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.)
Cut like khakis (and some jeans), these unlined overpants are the perfect match for a Darien jacket. Two front pockets, one back pocket, a flapped front fly, and a waistband with belt loops containing a removable Aerostich belt are some practical details.
Full length side zips with inner and outer flaps insure easy on-and-off convenience and severe weather protection. Bent knees, large 3M Scotchlite™ reflective ankle adjustment tabs and shaped, removable TF3 knee armor complete the specifications. 500 Denier Mil-spec Cordura® GORE-TEX® fabric is fully seam taped for comfort and strength. Black, grey or tan. 30–46 waist, regular and long.
- Darien Features
- Sizing Guide
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- Darien Pants Owners Guide
- TF Pad Removal and Replacement
- Darien vs. Darien Light
Aerostich Darien Pants (Review on West America)
Various alterations are available for the Darien Pants to get that custom fit you expect.
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Customer Reviews (43)
- Darien vs AD1Review by Mitch
- Ordered both the Darien and the AD1. I'll keep the AD1 and return the Darien. I think the rise on the Darien is quite a bit higher than a normal pair of khakis. Great quality, but not the right cut for me. (Posted on 9/5/16)
- A GREAT PIECE OF KITReview by Mike J.
I never write reviews as most things you buy these days don't warrant it. I did however Purchase a pair of Darian pants this summer and wanted to let you know that other than my motorcycle (vstrom 1000) this is the best investment I have made to date. I ride to work rain or shine and the Darian's are in my opinion the perfect pant for both commuting and or trekking cross country. They are cool even in mid to high eighty temps and completely waterproof even in the most challenging conditions thanks to the Gortex fabric. The ease of putting on or removing is unparalleled because of the full length zippers. The protection of the rip stop curdora along with the build in knee protection provides another level of comfort while riding.
Wearing shorts underneath allow me to go from riding apparel to beach attire in seconds. I'm writing this testimonial after riding to work in a thunderstorm and being completely dry. The triple digit gloves didn't hurt either. Anyway this Canadian (Nova Scotia) just wanted to say thanks for a great piece of kit and let you know you have an Aerostich customer for life. I also spread the word to all my adventure riding friends who will be purchasing soon.
Cheers (Posted on 7/6/16)
- SizingReview by David
I followed the Arostich sizing tool and was placed in 34 Regulars (I wear a 32x32 in jeans). I put about a 1000 miles on them this winter before I realized they just wouldn’t work for me.
Issue 1: The waist was gaping over just undershorts, and even after I added the hard shell hip pads still a little too loose. I gather they are meant to be worn as over-pants and not against the skin or over fleece liners.
Issue 2: They were too short. Seated in the saddle, the bottoms rode high, coming up over the top of my boots. Even after adjusting the height of the knee armor I couldn’t get them to ride lower.
Issue 3: Cold spots along the full length zippers that made winter riding uncomfortable, even wearing fleece liners.
So choose wisely when ordering.
All this being said, I really did like the way they are built and I’m going to try again with a different size. (Posted on 4/8/16)
- Great Pants with BAD ZIPPERReview by RickJ
- Add this review to the list of reviews praising the pants, but unhappy due to poor quality zippers. I've had my Darien pants for 2 years of relatively light use. After riding last weekend I noticed that the plastic fly zipper was broken. I called customer service, which informed me that they could replace the zipper for $75 plus shipping costs, and that they'd be able to get to them 4 to 6 weeks after they receive them! Really? I don't want to be without my riding pants for as long as 2 months and as much as $100, and they'd likely replace the zipper with yet another low quality zipper. It's surprising that this otherwise high quality product has such as low quality zipper. Finally, the indifference of the customer service rep I spoke with completely turned me off to any future with Aerostich. (Posted on 12/30/15)
- Bad ZippersReview by DoubleD
- Generally good, but my pants are in need of “another” set of zippers. I wear these pants a lot, but the zippers are not durable. The fly zipper won’t stay up and the leg zippers are separating. I replace them once before, and I like the concept of being able to get gear repaired vs buying new, but $50 for a new fly zipper and $75 to replace each leg zippers means $200??? I found a local person that will replace the leg zippers for $15 for both! I’ll lose the two way zipper, but come on, I only zip them one way anyway. At $360 for the pants these zippers should last 10 years of constant use. (Posted on 9/2/15)
- Bought another pair after they were stolen.Review by Karl
I had a pair of Darien pants for about a year. I use them for commuting and a ride from Minnesota to NYC. I found that someone broke into my locked luggage and stole my originals. These were good enough to order up the exact same pair again.
