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Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket
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  • Dark Grey/Black

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Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket

A serious jacket for serious Adventure Touring, the Kathmandu has enough features to satisfy even the most serious rider.


  • Dynamic fit: Athletic, dynamic, out-of-the-saddle fit
  • HYPERTEX waterproof and breathable outer shell, constructed of 420 denier rip-stop nylon and 300 denier high density nylon, durable and lightweight for ease of movement
  • Fully adjustable D3O T5 CE Armor in the shoulders and elbows delivers the same protection as standard CE foam armor, but is thinner and more flexible, resulting in a more comfortable fit
  • EVA dense foam back pad included
  • Collar closure utilizes a slider snap that allows up to 1-1/2” adjustment for a personal fit
  • Integrated into the collar is an under-the-helmet rain hood to keep water from running down your neck
  • 1.5 liter hydration bladder included in removable backpack
  • Front left and right restraining loops for bladder tube make access easy
  • Achieve maximum air flow with two - 8” vertical chest intake vents, two – 9” armpit intake vents and two - 9” vertical rear exhaust vents.
  • Double storm flap front with snap and hook/loop closure that covers a #8 YKK Vislon two-way main zipper to keep out the elements
  • Dry Pockets will keep your stash dry – four front ones with flaps, protected by YKK #5 rubberized zippers on the chest and envelope closures on the bottom pockets.
  • Large rear dry pouch with 14” mouth to stow insulated liner or personal property, protected  by waterproof zipper and flap with spring snaps and hook/loop closure to keep it all intact and safe from the elements
  • Reflective taping front and back increases nighttime visibility
  • One time adjustable waist belt with hook and loop closure
  • Elbow and underarm waterproof and breathable  stretch material for increased flexibility also diminishes binding
  • Compression straps on the bicep and forearm adjusts to fit you. Adjustable cuff uses hook and loop closure for a custom fit
  • Removable, fully insulated, thermal liner with wind blocking, adjustable, neoprene cuffs to block out the cold
  • Interior pocketing in all Firstgear jackets are in the same location, whether the liner is in or out. On the left side, chest high is a mobile device pocket with  flap closure using hook and loop to secure – On the right side is a cargo pocket that is 12” wide and 8” tall to hold whatever you need for the adventure ahead
  • Jacket- to-pant 10”  full conjunction zipper ; fits easily through liner portal and attaches to overpant
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Note:  Pants sold separately.

