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Customer Reviews (79)
- Darien Crash resultsReview by Bob
Last week a buck jumped into my st1300 from the side of the road. The deer was killed, my bike totaled so I thought I'd give a report on the performance of the Darien jacket. The jacket was about 2 years old with 71k miles on it. I hit pavement at about 50-60 mph and slid a considerable distance ending up on mt stomach with the bike another 30 or so ft down road.
The jacket did sustain damage almost all of which was on the left side which il landed on. The lowest outside pocket had several rips and holes which I attribute to their having been a spare clip for my 32 in it. The clip itself was destroyed. The damage was limited to to
He outer layer of the pocket and did not pierce the part of the pocket touching rider. This should be very repairable there was a lot of abrasion on the left hip but nothing all the way thru. The left forearm took a beating with two holes about quarter size. The shoulder took a significant hit but did not tear. The only right side damage was on the elbow where the material ground down to the elbow pad. I had both shoulder and elbow pads in and they did an excellent job. Perhaps the most impressive thing is that I lost NO SKIN anywhere the jacket covered. I did get some good bruises, and I broke 10 ribs. I had on AD1 pants as well and they held up even better than the jacket.
If I ever head on a deer at 60 mph this is the gear I want on. I'll be an aero stitch customer forever (Posted on 8/12/13)
- Update my previous reviewReview by Pete
- Need to update my previous review, after examining my original purchase receipt I realize that this 2013 is my 10th riding season in my Hi-Vis Darien. I love the substantial feeling of the 500 weight condura, reminds me of well worn cardboard. Also has not dropped a stitch in multiple washings & continuous use. Amazing Quality is what I bought, & will again, if this Darien ever wears out? (Posted on 5/15/13)
- Best value for the moneyReview by Chris H
- My Darien is 13 years old and it is completely servicable, faded and mostly waterproof (needs to rain sideways to get slighly wet on one arm) other than cleaning and taping a few wear holes it has survived averaging 14,000 miles a year. It is a little large on me now (dam diet) but layers well for year round use in New England weather.It is the most comfortable jacket I have owned and will replace it only with another Darien, maybe @ VBR III. Best value for the money spent! No regrets. (Posted on 4/4/13)
- Darien comboReview by Sputnik
After commuting and riding the first two months of this Seattle winter in my new Darien jacket and pants I'm still dry. It is a pleasure to be able to fully attend to the challenges of riding in the rainy dark without being distracted by issues of physical discomfort.
My only issue with the jacket is as follows: for the first several weeks I could not figure out why I was having such difficulty zipping the thing up. I tried a little graphite on the lowest teeth without success; it just wouldn't start. I then discovered that the zipper slide was being obstructed by the pin at the bottom of the liner zipper (which I'm not using). Currently I need to push that pin aside with a finger but think that I may stitch it back for a less annoying fix. I may also install a snap on the corner of the overlying bottom flap; it separates, despite the velcro, for those several inches below the zipper.
Otherwise a fine jacket!
The pants are as excellent as advertised. (Posted on 12/10/12)
- High-quality ArmorReview by Doc
- I've just had the jacket a little while, but the Aerostich quality is great. It will be nice when it softens up a little. That took quite a bit of riding for the pants, which I bought about 18 months ago. It's a suit of armor that feels like a suit of armor when you first get it, but much better later. (Posted on 10/26/12)
- darien jacketReview by peter
I wore a Darien jacket on a 22,000 mile journey from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Ushuaia in Patagonia. Whilst the other riders wore the BMW rider suits, it was the Darien jacket that survived the best. it still looks like new.
In the UK I wear the Katana electric liner which is great for everyday use, although it is too bulky to pack when touring.
Like others I found the neck a bit obtrusive at first but in foul weather it comes into its own.
IT truly is a quality bit of kit, non flashy but really functional (Posted on 10/9/12)
- Love this JacketReview by Brendon
I have to say, I depend heavily on product reviews when making a purchase, but rarely actually post a review.
When I placed the online order for my Darien, I promptly received a phone call from Aerostich, letting me know my product was on back order. They were extremely polite, and shipped out what they could ASAP. My Jacket came a week ahead of their estimate.
When you first open the box and take out the Jacket, WOW, the quality and craftsmanship is superb. The seams, the stitching, the velcro, the zippers, everything top notch.
I live in Northern Michigan, and the night I received the jacket it just so happened, that it was about 51 degrees, pouring rain, with about 30 MPH winds. I figured it was the perfect test. I rode about 110 miles in a torrential downpour, and I have never experienced anything like this jacket. 100% protection from the elements, with comfort. This morning, the weather became cold at 43 when I departed for work.. I plugged in the air vest electric liner, and turned my 20 mile ride to work into a 65 mile ride to work, with only a t-shirt under my Aerostich combo. Complete comfort!
Add to this the exceptional customer service, MADE IN AMERICA, and get this: when you call, no automated answering, a HUMAN BEING answers the phone.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I was this happy with a purchase!
Highly recommend the product and the company. (Posted on 9/19/12)
- A riders (dry) dreamReview by Jay
This jacket was obviously designed by people who ride and with 'function' at the top of the list of design features.
I rode with a different jacket for several months as I eased back into riding (the upfront costs can be a bit daunting). After months of frustration with tiny pockets, zip-in thermal and waterproof liners, and poor construction I saved up and bought the Darien. Wow- EVERYTHING is waterproof not just a 'special' pocket and I don't need to add a liner to keep from getting wet. The pockets are HUGE and easy to get to. I also purchased the windstopper liner and am very pleased with how it integrates into the jacket. The vents make riding on warmer days tolerable and encourage wearing protection when I am tempted not to. The neck closure is comfortable and accommodating to extra layers (Euclid's fairing fits well). I only wish I had waited a few months to get the upgraded version. Great product and worth every penny. (Posted on 8/20/12)
- Great JacketReview by Brad
Have put ~7000 km on gravel roads in this jacket in a year in the north, pacific northwest of BC, Have not ridden a lot in really heavy rain but when I did, no issues, as it is extremely comfortable and well designed for inclement weather. I have been down a couple of times on the TF3 pads and while they are not going to prevent an injury, they certainly can lessen one.
For my uses, an excellent jacket... (Posted on 7/27/12)
- 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)