I WILL ADD TO THIS REVIEW AS I WEAR THIS SUIT MORE. THE FIRST DAY I WORE IT WAS ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2010.
I am really liking my Traverse suit...yes it is more dirt orientated and a shell but it has been easy to layer to stay warm...and it is so cool how you stay dry. Never owned Gore Tex but every part of me yesterday stayed dry including my crotch in pouring cool rain. Got home, shake the jacket and pants a bit and voila dry. The CE armour is lean and I do not feel like a football player, the suit when on feels light and comfy. The arms are tapered somewhat....i would imagine a guy or gal with larger forearms when wearing a liner would feel snug. It is a simple suit and initially I thought there was not enough 3M reflective material used but they used it wisely and really reflects well in the dark days of winter.
Although I had to order a much larger size in the pants than I am comfortable with...once I got over the slim sizing and just said screw it...my pants are really and I mean really comfy and again very light while on. I did try this suit on before I ordered it. I was really worried because of the guy cut and fit I would not be able to fit my inherited female hips. I am not a small gal and without going into too much detail about my size in general, the fit works if you are willing to go up a size or two.
The jacket I got a large because it is a longer jacket than most and had to be able to zipper it around my god forsaken birthing hips too.
The pants are a Perfect length when on the bike. Little long while walking but I rather have them fit while riding rather walking. I can always roll them up a bit when off the bike. The collar I would have made a bit more stiff....the Velcro they have used especially around the bottom of the pants is a little weak. Should have used a better quality, more sticky Velcro. I am going to get a pair of bike pant reflective bands like the ones people wear on bicycles. just to pull the pants a little more tighter around my boots. The pants are obviously made for the more off road type boot not a touring boot. They are really wide at the end and for me there is not really enough Velcro to get a tight fit.
I am not a huge fan of the asymmetrical design of the front but i can live with it. I wish they added another cargo pocket of the left side of the pants and hand pockets on the pants as well. I bet KLIM make some improvements in the "second" addition because everyone is criticizing the same things.
This suit can be worn by gals if you size it right....oh yeah the pants have a belt...comes in handy to cinch the waist