An ultralight Darien would make a great urban riding tool (we said to ourselves). And we build it just this way, using a tough, HT200 Denier Nylon GORE-TEX® fabric. This lightweight Cordura-like material is far tougher than ordinary nylon fabrics of similar weight but offers about a third less abrasion resistance than the regular Darien’s 500D fabric. On the other hand this version is so much lighter and encourages so much more freedom of movement (especially in very high and low temperatures) that it’s wonderful as general wear for camping, skiing, hiking and all rugged outdoor activities. Beyond motorcycle touring and dual sport riding the Darien light really comes into it’s own for everyday utility commuting and general riding, especially in atrocious weather where it will flat-outperform whatever you now wear. Manufacturing a single layer constructions like this is more costly and difficult, because nothing can be hidden inside and the system for managing the TF impact armor systems and providing useable pockets is a little harder, too. You’ll like the result…It’s worth always riding drier more comfortable across a wider temperature range and climate range. It’s nice that the armor is easier to remove and replace…and if ever needed emergency post-crash repair is a lot easier, too. (Especially if you’re somewhere beyond remote and it’s getting dark and the weather is closing in.) The Darien Light isn’t an adapted winter outdoor fashion jacket. It’s a riding-dedicated hard-as-nails protective system for your upper body that lets you ride in safety and comfort for years, regardless of harsh conditions. It’s made to be tough, simple, and practical because that’s what you really need: Basic good stuff that always works. Exclusive Darien Light jacket features include the tough HT200D GORE-TEX® breathable/waterproof outer fabric, removable hard shell TF3 foam elbow and shoulder pads, and generous 3M Scotchlite™ reflective areas, and adjustable anti-flutter arm tabs. The Darien Light jacket also accommodates a range of optional removable TLTec fleece liners that fit perfectly inside it’s breathable/waterproof outer jacket. These liner underarm vent zippers always line up perfectly, and the inner pieces fit, feel and work together like they were always made for a Darien. Which they were. These optional reversible TLTec liners are worn separately under an outer Darien Light Jacket and are perfect on cool mornings and for all off-the-bike wear. They fold into their own compact zippered pockets, and then can be attached to your bike or worn on a belt like a fanny pack. Executive summary: Durable comfort and protection. Both liner and shell feature underarm vent zips and plenty of pockets (nine in the outer jacket, six in the liner jacket!). An optional back pad attaches to all Darien’s with pre-installed hook-and-loop. Available colors: black, grey, red, hi-viz lime yellow*, tan, or cobalt blue. All Darien Light jackets come with black details. 36–54. USA.