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Darien Jacket

83 Review(s)
SKU: 132

Availability: In stock

$597.00

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Great Jacket & Pants!Review by OHIO-buellman
I received the Darien jacket and matching pants as a Christmas gift, so at this point I only have about 6 weeks and 500 miles worth of experience with the products, but so far, I am quite impressed. I commute 40 mi RT each day and weekend rides. My bikes are a mix of sport-bikes and dual-sports. Short of ice, I ride everyday. This gear is comfortable on all of my rides, all of the time--it is just straight up top shelf stuff.

I am somewhat embarrassed by the number jackets and pants I own (everything from full one-piece leathers to mesh touring gear). So, needless to say, I went over the jacket and pants with a fine tooth comb right out of the box. With all of this "software" in my possession, I have a pretty good idea of where to look for weaknesses and potential problems. This stuff just seems bloody bombproof to me. I have ridden it in the rain, snow, and sleet and everything from 17F (this morning's commute for example) to 60F and have remained warm and dry (using optional fleece liner jacket). I especially like the high collar during cold mornings as it keep the chill out (I had been using a fleece neck-warmer, but this just solves the problem straight away). Jacket is a bit stiff, but I suspect this will soften a bit with age. All of the pockets are awesome. I put my iphone in the optional clear plastic arm pouch that fastens to your forearm so I can see when I have a message or just wish to check the time (at red lights of course). My only little quibble is that I wouldn't mind more vertical movability for the knee pads in the pants, but that is pretty minor. This stuff is not inexpensive, but, I like the fact that it is made in America and you get what you pay for! It is top shelf stuff. I have no desire to check its crash resistance, but from prior incidents with other apparel, I can tell sufficient attention to detail in likely problem areas seems great. (Posted on 2/6/12)
Great jacket.Review by Cyclemech
Finally bought mine, and am very happy I did. Nice jacket, great for cold weather ridding, using the Kanetsu electric jacket under it with just a t-shirt I stayed comfortable with out turning on the heat with temperatures in the mid 30's for nearly an hour. The only complaint I have is, my size L electric jacket when zipped into my size 44 Darien using the inner zippers, makes the neck and shoulders too high to be comfortable so I just have to zip up twice. (Posted on 2/6/12)
15 Years Still Going...Review by boringgit
Another reviewer got it right by saying you have to use a Darien jacket for a while to appreciate how good these are.
I bought mine in 1997 when I was in living in the UK. Very dubious about spending a fairly large amount of money on an american mail order item that could possibly not fit or I would like. Needles to say I have on the whole not been disapointed. The front zip still works flawlessly, its still, mostly, waterproof and as wearable as ever. The lining covering the seams on the inside of the jacket is starting to come away but after 15 yrs you can't quibble.
These jackets are not perfect, the bright red colour has long faded, the little collar velcro strap still works but can flap in the wind making knocking noises on your helmet if not done up, very annoying. The right arm of the jacket from the elbow down is most deffinitely NOT windproof. Something left out at manufacture? The outside pockets leaked from new and the shoulder pads can restrict movement of your helmet when looking back for a turn, and isn't it due for a design update?
(Posted on 1/31/12)
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)

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