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Darien Jacket

82 Review(s)
SKU: 132

Availability: In stock

$597.00

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Happy Customer After Many Miles!Review by Kelly
I ride an R1200RT. I purchased my HI-VI Darien Jacket in 2009 and have about 170,000 kms racked up. This is paired with the AD-1 pants. I have ridden in temperatures ranging from 0°c to 35°c. Between the windstopper thermal liner and the venting (heated grips/seat) I have always been comfortable. Riding all day in the rain with heavy showers off and on can be a test for any jacket but the Darien has always kept me dry. I do the standard Niki-wash and Niki-wax treatment as recommended and this works perfectly. I haven’t had a crash with the jacket to this point and don’t care to give it that test but I feel confident I will be as protected as I would in any other jacket.
I am presently in the market for a new jacket and have been doing extensive research into what is available. I want a jacket that will keep me dry 100% of the time (no waterproof liner please!), protect me in a crash, vent well, HI-VI, and reasonably priced . I do a lot of long distance riding so require a good quality jacket. After reading many reviews on other jackets priced higher/lower, and hearing feedback on motorcycle website forums, the main complaint with the Darien it that it doesn’t look as cool or that it looks like an astronaut jacket. Not too bad if that is the main complaint! People love the look of a classic car because they can recognize the make, model and perhaps the year as soon as they see it. When you see a Darien jacket you know it is a “Darien Jacket” as soon as you see it….it is a classic!
I am about to replace my old Darien with a new Darien jacket in March before the riding season starts. Thank you to the Aerostich team for continuing to make a good quality product.
(Posted on 1/8/18)
The BestReview by Sid
Probably the best garment I have ever owned in ANY style of clothes. Fits great, looks great, very durable! Order one size larger if layer during winter. I'm not going to get specific, but the Darien jacket and pants are simple the best, period. (Posted on 11/11/17)
Wish I'd Done It SoonerReview by Lothar
I typically ride around 20,000 miles a year. So I am no stranger to heavy rain. I was satisfied with the gear I was using before. I acquired, partly out of curiousity, partly due to recommendations from a number of other long distance riders, Darien pants and a Darien jacket. I really can't describe it. It's just designed better than anything else I've tried. From fit, to little custom tailoring things, to huge functionality features. I've always been okay with long trips in the rain or cold, embraced those trips, actually. I've never been happier, more comfortable, or drier. I wish I'd done it sooner. If I didn't like the gear, I'd be quick to tell you that s well. I must admit, it's just heaven to ride in. (Posted on 8/30/17)
Cool jacketReview by Brent
I used this coat in the first part of February paired with a heated jacket and walla perfect combo for cold weather! I also own a Falstaff jacket and love it also. I love the rare earth magnets in the collar, a nice touch. Simply the best stuff on the planet so spend the money and get the best! (Posted on 2/13/17)
Review after one year of useReview by David
My initial impression was not good. It is very stiff. The armor is as hard as rock in cold weather. The hand-warmer pockets are set too high to be useful. The felt color lining does not come down far enough to offer comfort against the neck. The storm flap in front will not stay shut below the waist when seated on my bike. The main front zipper is not rubber coated and can scratch your tank if you’re not careful. So much Velcro; in places heavy duty snaps would make more sense and offer more security (e.g., the front storm flap). It will not zip to my Aerostich Utility pants (which is standard on nearly all other brands and a very welcome feature). It does not come with back armor which added an additional expense (it seems ridiculous not to wear back armor in a motorcycle specific jacket). When I purchased it I thought I should probably return it. For whatever reason, I decided to risk the investment and give it a chance.

