Firstgear Kathmandu Gloves
Not bad just wasn't what I was looking for...
I bought these gloves prior to taking my MSF BRC in March 2015. I had virtually no motorcycle experience and was looking for an inexpensive glove that was warm, waterproof, and met the protection requirements for the class. If motorcycling wasn't for me, I wouldn't be out a lot of money and I could eBay the gloves. However, the bug bit and I have ridden about 2000 miles since I got my license in April. Since then I have been researching a lot of gear and came to the conclusion that I will be looking for a replacement for these gloves - most likely at a higher price point. The positives... the gloves are warm. I've ridden in the high 40's and my hands stayed comfortable. The waterproofing is decent. They are currently my rain gloves even though they are very warm for summer riding. The not so great... I measured my palm per the sizing guide and ordered the large as suggested. They fit me like a ski glove which is good for skiing but not so much for riding. I should have gotten medium but I had already taken my class by the time I realized this. The larger size does help with another issue I have with the gloves though. The inner portion of the glove is not attached very well to the shell of the glove. When you remove a wet/sweaty hand, the glove basically disembowels itself. It takes a lot of work to get everything resituated and your hand back in the glove, especially if your hand or the glove is still wet/sweaty. Lastly, the protection is not the greatest - an added soft pad on the palm, carbon fiber knuckle guards, and a too loose fit with a simple gauntlet velcro patch. I didn't know any better when I bought the gloves but, now that I know what to look for in a protective glove, I know that there are probably better options even at this price point.
August 11, 2015
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
glove fits tight short break in time thay feel good
May 20, 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