Firstgear Kathmandu Overpants
Excellent but baggy
Love these pants but they are huge, even for my lard-butt. Make sure to measure yourself, don't make the mistake I did and simply look at your Levis size (my jeans say 38" waist, I'm really 44"). Excellent waterproofing and armor. I may have them altered by a seamstress to fit a little better.
April 14, 2014
I would give a 100% recommendation
I tried them on the moring after I got them on a 35 mile ride to work! I was extremely impressed on this 22 degree march moring in northern west virgina! My legs stayed dry and overly warm! I can't speak for warm weather riding yet but I was still comfortable at 60 degrees with the liners still in!
March 20, 2014
Excellent cool/cold weather pants
I bought these over the winter, but couldn't really give a review because I hadn't ridden with them yet. Today I did. I find them to be very comfortable and warm. I especially like the storm gator on the bottom of each leg which keeps cold air from rushing upwards. The bottom velcro strap keeps the bottom snug against my boot which is nice when walking as I bought these a size larger than normal and it keeps them from dragging on the ground. I don't like overpants to be tight when riding otherwise I'm constantly fidgeting trying to get comfortable.
One thing I knew I'd be giving up with these is the ability to easily put them on over boots. It's just not going to happen. Perhaps with the liner out, but even then you have to contort a lot to do it. I'm okay with it because I didn't buy them to be pulling them on and off a lot. My old pair of overpants will work for quick trips to work and back.
Overall I'm quite pleased with them and will be using them on a trip to Colorado later in the spring. That's when I'll find out how well the leg vents work.
March 10, 2014
Excellent all purpose overpant.
If you want one pair of overpants that does everything and isn't incredibly expensive, I think these are as good as you can do. Pretty much every feature you could want. Order one size larger than your regular pant size. A little tricky to get all the zippers and velcro right, but for with so many layers and features you have to expect that.
February 25, 2014
Great value - fit is good - Have been using as a winter riding overpant in 30 degree weather and the pants have performed flawlessly, keeping my lower body warm, even without the insulated lining. I have also used it on warmer days and the airflow vents allow me to adjust to a more comfortable ride.
February 3, 2014
Nice pants for ADV riding for sure
I really like these pants because of the suspenders.... i feel like they keep everything in place when moving around and walking... overall the pants are great and i would buy them again ... Joe
February 3, 2014
Definitely 4 Season
I wear a 38/29 waist jean I bought 42S.
Fits good, but waist is slightly snug straps are fully extended.
Legs nice loose, still getting knee pads dialed in. Rode 7 hrs from Mendocino coast 53 degrees, hit 82 degrees Redding, the 27 degrees Yreka 1hr later with freezing fog.
I had the pants jeans underneath no thermal layer
On, temp was comfortable didn't need to open vents.
Cargo pocket right leg perfect.
Restroom break works fine
I ride 2010 BMW R1200RT polar Metallic the color
Of the pants actually match the bike!
January 27, 2014
Solid effort by First Gear
Purchased these with the Kathmandu Jacket - bought the 34T to fit my 6'5" frame. Normal inseams run 35-36' with me and these fit fine on my 33" waist. I use the bib/suspenders instead of a belt and have no issues with straps digging in to my shoulders or back.
They are a true 'wear over' design, even with the quilted liner, my work pants always fit just fine underneath. I have used them with and without the liner in temperatures ranging from near 100 degrees to below zero wind chills and they are manageable if not truly comfortable in all weather. The zippered and storm-flapped air vents in the thigh area help with ventilation, as do the zippered flaps on the sides of both legs, and there is a good-sized cargo pocket on the right front at about mid-thigh high. There are thoughtful touches such as the reflective striping front, side and back, and suede patches located where my lower thighs hug the pseudo tank area on my 8GS. The armor is well-positioned when seated and unobtrusive when not. First Gear uses high quality fabric throughout - their hypertext water treatment coating has kept me dry in true downpours both on and off the bike. The fastening system for the lining is effective (I haven't had the need to use the zipper on the back that would mate these with the jacket but it appears to be well thought-out.) Give yourself time to 'learn' this gear - there are loads of features.
I'd like to see a complete velcro or web belt included here - the velcro adjustments on the waist work, but a full belt would give more options for fastening.
The sewing for the bib hanger loops is weak as provided - mine gave out after about a half-dozen wearings. 15 minutes with a needle and thread cured this, but it seems an oversight in such a well-conceived and executed bit of gear. All in all, a purchase that I've used a great deal with good results; for the money spent a true bargain.
December 30, 2013