The fit of the pants is a little odd in that they are not cut like jeans. They are a tall cut. If I pull up the waist, it goes maybe an inch over my belly button. Not that this is a bad thing, just an observation. The leg length is good when I'm on my bike and they are roomy enough for jeans + long grundies when it's cold out. I like how utility and basic they are. The pads are easily adjustable. Sides zip completely from top to bottom, so you can just Chippendale them off rather than hop around on one foot trying to get your muddy boot through. (Posted on 10/28/14)
- Darien pants for the summerReview by John
- I have a Roadcrafter one piece, but it's quite warm during the summer in Georgia in stop and go city traffic. As a supplement I purchased a pair of Darien pants and paired them with a Tourmaster Flex 3 four season jacket and wear the armored mesh piece with the pants. This is a great combination, with the ventilation of the jacket and the ability to leave the pants on when walking in to work, the mall, etc., to maintain ATGATT. When the temperatures cool down I will go back to my Hi-Viz one piece. The best of both worlds. (Posted on 7/26/14)
- Well made - very solidReview by Bart
I recently bought a pair of Darian pants to replace my (badly) aging pair of Marsee Adventure Gear pants, which are no longer made. The Darians fit nicely over the same size jeans. The workmanship is top notch - very well sewn and sealed. They started out quite stiff, but they're beginning to loosen up a little. It has been quite cool (for California) with temperatures below freezing, and these have kept me quite comfortable at 75 mph on my daily commute on my naked (no fairings) motorcycle.
I look forward to replacing the jacket with a Darian jacket - the Aerostich quality is quite compelling. Good gear, well made here in the USA. Would definitely buy again.
(Posted on 12/19/13)
- Mixed ReviewReview by John
- I've had these pants for a couple seasons and can say that when the zippers work, the pants are wonderful. I ordered the same size I wear in a street pant and they fit over my street clothes perfectly. I do tuck my street pants into boots if it's raining as these ride up enough that street pants poke out under them and will get wet, but other than that the fit is just right. And the finish is fantastic. I have these in black and can get away with wearing the Darien pants with any of my gear, into store, etc., without them seeming out of place or jumping out at you – very non-descript. They are also entirely, perfectly, completely waterproof in the worst conditions I've ridden in. That said, I've had two zipper failures now, and while the folks at Aerostich could not have been more cordial or collegial, I have to wonder if I would buy these again. I had the fly zipper bust open at one point and last week at the far end of a loop ride, I had a leg zipper stop come off and the bottom zipper with it - I had to ride home without the pants. I dont think i put unusual stresses on the zippers because of my size or misuse, and havent worn the pants more than thirty or forty times, so am having some concern over the failures. I'm going to send it in for repairs and then figure out whether to keep them or sell them. (Posted on 9/19/13)
- Darien Zipper FailureReview by Joseph
Purchased Darien Pants and Jacket as Christmas present from my wife in December 2012. On 28 August Aerostich refunded the price of the pants plus shipping I paid to return them three times for failed zippers.
I ride year round in Seattle WA and love the Darien suit, but the new "waterproof" zippers are very weak. In fact the second time in I requested and received the old style zipper and several teeth fell out of it within a few days. So, my message to Aerostich is that your competitors have improved their product over the last 13 years and if you want to stay on top, then don't make changes to your zippers without testing them a few thousand times. My last pair went five years before a zipper failure. Lastly and most importantly, thank you for the excellent customer service. (Posted on 9/19/13)
- Snap broke first time onReview by Martin E.