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Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket 4.7 5 39 39
Waterproof exterior shell. I first bought XL and it was too big. I'm 5-11 210lbs with a gut. My buddy bought that one and I ordered a large and it fits good. Not much room for additional layers tho. Lots of pockets, great build quality. Not many jackets waterproof on exterior shell. Haven't rode in rain but will update after my big ride in August. April 7, 2014
Greatness So far the jacket has been great! Went on a trip in November up to Thunderbay, jacket was impressively warm. It was snowing and thirty, I had long underware and a long sleeve shirt, and I was perfect. Not a drop of water got through either. For a jacket that doesnt break the bank, its tough to beat! January 20, 2014
At this price point an outstanding investment Was in the market for a "Do it All" jacket that would work for everything from grocery getting to my daily 100 mile commute to potential use as a cross country adventure shell. So far, I've found this jacket to be up to any challenge I've exposed it to. The Good I'm 6'5"/200 lbs. Sourced this in a large/tall as recommended in the fit guide and it is a great fit both on and off the bike. Sleeve length is a good compromise between too long for winter gauntlets and too short for summer gloves. The sleeves are fully velcro adjustable for air flow/tightness and the quilted liner adds enough warmth and is fitted well with a snap system and more velcro for winter riding. Just add appropriate base layers and you should stay toasty. I don't use electrics for year-round and I have been in sub-zero wind chills with no leakage around the cuffs, neck, or seams. Ventilation is mostly good though out the jacket. There are enough ways for wind to pass through (and be stopped, given the excellent storm flaps, zippers, and velcro keepers) so that temperature can be regulated in all but the most extreme heat conditions. Not as cool as mesh, but mesh doesn't do what this shell does in terms of protection, abrasion resistance, and water proofing. Moisture resistance and wicking are also excellent. Have ridden through downpours and come out the other side dry and happy. Once the sun shines again after those summer rains, just open the zippers and flaps and let yourself be wicked to comfort again. Haven't had a chance to test the armor built into the elbows, shoulders, or back, but it seems first-rate and is positioned so well I can't tell it is there. There is ample storage in most of the pockets for most anything you might want to carry on your person including a cell phone net pocket in the quilted liner. I haven't had occasion to use the drinking bladder that is attached to the back of the coat but may put it to use this coming summer on a longer ride. It seems well designed, but time and use will tell. As with any technical gear, there is a learning curve that involves checking the jacket out before you ride. There are more features that I have documented here, and being able to use them all just takes time on and off the bike. The people at First Gear have put much effort into making this a great coat - do this justice by learning what you've got The not so good… My only gripe with this coat is directed at the two pockets on the lower front of the coat. I use them often and find that an extra inch or so of depth would help me stash items that I want to carry off the bike with me. Other than that, I have nothing but raves for this equipment. I haven't used coats designed by any of the other companies - might have to try them on next time I'm at my dealer, but given the amount invested, and the price of the other high-end gear, I'll take this bargain and ride it all the way to the far horizon. December 30, 2013
great jacket Great purchase. A little warm in the summer, but it was not the reason forthis jacket. Have ridden highway speeds down to 20f with liner and a sweatshirt and been perfectly happy. Plenty of pockets and real armor... could have completed the package with real armor in the back, but it didn't cost 800 dollars either. Added to another firstgear jacket that is still going strong after 13 years, I don't see a reason for this one not to last. You could pay more but I don't know how much more you'll get. December 28, 2013
great jacket I've had this jacket for just a little over three months now. I got it for fall, winter and spring riding. I wanted to be warm and well protected from the elements, and most of all well protected in case of that "whooaaa ooppsie" moment. I've seen rain, cold weather and a spill on some black ice. This jacket has gotten me through all of them, and i'm confident will continue to do so. One of the biggest selling points was the 3DO armour, I can attest that it does everything they claim it does. As soon as i can afford them, I will be getting Firstgear pants to go along with the jacket...hello Santa...With only three months in, I can't attest to durability yet, but if it falls apart I'll definitely be back with an addition to this review. November 30, 2013
All I was expecting Bought this jacket for the southern Arizona winter rains. Got my first good test tonight, 60 deg. 30 mi. 60 mph and I was dry when I got home. When the temps where 100+ I would wet a sweat shirt down and open the vents a little and ride for hours across the Arizona desert. November 3, 2013
muy buena Muy buena campera, quizas le falte alguna ventilacion en las mangas y al llevarla sin abrochar los velcros de los puños se adiheren al central. Muy buena eleccion October 25, 2013
Great fit and warmth... Product is great cold weather coat - haven't yet tried it without the liner. With the liner, airflow is restricted and can get overly warm, but unzip the front and open the back vents and it is better... Pockets everywhere! Would definitely recommend! October 14, 2013
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Jeremy W: After doing a bunch of research, this jacket was the right price, offered a lot of versatility, and was waterproof without a liner. Revzilla's videos make looking for a jacket online a much better experience. Apr 14, 2014
Victor Q: I live in Central Texas and we don't get winter like we had this year. It is a really nice jacket and it has strap ties on the wrist which help if you have short arms. Apr 10, 2014
Bruce R: Great quality, and colors. Loved design and safety components. And the water bladder. Apr 3, 2014
Cesar Z: Chose this jacket for all season riding and also got the matching pants to go with it. Dec 20, 2013
