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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.

Features:

  • 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. 

4.6 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.4 / 5
Features
4.4 / 5
Comfort
4.5 / 5
Style
4.5 / 5
Air Flow
3.9 / 5
Fit
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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.
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4.6 / 5.0
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4.5 / 5
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4.4 / 5
Air Flow
3.9 / 5
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15 Degrees F to 106 Degrees F, 34,000 miles, it's tested.
Conditions I've ridden thru with this jacket: I've worn this jacket (given as a gift after I whined about it enough, thank you Lori) for 2012 & 2013. I've ridden from 15 degrees F (with a heated vest and gloves) to 106 Degrees F in Southern California on a cross country ride, thru a Monsoon in Arizona (a rain storm combined with a sand storm), Texas high country cross winds, a bird hit me, ridden off road thru Utah, upstate NY and Canada, been caught in the snow more than once for 2 years, thru alot of heavy rain for hours on end at highway speeds, and alot of riding in the sun.

RAIN: This jackets is great for keeping rain out most of the time, I have no need for rain gear when I go out for a day ride or for a multi day ride. The breathable membrane does a good job letting moisture wick out, but keeps heavy rain out. It has always, however let in a tiny bit of moisture at the pit zippers, if they are not seated fully closed. I've coated the zippers with Zipwax and that has taken care of that. Now, when I've been caught in the rain for 4 or more hours of highway riding, it has let water in around the edges (collar, sleeves, pit zips) but I suppose that is life unless you want to buy a drysuit or ride in a car. The roll in hood is great in heavy rain as it keeps all heavy rain out of the top of the jacket and off most of my neck when wearing it under my helmet.

COLD: With the liner in, this jacket surprised me as it is pretty warm. The collar is high enough to block most wind at my neck. The inner shell cuffs lock tight to my wrists, and the outer velcro wraps tight inside or out of my gauntlet style First Gear heated gloves. Add a heated vest, or maybe a wool blend shirt and ride comfortably down into the 20's and even teens. The built in hood when worn in the cold adds a layer of warmth as it keeps the wind form reaching the sides and back of my neck.

HEAT: I've ridden in temps exceeding 100 degrees F and sweat. Of course I sweat without the jacket, so there isn't a jacket except for cooling vests that will help with that. What I did do however, is keep the built in hydropack full of ice and water between gas stops on the hottest days to stay, hydrated, fill my bandana with ice cubes, soak it in water and wrap it around my neck between gas stops, soak my shirt, open the vents, unzip the bottom and top zippers to the mid point and ride. In normal (70-85 degree) temperature riding weather, opening all the vents, loosening the velcro on the sleeves and opening the zippers top and bottom work well to allow the coat to ventilate. Again, the membrane allows moisture to escape as well as any.

COMFORT: It fits, it is lightweight with the liner out, it is still comfortable with the liner in and even a heated vest on. The cinch straps all work well and tighten down where they need to.

FIT: I am 6'-3" 200 lbs, 37 inch arms. The large tall fits perfectly. the sleeves are nice and long. The length of the jacket is great for keeping air and water off my back.

PROTECTION: Don't know, haven't fallen in the last 34,000 miles since wearing this jacket 2 years, but the orange color of the armor looks cool, and it's nice to know it is there, even though I can't feel it. When stopping for lunch, the elbow pads are nice to lean on a hard table while eating a sandwich. That is about all i have to say about that (I will say the TPG armor on the First Gear TPG pants i have are a great layer to keep the cold out, but that will be a forthcoming review.).

STYLE: I bought it to wear, not to look Sears Catalogue handsome in, although I have a picture of me walking towards Mono lake in it, and again at Tigoa Pass, and again at the end of the Road on CA 138 at the northern most point of the St Lawrence Seaway and I look quite handsome ;-)

SUMMARY: I will say if I had to do it all over again, I would buy this jacket. I've been in it for two season and will ride into my third as, aside from road grime, there is absolutely no damage or deterioration to this jacket in the first 34,000 miles. If you want a jacket that is good for 4 season, and you want it to be as good in the sun as the rain, you can't go wrong with this jacket.

CONS: The outer lower pockets can fill with water if you do not carefully keep the velcro secured, so don't keep a sandwich in there during rain.

