First Gear Jaunt Jacket Kwik-Dry Sport Tour Pants

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

As I spend months each year on the road, I’m always looking for the perfect three-season, waterproof, textile jacket. Recently, I think I found it. Made of 100-percent waterproof, 840-denier, Hypertex™ material, First Gear’s Jaunt jacket incorporates rain-beating features like fold-over, storm-proof pockets, and a rain gutter on the front flap. For warmer days, the insulated thermal liner is removable, and two shoulder and back vents provide extra cooling. And when the mercury falls, the longer cut confers good hip coverage and an adjustable waistband keeps the drafts out.
Four waterproof outer pockets and one interior pocket with a snap closure supply storage, while CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders offers impact protection. There’s a foam back pad as well. Collar, waist, and sleeves are all adjustable for fit. In the snappy yellow and black version, the Jaunt features high conspicuity too.
I’d never been a fan of leather pants, but a few days of wearing First Gear’s Kwik-Dry Sport Tour water-resistant jeans converted me. They’re windproof on cool days, yet the side zippers can be opened in hotter weather, and they’re lined with silky nylon to below the knees for comfort. I wore them on their own and as over-pants in sub-freezing temperatures, and my legs always stayed toasty.
The 1.2mm-plus leather should provide excellent abrasion resistance in a tumble, and there is also padding fitted in the knees. I also like the zippered front and rear pockets (many leather pants don’t give you any storage options) and the fact that the pants come un-hemmed for a custom fit. And the full-length side zippers and calf press-studs make them easy to pull on and off. They’ve become my favorite pants for casual rides.

First Gear
Jaunt Jacket
Sizes: S-3XL, tall L-2XL
Colors: Black/Yellow, Black/Yellow back, Black/Grey, Black/Blue, or Black/Red
Price: $299.95

Kwik-Dry Sport Tour Pants
Sizes: Men’s 30-50, Women’s 6-18
Color: Black
Price: $299.95

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