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FIRSTGEAR Motorcycle Riding Apparel




 



KATHMANDU TEXTILE JACKET

         

HYPERTEX™ Waterproof and Breathable outer shell, constructed of 420 denier rip-stop nylon and 300 denier high density nylon.
1.5 liter hydration bladder included in removable backpack.
Front left and right restraining loops for bladder tube make access easy.
CE armor in elbows and shoulders, plus an EVA dense foam back pad.
Achieve maximum air flow with two 9” chest intake vents, two 7” armpit intake vents and one extra large–14” rear exhaust vent.
Double storm flap front with snap and hook-and-loop closure that covers a #8 YKK® Vislon® 2-way main zipper.
Dry Pockets will keep your stash dry–5 in front with flaps, protected by waterproof zippers and/or envelope closures.
Large rear dry pouch with 14” mouth to stow insulated liner, protected by waterproof zipper and flap with snap and hook-and-loop closure to keep it all intact and safe from the elements.
Reflective piping on front and rear for improved nighttime visibility.
1-time adjustable waist belt with hook-and-loop closure.
Adjustable cuff using hook-and-loop closure; custom fit the forearm and bicep with snap adjustments.
Elbow bend and armpit features waterproof and breathable stretch fabric that adds flexibility and reduces binding.
Removable, fully insulated, thermal liner with wind blocking, adjustable, neoprene cuffs.
Removable liner also includes phone storage and large patch cargo pocket.
Collar is lined with peached fabric and tipped with soft-touch stretch fabric for a comfortable, flexible fit.
Interior jacket includes secure phone pocket, large patch cargo and vertical wallet pocket with zippered closure and red slider for easy visibility.
Jacket-to-pant 10” full conjunction zipper fits easily through liner portal.
Collar conceals an under-helmet rain hood to keep water out.
Includes hydration bladder (not sold separately).
2-year limited warranty.

 



KATHMANDU PANTS



HYPERTEX™ Waterproof and Breathable outer shell, constructed of 420 denier rip-stop nylon and 300 denier high-density nylon.
CE armor in knees and high-density foam in hips.
Crotch, inner thigh and knee back feature waterproof and breathable stretch fabric that adds flexibility and reduces binding.
Chamude suede knee patches minimize tank scratches.
8” diagonal thigh vents catch the air when open and keep you dry with waterproof zippers when closed.
Built with a short bib and suspenders that are removable.
Insulated 2/3 length pant liner that is detachable.
Includes 10” pant-to-jacket full conjunction zipper.
Reflective side piping.
2 point, 1 time adjustable waist with hook-and-loop closure.
Zippered fly with wide gusset for easy on/off.
9” rear leg, waterproof zippers; internal storm leg skirt with snap and hook-and-loop closure.
2-year limited warranty.

 



KATHMANDU GLOVES




Waterproof/Breathable using Hipora™ membrane.
Cordura® 330D back of hand for durability.
Clarino™ palm and patch over foam pad for reduced vibration.
Thinsulate™ 40 gram insulation for warmth.
Neoprene cuff to lock out cold air.
Adjustable wrist strap for a custom fit.
Molded knuckle protection.
Reflective piping for night visibility.
Box-construction with tapered finger for a comfortable fit.
2-year limited warranty.

 



EXPRESS BOOT




Men’s Sizes: 7-11, 13
Leather uppers with waterproof and breathable membrane lining.
Side zipper with adjustable hook-and-loop closure system.
Reflective inserts for safety.
Toe shifter pad.
Padded ankle bone protection.
Anti-slip, petroleum-resistant sole.
Approximately 9” tall upper.
2-year limited warranty.

 



BASEGEAR LONG-SLEEVE TOP

Unisex Sizes: Sm-3XL



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BASEGEAR PANTS



Unisex Sizes: Sm-3XL
Moisture transport system wicks the sweat from your body keeping you cool and dry.
Basegear’s heat-release mechanism keeps your skin surface as cool as possible to help maintain core body temperature– increases in core body temperature can cause muscle fatigue and slow reaction time.
Fabric is 50% lighter than a cotton T-Shirt after 60 minutes of exercise.
It releases 80% of its moisture after 30 minutes of rest, while cotton only releases 35% of its moisture after 30 minutes of rest.
All seams flat-stitched for added comfort under layering system. UV 50+ protection from sun elements helps control body temperature to reduce fatigue.
Anti-bacterial protection.

