KTM Hydroteq Pants and KTM Textile Jacket
First of all, it looks awesome. The orange really pops, which along with the Scotch-brite piping makes this very visible during both day and night without making you look like a construction worker. Nearly every motorcycle manufacturer offers its own line of branded riding apparel, and KTM is no exception. Like its motorcycle lineup, the Austrian company’s Power Wear line includes gear for adventure, street and off-road riding, everything from jackets and pants to helmets, boots and gloves, most of it trimmed in KTM’s trademark orange.
Designed in-house and manufactured in Vietnam, the KTM Textile jacket and KTM Hydroteq Pants are suitable for touring in mild climates where rain is a common occurrence. The outer shell is made of Sympatex Performance dual-layer material, which is abrasion-resistant, breathable and waterproof, and all seams and zippers are waterproof. Crash protection includes goatskin leather covering the shoulders, elbows/forearms and seat, CE-approved SAS-TEC armor at the shoulders, elbows and knees, and a foam back pad (the pocket will accept an optional CE-approved back protector). The jacket and pants are lined with stretchy mesh and they have removable insulated liners. There are only three vents on the jacket—two vertical ones on each side of the torso under the arms and a horizontal one across the back—and none on the pants. And there are seven pockets (two are waterproof), three on the jacket, one in the jacket liner and three on the pants. Adjustment tabs and zippered cuffs adjust fit, multiple reflective strips enhance nighttime visibility, and the jacket and pants can be connected with 8-inch or 25-inch zippers.
The jacket, which zippers to the pants, is further secured by two tension straps around each arm. Most motorcycle jackets tend to over-compensate on the arms, assuming we’re built like Schwarzenegger. Sadly, I’m built more like Pee Wee Herman, and I often find the jacket arms rotate pretty easily, especially at the elbows. On the Pure Adventure jacket, they can be made nice and tight, which means better protection.
Motorcycling is, in reality (and at least the way I ride), an all weather pursuit, and that leads me to my main complaint about the Pure Adventure gear: Waterproofing is provided via an inner layer. It’s a very common solution to the problem. but it means one of two things: Either you sweat profusely anticipating a change in the weather, or that you show your boxer shorts to passing motorists as you try to change once it does start pouring. I rode with the entire suit complete with water-proof liners in 28C humid heat the other day and it was at the limit of bearable, but that’s still better than the similarly-specced Joe Rocket suit I used to have.
Lack of actual rain means I didn’t actually test this suit in the wet, so how well the liners work is currently a mystery I look forward to solving one day. As the liner is removable, it does mean you can ride with the outer layer on its own when it gets hot out, and when you do, the Pure Adventure suit is both light and well vented, leading to a very comfortable ride indeed. One thing I did note was that the map pocket on the left arm was very prone to condensation. With a map, this would be fine, but I wouldn’t want to risk my phone in there. In all fairness, it was a very hot a sweaty day.
For those of you hoping the suit can be used all year, there is also a third, thermal layer that can be put inside the waterproof layer. As it’s the dead of summer in TO, I tested this by turning the AC way up in my office. The thermal layer certainly did its job, though for really cold days you still might want a heated liner. What I can say is with three layers in, this feels as warm and cozy as any other suit I’ve worn. Like most Adventure gear, the KTM suit is equipped with many pockets. Some have zippers Some are even waterproof. If anything, you’ll end up forgetting where you put things, but it’s highly unlikely you’ll run out of storage space.
The suit kept me dry during a rare California rainstorm, and, with the thermal liners in, it kept me comfortable with temperatures down to the mid-50s. When the mercury climbed into the 80s, however, the suit’s minimal ventilation became an issue. Admittedly I’m hot natured, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing this suit on really hot days, especially if strenuous adventure riding is involved.