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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).

Media Support

Watch ‘Oblivious Guy’ from the Kangaroo Project and the Sean Francis Foundation

Sam Whitehead
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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Returning to Indiana from...Review by Paul J. Cain
Returning to Indiana from an HSTA national rally in Avon, Colorado, three weeks ago, I had my first accident in 40 years of riding. I was wearing my 10 year old Darien suit.

I dozed off on an arrow straight Western Kansas farm road surrounded by wheat fields. July was harvest time but there was very little traffic. I just remember riding along at a steady 70 miles an hour for some time and the next thing I remember was hitting the ground hard, bouncing and hitting repeatedly for at least four or five times before coming to a stop.

My two week old bike was totaled. I felt very fortunate to come out with only a broken ankle and not a scratch or bruise on my body thanks to your great suit and my full face helmet.

My first "Stitch" was a two piece Roadcrafter, then this Darien (which got me up to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and back, and now I think I'll retire the old faithful Darien, which didn't have a single tear, and try one of your new one-piece Roadcrafters.

My first broken bone at 69 years of age doesn't seem that bad considering all the riding I have done and as soon as I get this cast off my leg, me and my new Roadcrafter will get back on the road. Thanks again for making such a great suit. (Posted on 10/17/08)
I've worn the Darien & th...Review by Lynn Overbaugh
I've worn the Darien & the AD1 pants in some real toad chokers & in a few 14-16 hr days of steady drizzle & stayed completely dry.With the liner in I've found the jacket to be plenty warm down to 35F for my daily 40 mile commute to work. Add another layer of fleece & I'm comfortable into the high teens.
Yes, the collar is a pain & the armor gets hard as bricks when it's cold, but if this one wears out, I'll get another. For LD riding I wear my Roadcrafter 1 piece but overall the Darien gets the most use. (Posted on 10/17/08)
I've had my Darien set fo...Review by Mark Kowalski
I've had my Darien set for almost 6 years now. I got the hi-viz slime green jacket shortly after it was offered. Although there are the constant questions of whether I'm a firefighter (perhaps you should offer a "Not a Firefighter" patch for the back?), the visibility of this is really awesome. I'd rather be visible and ugly than beautiful and dead. Road grime does show up fairly quickly on the hi-viz but unless you never wash the jacket, grime doesn't really affect the visibility.

OK, one crocodile tear complaint - toooo many zippered compartments! I'm always misplacing things inside the jacket.

And two real complaints...

First, the neck closure is difficult to secure out of the way when you don't want the neck closed off. The closure tab could use hook-and-loop on both sides. Trying to get the tab under the keep-it-out-of-the-way loop on the left side is difficult after the jacket is on.

Second, without a windshield, lots of cold air gets through this same closure when it's fastened closed. The fleece liner does not have enough overlap to prevent this. You need to wear additional insulation on your upper chest/lower neck to keep the chill out.

Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic suit and well worth the cost. I wore it two Februaries ago on a 700 mile, 1 day trip from northern CA to WA. Weather was just awful, rained hard for half the trip and for the other half the air temperature was near freezing. That suit got me through the trip warm and dry!

Mark (Posted on 10/17/08)
Generally a great jacket ...Review by bobby klee
Generally a great jacket but two problems recently, the inner zip of the two wold not "do up", easily sorted. The second problem has been the velcro on the back protector has somehow worn a hole in the lining ... corrected by swapping over the smaller back protector for the racing/track one - the velcro wasn't correctly positioned and I didn't notice until too late! (Posted on 10/17/08)
My father is a long time ...Review by Peyton Youngblood
My father is a long time user of both the Darien Jacket, the Darien Pants, and the full protective suit, as well as various other articles from AeroStitch. Recently, he was in an accident with another car. He broke his shoulder blade and cracked a rib. He shredded his riding pants and one arm of his jacket. He is home now recovering. Thanks to these amazing products, I did not have to go visit him in the hospital , or at the morgue. He is always saying to me how good these things all are, and I never knew until he had his accident how good they really are. Last time I talked to him, he said that it was worth every penny he spent, and that he does not regret the decision for one minute. I plan to start riding soon, and the first thing I buy aside from my helmet will be a Darien jacket, probably in Hi-Viz color as to be very visible. Thank you to yall for saving my dad from worse injuries in his accident, and I am sure you will be hearing from him soon about it too. (Posted on 8/17/08)
I realize that I've had m...Review by Kelvin
I realize that I've had my black Darien jacket for almost 20 years! It's still in great shape, but I think it's time to treat myself to a new blue one. Having just bought the BMW R1150GS Adventure Special Edition (which has a blue seat and trimimngs) a new blue Darien will be the biz. Great product. Thank you. (Posted on 7/21/08)
Now that I am older and m...Review by William King
Now that I am older and more in touch with my mortality I wanted some sort of protective clothing that I could wear in all kinds of weather. I read an article that mentioned that the author was wearing a riding suit that was also great in bad weather. Just what the doctor ordered (having gotten caught in torential rain outside of Sturgis near the Crazy Horse monument without rain gear). My gf bought me the Darien pants (custom fit for stubby legs) and I bought the Darien Jacket. I was worried that it would be too hot for the summer but I was wrong. There are so many vents and flaps that allow adjusting the air flow that I was comfortable even in Jersey in high 70's temps. There are more pockets than I know what to do with. The collar hasn't calmed down yet and is kind of a pain in the neck (literally). I can't wait to try the Darien in cold Jersey winter weather. Don't know why I didn't have one of these jackets long before this. Live and learn. (Posted on 7/4/08)
First, I am the proud own...Review by Buford Neely
First, I am the proud owner of a Road crafter, Darien Regular and Darien light.
I seem to go to my closet and reflexly pick the Darien Hi-viz. After 30,000 miles since May 07 on my 1200GSA and the Darien. 6 Months in Central America on my 100gspd and 80,000 miles before on 1150gs I can say there is no other riding gear that holds my confidence like the Aero products. They all still look new; except for the Hi_viz and it has character but no visible wear. While other riders are stopping to put on their riding gear I am merrily continuing on. BBN 10-18-07 (Posted on 2/8/08)
Best piece of gear I have...Review by William Morris
Best piece of gear I have. And dont worry...buy the hi viz and in a few thousand miles you won't need a bottle of authentikrud...you'll be a filthy mess and be cool in the process.

Functional, pockets are well placed and keeps you warm and dry, even in the 50s with no liner. I use the Kanetsu Wind Block Electric liner and it's a little much even in the NJ winter this year (teens). The bulk is the issue. I don't think you need the windblocker if you buy the electric.

True the collar is a little rough, but I didn't notice until I read a review stating such.

Oh...took a spill on ice last month, only a small tear on the shoulder where I initially hit, repaired with the 'stich Gore Tex Repair kit...good as new. Thanks folks. (Posted on 7/1/07)
Fantastic garment which I...Review by Douglas Muise
Fantastic garment which I am proud to wear. Pity about the very uncomfortable collar which rubbed my neck raw. Had to spend an additional $50 to have it lined by a third party. Too bad. (Posted on 4/6/07)

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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