Klim Hardanger First Impressions
I now have my first one-piece suit; a Klim Hardanger (XXL). I am the kind of person who thinks things through (ad nauseam) before executing a decision. In this case, I have debated the relative merits of a "slip on" versus my 12-year-old Rev'It multi-component suit (worn daily but never used). Most of my mileage today is into and out of Boston commuting; around 160 miles round trip. The remainder is the occasional trip I get to fit in; my shake-down trip to DC is one example. Net-net, a one-piece suit was repeatedly the best solution when weighing all of my needs.
I decided on the Klim Hardanger over the Aerostich and Motoport as my first foray into a onesie; primarily because of the chance of a good fit off the rack was on-par with the Aerostich, but the Klim materials and style was a bit of an update. I also felt a custom Motoport was the nuclear option which, while worth the money, was not equally incentivized monetarily (I got a military discount thanks to Duane).
The Suit: There are a number of accurate references and reviews on the Web about this suit's fit and finish. I will say the construction is solid. Now I am not yet used to the newer style of a bonded over-shell versus my Rev'It's layered system. Initially, I thought the suit weighed more, but when I considered the equivalent functional pieces of the Rev'It, there is much less weight with the Hardanger. When on your body the weight disappears. However, a new suit does feel "stiff-ish".
I wonder if the Hardanger can be "softened" with a pair of old sneakers and a dryer as recommended for the Aerostich?
I ended up needing the XXL; not because of the chest or waist sizes, but for arm length and neck. So my suit does have a sight extra center. I also opted for the regular length because of the pant-length when my knees are bent.
My most critical measure was the touchdown yell; does my voice go up when I raise my arms vertically (the dreaded taint lift)? The XXL was just enough.
The truth is this suit together with a Warn N' Safe liner is more than enough to comfortably ride down to my lower limit of 35 F. I feel much more comfort across the back and arms. I also feel no wind unless I want to. I am reducing my kit by several bulky items too.
All in all I am satisfied with the decision to go to a one-piece, and the Klim is a great choice.