Exclusive features include a tough abrasion-resistant Mil-spec 500 Denier Cordura® GORE-TEX® breathable/waterproof outer fabric, removable hard shell TF3 elbow and shoulder armor, generous 3M Scotchlite™ reflective areas, adjustable anti-flutter sleeve tabs, and removable magnetic collar clasps.
The Darien also accommodates optional TLTec fleece liners that fit perfectly inside this outer jacket. The liner's underarm vent zippers line up, and everything works together perfectly.
Those optional reversible TLTec liners are perfect on cool mornings and for all 'off-the-bike' wear, too. They fold into their own compact zippered pockets, and can be attached to your bike or worn on a belt like a fanny pack. With new construction, an optional zip-in liner zipper (#375) is available at no charge.
Available colors: black, grey, red, hi-viz lime yellow, tan, or cobalt blue. All Darien jackets come with black details. 36–56.
Size 36 not available with the AirVantage Electric Liner.
Rare Earth Magnets: see Additional Information
- Darien Features
- Color Picker
- Sizing Chart
- Sizing Tool
- Darien Jacket Owners Guide
- TF Pad Removal and Replacement
- Darien vs. Darien Light
- Ode to Aerostich (Review on Peak Rider World)
Various alterations are available for the Darien Jacket to get that custom fit you expect from an all-purpose jacket.
Hassle Free Sizing Exchange
If you happen to need a different size, return the suit and we'll ship out a replacement free of charge (applies to domestic ground shipments only).
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IMPORTANT PACEMAKER NOTICE:
PACEMAKER AND IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD) USERS
---- REMOVE COLLAR-OPEN MAGNETS BEFORE WEARING GARMENT ----
There are four rare earth magnets to remove:
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- Ventilation could be improved Review by Matt
I've had my Darien Hi-Viz for 4 years now and doing mostly commuting and weekend rides. It is the only jacket I wear in all weather and on every ride. The construction is impressive and it does wear great in nearly every weather. That being said, I'd like to see a couple things:
The rear zipper vent and side zips are good. I ride a standard/naked bike w/out any fairing so the wind hits my chest and at speed I struggle to get really good wind flow through the jacket when it's warm. I have to unzip the front a bit to get flow but even then the wind will often push the jacket to my chest, closing off the ventilation and rendering the sides and rear nearly useless. I'd like to see some chest-side air vents that stay open regardless of the position of the rider. This would also keep the bugs from hitting my open chest area, needing to lower the main zip.
One other small note, I see over and over again on your site about the Darien and other products (Roadcrafter, etc) how they were the FIRST in many tech areas or design. That's great and a nice point to note, but honestly, in the world of gear and tech it's all about, "What have you done for me lately?" I feel that sometimes, perhaps Aerostitch relies too much on tried-and-true and does not iterate on new ideas enough, perhaps? Please keep researching and incorporating new products! I love supporting your company.
Matt (Posted on 6/1/15)
- Fit Review by John
- Great jacket features and construction details. I live in Maine and wanted a suit that I could layer with a fleece jacket, electric vest and long underwear for an extended riding season. I found it. It took a while @ 2.5 months and three different sizes to get the best fit. Probably I need a custom. I am 6'3" and 198lbs. I used the sizing guide after performing all the measurements and reviewed these with Aerostich staff on the phone. Got a 40 HiViz first which was way too tight and short in the sleeves, then a 42, stiil too short in the arms and tight across the chest (couldn't get hands in the hand warmer chest pockets) finally tried the 44 which I think fits pretty well. Pants were pretty easy, got the 36L (normally wear a 34x34). Interestingly, I have not changed suit sizes and still wear a 40L suit jacket. Admittedly, I have the wing span of a turkey vulture and should have probably gone with a custom sleeve length; trying to decide on that now. My advice is if you are tall and relatively thin, have 2-3 sizes sent and keep the one that fits best. That will save a ton of time. I have had this jacket in 32 degree weather with sleet and rain at 60-70 mph and found it warm, well sealed and dry, now for the heat! (Posted on 5/7/15)
- Darien Jacket #132 Review by David
- Cold! That's the first thing you notice. Wear this in 50 degree weather and you'd swear it was 35 degrees. Of course there's always a liner, but my Carhartt Detroit Jacket with a flannel liner but no insulation, was much more comfortable. On the other hand, if I get bumped off by a soccer mom, I'm more confident that I will be scuff free from the thighs-up. To combat the discomfort I bought a Mountain Hardware Monkey-Phur liner from REI for under a C-note that makes a big difference. Also, it's not as stiff as some people would have you believe, not too bad, actually. 4 out of 5. (Posted on 11/26/14)
- Above and beyond! Review by Mark
