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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

Additional Information

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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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Nice ToastyReview by lunalos
I have been looking a motorcycle jacket that is truly a wind blocker. The Darien Jacket with liner plus the competitive silk scarf really keeps the wind out. I am a daily commuter and ride in temperatures as low as 20 degrees F (with no sun). The only issue is with my gloves. If not for my fingers, I would ride in lower temperatures with this superb jacket. (Posted on 1/14/12)
Never been disappointed by AerostichReview by Michael
I have a 15 year old Roadcrafter one-piece. I wanted to get more comfortable in wet and cold weather. Due to me putting on some weight, I could not easily get into the old Rodacrafter any longer with layers on. The Darien with 200 wt fleece is great. I can ride down to temps with just the jacket and liner (and AD1 pants) where I was using a heated vest with the Roadcrafter. It's better in the rain as well. New to 'Stich? Don't let the initial stiffness put you off. The break in is worth it. (Posted on 12/25/11)
Aerostich is the way to goReview by Rodney
I have not had a Darien Jacket long; but, I bought a used one with many many miles on it. So, I can say that even after a long hard life the Darein Jacket will do what it is supposed to do.

First, it is really hard to find a Darien Jacket used. People who have them do not want to give them up. The only way I found a used one was to find a rider who wanted to switch to an Aerostich one piece Roadcrafter. So, after looking long and hard for a used one, I finally saw one on a web site - I think it lasted about 20 minutes.

My other jackets are all name brand and were purchased off the rack at the dealer where I bought my bike. They are adequate, work well enough and were all purchased new. A used, well worn and road weary Darien Jacket (and somewhat newer Dairen pants) out perform everything else I've ever worn on a bike. I bought a used jacket because:

1. I really don't like to spend money for something I'm not sure a really need or want.

2. Before I buy a new one I wanted to see how a really old one had held up after a long time on the road.

After a short time using the Darien gear - I will never go back.

When I first put the gear on I thought 'well OK, but what's the big deal'. Then I got on the bike. To understand how good the Aerostich stuff is you have to ride with it. Just trying it on is like trying to appreciate a Mercedes by sitting in it in the show room. That just will not do. You have to ride with it - and WOW, what a difference from the lesser stuff.

Also, for those who ride to an office, the Darien Jacket is long enough to put on over a sport coat or suit coat. And, is roomy enough for layering for cooler weather.

While I made sure that I was getting the best fit of other riding gear by going to a stocking dealer and trying on different sizes, and got some good sales help for proper fit, the Aerostich Darien Jacket and Pants fit better, fit closer, and THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT are more comfortable on the bike than anything else I have or ever had.

If you have never had really good quality riding gear you just can not imagine what you are missing. If you have any money for motorcycling - buy the Aerostich gear first!! If you have to, finance the bike - but get the Aerositch gear. Don't waste money on the lesser stuff. I you use a bike for real transportation; or, if you go on longer rides, this is the stuff to get.

In the future, I will not even bother to shop for Jackets and Riding pants. This is the place. I do not have the time to fool around anymore. (Posted on 12/8/11)
ER cut it offReview by Michael
July 31, 2011 I fixated on a patch of gravel and locked down the brakes on my 2003 Suzuki DL1000. I was a bit hot coming into the area and I may have scrubbed off enough speed so I hit a mailbox mounted with 4 X 4's at 35 mph. I don't remember much of it however. From the marks on my bike and the reversed direction I landed have yet to figure it. I think me and the bike did a flip (evidence by deep cuts on the top of the top box) length wise and landed with me lying across my fallen bike feeling very sick and dizzy. Sure signs of shock. I made my way wobbly to a slight slope and laid down head lower than my feet. I was hauled off to the ER where a stern looking old nurse cut my left sleeve from cuff up across the collar. Now I am sporting a titanium plate with 11 screws on my left clavicle. But no road rash... I have already replaced it! Thanks to Aerostich I am well healed and am rebuilding my bike!


