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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.

Features:

  • 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. If you are between sizes, we recommend ordering one size smaller. 

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Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket 4.7 5 52 52
great all weather jacket First- I really love this jacket. I just got back into riding after 10 year break and got this jacket for all season riding. I purchased my bike in Michigan and rode it home to Key West Florida. Weather was 42 degrees and raining in Michigan and 89 and raining in Florida. This jacket was awesome! The fit is snug so it does not rattle, the airflow is great. The neck I found very comfortable and the jacket kept me warm and dry in a pretty impressive thunder and rainstorm. I had read some reviews about the size of the pockets. I would say that the chest pockets could be a little bit bigger if I had to pick one negative thing. The lower pockets are small, but if they were any bigger they would be uncomfortable if full and in the seated position. All in all I am very impressed with this jacket and would highly recommend it. October 4, 2014
Too perfect Im not sure why but I was always on the fence about First Gear and after seeing a lot of ADV riders using this gear I went for the Kathmandu jacket. Theres not much to say other than I am absolutely blown away by how GREAT this jacket fits. It is so comfortable. I have been using dainese gear for many years staying true to the brand. This is by far WAY more jacket than I am used to with Dainese. I can stress how comfortable this thing is. So many pockets that are well thought out. Cant wait to own this fo eva. FOREVER. :) October 1, 2014
Could not be happier. Have been riding for 56 years and this is the best jacket I have owned. I have been riding for 56 years and have tried a lot of different riding jackets. This one jacket eliminates me having to carry rain gear and by just carrying the simple snap in lining, it eliminates another layer of clothing. Revzilla was spot on over the phone helping me with the sizing. Shipping was FREE and NO SALES TAX. September 29, 2014
Great all weather jacket I bought this jacket 3 years ago and put 35,000 miles on it in every kind of weather & it's the best jacket I've owned by far. In hot weather with a damp shirt & the air vents slightly open, it's like an air conditioner. In cold weather it's good down to 35 or 40 degrees F before the electric vest goes on. When I ride into a rain storm, just zip everything up & keep going. No more stopping to put on rain gear & to take it off when you ride out of it. In Alaska I crashed & slid on gravel 150' tearing it up, but received no road rash or bruises, so I bought another one. You can spend more than twice as much for a big name brand, but for my money the Kathmandu jacket is the cats meow. September 22, 2014
great jacket Kept me dry in heavy rain. The vents work great for hot weather. August 11, 2014
Good protection at a reasonable price I live in Fairbanks, AK and have used the Kathmandu jacket for the past month. I've ridden in 50 degree temps and steady rain and never been wet or cold. The liner is too warm if the temperature is more than 60 degrees. The quality of the fabric and design are very good. August 2, 2014
Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket Great jacket for the money. Anthony was spot on about the sizing. I'm 5 10 with a 46in chest and the large is a perfect fit. it's not a mesh jacket so don't expect it to be cool on a 90+ degree day. Adjust the shoulder and elbow armor to fit you and go ride. Excellent protection. July 19, 2014
Exceeded my expectations First off, I must comment on ordering and delivery. I ordered this jacket on Monday evening. When I placed the order, it was noted that the jacket was available and would ship in 1-2 business days. At noon on Wednesday, UPS tracking indicated that the package was sitting at my front door. It took less than 42 hours to purchase, ship and deliver the jacket. That was from Philadelphia to the Dallas area in less than two days. Amazing! Now for the Kathmandu jacket. I opened the box and the jacket was in a plastic garment bag on a heavy duty hanger. This surprised me to no end. Next, the weight of the jacket really amazed me in that it is heavy. The jacket with liner in is a good five or six pounds. Just picking it up, you realize that you have a heavy weight four season garment. The exterior shell is ripstop nylon with mesh lining on the inside. Firstgear makes extensive use of velcro on the cuffs, arm straps, and front storm flap. That being said, I have had the cuffs catch on the velcro on the storm flap several times. An annoyance, but a minor one. The thermal liner zips in and snaps in place with several snaps across the bottom and two each in the cuff of each sleeve. Ventilation comprises two front, two pit, and two rear zippered vents. While this jacket only has mesh on the inside of the garment, air flow through is good. The fit runs toward the athletic. If you have extra weight, order up. At 5'11" with a 44" chest and 30" waist, the chart said a large was a correct size. It fits me well but if I have to add a fleece jacket this coming winter, things will get real snug. With the liner out, the jacket is a little big. Arm length is great with an extra inch or so of sleeve. In ending, this jacket should provide me with outstanding protection from the elements as well as personal protection for years to come. It doesn't hurt that it is a good looking jacket to boot. July 9, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Mitchell G: Great fitting jacket for riding in less than desirable conditions Oct 29, 2014
Gary S: the best adventure jacket with pants made to fit my inseam according to reviews Oct 22, 2014
ANDREW H: I based my decision on the reviews and my experience with other jackets I have had in the past Jul 31, 2014
Wayne M: Looking for a jacket that is good for all around riding. Taking it to Alaska so I need some range and I like the built in protection. Will report after I get it and use it. Jul 15, 2014
E A: I have a Olympia Airglide jacket and it is very good. I have worn it in temps down to the very low twenties and it was good, but I wanted a touring/adventure jacket that was waterproof without having to zip in a waterproof liner. I was torn between another Olympia and First gear. The Kathmandu jacket had plenty of vents while having a waterproof shell and only one zip in liner. It should allow me to wear a heavy fleece jacket as well during the winter and still be able to move freely. Jul 7, 2014
John C: Best all around choice of 3 to 4 season waterproof jacket. Jun 30, 2014
Kelly W: My criteria for a good (but affordable) sport touring/adventure riding coat seems to really limit my options. I want a coat that has a waterproof SHELL (not a liner to mess with), lots of storage including a rear rabbit pouch, I prefer the jacket to be more of a waist level cut rather 3/4 length, and I'm 6'3" so need something I can get a tall size in (although we'll see when I get it, the guy in the video was 6'3" and wearing a regular large). I've had good luck with Firstgear products. May 25, 2014
Lyn L: Reviews were good, price was reasonable. Apr 26, 2014
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 wish 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
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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: It looks like this jacket came out in 2011. I like it, but would want to see what an improved version would have to offer. Any word on if a new version/design is coming in the near future? Oct 21, 2014
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Kevin S: I have no knowledge if a new version is coming, however I've had mine for 2 years now and wear it on adventure rides, and road rides, varying temperatures from one extreme to the other and it's a great jacket. I also own a Kiliminjaro that I've had for 10 years. I ride 15-20k miles a year and both jackets are awesome. Firstgear quality is the best there is, the Kathmandu is a "softer" material than the Kiliminjaro. You will not be disappointed. Oct 22, 2014
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Lorin P: I am unsure of any new models coming up. To be honest i have had this jacket for over a year now. It has been in everything from hot and dry weather to being caught in wet almist snow conditions on Chief Joseph pass. I see no need for upgrades except for color options maybe. This jacket is solid and one of the best out there! Oct 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: What other adventure style jackets compete with the Kathmandu and utilize a waterproof shell?

