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Customer Reviews (72)
- 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)
- Repair service "A Real PlusReview by Larry
After 8 years my Darien needed a bit of repair and a tune up. The pads had rubbed a few places and the folds in the sleeves had created some interior creases. I dropped it off at Aerostitch and got an estimate of $175 - $200, for the jacket and pants.
I asked to have a new collar with magnets added after a short while I got the new estimate and was PLEASANTLY surprised. The new estimate was only $135. The jacket came back with a few minor areas missed. I called Aerostitch, received a call tag and everything I expected and more was accomplished. BTW I Really like my Darien!! I've ridden over 11 hours in the rain and no leaks, itis an amazing set of gear!! (Posted on 2/26/16)
- Ventilation could be improvedReview by Matt
I've had my Darien Hi-Viz for 4 years now and doing mostly commuting and weekend rides. It is the only jacket I wear in all weather and on every ride. The construction is impressive and it does wear great in nearly every weather. That being said, I'd like to see a couple things:
The rear zipper vent and side zips are good. I ride a standard/naked bike w/out any fairing so the wind hits my chest and at speed I struggle to get really good wind flow through the jacket when it's warm. I have to unzip the front a bit to get flow but even then the wind will often push the jacket to my chest, closing off the ventilation and rendering the sides and rear nearly useless. I'd like to see some chest-side air vents that stay open regardless of the position of the rider. This would also keep the bugs from hitting my open chest area, needing to lower the main zip.
One other small note, I see over and over again on your site about the Darien and other products (Roadcrafter, etc) how they were the FIRST in many tech areas or design. That's great and a nice point to note, but honestly, in the world of gear and tech it's all about, "What have you done for me lately?" I feel that sometimes, perhaps Aerostitch relies too much on tried-and-true and does not iterate on new ideas enough, perhaps? Please keep researching and incorporating new products! I love supporting your company.
Matt (Posted on 6/1/15)
- FitReview by John
- Great jacket features and construction details. I live in Maine and wanted a suit that I could layer with a fleece jacket, electric vest and long underwear for an extended riding season. I found it. It took a while @ 2.5 months and three different sizes to get the best fit. Probably I need a custom. I am 6'3" and 198lbs. I used the sizing guide after performing all the measurements and reviewed these with Aerostich staff on the phone. Got a 40 HiViz first which was way too tight and short in the sleeves, then a 42, stiil too short in the arms and tight across the chest (couldn't get hands in the hand warmer chest pockets) finally tried the 44 which I think fits pretty well. Pants were pretty easy, got the 36L (normally wear a 34x34). Interestingly, I have not changed suit sizes and still wear a 40L suit jacket. Admittedly, I have the wing span of a turkey vulture and should have probably gone with a custom sleeve length; trying to decide on that now. My advice is if you are tall and relatively thin, have 2-3 sizes sent and keep the one that fits best. That will save a ton of time. I have had this jacket in 32 degree weather with sleet and rain at 60-70 mph and found it warm, well sealed and dry, now for the heat! (Posted on 5/7/15)
- Darien Jacket #132Review by David
- Cold! That's the first thing you notice. Wear this in 50 degree weather and you'd swear it was 35 degrees. Of course there's always a liner, but my Carhartt Detroit Jacket with a flannel liner but no insulation, was much more comfortable. On the other hand, if I get bumped off by a soccer mom, I'm more confident that I will be scuff free from the thighs-up. To combat the discomfort I bought a Mountain Hardware Monkey-Phur liner from REI for under a C-note that makes a big difference. Also, it's not as stiff as some people would have you believe, not too bad, actually. 4 out of 5. (Posted on 11/26/14)
- Above and beyond!Review by Mark
- I had previously posted a review (April 30, 2011) where I identified a problem with loose Velcro strips. In a long overdue followup I would like to thank the Aerostich service team(Cam, Matt and Ida) for an exceptional job. They went above and beyond what I ever expected. They more then stood behind their product. Much appreciated! (Posted on 3/28/14)
- The work horse of synthetic motorcycle geatrReview by Nick
- I have had my (light blue) Darien since 1997. It has been used for everything... touring, off road, dualsport riding... the lot. It has definately 'matured' with age and now fits like the proverbial glove. I have never had to test its crashworthiness but the 'armour' is certainly still re-assuring. Best of all it cleans up well in the washing machine and still looks like new. A great product. (Posted on 2/3/14)
- The Swiss Army Knife of jacketsReview by John
- I've debated buying the Darien for several years. In the mean time I bought several textile and a few leather jackets for riding. I am a touring rider and am very glad I bought the Darien. Since I live in south Florida I'll admit I don't wear the jacket for quick trips. But when it comes to long rides it has become my "go to" jacket. This one jacket does it all. Excellent protection from wind, rain and that dreaded unplanned "get off". Quality, US made and rugged enough to pass on to your ancestors, this jacket is head and shoulders above anything else I own. If you decide on the Darien I strongly suggest you use the online fitting guide or call and talk to someone who can get you the right size. Also I think the back pad should be standard equipment but since it isn't, buy one anyway. (Posted on 12/24/13)