Firstgear Kathmandu Overpants
Must Have For Adventure Touring!
Comfortable, Waterproof, and 4-Season usable. Mine have kept me warm and dry in 36 degrees and moderate rain as well as cool and comfortable at 76 degrees on our warmest day so far this spring. This material is not for the desert, or for sitting behind a big fairing. With occasional standing, the vents should work well enough to ride in up to 90 degrees or so. Having the d3o included gives me a bit more peace of mind as well. I have tested the fabric, pockets, and vents in many weather conditions (but not camping, yet) and these pants work as advertised. The only hitch is not being able to tighten up more at the ankle. Two staples, some glue, and a 1" patch of velcro fixed that issue. Problem solved, problem stayin' solved!
People look at you crazy when you pull up to a restaurant wet and muddy, then easily peel out of these pants (and Kathmandu jacket) and walk in wearing a clean, dry, shirt and slacks/shorts on!
The 5 rating on bang for the buck is because you will probably spend more on a couple other overpants (winter, summer, etc.) that you don't like and don't work well before buying these... like I did.
My wife and I both wear these for commuting, as well. These are lighter, more compact, and easier to get off than any of my three other pairs and have better breathability and venting. Protection and durability is a 5 based off of great construction and finish out of the box, and 3 years of wearing/abusing the Kathmandu jacket which still looks new.
The style is fine for adventure riding, but doesn't matter anyway after you sling mud all over it. If you want style, wear something pretty under it or whatever.
April 22, 2013
Good product for the cost
Ordered on Sunday. pants arrived on Tuesday. FAST delivery. Have worn for several hundred miles in 60 degree temps. The pants have met my expectations. They blocked the wind very well, because of the moderate temps didn't need to try the vents. The suspenders are a really nice feature. Size ... I typically wear a Levis 33w x 30l. Like some previous posts that recommended to go larger. I ordered the 36, they fit right on as an overpant. Even with the adjustable waist the 34 would have been to tight. The length was right on in the riding position. The knee pads I adjusted to the highest point and fit fine. Would have like to have the leg zippers go up higher.
April 16, 2013
good band for the buck
My son and I share a bike and the pants. Speaking only for myself, I would say they are an excellent pant and well worth the money. We live in Central Ontario north of Toronto and have been on the bike for about a month and there is no cold penetration at all, fit is great and they are comfortable. Highly recommended.
April 15, 2013
Great quality and value!
Overall for the money I couldn't be happier. The fit, features, and quality are on a par with much more expensive products. I would buy again and highly recommend!
April 8, 2013
I've had the Firstgear Kathmandu pants now for a month and really love them. They are warm, dry and comfortable. I can't yet comment on air flow and warm weather comfort, though if the vents work as designed, they should be good. I only have two minor complaints - the leg zippers and the zipper for attaching the suspenders. The leg zippers don't really go up high enough to be able to put these pants on and off over your boots. The rear zipper for the suspenders tends to unzip a bit with use, too. I would still buy them again even with these minor issues.
April 3, 2013
Great fit and finish you expect from First Gear
I have a FG Ranier TPG jacket (love it) and have some old FG Fuel pants that I am replacing. They are a size 40. I bought these new Kathmandu pants in a 40 as well. Even with no clothes on and the liner out, they are quite snug. I think it is the way they are cut. My old Fuel pants fit great and are even a bit loose. I would say that if you have any amount of belly to you , buy a size or two larger than you need, especially if you might be wearing pants underneath! Guess its time to loose the gut...again. Not sending them back. Not paying another return shipping fee.
Other than running conservatively small, great pants!
February 19, 2013
Overall quality seems excellent. A few niggles. The hook and loop fastners at the bottom of the legs don't seem to draw as tight to my boots as I would like. They snap at the belly, not the waist so make sure you get that measurment correct. Love the suspenders. Wasn't sure if I would like them, but since the pants come up higher they help keep them where they belong. I went on a 150 mile ride this past weekend. The temps were in the 43 to 46 degree range. My legs stayed warm with jeans and long johns underneth the riding pants. Been too cold to test to test the vents! They could use another cargo pocket on the other leg.
February 4, 2013
Good pants so far
I have not had these pants very long at all, but from what I have seen so far, it is a winner.
These pants are much more comfortable to wear than my previous pants. I think the biggest difference is the D3O armor. I never realized how much the hard armor affected my range and ease of motion.
This jacket/overpants set has so far been waterproof. First test of rising in heavy rain for about 30-45 minutes on the way home from work. No leaks to report. The longer test was a 300 mile day riding through mist, fog and drizzle the entire day. Again, the only wet spots were areas not covered by the jacket and pants.
I can not repost on air flow from personal experience, but the placement of the vents looks good, and they operate easily. Durability and protection have yet to be tested. I hope to not be reporting back on that in the near future.
January 28, 2013