The First Gear Kathmandu Jacket and Pants Set is one of the most technical pieces of gear offered by First Gear. It can be used for long distance touring or street wear, but its ability to handle various climates and conditions make it exceptional for dual sport/ adventure riding. The Kathmandu is made out of 420 Dernier rip stop nylon with a 300 Dernier shell. It is made from a reflective, hypertext material that is lightweight, waterproof, and breathable. Typically most jackets have internal waterproofing but still manage to soak up moisture from the outer shell; but the Kathmandu has a waterproofed outer shell; causing water to roll off of the surface as opposed to absorbing it. The lycra rain hood is another feature that will protect against inclement weather conditions. It’s conveniently built into the collar of the jacket for easy storage.
Thanks to the various adjustment straps on both the First Gear Kathmandu Overpants and the jacket, the Kathmandu Jacket and Pants Set gives you a custom fit. There are compression straps on the forearm and bicep to tighten the fit of the sleeves, and waist belts on both the pants and the jacket. There are removable suspenders in the pants to hold them in place, and there is a pass through opening for the internal bib (suspenders) with a zipper connection on the jacket.
In case you’re riding in warm weather, the quilted liner of the jacket is removable. The jacket has two large chest vents, two large intake vents under the arm on each side, and two rear exhaust vents. These vents allow air to come in directly without any obstruction from a liner. There is a rear 1.5L hydration pack and hose that is removable, and a large rear storage pouch that is great for storing the jacket liner or other soft goods. Both the jacket and the pants have plenty of pockets and potential storage areas. There is a secure pocket underneath the double storm flap on the front of the jacket, a cell phone pocket, and a large inner cargo pocket. The pockets in the shell have the same placement as the pockets in the liner. So, should you decide to remove the liner, it’s easy to remember the placement of your items.
The Kathmandu has d3o armor on the shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips. The armor is a unique feature not typically found in most jacket/pants sets. It’s thin, lightweight, and flexible; conforming well to the body. It’s very pliable; however, the interesting thing about the d3o armor is that it hardens on impact, and then returns to its flexible state. Overall, the armor provides great protection, while still keeping you comfortable.
All FirstGear products come with a two year warranty. So, should you happen to have any problems with the Kathmandu Jacket and Pants Set, First Gear will take care of you.