- When I put the pants on for the first time the right side waist snap just came off. I would send them back but it's easier just to get them fixed locally. The fit is a bit tighter than my FirstGear pants (same waist size) and the material is quite stiff making them somewhat awkward to get on and off over my boots in the parking lot at work... maybe they'll loosen up as they break in. Anyway they do keep out the rain and are warm enough on cold mornings. (Posted on 9/14/13)
- Love them BUT.....Review by Daniel
My second pair of Dariens, I bought these as a "training garment" and found no issues..
The second time I wore them was to the MN BMW Rally and about 1 hour after arriving the fly zipper just gave up. Trying to get it to operate, 3 teeth fell off.. I bought these pants a size larger than I normally wear, so I can't blame it on being tight.
Anyway, the new RiRi zipper may be waterproof, but I won't trust another one of them. The pants have been returned for repair, and a YYK zipper was requested. During the rally I was informed by several other people of RiRi zipper failure..
Not sure what RiRi stands for?? Maybe it's "your fly is open"??
I have 4 Darien jackets, a pair of Darien pants, and NUMEROUS "Stich" items throughout my house, car, and even desk at work (loved the stainless insulated bottle), and I'm not going to let this failure scare me away from Aerostich, but I will be a bit more cautious in the future.. (Posted on 6/9/13)
- Darien Pants 155Review by Kurt
- Got my pants and the very next day had a chilly 30 deg FLA winter ride on I75 45min to Gainesville. The pants were remarkably warm and comfortable. The "Fit" is perfect. Can't say enough about the Darien Pants..Thanks for making them in the USA (Posted on 1/17/13)
- Darien PantsReview by joe
- they fit perfectly and plenty of room to move around in with jeans underneath and very easy to put on and take off. i recomend these as well as my roadcrafter suit to fellow riders, thank you for the wonderfull products so far (Posted on 11/30/12)
- Wonderful pants for men, but what about us girls?Review by Angela
- My boyfriend, his father and his brother both own a pair of Darien pants and love them. I just ordered mine and have only worn them once, and also really like them. They are by far the best pant out there if you are looking for an over pant that zips all the way off. The only down side is that I am a woman, and these pants are made for a man. They come very high up (just below my chest), and are not shaped to fit over hips. I have to unzip mine from the top to get them on over my hips and then cinch them up once they are on in order for them to fit in the waist. I wish that Darien would make a pair of riding pants for women who want not only the excellent protection but also a proper fit. There is a bonus of the not so perfect fit... they keep my back really warm! (Posted on 10/11/12)
- I like themReview by Shawn
- I've put over 3000 miles in less than three months in these pants. When it was hot out, yes they were a bit warm, but not uncomfortable (as long as I was moving). I got the grey pants, and they didn't seem too stiff out of the box. Not more than expected anyway. Like I said, they have over 3000 miles and are great. I have worn them through MAJOR rain/thunder storms and my pants were dry. I did have my regular pants tucked into my boots. A couple of times I didn't and about three inches of the cuff was wet. I think that these pants are great and I'm glad I got them. Worth the price. (Posted on 9/26/12)
- Remedy for pants riding upReview by Doc
I'm 5 feet, six inches tall, average build. I don't have a big gut or a big butt. I bought the smallest pair of Dariens that would fit over my street pants (had to send a smaller pair back, too small). I liked the pants, but when I rode, they would ride up. The knee pads would be on my thighs. Worse, the waist-band dug into my ribs, making me very uncomfortable. Aerostich customer support had no helpful suggestions.
