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Customer Reviews (76)
- Stiff, but worksReview by Captain Curmudgeon
- Have about 12,000 miles / 2 years on my Darien. Still stiff as a board even after washings. Also front cargo pockets are easily accessed but not at all waterproof. Do not carry anything there that cannot get damp like a cell phone or camera. Overall it works pretty well though and w/o the liner can be rolled up stored pretty compact when temp is unbearably hot. Other jackets may be more comfortable but not have the toughess of the Darien. (Posted on 3/15/12)
- Should Have Purchased One Ten Years AgoReview by JD Man
Have only had a chance to wear the jacket for about 600 miles in 40-60 degree weather (no rain yet). All I can say is "I should have bought this jacket ten years ago". Rode in 40 degree weather all day long and snug as can be. Fit was great, no flapping, absolutely windproof. Typically put on 12-15k miles per year and looking forward to putting this jacket through its' paces this year. Only wish is 'Stitch made a Women's version. We are trying to find a size of the Roadcrafter that will fit my wife now, so we will see.
Will write a full detail after several thousand miles. (Posted on 3/12/12)
- Feel the qualityReview by gfkibb
- I have been searching for quality riding gear for a long time. Finally I broke down and purchased the Darien jacket and pants. When I opened the package I was pleased. You can feel the quality and care that went into making these garments. There is no comparison. I ride a 2010 Concours in temps down into the low 30's and this is when the quality of these garments shine. As far as sizing goes for the pants, I went with the longs. I am 5'10" and 195 lbs. The regulars are fine when you are standing, but too short in the riding position. Go for it...plus you are helping Americans by purchasing American -made products! (Posted on 3/4/12)
- 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)