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.