After a year I have really grown to love this jacket. I feel very well protected by the substantial armor and it has kept me dry in driving rain and even hail. After about five-thousand miles it has broken in nicely and it fits and feels very comfortable. With the additional Darien fleece liner over a base-layer it is reasonably warm. I guess I’ve adjusted to its peculiarities and can live with its (in my opinion) shortcomings. Lastly I’ll say that Aerostich has always provided ridiculously outstanding customer service! On balance I’m glad I took a chance on it.
(Posted on 12/29/16)
Why did I wait so long?!Review by Mark
I have had my Darien jacket 3 years now, with about 36,000 miles on it. Everything still works perfectly, and it is entirely, completely, incredibly waterproof. I used it for downhill snow skiing for the first time last week, and it works great for that as well. I just wish I'd bought this a few years earlier and didn't waste time on two other brand-x jackets that were only waterproof for a week or two. (Posted on 12/27/16)
Darien Suit reviewReview by John
Have been riding in the NE with this suit year round for the last 2 years. It is the only suit I use. I do own a mesh Alpinstars jacket but have not used it since buying the Darien gear. Cool enough in the heat and humidity of summer in New England and I can layer effectively under it in the winter. I have had no leakage in the rain and the zippered vents allow for enough air flow in the heat. I have the HiViz jacket which I think does help you be seen well. If you want a one suit does it all outfit then this suit is a good choice. I have no buyer's remorse in making this purchase. (Posted on 10/21/16)
Longtime Roadcrafter Owner Review of DarienReview by Rich
I have owned one Roadcrafter two-piece for 23 some-odd years, and have ridden all over the North American continent. I decided to try the Darien jacket and AD-1 pants.
Overall, same high quality, same excellent customer service, so I won't go into that. The Roadcrafter is still the champ at getting on and off; best for commuting. The Darien/AD-1 combo works better for me on long tours. Much more water-proof than the Roadcrafter (albeit mine is over 20 years old). I like the sleeve closures better on the Darien, as well as the collar. So far it seems to me the Darien/AD-1 combo is better in hot-humid conditions than the Roadcrafter.
Nits: The AD-1 pants are a royal pain to get into and out of, especially when wearing CBT's. That may improve with time, but it's then when I miss the Roadcrafter's slick lining. Also, the leg zippers on the AD-1's seem a bit under-designed for the task. Not the usual Industrial-Strength zippers of the Roadcrafter. Since the Darien has no lining, the temperature range is a bit narrower. I can go down to 62 in the Roadcrafter without layering, but in the Darien anything below 70 starts to get chilly. However, for most riding conditions in the Pacific Northwest where I live, a pull-over sweatshirt will take me down to 55 degrees with no problem. I do note that when I do use my electrics with the Darien, I have to crank it up higher than with the Roadcrafter.
To sum up, I will still use my Roadcrafter for daily commuting and Sunday putts, especially if I will be meeting up with friends for lunch and such. But for my sojourns to Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and other neat places, it's the Darien/AD-1 combo from here on. (Posted on 9/28/16)
Darien JacketReview by Jon
Just ordered my Darien jacket off a recommendation from a friend. However, this post is about Danielle in customer service. I don't know that I have ever had someone be more friendly, willing to answer any and all questions, and try everything to help me get the correct size jacket. She even mailed me one to try on. Mainly due to her, I will make Aerostich my first place to stop when I shop for motorcycle gear! (Posted on 6/26/16)
New Darien SuitReview by Oldbear
I recently purchased a new Hi-Viz yellow Darien jacket and black Darien pants. These were bought after years of making do with another brand. Frankly, I was somewhat concerned over venting in summer hear as the Darien has many fewer vents than my old gear. Yesterday I took a ride in 92F weather-humidity was 73% and dew point was 70. Was it hot? Yes, but no more so than anything else I've ever worn (it is ALL hot in direct sun when the temps are in the 90's, even standing around in a T shirt!). I found the Darien to vent VERY well at any kind of speed whatever. I was riding a Yamaha Super Tenere with a touring windscreen. Standing on the pegs gave a very nice breeze through the jacket and I put a smaller summer screen on today to give me that breeze while sitting. The Darien is a very solid and well built product and the armor really feels like it stays where it should be and would protect you if the need arises. VERY pleased with my purchase and customer service! Highly recommend to anyone wanting a set of "do it all" gear. Heading to Georgia from Ky next week (first of July) and will be running my new Darien suit. My older, vented jacket will be staying home. Well done Aerostich, just wish (1) I'd bought the Darien 10 years ago and (2) that it had been in stock when I ordered :). (Posted on 6/25/16)

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