Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket
Great jacket for a good price
I've intentionally held off over a year before writing this review. I simply love this jacket. The only drawback that comes to mind is a somewhat clumsy top snap (a bit difficult to manage in gloves, simple without gloves).
Ventilation is decent if you're moving but you don't want to wear this in the summer if you're going slow. With the liner in place it's a good cooler weather jacket, comfortable to about 45 before I have to start thinking about layers underneath.
I am equally happy with the pants that go with this.
April 13, 2015
I'm really pleased with this jacket. I've worn it down to the lower 40's with the liner in and have been very comfortable. There are two minor annoyances, that are definitely not deal breakers for all the features this jacket has. First, as many people note, the velcro on the sleeves catches the velcro on the rain gutter when you are unzipped. My second annoyance is with the neoprene cuffs on the liner, I thought the attention to the stitching could have been better, again, a minor annoyance but definitely not a deal breaker for this jacket. Hard to go wrong with the features at this price point.
March 23, 2015
Good jacket for the money
Have not been able to check it out in the rain yet so can't comment on that. The jacket fits well with good arm stretch and it is not riding up under my arms. So comfort is very nice. Only complaint I have the pockets are too small and the top pockets are difficult to access. The Velcro on the sleeves catch on the flap Velcro all the time when I'm putting it on or taking it off, very irritating. I had to take it to a sewing shop so they could stitch in additional Velcro enclosures on the zipper flap because when cold I was feeling air coming through the front zipper which would give me a chill. Did check it out in warmer weather and the air flow was OK. The camel pack is useless because when I filled it with water it started choking me pulling the neck against my throat., so I just removed that stupid thing. Sounds bad but really I love the jacket since I fixed the air flow issue with additional Velcro on the zipper wind flap. Just wish it had some easy to access additional cargo pockets on the upper front. The ones that are down lower are fine just not big enough for all the junk I carry. The inside cell phone pocket is nice and I use that along with the additional inside pockets. Overall I'm happy with the jacket, well made and the armor protection sure is nice. On another note the back protector was just thin foam so I did buy a real nice back protector that matches the rest of the armor.
January 19, 2015
Great bang for the buck
Overall I am very happy with this jacket. However, the front pockets are a little small.
January 6, 2015
Great Jacket for the Price
Great jacket, I have used this jacket for the past two years with no problems. It has met or exceeded by expectations in nearly every situation. The vents offer good air flow in all but stopped traffic. When coupled with good heated gear I have used the jacket and matching pants down to single digit temps. Rain is not an issue either, the jacket has remained water resistant.
Overall, it is a good piece of gear.
January 5, 2015
Great all Season Jacket
This is a great all season jacket for ADV riding, dual sport or Touring. Great features, plenty of pockets and for winter use, I've used this at 4 degrees with the wind chill and didn't feel a thing. Comes with a nice water bag that is removable from the back. The pockets are smaller than a touring jacket, but not by much. Recommended.
November 28, 2014
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