Firstgear Kathmandu 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
Even better than I expected
I had a chance to try this out in really tough weather this weekend. 2 hours riding at 37 degrees with heavy rain/sleet, I stayed completely dry and warm. This also makes great everyday gear on warm days with the quilted liner out, it has great airflow with the vents open. It has a great fit and is true to the advertised sizing, I was nervous ordering a Med, but it couldn't fit better. I can't comment on durability yet as I haven't had this gear long, but is well constructed and am confident it will last many years if asked to. I would highly recommend to anyone. I would even consider buying back up jacket and pants in case it gets discontinued.
June 2, 2014
Super jacket, worth the price. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I did have a stuck zipper, but with a little tugging, actually pliers and a friend, all is good.
June 2, 2014
I'm a skinny guy and this jacket rocks!
I'm 5'7", 140 lbs, 36" chest, waist 30 usually. The small fits me perfectly, though the sleeves could be a bit shorter.
I took a notch off for protection due to the lame foam back pad, I wish it was D30 like the rest of the jacket. The shoulder/elbow armour is light, adjustable, and you can barely feel it there when riding.
I haven't tested how waterproof it is, but I assume it will do a decent job, though surely not as breathable as Gore-Tex.
The front 'cargo' pockets at the bottom are TINY (but keep in mind I'm wearing a small). I can barely fit my iPhone 4 (with rubber case) inside. Good for a small wallet, keys, things like that. Don't expect to stuff them with anything big. The rest of the pockets are decent, pretty much what you'd expect.
Airflow is surprisingly good, but I haven't tested it in really hot temps, only about 25 C. I like that the rear vents are on the sides, so if you're wearing a backpack it doesn't block them.
Styling is great, nice black/grey combo and NOT covered in logos like Alpinestars, Icon etc. Seriously, do I need to be a riding billboard?
Awesome jacket all around for the price. I was originally going to get the Klim Latitude Misano, but for my needs this was a better choice. If you absolutely must have Gore-Tex and want to ride through thorn bushes, get the Klim. Again, the only real downside is having to drop another $75-100 on a D30 back pad.
May 23, 2014
This jacket is good for the money.
First off, let me say that I'm 58, and have been riding motorcycles on and off-road since I was 11. So, 47 years of experience, and the last 20 years or so, I've been able to buy a new jacket with every new motorcycle-several new bikes. With all that said, the gear available to us today is SO MUCH better than what I had on the road in 1971, there is no comparison. It is ALL good.The Kathmandu jacket has a lot of features, and that seems to be part of the problem. It fits true to size and feels good when worn. The venting is not as effective as I had hoped. Fortunately, where I live and ride (central coast California) it doesn't get too hot. Ambient temps outside of 85 F or more will leave you uncomfortable when wearing this.
One thing that really attracted me to this jacket(beside the price) was the integrated water bladder/holder, built onto the the back. Too bad when the bladder is half full or more, the weight of the water pulls the back of the jacket down, resulting in the neck slowly choking you as you ride. Makes a nice place for a spare set of gloves, or a hat or anything else small and light. The "set it and forget it" neck snap often slides out of place, but it's not a deal breaker...
Don't know about the rainproofness either, as we're in the midst of the worst drought in history...
Can't speak about the crash-worthiness, thank goodness.
I guess I give this jacket a 4 star rating as it does offer good fit (I am 6' tall, 200lbs, 44" chest, 34" waist and I ordered a large-fits fine!) a waterproof(?) exterior- I don't care for the European style of a "waterproof liner" as then the outer shell gets wet and heavy, and anything in the pockets gets wet too- seems like decent crash pads, and several pockets-most of which are even useful! The upper chest pockets have difficult access, and are pretty small, but they are waterproof. Only real negative is when riding in sub 50 degree temps there is a distinct cold spot right on your sternum- mid chest-even with the liner in place. If you wear another layer underneath and over your shirt-a sweatshirt or light fleece, it's ok. A full fairing would probably eliminate this concern as well.
Got the matching pants also- read that review at that product
Decent product for the money. Had it about 4 1/2 months now
May 20, 2014