KLIM Induction Jacket

KLIM Induction Jacket

$349.99
Description

This best-in-class vented mesh jacket owes all its accolade the “Karbonite” used to make its chassis.  

Without it, we’d probably have passed. Vented mesh jackets are a dime a dozen. But with the Karbonite, the Induction is our go-to recommendation for a summer mesh option for those looking for safety at speed.

Not to be confused with “Carbonite,” the mythical substance from The Empire Strikes Back that froze Hans Solo in a suspended state of animation, Karbonite(with a K, like Klim) is a real thing.

Karbonite mesh an industrial grade woven Nylon fabric that Klim claims is 750% stronger than the polyester-based mesh often used for jackets’ ventilated mesh paneling. Not only does Karboninte boast a higher tensile strength than polyesters, Klim says it has a higher melting point, too. And that’s the most important part.

We always present mesh jackets with a big disclaimer—they’re great for summer city use, and are best thought of as ventilated armor carriers with some nominal, baseline protection from what’s usually a 500D Cordura overlay at high-frequency impact areas at the shoulders and elbows. Most are not really rated for highway speeds, even though most companies will refrain from actually making this disclaimer. 

Which is surprising because the risks are real: laying down a polyester mesh jacket at speed could result in said poly material being melted into one’s skin.

We’ve heard horror stories of wire brushes being used in emergency rooms to extract melted material from skin. 

Got your attention, do we?

A close-up look at Klim’s woven wunder fabric reveals a lofted Nylon-based chain-mail type construction. Without specifics about melting temps available from Klim we can only speculate, but this jacket’s 840D Cordura overlays at the most likely impact points give it a big leg up over most mesh jackets, and the Induction passes the newly revised CE safety ratings with a A, AA and AAA hat trick. 

Materials science and arcane European safety regulation discussions aside, how’s the Induction perform on the bike? 

In a word: Brilliant.

While the styling may be a mite techy for some urbanites, the induction flows so much air you’ll feellike Hans Solo in a deep freeze as soon as you get up to speed. We rode this jacket on early mornings of what turned into hot, 90-degree summer days, and in the relatively cooler morning air it almost feels like the jacket flows too muchair. File that under “good problems to have.”

Throw in the fact the Induction comes with new D30 Vented armor at the elbows and shoulders, and a D3O Viper back protector—and all for $350—and this jacket is damn hard to beat during the dog days of summer.

If you’re looking for a more subdued and (dare we say) stylish mesh jacket for urban errands and commuting, check out the Spidi City Air. And if you go up-category to a leather/textile hybrid like the REVIT Ignition 3 (available in women’s and mens, with matching pants of the same name), then you get the benefit of leather, plus the versatility of included thermal, and wind/waterporoof liners. 

But in terms of sheer safety at speed the Induction (and its sibling, the women’s specific Klim Avalon jacket) is quite simply the best 100% textile mesh jacket we’ve ever encountered.

 

> HEAVY ABRASION AND TEAR-RESISTANT MIL-SPEC KLIM KARBONITE NYLON MESH
> BUILT WITH KLIM  RHINO-STITCH CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
> ABRASION ZONES AT ELBOWS AND SHOULDERS: HI-TENACITY 840D
> FLEECE-LINED SOFT COLLAR
> ADJUSTABLE D3O  EVO XT LEVEL 1 ARMOR AT ELBOWS
> 5-PIECE D3O ARMOR
> COOLING STRETCH MESH IN ELBOW AND SHOULDER PAD POCKETS
> 3M SCOTCHLITE REFLECTIVE ACCENTS
> ARTICULATED FIT
> QUICK-ADJUST FOREARM STRAPS
> BREATHABLE MOISTURE-WICKING INTERNAL MESH COMFORT LINER
> EXTERNAL UPPER CHEST POCKET WITH KEY CLIP
> TWO LOWER ZIPPERED HAND POCKETS
> 1 INNER CHEST POCKETS
> ONE FOREARM EMERGENCY ID POCKET WITH HIDDEN STASH POCKET
> YKK ZIPPERS THROUGHOUT
> GARMENT PASSES CE CERTIFICATION A/AA/AAA