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Old 11-24-2012, 12:16 AM
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I know the OP has already made his choice, so this is just for info's sake:

I have a size M in both. The Kath is definitely snugger-fitting, lighter, and vents better. It's my choice for doing long rides and touring, and also serves as a handy check on my expanding middle-aged gut. My Kili is hi-viz and is my choice for riding around town, though I'd happily take it on tour as well. I had an earlier version of the Kili spring a leak on me, and even though it was at the tail end of the warranty, Firstgear not only sent me a replacement, but they sent me one of the first of their updated models, rather than old stock, which would've been just fine. They're a great company.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:24 PM
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I like the Kat and tested it on a ride yesterday a 30mph lowside and slid almost 40 feet. Elbow not even sore today and no friction burns (like my knees....had Klim pants on....they did hold up too)


Sorry about your mishap, BUT... Thanks for posting the photos... It's nice to know how these suits hold up when it really counts.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:33 AM
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I just pulled the trigger on the Kathmandu.
Revzilla has 15% off, due to black friday, on First Gear and other brands.
I've been waiting 2 years with that..Can't ride anymore with Joe Rocket mesh jacket when it is 40 outside (yes I'm crazy and bear the pain, but enough is enough )
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:08 AM
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I like the Kat and tested it on a ride yesterday a 30mph lowside and slid almost 40 feet. Elbow not even sore today and no friction burns (like my knees....had Klim pants on....they did hold up too)



Thanks for posting the pics, good to know it will hold up. The Jacket should be here monday. Unfortunately it is snowing out, so the chances of me testing it this year are slim
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:13 AM
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Consider getting heated jacket and change your life!

I used to laugh at all the "sissies" I rode with that used heated jackets. Until I tried one, that is, about 10 years ago. It makes even a mild 60F ride more fun and I can't even begin to imagine how I ever rode in 40F or lower (but, I did).

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Are the Kili pockets waterproof? The Kat says theirs are.

Does either have a spine protector? If so, it is likely a thin foam pad, so consider an upgrade, either the d3O like the shoulder & elbow, or SAS-TEC, or Knox.
The Kili pockets seem pretty waterproof... that is, they hold water very well... I left the flaps unsecured in a rainstorm once... got home, went to retrieve my house key from the pocket and my hand went for a swim.
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