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Darien Jacket

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Built for hard everyday wear, long trips and extreme adventure and endurance riding. Whether you are heading across town or across Siberia, this is the toughest most reliable single-layer textile jacket and pants available.

The Darien actually was the first armored textile jacket and pants made specifically for long-distance travelers and adventure riders, and today after more than 25 years of continuous improvements and careful refinements it still remains the benchmark for technical motorcycle trip gear.

With its unique single-layer construction there can be no shortcuts. Nothing is hidden under a lining. Hook and loop is used for positioning its comprehensive TF3 impact armor systems.

Darien's ride drier and more comfortably across a wider temperature and climatic range. The armor is easier to custom-position for fit or remove and replace as required. Emergency field repairs are easier, too. (Important if you're somewhere remote.)

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, oxblood, hi-viz lime yellow, or tan. All Darien jackets come with black details. 36–56. Made in USA

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.

A Note on New Sizing

Do you have an older Darien Jacket and are ready for a new one? Continual product refinements and incremental updates have also brought size adjustments over the years. This chart shows the current sizes compared to Darien Jacket sizing from garments produced prior to 2013. For any sizing questions contact Customer Care at 800.222.1994

Darien Jacket Size3638404244464850525456
2008-2013 Darien Sizing36384042444648505254
Alpha Numeric DarienSmallMediumLargeXLargeXX Large

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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Sam Whitehead from American Iron Magazine reviews the Darien Jacket, Darien Pants, and Combat Touring Boots

Additional Information

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There are four rare earth magnets to remove:

  • One (about the size of a quarter), inside the jacket on each side of the upper chest/collar,
  • One (about the size of a dime) at each end of the collar - removable from a small pocket with a hook and loop closure.

Important Information Regarding Rare Earth Magnets


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Cool jacketReview by Brent
I used this coat in the first part of February paired with a heated jacket and walla perfect combo for cold weather! I also own a Falstaff jacket and love it also. I love the rare earth magnets in the collar, a nice touch. Simply the best stuff on the planet so spend the money and get the best! (Posted on 2/13/17)
Review after one year of useReview by David
My initial impression was not good. It is very stiff. The armor is as hard as rock in cold weather. The hand-warmer pockets are set too high to be useful. The felt color lining does not come down far enough to offer comfort against the neck. The storm flap in front will not stay shut below the waist when seated on my bike. The main front zipper is not rubber coated and can scratch your tank if you’re not careful. So much Velcro; in places heavy duty snaps would make more sense and offer more security (e.g., the front storm flap). It will not zip to my Aerostich Utility pants (which is standard on nearly all other brands and a very welcome feature). It does not come with back armor which added an additional expense (it seems ridiculous not to wear back armor in a motorcycle specific jacket). When I purchased it I thought I should probably return it. For whatever reason, I decided to risk the investment and give it a chance.