- I had previously posted a review (April 30, 2011) where I identified a problem with loose Velcro strips. In a long overdue followup I would like to thank the Aerostich service team(Cam, Matt and Ida) for an exceptional job. They went above and beyond what I ever expected. They more then stood behind their product. Much appreciated! (Posted on 3/28/14)
- The work horse of synthetic motorcycle geatr Review by Nick
- I have had my (light blue) Darien since 1997. It has been used for everything... touring, off road, dualsport riding... the lot. It has definately 'matured' with age and now fits like the proverbial glove. I have never had to test its crashworthiness but the 'armour' is certainly still re-assuring. Best of all it cleans up well in the washing machine and still looks like new. A great product. (Posted on 2/3/14)
- The Swiss Army Knife of jackets Review by John
- I've debated buying the Darien for several years. In the mean time I bought several textile and a few leather jackets for riding. I am a touring rider and am very glad I bought the Darien. Since I live in south Florida I'll admit I don't wear the jacket for quick trips. But when it comes to long rides it has become my "go to" jacket. This one jacket does it all. Excellent protection from wind, rain and that dreaded unplanned "get off". Quality, US made and rugged enough to pass on to your ancestors, this jacket is head and shoulders above anything else I own. If you decide on the Darien I strongly suggest you use the online fitting guide or call and talk to someone who can get you the right size. Also I think the back pad should be standard equipment but since it isn't, buy one anyway. (Posted on 12/24/13)
- Darien Jacket IS Improved and More Better :-) Review by Mac
This is my 3rd Darien jacket and pants (don't ask :-)
The last pair just were beyond repair after 13 years and untold miles all over the place. I never washed them! Yea, I know...
The newest jacket is even more better than its' predecessor IMO due to the softer collar and the fabulous idea of using magnets to hold the collar down to the jacket when the collar is not velcroed closed. More waterproof zippers too.
Wonderful (Posted on 12/24/13)
- Best Riding Gear I've Ever Had Review by Sjaak
- I ordered the Darien from Holland, having had the Aerostitch brand floating in the back of my mind for ages; their gear seemed to feature everything I wanted as a daily rider come rain, sleet or shine. I submitted my sizes, but on arrival the sleeves were an inch short, falling on the bony wrist protrusion. However, sans shoulder and elbow pads, sleeve length was spot on. As good fortune had it, I soon decided anyway to use the Darien without the pads, but with the optional Competition back protector. An injured spine gets you in a wheel chair. Used thus, the Darien is extremely comfortable and leaves room to move without the jacket pulling. All pockets, adjusting tabs and the collar are extremely functional. I'm totally happy with the jacket. Two caveats are the sizing for longish limbs which is tricky or somehow missed by the sizing dept., in my case with luck no problem, and the two lower front pockets have nicely angled entrance, but their zippers are very hard to pull close (direction belly button) becaus the jacket "gives". You really need two hands, one to hold the jacket tight when you pull the zipper with the other. Recommended! (Posted on 12/17/13)
- Performes as promissed Review by Jeff
This jacket performs as promised. Took it on a 5500km round trip across the Trans-Labrador HWY and Newfoundland in September (not recommended). 8 of the 10 days were wet. Most just a constant light rain. But 3 of those days saw long heavy downpours. I was the only one in the group to stay dry.
Only complaint is the chest pockets do get wet. Had some papers in there that didn't survive. (Posted on 12/17/13)
- Darien Crash results Review by Bob
Last week a buck jumped into my st1300 from the side of the road. The deer was killed, my bike totaled so I thought I'd give a report on the performance of the Darien jacket. The jacket was about 2 years old with 71k miles on it. I hit pavement at about 50-60 mph and slid a considerable distance ending up on mt stomach with the bike another 30 or so ft down road.
The jacket did sustain damage almost all of which was on the left side which il landed on. The lowest outside pocket had several rips and holes which I attribute to their having been a spare clip for my 32 in it. The clip itself was destroyed. The damage was limited to to
He outer layer of the pocket and did not pierce the part of the pocket touching rider. This should be very repairable there was a lot of abrasion on the left hip but nothing all the way thru. The left forearm took a beating with two holes about quarter size. The shoulder took a significant hit but did not tear. The only right side damage was on the elbow where the material ground down to the elbow pad. I had both shoulder and elbow pads in and they did an excellent job. Perhaps the most impressive thing is that I lost NO SKIN anywhere the jacket covered. I did get some good bruises, and I broke 10 ribs. I had on AD1 pants as well and they held up even better than the jacket.
