Firstgear Women's Kilimanjaro Jacket
Good all round jacket
Good down to 40 deg with liner and regular clothes. front lower velcro pocket a bit small - your hand will tend to pull the liner out with it and whatever is in it. Wish I'd got a lighter color than black, gets hot in 80 deg+. Armour is low profile - but haven't used it yet. Does freeway commute great. Overall very happy
June 29, 2015
Change your mind about a textile jacket in hot weather
Previously wore a First Gear mesh jacket and was able to wear it for one riding season, then just didn't feel as comfortable in it so I rode without one again for a few years. Well I reached the age in life where I don't bounce as well as I used to, so some protection seemed like a good idea.
Did a lot of reading and research before deciding on the First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket (in silver and dark grey) for my wife and I. Without the knowledge from long distance riders it would have been too hot for the summer, but the Kilimanjaro IS an ideal four season jacket. I've not ridden with it in temperatures below 40°F but it felt fine in the 40's w/o the liner.
Now you might think it odd to wear a full textile jacket in hot weather, in fact a friend who worked in a MC accessory shop, said the jacket is very good at protection but you will hate it in hot weather. Guess what if you wear under clothing like LDComfort, you will be cooler in 90°F weather than you would w/o it. If the temps are above 90° the flow of hot air will actually make you hotter, if you're in the sun, even more so. The light color of the jacket keeps the sun off you and the vents allow any moisture inside the jacket to evaporate more slowly, cooling and retaining the cooling as it does. Really amazing. The other day I rode to the same location about 10 miles away in upper 80° temps. Wearing this jacket, I was comfortable and dry when I returned home, riding w/o the jacket my t-shirt was wet from sweating.
Now I've not gotten the opportunity to get caught in the rain to test how waterproof it is, or thankfully not tested the protection, but I'm expecting it to work in both cases. This jacket is a very good investment. It did feel bulky when I first started wearing it but as I got accustomed to it and it broke in, it became very comfortable.
The only negative I have, it has so many nice pockets that I tend to put too much stuff in them, making the jacket heavy. Did you get the feeling I luv this jacket?
June 29, 2015
Ive had this for about a year now, and i got it in the hi viz. Its a great cooler and bad weather jacket. It holds out water during rain and keeps you warm when its cold. I've ridden in weather from about 30 degrees to about 85 degrees in this jacket. The d30 armor makes it extremely comfortable to wear. The only downside is that when its hot outside, this jacket does get pretty warm even with the vents open. Even more so if you aren't moving at a pretty good speed.
June 17, 2015
My very first jacket almost 25k miles later
I've had this jacket for 2 years and 24,600 miles. I commute 70 miles each way, year round, and down to 30 deg F. I'm on a CBR 250RA and I do stay tucked down the highway to keep up with traffic. This is my first jacket and it's held up fantastically. That being said below 45 deg I wear a sweatshirt underneath and I stay warm down to about 35 deg at 80 mph. I do get cold below that temp but it's manageable down to 30 deg. If I sit up straight into the wind it's much colder ( good thing my bike isn't powerful enough to keep up that speed without me being tucked). With the liner out my temperature range is 60 deg F and up. As for warm weather, as long as your moving and all the vents are open, I've been comfortable a little past 80 deg F. Into the 90s and you'll be wishing for a mesh jacket. When it comes to rain it was pretty water proof when I purchased it, but now the sleeves soak at the elbows in about 30 min of rain or road spray. The only thing the jacket is missing is a CE back protector, but I picked up one of those with my airbag vest
Considering the mileage I do this jacket has held up fantastically. I only wish I knew how to clean my HiViz coloring better :)
June 12, 2015
FirstGear is Quality Stuff
My wife and I both purchased these jackets for cold and wet weather riding. I must say they do the job. This jacket is comfortable, warm, dry and it looks great. Tons of vents, easy adjustability, quality zippers and a very warm liner that comes out with ease. Our next trip is to Alaska to do over 2,000 miles and I have a feeling these jackets are going to stand up to that environment well.
June 4, 2015
Nice, but not for warm/hot weather
I've had this jacket for over 2 years and have put some miles on it. I've traveled the James Bay Highway in Quebec through some nasty thunderstorms and have ridden the north shore of Lake Superior when it was 32 degrees F out. Both times this jacket saved me. It has stayed dried and kept the rain out (I have reapplied water repellent each winter) and it has kept me warm with the liner it when it was literally freezing. It does a great job of keeping the wind out.
Unfortunately, it does a great job of keeping the wind out in the summer time, too. If it's above 80 degrees this jacket is not getting put on. Even with all the vents I find my arms/elbows get hot and sweaty and it doesn't vent well through the back vents.
Pros - tons of storage, lots of big pockets that are accessible while mounted. Warm with the liner. Good job of keeping out wind and rain. Has held up well considering the miles I've put on it.
Cons - Good job of keeping out wind. Not a summer jacket.
About me: I'm very cold natured and prefer cold weather. I live in Indiana and I ride a ST1300 (good wind protection)
May 26, 2015
Excellent Jacket, But Some Disappointing Cheap-Outs
This is my THIRD Kilimanjaro, so it's a design that has served me well over many years. I was pleased to see some nice new features and improved ventilation. The rain hood is a nice touch, as is the adjustable closure at the neck. I was, however, disappointed with the liner and the armor. Compared to Kilimanjaro liners of the past, the new one is pretty laughable. You can't use it as a separate jacket around camp without looking like your momma dresses you funny. Come on Firstgear. I will continue to use the liner from my old Kili. I think the most critical cheap-out is the lack of hard armor in the shoulders and elbows. I suffered an "off" last year that shattered my humerus in six places. It was bad enough. However, without hard armor, it would have shattered my shoulder joint, which would have been far worse. Molded CE armor is to a degree hot and uncomfortable and adds weight, but if you need it, you will be very grateful it's there. The armor from my old jacket is going in the new version as well. Given these two issues, if I did not have the two previous versions, I may have well returned it. There are many excellent adventure jackets out there with both well-tailored liners and hard armor included in the price. The Kilimanjaro once stood out as a top-notch adventure jacket at a reasonable price. Now it has plenty of competition. To stay in the running, Firstgear needs to up their game.
May 25, 2015
Love this jacket.
Was in need of a new jacket and it fit the bill . Can't wait till cold weather riding to see how it does but it's everything it said it was and good price.
May 16, 2015