 



ARAI® XD3 HELMET




High-flow peak channels air directly into the front vents.
Twin-cam Shield Pivot System allows the face shield to operate fully under a peak that can be lowered for better aerodynamics.
Note: Can be configured with shield and peak, peak only (for use with goggles) or shield only.
Fully Removable/Replaceable and washable liner with optional sizes available for a custom fit.
4 top vents. Dual Intake / Dual Exhaust Ventilation–dual I/C top intake vents and Double Delta bridged exhaust vents designed to draw significant volumes of air
from helmet interior.
CLC (Complex Laminate Construction) shell–fiberglass composite is stronger and lighter–allows use of softer, less-dense liner materials inside for increased rider comfort.
Efficient chinbar vent (with interior and exterior controls) flows fresh air to the mouth area or across the shield interior to help prevent fogging.
Large chinbar side exhaust vents draw out additional hot air.
Meets or exceeds Snell and D.O.T. standards.
The peak/visor supplied is not suitable for high-speed use where air striking a side or
main surface of the peak may cause difficulty in returning the head to a forward and/or
level position.
Sizes Xtra Small - 2XL.

 

Ride Time!




 



My Impressions:

Pros:
Quality, strong, durable, well made product.
The ability to layer for different temperatures and riding conditions.
Plenty of pockets for storing your accentual items from large to small.
Water proof & breathable makes for maximum riding comfort.
Sizing on the riding gear is spot on for North American sizing standards.
Hydration pack inside of the small rear back pack is a convenient way to carry fluids.
Plenty of venting and also loads of reflective piping.

Cons:
None yet.

Bottom Line:
I have admired the First Gear riding apparel for some time and when Triumph contacted me to do a ride review on their new Triumph Tiger 800Xc, I knew what gear I wanted to wear for this adventure touring application.

The KATHMANDU Adventure Touring Gear by FIRSTGEAR was my first choice. For under garments we went with the FIRSTGEAR Base Gear Long Sleeve Shirt & Pants. Boots are the FIRSTGEAR Express style. For a helmet it was a natural to go with the new ARAI XD3.
The beauty of the Kathmandu gear is it's ability to layer up or to layer down. This gear is perfect for almost any type of riding environment or temperature. I was fortunate that when I first wore the gear, I had a chance to ride at over 7,000 feet elevation where there was still huge snow drifts on the ground. So I have ridden in freezing temps to plus 90 degrees lately and I have been able to customize my riding gear to deal with the elements quite nicely.

For visibility there is plenty of reflective piping to warn cars that you are there. The jacket has plenty of venting if the weather gets too hot for you.
Storage wise this Kathmandu gear has an abundance of pockets just dying to be filled up, and trust you that I did.
One of the things I have found with some manufactures is the sizing is way off, and unless you are there to try on your gear before you buy it, you may be in trouble. If you follow the FIRSTGEAR sizing charts you will not go wrong. From my helmet, jacket, pants, under garments to my gloves, the sizing was right on the money.

Did I mention that this gear also has it's own armor system, so in an event of a wipe out you have lots of added protection. Even with this extra armor the gear is still very comfortable to wear. In fact I think it instilled more confidence in my riding through the twisties, knowing I had such abundant protection.

Look forward to seeing this gear in more of my riding reviews. I hope nobody wants this gear back, because I am really liking wearing my Kathmandu Riding Apparel from FIRSTGEAR.

The bottom line is if you go riding, sooner or later you are going to take a spill. If you don't have good gear to protect your skin with, then you are in trouble. Also you need gear that you can wear all day long without it being uncomfortable. There is nothing worse then gear that doesn't fit or doesn't keep you warm and dry. If you want to invest in quality riding apparel that is designed for you the Adventure Touring Rider, then ask your local dealer for FIRSTGEAR.

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Web Site:
Address:
Attn: Firstgear
Tucker Rocky
4900 Alliance Gateway Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76177

Phone:
Toll free: 866-302-5676
Phone: 817-258-9008
Fax: 817-491-7190

Note: All FIRSTGEAR products can only be purchased through a reputable FIRSTGEAR Dealer.