Firstgear Kathmandu Gloves
Good budget glove for 40 deg riding. Love the wiper!
This glove has been my winter/rain/summer glove. It's really warm in the summer, which is pretty obvious considering what it's meant for. I just sweat it out and enjoy the fact that it's also waterproof. It is no kidding water proof in my experience.
Now, what you really want to know.... how cold can I ride with this glove? I ride in western New York state and it was COLD! this winter. Even "spring" was COLD. I found in 30-40 degree weather with no heaters I could ride about 20-30 minutes (which would get me to work) before I wondered what I was doing out in the cold. Some days I would get to work with cold hands and be okay. Some days I would wonder what I was thinking riding that cold. It really depended on my boy heat going out the door that day... point is, your time is limited with this glove unheated at that temp. Above 40 this glove did pretty well. Anything above about 45-50 and this glove was pretty solid on keeping my hands warm. Below 30 degrees it was a matter of time before my hands were cold and numb and I was speeding to get home from my 25 min commute.
I've been caught in some deluges of rain with these gloves and they were rock-solid in keeping my hands comfy and dry.
One nice feature is the wiper built into the left thumb. Nice when you are trying to get water buildup off your visor. Sometimes though just using the whole glove to wipe off the bugs/rain worked almost as well. Using the wiper on bugs just smears them all over.
I've had these for almost a year now and the fingers are starting to fray a little, which concerns me.
Good glove for the price. I think next winter heated gear/grips are in my future though.
June 27, 2015
Very good glove.
Very good glove. Hard to get my pinkie finger in its spot the first two times I used the gloves. After that works fine.
May 25, 2015
Great overall glove for cool (not cold) weather and warmer
I am on my second pair of these, mostly due to the comfortable fit and relative durability of this glove. I find they run just little big, but not enough so to order a size down from what you would regularly wear. I have worn these glove down to 40 deg F with heated grips and been very comfortable. When the grips quit working though, that same temperature was just too cold, and after 30 mins or so my fingers started to ache a bit. I have also ridden with them up to about 75 deg F comfortably without my hands getting sweaty at stoplights due to the breathability of material.
The knuckle protection is good and the closure on the wrist is secure. I have worn them both over and inside my jacket cuff and they work well both ways. The wrist closure did not stretch out and become useless after wearing them over the cuffs either. They are not waterproof, and I wouldn't even call them water resistant. The liner is soft and though a little loose inside the glove, it does not impede motion or feel when riding. The thumb squeegee is not particularly noticeable, but it works well.
Over all, this is a good glove for the money, and it is one of my favorites to wear most of the year. A hot finger version would make it the perfect glove for me!
May 3, 2015
Solid protection without excess weight or bulk
I live in MN so it took a while to get warm enough to ride since buying these. On a 45 degree day these are toasty and warm. The fit well overall, I have normally Large sized hands and these were in line with that. The thumbs are a little shorter, but frankly that is better than having extra material in that important spot.
The cuffs are large enough to easily fit over my Fieldsheer Adventure Tour jacket and close well to block out air.
The features are nice, including the knuckle guards, though they are a little on the large side.
Overall, nice design, warm for their weight and fit well with other riding gear.
March 30, 2015
My favorite feature of these gloves is the ability for the wrist area to fit under my jacket cuff or over depending on the temperature. They run a little large I think, but they are very comfortable.
March 9, 2015
Decent Gloves at this Price
For the money these gloves are just as good as any other. The best part about this glove is the thumb squeegee, that's what kind of set it apart for me. But your hands are going to get numb in sub 35 degree Fahrenheit weather on a prolonged ride. I wore a generic pair of Wilsons Leather... leather gloves under these and although a drop in dexterity, I was able to ride 45 minutes in sub 30 degree with out feeling tingle. But if your gonna ride in bone cold weather like that, spend money on some gloves with warmers.. or buy extra warmers or what not. With out warmers any glove especially at this price point wont cut it.
January 19, 2015
V good glove for the price
Very comfy glove as long as the liner doesn't pull out bc sometimes u can't get a finger or 2 back in w out a lot of fidgeting around. I have several pairs of riding gloves and these in my opinion not far off of some gloves twice their price. They r very comfy , look good and r good to temps as low as 40 degrees but under that my fingers get cold but what can u expect when u ride a st bike in 30 degree weather. A good all around glove and not to bulky so u can feel the hand controls and grips comfortably. I wear an xL in most gloves but I wear a 2xl in alpine stars if that helps anybody. They fit great w nothing poking my hand and I am very picky about that and is why I have so many riding gloves that I don't wear. The only issue I have w them is that the liner can test ur patience sometimes but not always. I would def still by them.
November 18, 2014
Does the job
Got this to replace some older Firstgear gloves. I primarily used them in temps from 15-30 degrees and they were fine. The visor squeegee on the left thumb is a nice touch, and feel for the controls is good for a winter glove. Overall, I'm happy with these and they do exactly what I wanted.
February 10, 2014