I hate when a jacket gets waterlogged and almost too heavy to ride in, so strictly a zip-out or integrated waterproof liner is a deal breaker.

Thanks
Aug 21, 2014
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Anson L: I haven't had waterlogging issues with this jacket but I suppose if you do a 5 hour trio that doesn't stop raining, then it is possible. One thing that I do want to note though. This isn't suitable for winter riding. I ride in 50f degree weather all the time and you will get the chills in about 15 minutes of riding unless you layer up thick. So if you are looking for a cold riding jacket, this is not it. However, I can attest to it's durability as I have went down at about 40mph and came out unscathed. The lowside wore a hole through the pants but didn't expose any skin. It has a good assortment of pockets and good placement of ventilation zippers. I had my suit for about two years now and still doing great. Aug 21, 2014
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Lorin P: The liner in this jacket actually isn't a problem. Last fall I got myself stuck in between Cody WY and Cooke city MT in some cold and persistent rain for two plus hours. We had to take it slow because it was snow mix most of the way. This jacket is actually the only thing I had on that stayed warm and dry. If it wasn't for this jacket I definitely would have been hypothermic. Personally...I would choose no other jacket. It pretty much saved me. Aug 22, 2014
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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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A shopper asked: I ordered this jacket on Sunday and received it today (Wednesday - wow, fast shipping!!!). I'm 6'3", 190 pounds and wear a 42L suit coat. I ride adventure and dual sport bikes and ride almost everyday. I ordered a Large-Tall and the sleeves are definitely too long (I should have followed the advice from the video). It's also looser everywhere than I prefer a jacket to fit. I tend to not use the thermal liners and use an electric liner with a fleece. I don't think I will be happy with a Large-Regular length either - just too baggy. The Medium would probably fit great in my torso but the sleeves I'm almost certain would be too short. I usually get 35" sleeves on a dress shirt. The coat has all the features I was looking for and looks good in person but I just don't think I'm going to get happy with fit.

So... I think I need to figure out a different coat and I'm looking for suggestions. I currently have a Cortech Accelerator that I really like but after many years of service several zippers are broken and the velcro is giving up.

In the heat of summer I usually switch to a mesh jacket, especially around town.

Key features I'm looking: waterproof shell, large front cargo pockets, rabbit pouch, decent venting, and I prefer more of a waist length as opposed to a 3/4 length. I'm looking to spend less than $500.

Suggestions???

Thanks!
Kelly
May 28, 2014
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John A M: I am 5' 11" and 235 lbs. My dress shirt sleeve length is also 35 inches. I ordered an XL. I am currently riding a BMW K1600GT and before that a Yamaha FJR1300A. My opinion is that the sleeves on my Kathmandu are also too long, probably by about an inch maybe 2. Other then that I have been very happy with the jacket. I use it with or without the liner depending on the temperature.

I recommend you look at Aerostich. You are going to spend more then $500 but I have found that I am better off biting the bullet and paying the price for the best. In the long run you always save money that way. If you love riding as much as I do you are worth the investment.
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Firstgear Men's Jackets

Size Chest (in) Waist (in) Sleeve - Regular (in) Sleeve - Tall (in) 
SM 34 - 36 28 - 30 32.5 - 33
MD 38 - 40 32 - 34 33.5 - 34
LG 42 - 44 36 - 38 34.5 - 35 36 - 37.5
XL 46 - 48 40 - 42 35.5 - 36 37 - 37.5
2XL 50 - 52 44 - 46 36.5 - 37 38 - 38.5
3XL 54 - 56 48 - 50 37 - 37.5 38.5 - 39
4XL 58 - 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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Dark Grey/Black / SM 800624 FTJ.1207.03.M001 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / MD 800625 FTJ.1207.03.M002 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / LG 800626 FTJ.1207.03.M003 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / XL 800627 FTJ.1207.03.M004 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / 2XL 800633 FTJ.1207.03.M005 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / 3XL 800628 FTJ.1207.03.M006 Out of Stock
Dark Grey/Black / LG (Tall) 800629 FTJ.1207.03.M010 Out of Stock
Dark Grey/Black / XL (Tall) 800630 FTJ.1207.03.M011 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Dark Grey/Black / 2XL (Tall) 800631 FTJ.1207.03.M012 Out of Stock