After a year I have really grown to love this jacket. I feel very well protected by the substantial armor and it has kept me dry in driving rain and even hail. After about five-thousand miles it has broken in nicely and it fits and feels very comfortable. With the additional Darien fleece liner over a base-layer it is reasonably warm. I guess I’ve adjusted to its peculiarities and can live with its (in my opinion) shortcomings. Lastly I’ll say that Aerostich has always provided ridiculously outstanding customer service! On balance I’m glad I took a chance on it.
(Posted on 12/29/16)
Why did I wait so long?!Review by Mark
I have had my Darien jacket 3 years now, with about 36,000 miles on it. Everything still works perfectly, and it is entirely, completely, incredibly waterproof. I used it for downhill snow skiing for the first time last week, and it works great for that as well. I just wish I'd bought this a few years earlier and didn't waste time on two other brand-x jackets that were only waterproof for a week or two. (Posted on 12/27/16)
Darien Suit reviewReview by John
Have been riding in the NE with this suit year round for the last 2 years. It is the only suit I use. I do own a mesh Alpinstars jacket but have not used it since buying the Darien gear. Cool enough in the heat and humidity of summer in New England and I can layer effectively under it in the winter. I have had no leakage in the rain and the zippered vents allow for enough air flow in the heat. I have the HiViz jacket which I think does help you be seen well. If you want a one suit does it all outfit then this suit is a good choice. I have no buyer's remorse in making this purchase. (Posted on 10/21/16)
Longtime Roadcrafter Owner Review of DarienReview by Rich
I have owned one Roadcrafter two-piece for 23 some-odd years, and have ridden all over the North American continent. I decided to try the Darien jacket and AD-1 pants.
Overall, same high quality, same excellent customer service, so I won't go into that. The Roadcrafter is still the champ at getting on and off; best for commuting. The Darien/AD-1 combo works better for me on long tours. Much more water-proof than the Roadcrafter (albeit mine is over 20 years old). I like the sleeve closures better on the Darien, as well as the collar. So far it seems to me the Darien/AD-1 combo is better in hot-humid conditions than the Roadcrafter.
Nits: The AD-1 pants are a royal pain to get into and out of, especially when wearing CBT's. That may improve with time, but it's then when I miss the Roadcrafter's slick lining. Also, the leg zippers on the AD-1's seem a bit under-designed for the task. Not the usual Industrial-Strength zippers of the Roadcrafter. Since the Darien has no lining, the temperature range is a bit narrower. I can go down to 62 in the Roadcrafter without layering, but in the Darien anything below 70 starts to get chilly. However, for most riding conditions in the Pacific Northwest where I live, a pull-over sweatshirt will take me down to 55 degrees with no problem. I do note that when I do use my electrics with the Darien, I have to crank it up higher than with the Roadcrafter.
To sum up, I will still use my Roadcrafter for daily commuting and Sunday putts, especially if I will be meeting up with friends for lunch and such. But for my sojourns to Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and other neat places, it's the Darien/AD-1 combo from here on. (Posted on 9/28/16)
Darien JacketReview by Jon
Just ordered my Darien jacket off a recommendation from a friend. However, this post is about Danielle in customer service. I don't know that I have ever had someone be more friendly, willing to answer any and all questions, and try everything to help me get the correct size jacket. She even mailed me one to try on. Mainly due to her, I will make Aerostich my first place to stop when I shop for motorcycle gear! (Posted on 6/26/16)
New Darien SuitReview by Oldbear
I recently purchased a new Hi-Viz yellow Darien jacket and black Darien pants. These were bought after years of making do with another brand. Frankly, I was somewhat concerned over venting in summer hear as the Darien has many fewer vents than my old gear. Yesterday I took a ride in 92F weather-humidity was 73% and dew point was 70. Was it hot? Yes, but no more so than anything else I've ever worn (it is ALL hot in direct sun when the temps are in the 90's, even standing around in a T shirt!). I found the Darien to vent VERY well at any kind of speed whatever. I was riding a Yamaha Super Tenere with a touring windscreen. Standing on the pegs gave a very nice breeze through the jacket and I put a smaller summer screen on today to give me that breeze while sitting. The Darien is a very solid and well built product and the armor really feels like it stays where it should be and would protect you if the need arises. VERY pleased with my purchase and customer service! Highly recommend to anyone wanting a set of "do it all" gear. Heading to Georgia from Ky next week (first of July) and will be running my new Darien suit. My older, vented jacket will be staying home. Well done Aerostich, just wish (1) I'd bought the Darien 10 years ago and (2) that it had been in stock when I ordered :). (Posted on 6/25/16)
Quality pays for itselfReview by John W
Thought I'd drop a line to tell you how much I love my Darien suit. I bought it in the early/mid-90s and I'm still wearing it today! I wore it every work day over business suits for two years while I commuted on my bike and on countless dual sport trips. I've used it in El Niños in California and in summer storms in the northeast. I'm currently commuting daily in the northeast where it rains every week and it keeps me as dry as the day I bought it. I originally thought the suit was expensive. Now, and see that quality pays for itself over time. Awesome product! (Posted on 6/24/16)
Darien Jacket, first outingReview by scritch
Took my brand-new Darien jacket out for its first spin today. I was very pleased with the construction. No obvious loose threads, seam tape well-placed and firmly-attached, looks to be first-class construction. The fit is great in the upper torso, but a bit tight in the belly (d'oh!). I suppose that's something *I* can fix.