Steven W: Needed to replace my crash worn jacket, something to cover a multitude of weather conditions, did not need a lot of pocket space - I have Jessie bags - the best part is it comes in a tall size . Nov 7, 2013
Matthew G: I'm 6'5", Firstgear in general is one of the few manufacturers thinking about people as tall as me when it comes to jackets. They also have done a great job with the protection and look of the jacket. Just with it came in more colors.... Oct 25, 2013
G L: Looked like a good jacket visually. Liked it's features. Did not have 900 bucks to blow on a fancy one. Sep 24, 2013
Patrick D: I have benn wearing Firsgear riding gear for years and now ride an Adventure bike this purchase is better fit for that style riding. Firstgear has continued to improve thier products year after year and prices are competitive. Sep 15, 2013
Brian C: Ability to lose the rain coat. Sep 12, 2013
Jason D: I chosed this because of the valuable information you videos supplied me Sep 10, 2013
Dan L: Highest quality and usefulness for the price. Old one was still kicking after 3 years all over the world, I just wanted the newer one with the d30. Sep 3, 2013
A shopper asked: The Kathmandu jacket Features section does not contain a description of armor features. Does the jacket contain armor? Nov 29, 2011
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Tron90: Yes, it has D3O armor at the shoulders and elbows and EVA dense foam at the back. There are some D3O options from other manufacturers you could put in the back. Each piece of armor at the shoulders and elbows is in its own pouch with a large area of hook & loop for a few inches of adjustability. Dec 31, 2012
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AliB: To confirm, the Kathmandu Jacket does come with CE approved D3O armor in the shoulders and elbows and a temperfoam back protector that can be upgraded to the D3O back protector. Dec 15, 2011
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Bandit: Yes it does, it has CE rated molecular D3o armor in the elbows and shoulders. The back pad is temper foam though but it is upgradeable. Nov 30, 2011
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Terrytwn: Yes, it uses D30 elbow and shoulder pads as well as some type of foam back protector. Oct 8, 2012
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A shopper asked: What is the difference between this jacket and the Kilimanjaro? Apr 1, 2014
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Kirby D: It can be a looser fit with the various adjusting straps to tune for riding temperatures and conditions. More zippered exhaust vents to also tune for varying riding temperatures and conditions. More pockets/bigger pockets. Detachable hydration pack. 300 vs 400 nylon. Apr 2, 2014
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James M: Have not tried the Kilimanjaro. I rode through Alaska for three weeks in August and found the Kathmandu to be quite good. I was dry and warm. Plenty of pockets in convenient locations. It was too warm in July here in South Carolina, but otherwise i really like it. Apr 1, 2014
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Steve A: The Kathmandu is more oriented to Dual sport riding. Apr 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: What back protectors are compatible with this jacket? I am hoping for something level 2. Thanks in advance. Jan 29, 2014
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George B: I bought the Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector. It fits perfectly. It's a little bit on the heavy side, but I prefer to be as much protected as I can be. It also is rather soft and pliable (so it follows the contour of your back), so it's more comfortable than the more rigid ones. Jan 30, 2014
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Rodolfo V: I bougth this jacket for a friend of mine I will ask that question to him and and get to you
Jan 29, 2014
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Steven G: I use the Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector. It's CE Level 2. Jan 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does it come in the hi viz yellow Nov 25, 2012
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RevZilla: The Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket does not come in high-viz currently. The Kilmanjaro, at a similar price point and features offered, does come in hi-viz. Nov 26, 2012
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CM1974: No...the jacket comes in the Grey/Black Combo only. Jan 1, 2013
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Tron90: No - only the grey & black. Dec 31, 2012
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A shopper asked: Vidio says CE and d30 are available but I don't see a Firstgear product and am not sure about the fit of others. Mar 3, 2012
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RevZilla: You can use either the Knox TP2 Advance X CE Back Protector or the KLIM Viper T5 D30 Back Protector as a replacement for the temperfoam pad found in the the Firstgear Kathmandu jacket. May 2, 2012
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MrGreen: Klim Viper T5 D30 Back Protector works great. It forms to your body and you barely know its there. Fits great in the jacket. May 4, 2012
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How To Measure Your FirstGear Size

Mens Jackets (Both Regular and Tall Sizes)

SizeChest (in)Waist (in)Sleeve - Regular (in)
Sleeve - Tall (in) 
SM34 - 36 28 - 30
32.5 - 33
MD38 - 40
32 - 34
33.5 - 34
LG42 - 44
36 - 38
34.5 - 35
36 - 37.5
XL46 - 48
40 - 42
35.5 - 36
37 - 37.5
2XL50 - 52
44 - 46
36.5 - 37
38 - 38.5
3XL54 - 56
48 - 50
37 - 37.5 38.5 - 39
4XL58 - 60
52 - 54
37.5 - 38
39 - 39.5

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Dark Grey/Black / SM 800624 FTJ.1207.03.M001 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / MD 800625 FTJ.1207.03.M002 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / LG 800626 FTJ.1207.03.M003 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / XL 800627 FTJ.1207.03.M004 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / 2XL 800633 FTJ.1207.03.M005 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / 3XL 800628 FTJ.1207.03.M006 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / LG (Tall) 800629 FTJ.1207.03.M010 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / XL (Tall) 800630 FTJ.1207.03.M011 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / 2XL (Tall) 800631 FTJ.1207.03.M012 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours