Firstgear Kathmandu Overpants
I dont know if you can get much better!!!
I needed a pair of cold weather overpants for heading to work and general riding. I did a lot of shopping and checking out local gear stores. I ride in the Pacific NW and deal with rain, cold, which routinely turns to sunshine and warm throughout all the seasons.
Not being able to try these in person made me nervous but I had faith in the Revzilla Guarantee...
I looked to pair these pants with my Kilimanjaro Air Jacket and what a combo! These pants are perfect as an overpant! I can wear slacks, blue jeans, or whatever underneath and the fit is spot on! I really like the suspenders to help keep them in the right position. I've put them thru 25 degree 40 mile commutes, rain, sunshine, and just lounging around (to really assess their comfort). Sat through There is no binding up, no riding up, or any major discomfort in the fit. They stay comfortable temp wise and protect from the elements, these are truly an awesome 3 season overpant.
The one drawback...boots...Its a pain to get the boots through. Best method I have found thus far, is to put on the pants then the boots. Not too much trouble commuting when going to work as I change shoes anyhow, but this might be a drawback to some riders.
Overall these pants are highly recommended!!
November 25, 2013
I am a size 34 waist in jeans. Get the next size up for proper fit. Good product, I like the front pocket feature. I dig the suspenders.
September 22, 2013
First Gear products are well thought out and feature rich.
These pants have the same design quality as my Kilamanjaro Jacket and have features not found on many of the premium brands. Dry ankles are nice. The mesh bib works well. No leaks detected in pants or jacket. I ride in downpours. I'm hoping they'll hold up to my abuse of them. They are lighter than some of the competition which is nice here in the south.
September 16, 2013
Although I haven't had a chance to do more than try these on in my living room under obviously optimal conditions, I can at least say that they are comfortable and seem to be well made as all First Gear products I have purchased.
I wear a size 38 waist in most cases and I bought this in a 40 because I am most likely going to be wearing these over jeans and I would say they fit well. Size 38 would have probably been a little too snug.
August 26, 2013
Nice pair of pants
These are my first pants as I am new to riding, but so far I like them. The knee and hip armors are easy to adjust so they fit wherever you need them to while riding. I wear them without the suspenders and they still sit just fine.
July 29, 2013
Waist is small, ineam length is over long!
Ok, fist off I would like to know who the "model" was that they sized this product on. I have a 30-31 waist depending on manufacturer of product and about a 31 inseam (30 length items tend to be short, 32 length seems to be a tad long). I went with a 32 in this product knowing that it would be going over other clothing items at times.
Put the trousers on with just underwear underneath and the waist was tight. They do not seem like a 32 waist at all. The sizing sheet for the product says 32 waist and 31.5 inseam for the size 32 over pants. The inseam on these overpants is about 35 inches long. So essentially I have an "overpant" with about a 30 waist and 35 inseam!!. The knee pads are down near my calves.
I guess that is what I get for ordering online. I have utilized FirstGear products for a while and never had this drastic of a misfit.
The zipper on the suspenders comes undone easily, Ventilation (it is a waterproof pant so wasn't really expecting much ventilation.) seems to work ok.
Don't think I would buy this product again.
July 8, 2013
I rode in these for 3 days straight and they worked great.
I rode in these for 3 days straight and they worked great. The mornings started a bit cool and then went into the 80's. The venting worked well for me. Love the suspenders. Works well with my First Gear jacket.
June 20, 2013
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