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KLIM Artemis Suit

Posted By Colleen Sepulveda #108960, Friday, March 15, 2019

I owned two KLIM outfits before purchasing the KLIM Artemis suit and have found the evolution of the product amazing, with effective modifications made to the suit based on customer feedback.

In addition to my daily rides, I make many long-distance treks across the country, and my gear has to handle temperature extremes and precipitation challenges with grace and efficiency. Additionally, because what I wear is also part of my work presentation, it has to look professional and stylish as well. The KLIM Artemis fits the bill nicely.

The Artemis is a two-piece suit, cut specifically for the female form. Because the gear isn’t heavy or bulky, it’s easy to forget that I’m wearing state-of-the-art protective gear. While riding, I can reach forward comfortably with adequate room in the shoulders, and the leg bend allows me to sit in any position on the bike that fits my needs. The gear works equally well on track training days as it does while riding to get coffee.

My original Artemis suit was in the gray and red color combination, but when the airlines lost my luggage, I had to replace the suit. My replacement gear is in the tan and high-visibility color which is my absolute favorite. Many people compliment me on the suit color and the fit.

The fit is crucial in protective gear. Adjustments for the jacket are located in the collar, upper and lower elbow area (to keep the armor in place), wrist, waist, hip opening, and lower hemline. The pants can be adjusted for comfort in the waist, below the knee (armor placement retention) and at the hem. The amount of variation in straps and closures allows a correct fit to your body to provide both comfort and effective protection.

I have ridden about 15,000 miles in the suit. My first long ride was from Santa Cruz, California, to Des Moines, Iowa, last summer for the MOA National Rally. The suit was comfortable right out of the box without any true break-in period. During that ride, I found and operated the vent zippers easily while riding, which made the hot temperatures almost comfortable to endure. The vents really made me love the suit even more, simply because there are extra vents in extremely effective places!

The pants have the same vents as previous KLIM suits. There is a long vertical vent at the front of the thigh and a corresponding long vent to the rear of the thigh. This allows a robust airflow through the rider’s upper leg area. The jacket is where the new vents are. First, the standard chest vent runs vertically near the jacket zipper. There is also a bicep vent on each arm. A new set of vents was added to the chest area a horizontally from under the armpit to the jacket zipper, effectively cooling the lower rib area. KLIM added another vent in the forearm area. When the forearm and the bicep vents are both open, the airflow from wrist to shoulder is divine. Don’t mistake the forearm zipper for a pocket because you’ll be missing out on the benefits of that additional opening. There is a set of exhaust vents to allow air to pass through and out the back of the jacket.

If you like pockets, this suit is for you. The pants have very deep and usable waterproof pockets on both thighs between the air vents. The jacket has two hand-warmer pockets with a flap, a bicep pocket on the right arm, an emergency info pocket on the left forearm, and a large pocket on the back of the jacket below the waist. Inside pockets on the jacket include two large pockets below the waist and a chest pocket with a cord slot for audio devices and earbuds. All jacket pockets are waterproof.

The suit colors are bold and very visible to other roadway users in the daylight, especially the tan and high-vis combination. For low-light riding situations, retro-reflective accents are located near the collarbone on the front and rear of the jacket along with side reflectors on the shoulders and tricep area. The pants have reflective accents on each thigh and calf area.

I found the suit to be waterproof even during very heavy downpours that lasted hours. As long as my clothing wasn’t exposed and wicking water in, I stayed dry within the suit. Thirty miles of moderate snowfall on the way to Calgary didn’t compromise the protection of the Gore-Tex, either. While riding from Mexico to Calgary over the Labor Day weekend, the Artemis handled 110-degree heat as well as it did during a long and memorable, early morning ride over the Canadian Rockies with temperatures between 23 and 29 degrees. The suit doesn’t have an insulated liner so layering my riding clothes provided all of the temperature adjustments that I needed. The Artemis jacket and pants also zip together to provide full coverage in the event of an unexpected get-off.

I’m very pleased with the performance of the KLIM Artemis suit. It is functional, adaptable, protective, stylish and comfortable, and the designers talk to real riders to implement effective tweaks to enhance our riding experience.

If I could change anything, I would add a bit more room in the crotch area for swinging a leg over the bike. I would also tweak the forearm vent so it would remain open and catch moving air even more effectively. If the sleeve moves, the opening sometimes closes a bit and blocks air from entering the vent. When it is operating efficiently, the angels sing!

If you are in the market for a new women’s riding suit, the Klim Artemis suit is well-worth your consideration, no matter what type of riding conditions you may face.

The KLIM Artemis women’s jacket retails for $699.99, while the women’s pants retail for $549.99. For more information, visit klim.com.

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Julie E. Snyder says...
Posted Saturday, March 16, 2019
Thanks for the great review. I've got my hi viz jacket coming next week and plan to order the pants later in the summer!
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