(Posted on 9/30/11)
It saved meReview by Streetrod
On a beautiful May day a few years ago while riding in France,where I live, I passed a quarry. Invisable fine sand was on the road from the trucks that hauled rock. On a left bend I lowsided my trusty Ducati super sport. No biggy on a track, but I went off a 50 foot bank/cliff landing in a tree below while the bike hung from another tree at the bottom of the ravine.
My Darien had a scuffed torn sleeve which Aerostitch made new again. It saved my skin while the trees at the bottom dislocated my shoulder and broken back. My leather trousers were totaled but my Darien is still my favorite riding jacket and still water proof six years later. Thanks aerostitch, I'm a convert. (Posted on 8/25/11)
DarianReview by Michael
It was a real Dumb Ass moment when I fixated on a large patch of gravel. I rode my 2003 Vstrom into the gravel and lost traction and stopping power. I plowed into a mailbox mounted with 4 X 4's and ripped it and the concrete out of the ground. Loong story shortned, my bike suffered deep cuts and road/gravel scratches and I had none! BUT I broke my left clavicle when I broke through the windsheild. The ER nurse cut my Darian Jacket in the most unrecoverable way. Grrr. I will be replacing this jacket ASAP! (Posted on 8/24/11)
Nearly Perfect ProtectionReview by Chris Darling
I own the Darien jacket and pants and have found them to be nearly flawless. My details are these: 6-1, 185 lbs, BWM R1150GS, mixture of commuting and long tours.

I bought my Darien jacket (hi viz yellow) and pants four years ago and have put over 20,000 miles on them. I did upgrade to the AD-1 pants last year due to the improved pocket design and I recommend them. My Darien has the Kanetsu electric liner and I am comfortable down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and even then the limiting factor is my fingers getting cold, not the jacket. I ride in the Western United States (South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho) and have seen temps from 20 degrees to 105 degrees and have been comfortable. As other riders have mentioned, you can stay comfortable even when it is hot as long as you are rolling. If you commute in stop/go city traffic all the time in 90+ temps, then you will want to get a mesh jacket for that application, but I always switch to my Darien whenever I tour regardless of the temperatures. The Darien jacket gets great airflow up the sleeves and out the back—the thing just fills up with air and the evaporation keeps you comfortable when riding. The Darien pants/AD-1 pants have decent (not excellent) ventilation which you can achieve by opening the zippers—open the zipper down the legs from the hips about 6 inches and also snap the cuffs closed and zip open the legs UP from the ankle about 6 inches. You still have good crash coverage but it lets some air circulate.

I have one gripe with the jacket. There is no good way to manage the collar “lapels” during hot weather. When it is hot you want to unzip the jacket, but the wind just blows it shut again. There needs to be a snap or something on both sides of the chest so that you can unzip the front and hold open both halves so the lapels aren’t flapping shut.

All in all an excellent product and I would not hesitate to purchase both pieces again.
(Posted on 7/6/11)
Great kit with a few foiblesReview by TB
I have a plethora of riding stuff. First piece I bought in 1999 when I got back to riding was this Darien. When I'm going out on a long trip and can't count on the weather, I take the Darien. Waterproof, windproof, lots of ventilation when needed, tough and protective. I've had problems with the zippers on the sleeves losing their handles, but they still work with a little effort and it's built like a brick. Even with maimed zippers and after all these years, it's still my go-to riding tog. Essential gear for any touring rider. (Posted on 6/23/11)
Velrco strips come off where pads attachReview by Mark
I brought the hip pads for the pants and the bad pad for the jacket and on both of them the velcro attachments strips have come off. When I called I informed that I would need to return the jacket and pants for what would be a 3 week repair. Not sure but I may have had to pay for return shipping. I used good old duct tape for now. (Posted on 4/30/11)
Good Coat!Review by Doug
First off...let me start by saying that the coat is made very well. With that in mind I had to ask myself if I was willing to order another Aerostitch product when I gained some weight (I know...lose the weight). I opted for a Darien Light because the regular Darien is a very heavy coat. If you plan on staying in the cold this coat is for you. I've ridden with the heavier Darien in 100 degree and 20 degree temps. It does alright in both but better in the cold. Good coat. Very heavy...as the others have said, it will soften up after washing with tec wash. (Posted on 4/20/11)

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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