ME: I am 50 years old, ride with Low Expectations MC out of Albany NY and (presently) ride a 2012 Suzuki DL650 VStrom. Prior to this bike I rode a Suzuki C90T for 65,000 miles in all leather with separate rain gear. Making the switch to the Vstrom I wanted gear to serve all purposes, and this First Gear jacket is a part of that. I've worn this jacket to work during the day, on an Iron butt Association 50CC (50 hours coast to coast, Jacksonville FL to San Diego CA) in 46 hours and then the long way home, on day trips all over the northeast and beyond. This jacket continues to serve me well.

-Peter
September 24, 2013
Ride:
2012 Suzuki V-Strom DL650
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
At this price point an outstanding investment
Was in the market for a "Do it All" jacket that would work for everything from grocery getting to my daily 100 mile commute to potential use as a cross country adventure shell. So far, I've found this jacket to be up to any challenge I've exposed it to.

The Good
I'm 6'5"/200 lbs. Sourced this in a large/tall as recommended in the fit guide and it is a great fit both on and off the bike. Sleeve length is a good compromise between too long for winter gauntlets and too short for summer gloves. The sleeves are fully velcro adjustable for air flow/tightness and the quilted liner adds enough warmth and is fitted well with a snap system and more velcro for winter riding. Just add appropriate base layers and you should stay toasty. I don't use electrics for year-round and I have been in sub-zero wind chills with no leakage around the cuffs, neck, or seams.
Ventilation is mostly good though out the jacket. There are enough ways for wind to pass through (and be stopped, given the excellent storm flaps, zippers, and velcro keepers) so that temperature can be regulated in all but the most extreme heat conditions. Not as cool as mesh, but mesh doesn't do what this shell does in terms of protection, abrasion resistance, and water proofing.
Moisture resistance and wicking are also excellent. Have ridden through downpours and come out the other side dry and happy. Once the sun shines again after those summer rains, just open the zippers and flaps and let yourself be wicked to comfort again.
Haven't had a chance to test the armor built into the elbows, shoulders, or back, but it seems first-rate and is positioned so well I can't tell it is there.
There is ample storage in most of the pockets for most anything you might want to carry on your person including a cell phone net pocket in the quilted liner.
I haven't had occasion to use the drinking bladder that is attached to the back of the coat but may put it to use this coming summer on a longer ride. It seems well designed, but time and use will tell.
As with any technical gear, there is a learning curve that involves checking the jacket out before you ride. There are more features that I have documented here, and being able to use them all just takes time on and off the bike. The people at First Gear have put much effort into making this a great coat - do this justice by learning what you've got

The not so good…

My only gripe with this coat is directed at the two pockets on the lower front of the coat. I use them often and find that an extra inch or so of depth would help me stash items that I want to carry off the bike with me. Other than that, I have nothing but raves for this equipment. I haven't used coats designed by any of the other companies - might have to try them on next time I'm at my dealer, but given the amount invested, and the price of the other high-end gear, I'll take this bargain and ride it all the way to the far horizon.
December 30, 2013
Ride:
2013 BMW F800GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Excellent jacket -great value
Excellent jacket. Fit is as described in the video. I wore it yesterday in 40 degree weather for about 6 hours. As a test, I did not use electrics other than heated grips. With just a thermal shirt, light fleece overshirt and the zip in liner, I was very comfortable on mt R 1100rs. No flapping or drafts up to 80 or so mph. Very comfortable fit with maybe a slight pushing of the back of the helmet by the collar or the jacket - maybe more of a problem on a full sport bike.

Plenty of waterproof pockets, H2O reservoir works well, no drips

Gussets at the wrist could have been tapered a bit more but the gauntlets of my winter gloves went over them ok

I would like to see jackets add a protected pass through on the left side for jacket electrics.

