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Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket
  • Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket - Dark Grey/Black
  • Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket - Dark Grey/Black
  • Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket - Dark Grey/Black
  • Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket - Grey/DayGlo
  • Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket - Grey/DayGlo

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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. The adjustability of the Kathmandu Jacket allows for a personalized fit, such as the collar using a slider snap with up to 1.5" of play and the straps at the waist, biceps and forearms proving a body-hugging fit, no matter what base layers you are wearing. The multiple large vents help to keep you cool and comfortable, no matter the temperature fluctuations.


  • 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
  • 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 zipper; fits easily through liner portal and attaches to overpants
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Note: Pants sold separately. If you are between sizes, we recommend ordering one size smaller. 

Firstgear Men's Jackets

Size Chest (in) Waist (in) Arm (in) Arm - 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.

How To Measure

C Chest Measure around the fullest part of your chest, under the armpits, keeping the measuring tape parallel to the ground.
W Waist Measure around your natural waistline, around the top of the hip bones, inline with the navel while keeping the measuring tape parallel to the ground.
A Arm (Neck to Wrist) Standing up straight with your arms at your sides, measure from the base of your neck at the center of your spine, along the top of your shoulder and down to your wrist bone, along the outside of the arm.
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Grey/DayGlo / SM 1083724 FTJ.1207.02.M000 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / MD 1083725 FTJ.1207.02.M001 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / LG 1083726 FTJ.1207.02.M002 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / XL 1083727 FTJ.1207.02.M003 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / 2XL 1083728 FTJ.1207.02.M004 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / 3XL 1083729 FTJ.1207.02.M005 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / LG (Tall) 1083730 FTJ.1207.02.M010 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / XL (Tall) 1083731 FTJ.1207.02.M011 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey/DayGlo / 2XL (Tall) 1083732 FTJ.1207.02.M012 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / SM 800624 FTJ.1207.03.M001 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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: Ships within 24 hours
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: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / 3XL 800628 FTJ.1207.03.M006 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / LG (Tall) 800629 FTJ.1207.03.M010 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / XL (Tall) 800630 FTJ.1207.03.M011 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Dark Grey/Black / 2XL (Tall) 800631 FTJ.1207.03.M012 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours


