Between the threat of hypothermia and neuromuscular cooling (aka “Swim Failure”), falling through ice into frigid bodies of water is a very real and life-threatening risk to winter action and motorsport enthusiasts. Well aware of this reality, eminent gear brand, Klim has engineered the world’s first float-assist GORE-TEX jacket.
Dubbed the Rift, this innovative and lifesaving garment boasts a full GORE-TEX Performance shell with 3M THINSULATE insulation, though its main highlight is undoubtedly its Ascent Float System (or AFS), comprised of breathable and flexible closed-cell foam cleverly placed into mapped channels that allow its wearer to float on the surface of the water without compromising mobility. Special mesh sections at the hem and sleeve cuffs also allow water to freely drain from the jacket. Bolstering safety even further are patches of 3M SCOTCHLITE reflective material that’s strategically placed across the jacket to allow drivers to readily-identify the reflective shapes as being a human, even from afar — something the Idaho-based brand calls “Biomotion Recognition.” Available now in four color options, the Klim Rift Jacket is priced between $400 and $430, and is protected by the gear purveyor’s generous general warranty.
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