Weirdly, I seem to do a lot of my longer trips during the cold weather months, so I'm always on the lookout for a warm, well-made and practical riding gear. If it happens to be stylish and reasonably priced, I consider that a bonus.
Firstgear's 3/4 length Kilimanjaro jacket meets the first few criteria handily, with a Hypertex waterproof and breathable outer shell made of 400 denier nylon and a seam sealed construction that's purpose-built to keep the elements at bay. As if that wasn't enough, the Kilimanjaro also includes an insulated liner with adjustable, neoprene cuffs to make sure no errant gusts sneak by.
As you'd expect from a garment at this level, there are additional reinforcements at the shoulders and elbows, and fully adjustable d3O T5 CE Armor also positioned in the shoulders and elbows. The bonus to the d30 stuff, as I found out, is that it's thinner and more flexible than the standard armor material, so I never felt like I was being weighed down or restrained in my movements. In fact, the fit was excellent, with stretch materials at the joints, and loads of adjustment straps at the waist, collar, sleeves and forearms. There's even a foam back pad and a rain hood included.
I'm pretty particular about storage space too, and the Kilimanjaro gives me absolutely no reason to whine. With two cargo storage pockets on the chest, two more at the bottom and a pair at the side (as well as a security stash pocket), I had no shortage of places to accommodate all my goodies.
Not that I had cause to try them, but there are also pairs of shoulder vents, pit vents andback exhaust vents-so I'm looking forward to the summer rides. Meanwhile, the Kilimanjaro has proved to be just what the doctor ordered, keeping me warm and dry against the northeast rains.
Firstgear Kilimanjaro Jacket
Editor's note: The Kilimanjaro has since been updated