Klim Dakar In The Boot pants

I opted to ride in a modular setup as opposed to a touring suit with integrated armor. Regular MX pants weren’t an option though as I had doubts that they would survive the seven weeks of riding. The pants needed to be light enough with good ventilation as we had to cross hot and dry Mongolia before returning to wet and cold Siberia. The answer came in the form of Klim Dakar In The Boot pants.

Out of the box the finish looked very nice. Beefy Cordura with a smart design. From light breathable mesh in the shins to the rugged leather in the high wear areas. I went with black, which looked subtle enough without over the top logos.

The fit is very nice, with accurate sizing. I have a 34″ waist and the 34″ size fit me perfectly. The waistline is adjustable by velcro loops through plastic buckles on both sides. They are easy to operate, even with gloves. I found the pants being a little baggy around the butt but I guess it’s because they are designed to have enough room for hip armor. There is also ample room for knee pads, without range of motion being compromised.

With seven weeks of riding, they held up very well to wear. In fact they look to be in very good shape after all the punishment they took, especially on rocky sections. Also, the knees held up to wear extremely well. I was sure they would be the first to go, as during bike maintenance, the fabrics of the knees would be squashed between the knee pads and whatever was on the ground. There is a little abrasion visible, but nothing remotely significant. Zippers are usually one of the first fail points on garments. The YKK zippers on the pants worked well throughout, both in dry and dusty conditions as well as wet and muddy.

One of the best features of the pants is the venting. Opening up the vents and riding on the footpegs would quickly cool down the lower body. Even after being drenched in river crossings or rain, the pants and the base layer would be dry in fifteen minutes of riding on the footpegs.

If I really stretch my imagination, the only minor issue are the waterproof pockets. The pockets really are waterproof but the zippers are not. In deep river crossings the pockets fill up with water but do not empty. Instead the pockets remain full of water, until they are turned inside out.

The bottom line is that these are the best pair of in the boot pants I have ever owned.

By |2018-08-27T17:11:52+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Enduro, Gear|2 Comments


  1. Michael Glennon August 2, 2017 at 13:58 - Reply

    Hi Rolling Hobo I totally agree with your travelling philosophy thanks for sharing your interesting site with all your beautiful photographs.
    I use Dakar IBP when in the cool and in the heat I use Mojave IBP and carry a pair of gore-tex over pants in case of cold or rain but would love to find a pair of shorter over pants that work with IBP. As you say it seems such a wast to cover the boots with unnecessary material.
    All the best happy travels, Michael

    • The Rolling Hobo
      The Rolling Hobo August 3, 2017 at 16:52 - Reply

      Hi Michael, the 2018 Dakar’s have improved venting compared to the previous model. Having said that, the Mojave’s would have been a better choice for the extreme heat in SE Europe a few weeks back. I’m looking into stitching up a set of waterproof shorts over the ITB’s. I’ll do a post in the blog if it works out 😉

      Keep rolling, keep safe….

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