If I ever head on a deer at 60 mph this is the gear I want on. I'll be an aero stitch customer forever (Posted on 8/12/13)
- Update my previous review Review by Pete
- Need to update my previous review, after examining my original purchase receipt I realize that this 2013 is my 10th riding season in my Hi-Vis Darien. I love the substantial feeling of the 500 weight condura, reminds me of well worn cardboard. Also has not dropped a stitch in multiple washings & continuous use. Amazing Quality is what I bought, & will again, if this Darien ever wears out? (Posted on 5/15/13)
- Best value for the money Review by Chris H
- My Darien is 13 years old and it is completely servicable, faded and mostly waterproof (needs to rain sideways to get slighly wet on one arm) other than cleaning and taping a few wear holes it has survived averaging 14,000 miles a year. It is a little large on me now (dam diet) but layers well for year round use in New England weather.It is the most comfortable jacket I have owned and will replace it only with another Darien, maybe @ VBR III. Best value for the money spent! No regrets. (Posted on 4/4/13)
- Darien combo Review by Sputnik
After commuting and riding the first two months of this Seattle winter in my new Darien jacket and pants I'm still dry. It is a pleasure to be able to fully attend to the challenges of riding in the rainy dark without being distracted by issues of physical discomfort.
My only issue with the jacket is as follows: for the first several weeks I could not figure out why I was having such difficulty zipping the thing up. I tried a little graphite on the lowest teeth without success; it just wouldn't start. I then discovered that the zipper slide was being obstructed by the pin at the bottom of the liner zipper (which I'm not using). Currently I need to push that pin aside with a finger but think that I may stitch it back for a less annoying fix. I may also install a snap on the corner of the overlying bottom flap; it separates, despite the velcro, for those several inches below the zipper.
Otherwise a fine jacket!
The pants are as excellent as advertised. (Posted on 12/10/12)
- High-quality Armor Review by Doc
- I've just had the jacket a little while, but the Aerostich quality is great. It will be nice when it softens up a little. That took quite a bit of riding for the pants, which I bought about 18 months ago. It's a suit of armor that feels like a suit of armor when you first get it, but much better later. (Posted on 10/26/12)
- darien jacket Review by peter
I wore a Darien jacket on a 22,000 mile journey from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Ushuaia in Patagonia. Whilst the other riders wore the BMW rider suits, it was the Darien jacket that survived the best. it still looks like new.
In the UK I wear the Katana electric liner which is great for everyday use, although it is too bulky to pack when touring.
Like others I found the neck a bit obtrusive at first but in foul weather it comes into its own.
IT truly is a quality bit of kit, non flashy but really functional (Posted on 10/9/12)
- Love this Jacket Review by Brendon
I have to say, I depend heavily on product reviews when making a purchase, but rarely actually post a review.
When I placed the online order for my Darien, I promptly received a phone call from Aerostich, letting me know my product was on back order. They were extremely polite, and shipped out what they could ASAP. My Jacket came a week ahead of their estimate.
When you first open the box and take out the Jacket, WOW, the quality and craftsmanship is superb. The seams, the stitching, the velcro, the zippers, everything top notch.
I live in Northern Michigan, and the night I received the jacket it just so happened, that it was about 51 degrees, pouring rain, with about 30 MPH winds. I figured it was the perfect test. I rode about 110 miles in a torrential downpour, and I have never experienced anything like this jacket. 100% protection from the elements, with comfort. This morning, the weather became cold at 43 when I departed for work.. I plugged in the air vest electric liner, and turned my 20 mile ride to work into a 65 mile ride to work, with only a t-shirt under my Aerostich combo. Complete comfort!
Add to this the exceptional customer service, MADE IN AMERICA, and get this: when you call, no automated answering, a HUMAN BEING answers the phone.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I was this happy with a purchase!
Highly recommend the product and the company. (Posted on 9/19/12)
- A riders (dry) dream Review by Jay
This jacket was obviously designed by people who ride and with 'function' at the top of the list of design features.
I rode with a different jacket for several months as I eased back into riding (the upfront costs can be a bit daunting). After months of frustration with tiny pockets, zip-in thermal and waterproof liners, and poor construction I saved up and bought the Darien. Wow- EVERYTHING is waterproof not just a 'special' pocket and I don't need to add a liner to keep from getting wet. The pockets are HUGE and easy to get to. I also purchased the windstopper liner and am very pleased with how it integrates into the jacket. The vents make riding on warmer days tolerable and encourage wearing protection when I am tempted not to. The neck closure is comfortable and accommodating to extra layers (Euclid's fairing fits well). I only wish I had waited a few months to get the upgraded version. Great product and worth every penny. (Posted on 8/20/12)
- Great Jacket Review by Brad
Have put ~7000 km on gravel roads in this jacket in a year in the north, pacific northwest of BC, Have not ridden a lot in really heavy rain but when I did, no issues, as it is extremely comfortable and well designed for inclement weather. I have been down a couple of times on the TF3 pads and while they are not going to prevent an injury, they certainly can lessen one.