I recommend this jacket and Revzilla!
December 18, 2011
Ride:
2003 BMW F650GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Ride:
2009 Triumph Speedmaster
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
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
Ride:
2005 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Excellent product for the dollar!
In three months, this jacket has endured 1500 miles of wet weather riding, every day commuting, and weekend excursions in temperatures near 100 degrees!
Wet Performance: It works. There were no leaks around vents, seams or pockets. Depending on your gloves and wind protections, you may get blow by around your gloves and neck area.
Everyday Riding: This jacket retains its freedom of movement with or without the liner. Arms straps hold the cloth/protection in place and are easy to adjust. The material is easy to clean of bugs and debris. There is a pocket for a back protector but I have yet to install one. The armor is placed well and is adjustable depending on your body shape.
Hot Weather: It got hot early here in NorCal and this jacket has performed well. With light clothing you will remain comfortable but its relative to your body type and how hard you work/sweat. The material round the wrist and neck areas of the garment wicks moister away.
Cons: The water bladder is worthless... but the pouch will accept and Camelbak hydration bladder. The neck snap is adjustable but can be hard to snap at times. There is no inner lining over the armor, but at this price point that's acceptable for me. The sizing is large... I normally wear large t-shirts, but I ordered the medium size jacket and it fits correct.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a entry/mid level adventure touring coat.
June 28, 2016
Purchased
8 months ago
Ride:
2015 Honda CB500F
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Nice Jacket
Very nice jacket. Being that I live in the desert fairly close to Death Valley this is more of a 2 season jacket for me. I rode in stop and go traffic with it on a recent 111F degree day and I managed to soak it through with sweat in about 30 minutes. I will not mark down the product though because absolutely nobody makes a jacket that will not overheat you out where I live, even mesh feels like your wearing an oven out here in the summer. I think this jacket would be comfortable through the 80 degree range and probably tolerable up to the mid 90's. Jacket is comfortable and looks very good. The only complaint I really have is like several others the velcro on the wrists drives me crazy because it is always catching on the front of the pockets or zipper flap. I ordered right off the sizing chart and it fits perfectly.
September 6, 2013
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
2 / 5
great jacket
Great purchase. A little warm in the summer, but it was not the reason forthis jacket. Have ridden highway speeds down to 20f with liner and a sweatshirt and been perfectly happy. Plenty of pockets and real armor... could have completed the package with real armor in the back, but it didn't cost 800 dollars either. Added to another firstgear jacket that is still going strong after 13 years, I don't see a reason for this one not to last. You could pay more but I don't know how much more you'll get.
December 28, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
4 / 5
Saved my hide
Landed on gravel @ 60 mph. Several fractured ribs but not a skin scratch anywhere. Jacket stolen at a "hospital" in South America. That's why I bought the same as replacement.
July 29, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
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
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
good reviews
G P on Nov 20, 2016
Good Price, Good look, and had solid reviews.
W A on Oct 22, 2016
good reviews
G P on Nov 20, 2016
reviews and price
Brandon A on Nov 11, 2016
Good Price, Good look, and had solid reviews.
W A on Oct 22, 2016
Quality construction. The Revzilla team does a great job of covering the details. Great features and First Gear clearly thought through them all.
M S on Oct 17, 2016
Looking for a jacket that has good use and utility. Trying to find out which size 2XL and XL would be a better fit.
T S on Oct 13, 2016
Reviews, Styling, and all the features included.. liner, water bladder, etc.
John H on Oct 12, 2016
Like the waterproof shell, i.e., not a separate waterproof line. For dual sport / adventure riding.
Quasi on Oct 4, 2016
fantastic reviews, reasonable price.. I live in Seattle and while it doesnt foten rain heavily here it comes frequently so something that can get me through our 4 seasons was important.
scott m on Oct 3, 2016
I needed a 2nd jacket and this goes with my overpants.
Dave B on Sep 25, 2016
description and reviews
Thomas K on Sep 18, 2016
Love this jacket. Use it year round but5 now I'm in southern AZ it is too hot in the summer. But the protection is great, ventilation is good. Water resistance works well and keep you warm in the cold.
NIKOLAS K on Sep 9, 2016
Wanted four season jacket. This jacket has a lot of features and looked like a good value
Eddie Z on Sep 3, 2016
Size, Price Point, and still waterproof, even though it's not Gore-Tex waterproof.
Vincent M on Aug 26, 2016
Four season water resistant jacket. still use it.
Omar K on May 6, 2016
I have another First Gear jacket that's been great but it's over ten years old and looking ratty so it's time for a new one. These are incredible value for the money.
Ninor74 on May 6, 2016
I enjoyed FirstGear's top quality gear, got a Kilimanjaro over 15 years ago, color faded but other than that is still good to wear.
J. Luis V on Apr 28, 2016
On Sale, Fantastic Purchase. Works great in downpour
Frederick A S on Mar 29, 2016
