Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket
I'll keep it, but wouldn't get it again
The fit and general style of this jacket is nice. Size-wise the XL-Tall fit me just right (6'4"). It wears fairly comfortably, and I like the d3o pads.
There are, however, a number of things that bug me about it. The neck snap is awful. Its hard to close and the adjustment won't stay tight. The hip pockets are hard to get into because of the extra material that folds over (for water resistance, supposedly, though I haven't tested it) and are fairly small. I get a breeze through the front of the jacket even with the lining in. The lining has neoprene with velcro cuffs which would be nice, but fit so snug that every time I pull my arms out without undoing the velcro it yanks the lining out despite the snaps. The color doesn't match the "matching" pants (not sure if that's the pants or the jacket's fault). Even though you can move the d3o pads around some, the elbow pads do not move far enough up. They hang past my elbows and bang around awkwardly. They'd be better an inch further up. In trying to adjust them, the stitching on one of the velcro strips came loose because the it was too close to the edge of the material. The back-pad it comes with is just a piece of thin foam. The hydration system bag thing is gimmicky and doesn't look like it would work particularly well (I never tried it, but took it off straight away.) One of the underarm zippers got stuck the first time I used it (caught on material inside) and I've been unable to unstick it.
The thing that bugs me the most is the velcro on the front and cuffs. Anytime I'm walking around with the jacket unzipped, they catch on one another. The sleeve cuffs wouldn't be bad, since the exposed part is the fuzzy velcro. The right-hand side of the front where it's supposed to cover the zipper is the problem. Unless fully closed up, the velcro "hooks" are exposed and scrape and catch annoyingly on anything that brushes by.
I haven't had it in the rain yet.
I'm not sure "you get what you pay for" is quite right here, since even though it cost less than a lot of jackets, it wasn't cheap.
November 2, 2014
wow, just wow
I hate spending money. That said, I spent twice as much trying to find a cheap jacket offering what this one does. Behind my small windshield and wearing a long sleeve t shirt underneath, I'm good even at 25 degree 85mph rides. And it's waterproof! The pads aren't even noticeable once you adjust them for your build, and the collar can't be more comfortable. This jacket was designed by a rider
November 1, 2014
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
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
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