For my uses, an excellent jacket... (Posted on 7/27/12)
- Darien Jacket - why buy anything else Review by Barry from Oz
- After over 40 years of M/C riding and to many jackets to count, I finally circum and bought a Darien jacket. A bit more expensive then some but it is worth it. The fit and comfort is second to none. Instead of carrying 2 jackets (one for normal protection and the other for weather protection) I just wear the Darien and forget about trying to predict what to wear. When it comes time to replace the jacket, it will be with another Darien. (Posted on 5/31/12)
- Tested on First Ride Review by RoverDover
After years of toting around both my leather jacket and a saddle-bag filling rain suit, I finally decided that carrying two jackets is silly. Time for one jacket that's both weather protection and road protection.
Based on this last weekend, it looks like I found it - my new Darien jacket.
I bought the jacket in time for my late-spring ride weekend in Florida, which means packing all my riding gear in a duffle, then flying to Orlando to pick up my rental Harley. The jacket is much easier to pack and much lighter than my leather jacket and rainsuit that I used to take. But would it be waterproof?
That was tested too as during my ride back to the dealership, the Florida heavens opened, resulting in an hour-long ride in driving rain. The Darien jacket performed wonderfully. Now I had just put on my rain pants too.
Next up on my "wish list" is a pair of Darien Light rain pants - size 40 waist in black would be great. Got that Aerostitch? (Posted on 4/12/12)
Darien Jackets: The Executive Summary
These days there are many other kinds of enduro and 'adventure' armored-synthetic-fiber textile jackets available at price levels from $100 to over $1,500. But the original Darien and Darien Light jackets preceded all of them, and inspired more than a few of the most popular specific models. Since the outset Darien's have been subject to continuous refinements and updates so today they still provide functional performance advantages and set real benchmarks for this type of gear.
Beyond all the specific materials and design details, three fundamental things distinguish Darien jackets from others in this product category:
- No separate 'hanging' inner lining. This is a harder way to make an armored jacket, but the advantages are worth the extra effort. Without a lining the Darien wears cooler, flows air better and is lighter weight.
- Suit-sized grading. Ten available sizes with a smaller size-to-size interval means you get a better fit you can feel. S, M, L, XL, XXL graded styles offer only five or six sizes covering the same range. And some Darien fit alterations like custom sleeve lengths are also available on special order. Normally all Dariens are sold from inventory in stock in standard graded sizes (38, 40, 42, etc..), and are fully returnable/exchangeable.
- Made in USA.
THE ORIGINAL SINCE 1992
Aerostich Dariens are the original modern 'adventure riding' gear. They, along with cell-phones and GPSs, helped encourage this kind of riding. Dariens were introduced years before all of the internet adventure riding forums and print magazines existed. Pioneering Darien wearers shared their adventure ride stories, photos and ideas, inspiring many riders.
Early pioneers like Ed Culberson, Helge Peterson, Greg Frazier, Chris Scott, Ted Simon (and others) relied on Darien gear because of its combination of protection, reliability, durability and comfort. Today, adventure riders choose to wear Aerostich Darien gear, because it remains the best.
Even among today's highly detailed, styled and teched-out adventure gear, the Darien stands out because it remains a lightweight, tougher, better fitting, simpler and more comfortable piece of equipment. It just wears and works better across a wider range of conditions. As always, Aerostich Darien jacket and pants are 100% hand made in-the-USA, too.
More than twenty years ago Dariens established new benchmarks for performance, fit and comfort. And since then we’ve continually refined them. Today’s Dariens are the best ever.
Darien ‘Cutaway’ Hem Roll
The Darien is a ¾ length design – it’s just long enough to cover a suitcoat and is the perfect length for standing-on-the-pegs dual sporting and adventure riding. For all camping and other rugged outdoor activities, too. But sometimes it feels a little too long, especially if you ride a sport or sport touring bike with the classic lean-forward body position handlebars.
An easy solution for some riders is to roll/fold the jacket front hem up underneath the zipper. After a couple of times it becomes automatic. You don’t even think about it because it takes not even two seconds. Give it a try.
MMM Product Review: Aerostich Darien Jacket
My love affair with the Aerostich Darien jacket was quickly developed and has been growing stronger with every passing riding season. It was my first real motorcycle related purchase and one that I have benefited from every since.
Within a few months of the purchase of my first real bike I was off in a far away land (Iowa) searching for towns that may or may not exist with fellow I've Been Everywhere Grand Tour riders. My Aerostich Darien jacket was about to take its first test. We experienced damn near every type of summer weather on this ride and by the end of the summer I had the frost and snow feather in my cap too. Dirt roads, random rain storms and gusting wind. But nothing would compare to what was coming. We had decided it was time to head home. After a good meal and some 'BS'ing we were on the road. Destination, Des Moines. Turn north and blast home.
About an hour south of the Minnesota border we ran into a wall of water. Not just a rain storm, a wall of water. Now being a new rider, I figured we would find the next exit and wait it out or at least let it die down a bit. We didn't even slow down... Continue to Full Review