Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket
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
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
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
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.
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.
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