Protection and overall weather features. Very please so far
Pete R on Jan 14, 2016
new winter / wet weather gear
Allen C on Jan 12, 2016
I wanted an all-in-one jacket, and this definitely delivers. Great in the heat, excellent in the cold, dry in the rain.
Steve H on Jul 19, 2015
Lots of research comparing options, but also in the right price range. Couldn't be happier.
Steven L on Jul 2, 2015
Has proven to be great quality for the price.
David G on Jun 29, 2015
They looked like what I need and Im hoping that they fit according to the sizing chart.
Chad K on May 17, 2015
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.
Jens on May 2, 2015
Needed a new riding jacket for new BMW that was on order. Great value for my riding.
VTJohn on Apr 13, 2015
This jacket over the Kilimanjaro for the chest venting. Actually liked the snap closure and pockets on the Kilimanjaro better.
Maria S on Apr 3, 2015
price, and watching your video on all your products, make this purchase very easy. I will buy from you again, thanks!!!
Blaine S on Mar 26, 2015
Style , looks , quality and a good review by Anthony at Revzilla ! They have a great exchange policy to fit you correctly !
doug m on Mar 1, 2015
Price, and solid reviews.
Rob S on Feb 11, 2015
Has the same fabric and features as the overpants.
Dave R on Jan 3, 2015
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 jacket
TOM H on Nov 30, 2014
price video description well done
Michael B on Nov 28, 2014
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.
Bradley S on Nov 21, 2014
Great fitting jacket for riding in less than desirable conditions
xtyami on Oct 29, 2014
I based my decision on the reviews and my experience with other jackets I have had in the past
ANDREW H on Jul 31, 2014
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.
Wayne M on Jul 15, 2014
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.
E A on Jul 7, 2014
Best all around choice of 3 to 4 season waterproof jacket.
John C on Jun 30, 2014
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.
Kelly W on May 25, 2014
Reviews were good, price was reasonable.
Lyn L on Apr 26, 2014
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.
Jeremy W on Apr 14, 2014
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.
Atexun on Apr 10, 2014
Great quality, and colors. Loved design and safety components. And the water bladder.
Bruce R on Apr 3, 2014
Chose this jacket for all season riding and also got the matching pants to go with it.
Cesar Z on Dec 20, 2013
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 .
Steven W on Nov 7, 2013
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....
Matthew G on Oct 25, 2013
Looked like a good jacket visually. Liked it's features. Did not have 900 bucks to blow on a fancy one.
G L on Sep 24, 2013
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.
Patrick D on Sep 15, 2013
Ability to lose the rain coat.
Brian C on Sep 12, 2013
I chosed this because of the valuable information you videos supplied me
Jason D on Sep 10, 2013
reviews and price
Brandon A on Nov 11, 2016
Quality construction. The Revzilla team does a great job of covering the details. Great features and First Gear clearly thought through them all.
M S on Oct 17, 2016
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.
A shopper on Apr 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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. ;)
What is the hottest weather anyone has worn this in? Thanks.
A shopper on Jun 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
The Kathmandu jacket Features section does not contain a description of armor features. Does the jacket contain armor?
A shopper on Nov 29, 2011
BEST ANSWER: 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.
how big are the upper chest pockets? can you fit a zumo660 gps in it?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I looked up the physical dimensions of the Zumo 660 and it's the exact dimensions of my BMW Nav IV.
I was able to slip my GPS into both the chest and the waist pockets.
I do have a couple of complaints about the Kathmandu jacket and "smallish" pockets is one of them. This jacket could be better if the pockets were slightly smaller.
I would not however keep those small things from buying this jacket. In short, this jacket is probably the best adventure touring jacket you can get at this price point.
The jacket is very comfortable, it vents well, and it will keep you dry in a downpour; I've ridden in several major rain storms in this jacket. You will need to spent two to three times the money to get a better jacket.
I hope this helps.
What is the difference between this jacket and the Kilimanjaro?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Does it come in the hi viz yellow
A shopper on Nov 25, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket does not come in high-viz currently. The Kilmanjaro, at a similar price point and features offered, does come in hi-viz.
What other adventure style jackets compete with the Kathmandu and utilize a waterproof shell?

I hate when a jacket gets waterlogged and almost too heavy to ride in, so strictly a zip-out or integrated waterproof liner is a deal breaker.

Thanks
A shopper on Aug 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
What back protectors are compatible with this jacket? I am hoping for something level 2. Thanks in advance.
A shopper on Jan 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I use the Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector. It's CE Level 2.
Vidio says CE and d30 are available but I don't see a Firstgear product and am not sure about the fit of others.
A shopper on Mar 3, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Klim Viper T5 D30 Back Protector works great. It forms to your body and you barely know its there. Fits great in the jacket.