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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, orange, 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

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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:

  • 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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Darien Jacket - why buy anything elseReview 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 RideReview 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)
Still satisfied after five yearsReview by Alan in CT
After using several other riding suits that I became discontented with for one reason or another, I bought a Darien jacket and pants about five years ago. The jacket is a size L from just before the switch to numerical sizing, and fits me decently at 6'2"' 180lbs.

I have worn the Darien jacket as my main riding garb almost daily in every kind of weather imaginable. I have never gotten wet in it even in biblically proportioned rainstorms. I have found it tolerable in 90+ temps, and with layers in sub-30 temps with layers. The pockets are useful and sensible, without a lot of excessive flaps, Velcro, or other frippery. I have been fortunate enough not to crash-test it, but it seems to hold up well for many who have.

After five years, the only appreciable wear is a few abraded spots on the Gore-tex laminate, but this does not seem to affect water resistance. Also, there is a layer of perma-crud that won't completely come out in its annual wash and rewaterproofing.

Although it is expensive, I would have saved myself some cash if I had bought it earlier instead of those other riding suits d'jour. If it ever wears out, I will probably get another. (Posted on 4/12/12)
Darien Hi VisReview by Goggles
Best M/C jacket ever. Purchased 8 seasons prior, virtually no wear but zipper pulls broke, have replacements ready for install(someday). Wear it over my work clothes, fits fine. Weather resistant, pockets where I need them. Zippered air vents underarm & across back very useful. Very adaptive to wide range of temperatures. Looking forward to purchasing another, -if mine ever wears out, not looking like that will be for a while. Please, never stop offering this fine example of US designed & made product. I'm thinkin' with The Darien you fer sure get what ya paid fer! (Posted on 3/15/12)
Stiff, but worksReview by Captain Curmudgeon
Have about 12,000 miles / 2 years on my Darien. Still stiff as a board even after washings. Also front cargo pockets are easily accessed but not at all waterproof. Do not carry anything there that cannot get damp like a cell phone or camera. Overall it works pretty well though and w/o the liner can be rolled up stored pretty compact when temp is unbearably hot. Other jackets may be more comfortable but not have the toughess of the Darien. (Posted on 3/15/12)
Should Have Purchased One Ten Years AgoReview by JD Man
Have only had a chance to wear the jacket for about 600 miles in 40-60 degree weather (no rain yet). All I can say is "I should have bought this jacket ten years ago". Rode in 40 degree weather all day long and snug as can be. Fit was great, no flapping, absolutely windproof. Typically put on 12-15k miles per year and looking forward to putting this jacket through its' paces this year. Only wish is 'Stitch made a Women's version. We are trying to find a size of the Roadcrafter that will fit my wife now, so we will see.

Will write a full detail after several thousand miles. (Posted on 3/12/12)
Feel the qualityReview by gfkibb
I have been searching for quality riding gear for a long time. Finally I broke down and purchased the Darien jacket and pants. When I opened the package I was pleased. You can feel the quality and care that went into making these garments. There is no comparison. I ride a 2010 Concours in temps down into the low 30's and this is when the quality of these garments shine. As far as sizing goes for the pants, I went with the longs. I am 5'10" and 195 lbs. The regulars are fine when you are standing, but too short in the riding position. Go for it...plus you are helping Americans by purchasing American -made products! (Posted on 3/4/12)
Great Jacket & Pants!Review by OHIO-buellman
I received the Darien jacket and matching pants as a Christmas gift, so at this point I only have about 6 weeks and 500 miles worth of experience with the products, but so far, I am quite impressed. I commute 40 mi RT each day and weekend rides. My bikes are a mix of sport-bikes and dual-sports. Short of ice, I ride everyday. This gear is comfortable on all of my rides, all of the time--it is just straight up top shelf stuff.

I am somewhat embarrassed by the number jackets and pants I own (everything from full one-piece leathers to mesh touring gear). So, needless to say, I went over the jacket and pants with a fine tooth comb right out of the box. With all of this "software" in my possession, I have a pretty good idea of where to look for weaknesses and potential problems. This stuff just seems bloody bombproof to me. I have ridden it in the rain, snow, and sleet and everything from 17F (this morning's commute for example) to 60F and have remained warm and dry (using optional fleece liner jacket). I especially like the high collar during cold mornings as it keep the chill out (I had been using a fleece neck-warmer, but this just solves the problem straight away). Jacket is a bit stiff, but I suspect this will soften a bit with age. All of the pockets are awesome. I put my iphone in the optional clear plastic arm pouch that fastens to your forearm so I can see when I have a message or just wish to check the time (at red lights of course). My only little quibble is that I wouldn't mind more vertical movability for the knee pads in the pants, but that is pretty minor. This stuff is not inexpensive, but, I like the fact that it is made in America and you get what you pay for! It is top shelf stuff. I have no desire to check its crash resistance, but from prior incidents with other apparel, I can tell sufficient attention to detail in likely problem areas seems great. (Posted on 2/6/12)
Great jacket.Review by Cyclemech
Finally bought mine, and am very happy I did. Nice jacket, great for cold weather ridding, using the Kanetsu electric jacket under it with just a t-shirt I stayed comfortable with out turning on the heat with temperatures in the mid 30's for nearly an hour. The only complaint I have is, my size L electric jacket when zipped into my size 44 Darien using the inner zippers, makes the neck and shoulders too high to be comfortable so I just have to zip up twice. (Posted on 2/6/12)
15 Years Still Going...Review by boringgit
Another reviewer got it right by saying you have to use a Darien jacket for a while to appreciate how good these are.
I bought mine in 1997 when I was in living in the UK. Very dubious about spending a fairly large amount of money on an american mail order item that could possibly not fit or I would like. Needles to say I have on the whole not been disapointed. The front zip still works flawlessly, its still, mostly, waterproof and as wearable as ever. The lining covering the seams on the inside of the jacket is starting to come away but after 15 yrs you can't quibble.
These jackets are not perfect, the bright red colour has long faded, the little collar velcro strap still works but can flap in the wind making knocking noises on your helmet if not done up, very annoying. The right arm of the jacket from the elbow down is most deffinitely NOT windproof. Something left out at manufacture? The outside pockets leaked from new and the shoulder pads can restrict movement of your helmet when looking back for a turn, and isn't it due for a design update?
(Posted on 1/31/12)

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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