FirstGear Kilimanjaro Jacket For Women - 2012
- Hypertex™ waterproof and breathable outer shell made of 400 denier nylon and 100% seam sealed construction provides a barrier to keep the elements outside of the jacket
- DayGlo color jacket made of polyester for best colorfast results (nylon DayGlo allows other colors to run into it)
- To resist abrasion, shoulders and elbows reinforced with 640 denier nylon
- Fully adjustable d3O T5 CE Armor in the shoulders and elbows delivers the same protection as standard CE foam armor, but is thinner and more flexible, resulting in a more comfortable, flexible fit
- EVA dense foam back pad
- Two 6” shoulder vents, two 9” pit vents and two 9-1/2” back exhaust vents–shoulder vents can be held open by folding the cover inward to hook and loop closure
- Main closure held in place by a 2-way #8 YKK Vislon zipper, shielded from the elements by a double storm flap with rain gutter and secured using spring snaps
- Inside the placket for easy access is a security pocket with a red slider for increased visibility
- Collar closure utilizes a slider snap that allows up to 1-1/2” adjustment for a personal fit
- Integrated on the front chest are two cargo storage pockets to secure your stuff, protected from moisture by #5 YKK rubberized zippers
- More storage in the two lower front cargo pockets–seam sealed pocket bags and an envelope opening, closure uses hook-and-loop plus, there are two front side pockets protected by #5 YKK rubberized zippers
- Compression straps on the bicep and forearm adjust to fit you
- Integrated into the collar is an under-the-helmet rain hood to keep water from running down your neck
- One time adjustable waist belt with hook and loop closure
- Sleeve cuffs can be adjusted to fit you
- Stretch material used in the shoulder, arm and elbow joints add flexibility and is waterproof and breathable
- Removable, insulated thermal liner with wind blocking, adjustable, neoprene cuffs
- Interior pocketing in all Firstgear jackets are in the same location, whether the liner is in or out. On the left side, chest high is a mobile device pocket with flap closure using hook and loop to secure. On the right side is a cargo pocket that is 12” wide and 8” tall to hold whatever you need for the adventure ahead
- Extra wide reflective taping on front, arms and back for improved night visibility
- Jacket- to-pant 10” full conjunction zipper fits easily through liner portal
Read on for more details.
We tried jackets on our Fit Check mannequins and they fit very well in the sizes we chose using FirstGear’s chart. Based on the Fit Check results and other measurements we took, we recommend you use the FirstGear size chart to choose a size (see below). The waist belt on this jacket helps draw in the sides for a more custom fit. And drawing in the sides for a more trim fit improves the jacket’s overall looks.
Our Two Cents
The 2012 Kilimanjaro jacket is a 3/4 length jacket designed for those who may ride in less than ideal conditions. Those who commute and tour really like a style like this. The Kilimanjaro jacket has been a staple of FirstGear’s line for many years. The overall quality and construction are there, but the feature list is not as extensive as some of the higher-end models FirstGear makes in order to make the jacket more affordable for those needing a “daily driver” type jacket. This jacket offers its waterproof layer by way of the outer shell. Materials used and the seams are constructed to keep water out (as opposed to a layer between the shell and lining and/or a removable rain barrier). Using the shell as the rainproof barrier makes the overall design more simple (less parts and pieces), and easier to wear/use on a daily basis. Keep in mind however than when FirstGear says “waterproof”, they are stretching the realm of possibility a bit. This jacket has zippered vents and pockets, and although they use the waterproof zippers, there is no way this jacket could possibly be COMPLETELY waterproof. Anyway, for most folks it will function just fine. Speaking of touring and commuting… one of the big advantages to a jacket such as this is storage. Note: We took a bunch of photos of the features of this jacket when we photographed the men’s Kilimanjaro, so please have a look at those since the women’s version has the same features; among other things, you’ll see several pictures showing you the variety of storage options built in. This jacket will be comfortable in a pretty wide range of riding conditions… I’d say anything from cold to mild/warm would be comfortable. On colder days, you can use the removable quilted liner for warmth and of course the shell material, being waterproof, will also provide a wind barrier. On warmer days, you can unzip a total of six zippers to let air flow through. One nice feature this jacket has is a built in hood that deploys from the collar. You wear the hood under your helmet and it will help keep rain from running down the neck… nice touch. :: Paul, 12-11-11
A note about product naming: UGH! Previous to this model introduction, FirstGear had been using a version numbering scheme to differentiate between one year’s version and the next. The most recent version was 5.0 which is now almost sold out (as of the time of this writing). Prior to that, there was the “4.0” and the “III” (not sure what happened to 2.0 or II, ha). This year, they dropped the version numbers and went back with just the jacket name, which is why we added the year model designation. When shopping, look at the pictures carefully so you will know which jacket you are viewing!
Update: FirstGear just came out with a video demonstrating the amazing properties of D30 armor.