Hold-down boot-strap stirrups from suspenders.com have been the answer for me. Now I enjoy my pants instead of feeling like I dropped $300+ for something I hated. (Posted on 9/4/12)
- Another Pair soonReview by Tim
- I bought my Darien pants in 2001 and have worn them for more than 80,000 miles in every weather imaginable. I had a low side crash in 2002 and scuffed the lower right leg - the Darien's didn't care until 2011 when they just started leaking. I brought them in to the store, and the only thing better than the pants was the customer service. I had a cup of coffee while one of the employees sewed on a patch complete with the Gore-tex(TM or circle R? Don't want you in trademark jail). No charge for the service! The technician warned that the membrane were starting to outlive the service life, and showed me the interior discoloration. Sure enough - now in 2012, after another 5,000 miles, the pants have started to seep when riding in the wet. Thanks, Darien, for 10 years of service. I'll be riding to Duluth to buy another pair soon. (Posted on 7/27/12)
- Just fine.Review by Timothy
- I've worn these pant riding just once so far. They fit fine and are well-constructed. My route took me through some rain and the pants kept my legs dry. (Posted on 6/27/12)
- Wouldn't wear anything elseReview by Keith
- My first pair is finally starting to show some wear after many years (more than 10, I think maybe about 15) and a lot of miles. The zippers are going out and goretex lining wearing in spots, so naturally I just ordered another pair. I've tried other pants but I like my Darien pants more than any others. The only drawback is the heat when it's above 90, but I'd rather be hot than ride without my gear. (Posted on 5/31/12)
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Which Pants? Darien vs. AD1 vs. Utility...Regular vs. Light
AD1 pants fit me a little better than Darien pants. Their rise is less, so the waistband rides a little lower, and it’s slightly curved, which I also like better. The AD1’s included belt is a 1.25" Aerostich money belt, versus the stronger 1.5" side-release-buckled belt on the Darien pants. And compared to the Darien pant the AD1’s knees are ‘bent’ a couple of degrees more, which is nice for bikes with a little more rear-positioned footrests. The radius of this bend is a little bigger, too, so there is a bit more space for knee pads. Darien pants fit and feel a lot like Khaki's or regular pants and AD1's fit and feel a little more like jeans.
Up to about 70ºf I wear my AD1 Lights over regular jeans or khaki pants. When it’s warmer they go over Aerostich cotton riding shorts…which we sew right here, too. The new Utility Pants fit like the AD1's, and have all the function, protection and styling of those, but without the full-length side-zips, belt, or reflective on the leg adjustment tabs. You can slip them on and wear them all day, whether logging hundreds of miles or just riding across town to run errands. Remove the TF3 kneepads and these super-tough pants are practical as everyday off-bike wear, too.
MMM Product Review: Aerostich Darien Jacket and Pants
I'm getting gas in Montana. It's only 10AM, but the temperate has ripped past 95oF and is still climbing. It will top 105oF before sunset. The moment I get off of the bike, I pull off my gloves, helmet, and Darien jacket. A couple on a Harley laugh at me and the guy asks me, "Don't you get hot in that gear?" Neither of the two wore helmets and their riding gear consisted of leather vests over tee-shirts, jeans, designer boots, and bandanas.
"I'm fine, as long as I'm moving," I said.
"Seems like a lot of clothing on a hot summer day. Couldn't you get by in something a little more comfortable?" the lady says.
"I don't believe in magic," is the only reply I can think of.
They wandered away, probably confused by my response. It's the truth, though. I don't carry a rabbit's foot, a crucifix, a picture of Jimmy Carter in my wallet, or have a Suzuki tattoo on my butt. I don't believe in magic. I do believe in preparation and luck, but I only have control of the first of those ingredients... Continue to Full Review
"The Darien and AD1 pants fit a little different…The Darien's fit like khaki 'Docker'-type chinos and dress pants. They have a straight waistband and a higher rise than jeans. The AD1's have a lower rise and a slightly conical waistband that is angled a bit lower in front. So these fit more like old-school denim jeans. I slightly prefer the AD1's fit."
The AD1, AD1 light, Darien, Darien light and Utility pants fit some women better with a 'Hip-Seat Ease Alteration' (#263), which adds more curve and room. Also named 'Gail's Gusset' this $75 alteration (new construction price) helps all of these pants fit better, feel better, look better and wear more comfortably on bodies with more shaped hips. See Alterations for more info and a diagram. Please contact us if you have questions about any product or available custom alteration.