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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. If you are between sizes, we recommend ordering one size smaller.
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Steven L: Lots of research comparing options, but also in the right price range. Couldn't be happier.Jul 2, 2015
David G: Has proven to be great quality for the price.Jun 29, 2015
Chad K: They looked like what I need and Im hoping that they fit according to the sizing chart.May 17, 2015
Jens P: I like the outer shell that is waterproof, not like some that have waterproof liners. I have ridden in hard rain at freeway speeds. The pant and Jacket combo, worked Excellent!! no water got in and also kept the wind out. I wear this Jacket every time I ride, and it works well in all weather. Nice venting, great liners, and I have heard the reflective tape is really bright. Pockets are very helpful and the zippered wallet pocket is easily accessible without un-zipping the Jacket.May 2, 2015
John M: Needed a new riding jacket for new BMW that was on order. Great value for my riding.Apr 13, 2015
Maria S: This jacket over the Kilimanjaro for the chest venting. Actually liked the snap closure and pockets on the Kilimanjaro better.Apr 3, 2015
Blaine S: price, and watching your video on all your products, make this purchase very easy. I will buy from you again, thanks!!!Mar 26, 2015
doug m: Style , looks , quality and a good review by Anthony at Revzilla ! They have a great exchange policy to fit you correctly !Mar 1, 2015
Dave R: Has the same fabric and features as the overpants.Jan 3, 2015
Tom H: free shipping and no CA sales tax bada bing. Long term test I can wear just a long sleeve tee and have been riding down to 41 deg. Nice and toasty, wish it had hand pockets that's the only con I could come up with. Great jacketNov 30, 2014
Michael B: price video description well doneNov 28, 2014
Bradley S: I'd been looking at versatile jackets for sometime and this jacket has been around, well reviewed and slow improved over a long period by a company I believe offers great value. I certaInly haven't been disappointed with the level of weather and crash protection. So far I've only ridden in cold dry (29 - 45 F) and cool rainy (45-55 F) conditions here in Seattle. Later when spring rolls around I'm looking forward to how I like the jacket without the liner in.Nov 21, 2014
Mitchell G: Great fitting jacket for riding in less than desirable conditionsOct 29, 2014
ANDREW H: I based my decision on the reviews and my experience with other jackets I have had in the pastJul 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 meSep 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:Is this a fairly generously cut jacket or is it a slimmer more european cut? I am 5'6" at 175lbs with a 43 inch chest. I am afraid a large would be to big. Te Klim Med fits well but tight in the chest.Apr 2, 2015
Lorin P:I have this jacket and have been wearing it over a couple of years now. I love this jacket. During the couple years of ownership my partner and I have had a baby. I started out a little smaller...but the jacket is so adjustable that it is puttin up with all of my pregnancy ice cream sympathy. Lets just say I put on a little. Luckily it is all working its way back off but the straps on the jacket allowed for quite a bit of leniency. I hope this helps. Other than being adjustable this jacket has saved me from hypothermia on Chief Joseph pass and kept me cool on 100 degree days. You can't ask for more from a jacket...except maybe color options. ;)Apr 2, 2015
Rob S:1. If adventure is in your future dress for adventure, not for the boulevard. 2. A larger fit gives room to move around inside it and will not add stress to a long ride, or one which needs lots of body movement. 3. Personally, at 5' 10" and 185lbsx42" chest, the large size is perfect for me. 4. The only drawback for a large for you may be sleeve length. But here again, looser is MUCH better than tighter. 5. Revzilla handles returns pretty well so try a large, and if you really cannot use it return it for a medium fit. The jacket itself is outstanding.
Dan L:The Kathmandu is cut very generously in all areas. I wear an XL in all other jackets but the Large Kathmandu is plenty big for me. Over the last 6 years I have purchased 2 and can say that they are super durable and perfect for adventure touring. Off-road (slow speed) in high temps is it's achilles heal, though. Not enough ventilation for that type of riding conditions. At 6' 220 lbs A Large Reg is a good fit. The old one and the new one look about the same, condition wise. Only bought the new one for the armor upgrade and because Revzilla had it on sale for a great price.Apr 3, 2015
George P:It is a very generous cut. I personally like it because it allows me to layer in the winter. For summer, with the insert removed it creates nice airflow throughout. There are plenty of options to cinch the sleeves and waist, too.Apr 3, 2015
Dave S:The jacket is a generous cut. I am 5'11 at 210lbs with a 46 inch chest and I find the jacket has ample room while being very comfortable. More importantly I can actually raise my arms above the shoulder. I wear the large.Apr 3, 2015
George P:I ride in PNW (WA,BC) wore it whole summer. Only couple of times I felt the heat being uncomfortable. With the vents and the collar open there is a significant airflow (remember the jacket is baggy so plenty of space for the air to go through). May get a little sweaty if you're off-road and working hard. This however gets you cooler, to a point I had to close the collar and some vents when stopped or riding back on the blacktop. Second point - this is an adventure jacket and it is expected to see good wind. If you are riding one of the bikes with the ginormous windshields, this jacket is not for you. Just to avoid the obvious questions - last year the summer highs I saw were less than 100 F most of the time.Jul 2, 2015
Ivan B:Living in Canada, I can ride comfortably (as long as I'm moving) up to +20 to +23 degrees C with the liners in the jacket and vents open. Sitting in traffic it will be uncomfortable at those temperatures.
Without the liners I have ridden a few times in the high 20 low 30 degrees. If you are moving and getting airflow it is fine.
However it all depends on your driving style and terrain. I do mostly off-road, gravel, fire roads and trails. When the going gets tough its warm no mater what.Jun 30, 2015
BEN C:Last summer I wore this in 100+ weather in eastern WA on multiple occasions. I was really impressed at how cool I felt under the circumstances. It is also surprisingly warm in cold weather as well. Great jacket, well constructed, worth the price.Jun 25, 2015
Lorin P:I have ridden in 100 f weather and did just fine. Yes it got hot when I stopped but when moving it was great. With all vents open and the liner obviously taken out. This is the time the water bladder comes in handy too. Jun 30, 2015
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
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
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
Levi W:Having rode in it last winter and starting into another here in West Virginia I don't believe this coat needs any improvement or updates! Great coat still comfortable in to the mid to high 70's as well as into the low 20's ! Plus does an amazing job to keep you dry paired with paints!Nov 6, 2014
Henry L G:no idea about any updates to the jacket like mine so much bought a second one very useful and functional, great in the rain great all around except if really hot ,,,,for that you need summer airflow jackets. I do live in a very hot climateOct 30, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.May 30, 2014