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Firstgear Women's Kilimanjaro Jacket New Design for 2012! Named after the famous snow-capped volcano in Tanzania, the renowned Kilimanjaro jacket, now in its fifth generation, was created for a life of extreme riding. From the dry scorching heat of the African summer, to the continent's short, but incredibly wet monsoon season, the Kilimanjaro is built to persevere. Features 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. 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 When warm, supply fresh air direct to the body using 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 two 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 adjusts 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 HiViz color Jacket made of polyester for best colorfast results - Nylon Day Glo has a tendency to release this color 2 Year Limited Warranty
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Immediate comfort
PostedDecember 4, 2012
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BorealisBiker
From The Slab
State:NV
Rider Type:Harley Diehard
Age:45-54
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
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Style 
5 / 5
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Comfort 
5 / 5
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Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
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Air Flow 
3 / 5
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Features 
4 / 5
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This jacket fit like a deerskin glove right out of the box, and has only gotten better with time. I waited about writing this review until I had time to test the garment in a variety of conditions. After about 9 months, here's what I've found. The collar is very comfortable on my neck, and I love the adjustable closure. It took a little practice, but I can close it while riding, and adjust it on the fly. The waterproof zippers work very well to keep out water, but they are difficult to adjust while riding, so I have to stop to open/close air vents. The scoop vents on the front are a great idea, but they don't stay open. FG revised these vents on 2013 models to include straps to hold them open better. The jacket is comfortable for me up to about 105F, at highway speeds, without the liner and all vents wide open, and the front half unzipped. The liner is desireable from 75F and below. It goes in or out easily. The jacket can be worn in a downpour at 40F with a 30 mph crosswind and keep you bone dry. Your warmth depends on what you have on underneath. I love this jacket, and hope to wear it for years to come. Note to FG: I'd be happy to be a test rider for product development.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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