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Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket 4.6 5 68 68
Waffle Batter and Ball Bearings My old jacket (Tourmaster) is so old it's had two hip replacement surgeries and got its AARP member card five years ago. It also was beginning to look like a badger skin filled with waffle batter and ball bearings. Having had a good experience with them before I opted for the Katmandu which was a bit more expensive than its cousin but came with enough bells and whistles to justify the extra. (Sorry, I can't see the point in spending near a thousand bucks on a motorcycle jacket that is going to get shredded if I'm ever wearing it for its intended purpose) It's currently too early to talk about its durability and I haven't had it in the rain yet so no feedback as to its water resistance. (Will update this review accordingly if and when that happens) I've taken the liner out due to the heat here in the Carolinas currently and will put my heated jacket on underneath when it gets cold enough. I would agree with several other reviewers who've commented on the velcro sticking to itself when you move around but it's not so annoying that I'd consider changing the coat, and I honestly don't know how the manufacturer would get around that anyway. The velcro tabs make the jacket so it can be somewhat customized and I'd hate to have that feature removed. All in all a great coat for the price and one I'd highly recommend if you're not a bottomless pit of money. May 26, 2016
Excellent Jacket This is the best motorcycle jacket that I have owned. Great ventilation when you need it but completely shuts down airflow when you don't. I haven't used the liner yet but I can tell the jacket will be warm in cooler weather. Closed up the vents on cooler morning rides and the jacket was great without the liner. I should note that I found the size to be dead on. The Revzilla video mentions that it is cut very large. It may be in the smaller sizes. I ordered the XL Tall and it fits great, not baggy. Rides: BMW G650 X Challenge May 3, 2016
Very nice Jacket I recently bought this jacket and put it to the test in cold weather and driving rain. It preformed very well. I'm 5'11", 190lbs, with a 42" chest and I opted for the medium which fits me like it was made for me. Things I really like are the collar design which is very comfortable as well as the neoprene sleeve cuffs that do a great job keeping the cold air out. The zippers all appear to be be of high quality and I'm pleased with the stitching. Its a very nice jacket for the money. My only knock on this jacket is all the velcro. I'm not a fan of velcro, especially around the sleeve cuffs where it tends to wear out fairly quickly. A redesign using vertical zips would be a great finish to an already wonderful jacket. April 29, 2016
Great Jacket Very Warm and comfortable. I ordered the Large Tall. I have long arms and Usually wear an XL T-shirt and its loose. the Jacket has lots of room, I could probably have used a medium. January 27, 2016
Not waterproof or water resistant Purchased this jacket and overpants for a tour through Alps. Needed gear that would adapt to changing conditions from warmer valleys to cold higher altitude passes. First day ran into a light rain in the afternoon at conclusion of ride and both jacket & pants immediately absorbed the rain - neither garment was waterproof as advertised. Would never ride with these in any wet conditions. Additionally, do not recommend riding in any warm conditions as both shells do not breathe well and ventilation is extremely limited. If you are looking for something for cooler dry climates, this may be a good option for you. However, this is not outerwear for "serious adventure touring" as the product is described. August 4, 2015
Works great Coat is waterproof, with good airflow with the vents open. I will say the liner that comes with it didn't work soo well for the late winter, but there was enough room to fit my fleece under it. I don't use the hydration bladder. May 28, 2015
Awesome jacket, and can't beat the price! I've been riding this jacket, for about 8 months now. I also have the matching pants for when it's wet, or cold enough to justify them outside. I have nearly no complaints about the system at all. Having read all the negative reviews here and elsewhere, I'd bet money that 99% of them are user error, or people just being petty about minor details. The good: Versatile, I've ridden this set from 30*F for several hours, up to >90*F. Rain, wind, and sunlight. Never ceases to amaze. I don't have any type of windshield on my bike, and I ride very vertical, so I tend to get battered by headwind. Even with this, I can easily ride 50 miles on the freeway in 40-50* weather without getting cold. Add a down vest underneath (or, presumably, even a minor windshield on the bike) and it's flawless for hundreds of miles. In record rain, I've stayed bone dry and warm underneath, and my cell phone and garage door opener stay equally as dry in the jacket front pockets, and the pants hip pockets. Vents all over. I was riding in >80* weather with the chest and back vents, and leaving the collar unbuttoned, and was comfortable. Then I tossed the jacket on my girlfriend's bed, and my eyes about popped out. "It has ARMPIT VENTS?!" Very comfortable. You can seal the neoprene cuffs on the liner, as well as the shell cuffs. Noticeable difference in warmth (using short gloves with no gauntlet) when the liner cuffs are tightened up. I'd say you'd have to be a fool to expect to tighten these down and pull your hand out without taking the liner with it, but it's a surprisingly common complaint across several websites that you have to loosen the cuffs to take it off. Kind of a "ya don't say?!" thing to me.. The collar stays put fine for me. I was skeptical because of how easily it adjusts, but it's never loosened on me when I didn't want it to. I actually quite enjoy the ease of adjustability now, because I can sort of fine-tune the amount of airflow through the collar by loosening/tightening it while riding, or leaving it unbuttoned altogether for warm weather. The d3o pads came awkwardly positioned. I have trouble believing there are any humans whose elbows would fall where the pads were, but they adjusted perfectly to where I needed them with little effort. Just make sure you adjust them in riding position, not relaxed off the bike. This is more of a deal for the knee pads in the pants, but still goes for the elbows. All of the vents are mostly accessible with the jacket on. The back vents may or may not be within reach, depending on your physiology. I can reach the right side vent with my left hand, but not the left side vent, due to a right shoulder injury. The rest are easily manipulated while riding. The not-so-good: Getting nitpicky here, but I never trust an all-positive review. The hood is a great concept, but it's a bit small. I have a relatively large head to begin with, so maybe that's the issue, but when I put the hood under my helmet, it tends to want to compress my neck a bit. Neck gaiter and a decent helmet work better anyway. One thing I haven't seen mentioned too much, the opposing velcro on sleeves vs. body of the jacket can be kind of annoying. The cinch straps on the sleeves, and the wrist cuffs tend to grab opposing velcro from the body cinch straps and/or zipper closure when you're standing around. Very minor detail, but kind of annoying when you're trying to pay for gas and a coffee and you have to keep peeling yourself off yourself to get your wallet, reach across the counter, etc. It is a bit warm for warmer weather. As I said, I've ridden it in excess of 90*F and was rather impressed with how cool it really was. Just don't expect it to ride like a mesh jacket in the higher temperatures. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the jacket or the pants. The price was right, the quality is top notch (zero quality control issues, which is more than I can say for my Triumph brand jacket's first few months of riding), comfortable and covers almost every situation. May 22, 2015
On of the best textile jackets on the market, period. As usual the jacket shows the quality and attention to details usual on Firstgear products, I could pay for an expensiver jacket, but why? This jacket give me all the features I need at a reasonable price with the quality I ask for; I specially like the waterproof exterior shell so no need for an inner waterproof layer, after getting the pants over a year ago, I decided it was a must to get the jacket too, the detachable backpack with the water bladder is a plus. Just be sure to order a size smaller than your usuaL, I did it after watching Anthony's review and he is right, the M fits me just right, being L for another brands. May 18, 2015
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