Firstgear Kathmandu Overpants
Solid pants, but they're warm.
I've been running these pants for the better part of a year now. I've worn them in a wide range of riding conditions, including a couple different bikes, and a few long-ish (1,500mi, give or take) multiple day trips.
General opinion of the pants; well made, comfortable, easy to get on and off, plenty adjustable, etc. In short, I think they're great.
I can get them on and off over size 13 steel toe work boots without much issue, which is quite nice. There's really only one pocket, plus pass-through zippers to reach your front pockets on your normal pants underneath. I don't mind this, but some people probably prefer more storage. The pocket that does exist has done a good job of keeping the contents perfectly dry through 10+ hours of driving rain, which kind of blew my mind honestly. I keep my wallet, bike key fob, and an ink pen for writing down mileage on gas receipts in the pocket.
I bought a size over my normal size. I originally bought my normal pants size, and they fit just right. I decided to exchange for one size up, because there is velcro to adjust down, but no real room to size up if I wear bulkier undergarments (or become a competitive eater).
They're hot. There's one vent on the upper thigh of each leg. This is alright if you're riding in ~60-70* weather, but it's just not good enough for mid-70's and up. Last week, I rode them all day through high-70's to low 90's weather, and ranged from 'consciously uncomfortable' to 'downright miserable.' I had to pull over at one point and strip my gear off at a gas station to sit in the shade and eat some ice cream. I literally don't remember the last time I ate ice cream.
This does work well for colder weather, and I've run these down to high 30's comfortably.
They're not brilliantly waterproof. I've ridden them in POURING rain for commutes and come out bone dry on both ends. Consistent rain for 60 miles, same story. Last week I rode around 600 miles in almost nonstop rain, and was decently damp between my legs at the end of all of it. Not soaked, but my pants were very clearly wet, and it was easy to feel during the ride.
Things I'd like to change: The zipper that holds the suspenders onto the pants in the rear likes to unzip an inch or so. Minor annoyance, but it'd be nice to have a snap retainer, or a locking zipper of some sort to keep it in place.
I realize many (most?) riding boots don't have laces, but I kind of wish the inside cuffs had a hook or something to hold on to your boots to keep them from blowing up in the wind. If I stretch out on my engine dresser bars/highway pegs, it tends to blow the interior cuff above my boot, which has then led to wet feet when rain picks up later in the same ride.
The pads do seem a bit out of place, depending on your bike. I got the knee pads to a good placement for my Triumph Speedmaster, but on my R1200GSW, they seem to be too far inside my legs, and not over my knees as much as I'd like.
Overall, I love the pants. They fit the bill of colder weather/waterproof pants nearly perfectly. Aside from a few minor functional complaints, they're awesome. I'll definitely be buying another pair of pants for warmer weather though, because these are pretty unbearable for any type of summer riding.
July 17, 2015
Have not had many opportunities to wear this yet. Purchased for long west trip. They do seem somewhat too baggy however I really don't care as I'm not wearing them for a fashion statement. I did have them on in a small rain storm and I was totally dry. I wear them mainly in Upstate NY but not in Florida where we have a winter home.
Bottom line is I think this will work just fine for my west trip.
July 14, 2015
Without paying for something with the GoreTex label, this pair of pants is top notch. Definitely true to size and if you are between sizes, go one size bigger. I've had these only a few weeks and they are already worth every cent. Adventure rides and commuting to work, these pants have already done it all in a short time. Will recommend these to anyone looking for great bibs under $300!
June 2, 2015
I waited to write this review until I got rained on. Pants, with liner, stay pretty warm, even in late winter. Got rained on last night for about 15 minutes. Was good and dry, and the suit itself was dry by the time I got home. Only realy gripe is I can't really pull the pants on over a pair of shoes. They catch in the internal mess a lot.
May 28, 2015
A must buy
Very good fit. Waterproof and nicely shielded armor. They look good and you really have the feeling you are well protected. I don´t believe overpants get any better than this.
May 20, 2015
These pants replaced my First Gear TPG, since the new models didn't get great reviews. Overall, the pants are comfortable and well ventilated. However, I don't feel like the material will take much abrasion or wear before it starts to get thin and loses water repellency. But, you get what you pay for and they aren't all that expensive.
I like the velcro waistband too.
April 20, 2015
Good pants, could use a few refinements
Overall I really enjoy these pants. They have held up well to over a year of use and they keep me warm and dry in light rain (I live in Southern California so don't see much heavy rain).
The two things I could say they need are pockets and more vent options. They get a bit toasty in the desert.
April 13, 2015
Average overpants, decent price
I've ridden with these for 4 months -- rain and shine. The pants are fairly average. They fit a little small considering they say to just buy your size, but I found that they fit true to the size I ordered; I would order a size up were I to repurchase. All the zippers work well, the velcro still sticks securely, and no problems with thread failure after daily use. The armor tends to shift a bit with the cold weather liner removed, but not terribly.
The waterproofing works well. I rode for about 3 hours one day without any leaks. The rain shifted between torrential, mild, and back. My jacket failed miserably. The pant's barrier system lies behind the outer layer, the latter of which does absorb and hold water. At the end of the ride it looked like I had peed myself and splashed in the puddle, but I was bone dry underneath.
During cool weather, between 30 and 45 Fahrenheit, the zip-out liner worked great. The shell is sufficiently warm by itself between 45 and 60, but gets too warm above 65, even with the vents open. I love the cold weather and have a fairly high tolerance for it, so you may have a different experience. I didn't get a chance to test the system below 30 degrees, sorry.
These pants do not pack well. They take up most of the room in a Happy Trails Teton pannier.
April 13, 2015