Firstgear Kathmandu WP Boots
Buckle failed after 1st ride
Went behind my house in the school parking lot to practice turns and stops for about 20 mins after putting on these boots for the first time. Got back and took them off, buckle plastic broke at the rivet hole. Buckles are awkward, and any adjustment slack is pushed into the instep with no place to go. Returning these today, bad choice.
April 21, 2015
If I had any complaint it would be that they are a little narrow in the toe box. Other then that ready to wear right out of the box felt great.
March 23, 2015
the boots are not as comfortable as others I have tried
These boots have awesome curb appeal. The look is outstanding. The comfort of the boots was not to my liking.
March 16, 2015
Falling apart too quickly
Assembly of the boot buckles using black oxide steel screws that are already rusting after 2 months. This is supposed to be a waterproof boot. Already had 2 screws (hard to find replacements) fall out of the buckles.
March 8, 2015
Great for the price
I bought these due to a tight budget at the time. I'm very happy with them. Perhaps I've been lucky, after reading some of the reviews, but mine are still in great shape. I did tighten all the hardware after my first ride with them. Things were way loose and at risk of falling off. I've been caught in some rain and my feet stayed dry. May not provide the protection of some more expensive boots, but way more than tennis shoes.
December 26, 2014
Excellent performance and value for money
These were my first proper motorcycling boots and I bought these in February and got them shipped to India. Over the last couple of months, I have ridden through the Thar desert in Rajasthan, through the hills that follow the Konkan coast in Western India and then recently rode through Ladakh in the Himalayas.
The boots have seen hot dry weather, rains, ice, slush, dirt and all throughout its kept me bone dry and safe. In general the boots are very comfortable, true to size. I would assume that people with broad foot sizes would have issues with it. Fits me perfectly. It's highly breathable. In Rajasthan, riding through the desert with temperatures touching 38-42 degrees celsius wasn't an issue. At the same time, a pair of thermal socks underneath kept me fairly warm while riding through the high mountain passes (17000 feet and above) in Ladakh.
I think for the price, these boots are incredible. I couldn't have asked for more. They are no SIDI Discovery/Adventure Rains but it's a Waterproof pair of boots that's called Kathmandu and it stands up to the task.
July 23, 2014
Soft, Poorly Constructed Boot
I ordered the boot knowing that it was a softer boot. The fit is a bit wide but the boot is very comfortable, but way too soft to give me confidence in its protection. My real concern is that after 1 short ride one boot began falling apart. Not just a hanging stitch but the liner was coming unsewn as was part of the leather cuff. Even a lower price boot should not fall apart after 1 short ride. This further weakened my confidence. Revzilla was outstanding from a customer service perspective and I ultimately stepped up to a Gaerne G-Adventure.
May 9, 2014
Recieved my boots yesterday. First impersions were positive
Packaging is good.
Boots look good.
Fit was perfect.
Size is on the small side. I usually wear a 10.5 on shoes and 10 on boots. I normally buy brand name high end boots for everything. However, these are my first pair of dedicated motorcycle boots. I order these a size 11 and the fit was perfect. I recommend going up in size not down. I wear shoes and boot in standard width and these boots are perfect for my feet.
These are very comfortable boots right out of the box. I believe they will require minimal break in. There's a bit of pressure on the exterior side of one of the boots but not a issue that a little bit of break in will not fix. However, they lack a bit in arch support. Nothing that a inexpensive insole cannot fix.
I walk around the house for a few minutes, based on price, fit and comfort I believed these were keepers. Except for one thing.
Now comes the mixed part.
After close inspection on the closure hardware, buckles and straps, these are budget minded boots. The rest of the construction is fine for the price. However, when I compare the hardware with other budget minded dedicated sports boots, like ski boots, the hardware could be improved with stronger materials. The straps and buckles on these boots do not look like they can take too much abuse. However, only time and use can tell. I had to remind myself about the great value these boots are compared to other boots in this market.
This pair had a problem with the locking mechanisn of one of the buckles. The tab under the pivot point of the buckle that locks it down in place is missing. This causes the buckle to lift and open up easily releasing the strap. This seems to be a factory issue in one out of four buckles. I returned them and plan to replace them with another pair to see if this was an issue with this pair only. I will follow up this review once I get the replacement pair.
April 24, 2014