Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket
great all weather jacket
First- I really love this jacket. I just got back into riding after 10 year break and got this jacket for all season riding. I purchased my bike in Michigan and rode it home to Key West Florida. Weather was 42 degrees and raining in Michigan and 89 and raining in Florida. This jacket was awesome!
The fit is snug so it does not rattle, the airflow is great. The neck I found very comfortable and the jacket kept me warm and dry in a pretty impressive thunder and rainstorm. I had read some reviews about the size of the pockets. I would say that the chest pockets could be a little bit bigger if I had to pick one negative thing. The lower pockets are small, but if they were any bigger they would be uncomfortable if full and in the seated position. All in all I am very impressed with this jacket and would highly recommend it.
October 4, 2014
Im not sure why but I was always on the fence about First Gear and after seeing a lot of ADV riders using this gear I went for the Kathmandu jacket. Theres not much to say other than I am absolutely blown away by how GREAT this jacket fits. It is so comfortable. I have been using dainese gear for many years staying true to the brand. This is by far WAY more jacket than I am used to with Dainese. I can stress how comfortable this thing is. So many pockets that are well thought out. Cant wait to own this fo eva. FOREVER. :)
October 1, 2014
Could not be happier. Have been riding for 56 years and this is the best jacket I have owned.
I have been riding for 56 years and have tried a lot of different riding jackets. This one jacket eliminates me having to carry rain gear and by just carrying the simple snap in lining, it eliminates another layer of clothing.
Revzilla was spot on over the phone helping me with the sizing. Shipping was FREE and NO SALES TAX.
September 29, 2014
Great all weather jacket
I bought this jacket 3 years ago and put 35,000 miles on it in every kind of weather & it's the best jacket I've owned by far. In hot weather with a damp shirt & the air vents slightly open, it's like an air conditioner. In cold weather it's good down to 35 or 40 degrees F before the electric vest goes on. When I ride into a rain storm, just zip everything up & keep going. No more stopping to put on rain gear & to take it off when you ride out of it. In Alaska I crashed & slid on gravel 150' tearing it up, but received no road rash or bruises, so I bought another one. You can spend more than twice as much for a big name brand, but for my money the Kathmandu jacket is the cats meow.
September 22, 2014
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