I went out today for a short, but varied ride. It was 80+ degrees out, and as predicted, the jacket was a bit warm when moving very slowly or not at all. Many reviews wish that there was better venting. My other jacket has lots of vents, but is not rain-resistant in the slightest, and it balloons up like crazy in a cross-wind. The Darien actually allows a lot of air up the cuffs when fully-open, and this is quite cooling once moving. For me I don't see a big problem in hotter riding, but for those really sensitive to heat this jacket could be hot.

If I had any suggestions for a Darien design change, it would be to add a bit more venting in the sleeves, and to modify the venting in the back so that the back armor doesn't block airflow. My other jacket really opens up in the back with many (4) big vents, but it balloons when they are all open, and because they are vertical vents, the diameter of the jacket increases significantly, leading me to believe that in a get-off the jacket could easily move the armor off my shoulders and back. The Darien feels much, much, safer.

More later! (Posted on 6/4/16)
Darien jacket and pantsReview by Bob
well after roughly 2 years of use I can now write my review. first off the front chest pockets are not water proof. other than that I wouldn't trade the jacket for anything out there. I've ridden in down pours also a tornado warning last year on the tail of the dragon, I had stopped because I couldn't see due to the rain and wind gusts. the national emergency alert came on my phone alerting me to that.
made it back to the Blue ridge motorcycle camp ground after the worst of it. (Posted on 5/4/16)

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Gear: Fashion and Style vs. Equipment

There’s a lot of ‘noise’ in the rider-gear market space the Aerostich Darien jacket occupies, about how ‘new and improved’ similar jackets are. Other companies making these kinds of jackets restyle them and revise them every year or two, telling riders that if three zippers is good, six or seven zippers is better.

What all the ‘noise’ amounts to is fashion and style being presented in the guise of technology which supposedly is rapidly ever-advancing in this area. Except armored waterproof textile jackets are not the same kind of technology as computers, or even motorcycles. Seven zippers are not better than three, if only three are functionally needed. What counts is ease of use, durability, fit and function. The pioneering of this type of gear was done by us twenty and thirty years ago. (Combining lightweight breathable-waterproof highly abrasion-resistant synthetic fabrics, seam-sealing, ergonomically more useful vents and pockets, reflective materials and energy-absorbing foams and plastics.)

Since then, just like added decorative stitching on branded ‘designer’ jeans turns a pair of useful, comfortable and durable work pants like Levi’s 501’s into a fashion, all the noise about new tech in jackets like the Darien is mostly fashion BS masquerading as technological improvements. It’s not real.

Classic black leather ‘zipper’ biker jackets have been popular world-wide for many decades. There are versions at many price points and in some circles this jacket has become a fashion cliché having little to do with actually riding a motorcycle. But for many riders it remains a great equipment choice that has changed only very slightly over the years — because it works so well. You’ll find the original versions of these jackets at Langlitz, Shott and several other pioneering leather companies. Similarly, you’ll find the original British waxed cotton Belstaff and Barbour rider’s jackets and pants still being produced in their original patterns because they remain excellent functional rider’s gear.

The ‘latest-greatest’ is usually more style and fashion based, and original equipment is nearly always more utility-tool based. It does not change from year to year any more than Levi’s 501’s. Many riders are unlikely to admit they are buying ever-changing fashion and style when they believe they are getting some kind of improved technology, but that is a truth. None of the regularly restyled ‘teched-out’ sportswear for riders comes in as many closely-spaced sizes as the Darien does, and none is as functional and equipment-y as a Darien.

The Aerostich Darien is the original advanced technology breathable-waterproof impact-armored synthetic (nylon) textile rider’s gear, and just like the above-mentioned other examples of specialized rider’s clothing, it is similarly more equipment than fashion. For historical reasons.

Dariens are available ‘off-the-rack’ in eleven closely-spaced graded sizes and six colors. Complete repair service and several optional fit alterations insure years of superior service.

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.

—Mr. Subjective, 2014

Darien ‘Cutaway’ Hem Roll Darien ‘Cutaway’ Hem Roll

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