the media and our riding buddies. We take pain points and we brainstorm and apply our knowledge and tuition paid over the years to build technical products to make these pain points disappear. I think our founder Justin Summers says it best, “KLIM strives to do one thing above all—improve your riding experience without compromise.”
There was a lot of trial and error with these Jerseys, lots of falls and intentional bush whacking and plenty of challenges we had to overcome. But I feel our team really nailed it and I look forward to meeting customers on the trail this year to hear their input so we can put it in the brainstorm wheel so we can make these products even better.