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Customer Reviews (74)
- 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)
- Great kit with a few foiblesReview by TB
- I have a plethora of riding stuff. First piece I bought in 1999 when I got back to riding was this Darien. When I'm going out on a long trip and can't count on the weather, I take the Darien. Waterproof, windproof, lots of ventilation when needed, tough and protective. I've had problems with the zippers on the sleeves losing their handles, but they still work with a little effort and it's built like a brick. Even with maimed zippers and after all these years, it's still my go-to riding tog. Essential gear for any touring rider. (Posted on 6/23/11)
- Velrco strips come off where pads attachReview by Mark
- I brought the hip pads for the pants and the bad pad for the jacket and on both of them the velcro attachments strips have come off. When I called I informed that I would need to return the jacket and pants for what would be a 3 week repair. Not sure but I may have had to pay for return shipping. I used good old duct tape for now. (Posted on 4/30/11)
- Good Coat!Review by Doug
- First off...let me start by saying that the coat is made very well. With that in mind I had to ask myself if I was willing to order another Aerostitch product when I gained some weight (I know...lose the weight). I opted for a Darien Light because the regular Darien is a very heavy coat. If you plan on staying in the cold this coat is for you. I've ridden with the heavier Darien in 100 degree and 20 degree temps. It does alright in both but better in the cold. Good coat. Very heavy...as the others have said, it will soften up after washing with tec wash. (Posted on 4/20/11)
- Great Jacket & Great serviceReview by Tincup John
- This is the best all around jacket I have had in my 40 years of riding, got the jacket w/liner just before christmas and have used it in Big Bend TX., Death Vally, Colorado, Wyoming even snowmobiling I would say to anyone ( GET THE LINNER) its worth the extra cost! trust me it works very good! jacket is a little stiff at first but after two washes takes shape to your body very good, zipers do take a little time to get used too! but all jackets are like that. I have worn out my BMW (rally-pro)jacket and was a litte slow to try the Darien becuse of all the weather changes in Colorado were I most ride, the darien is so much better jacket " it works " and very well too! best of all it's made in USA not China! Thanks: aerostich keep up the great work & service (Posted on 2/21/11)
- Great Jacket but...Review by DeMinimis
- Absolutely one tough and functional jacket. However, Aerostich needs to offer more sizing options off-the-self instead of charging for alterations. Now that sizing is based on chest size other than SM-XL like before (which is a great improvement), there still needs to be long sizing available too. For example, 48L. When buying a new Darien, paying another $60 to have the arms lengthened doesn't seem right. As a result, I've opted for a equally priced European jacket this go-'round with the needed length. When Stich offers long sizes in the Darien, I suspect I'll be back. (Posted on 1/11/11)
- I Like It!!!!Review by Joe
My first high quaility riding jacket and I like it!! (previous leather jackets), It has great features and functionality. (Posted on 12/11/10)
- Hard to get used to, but love it nowReview by lobojon
Personal Stats = 5.7, 165 lbs
Jacket Size = 44 with armor in shoulders, elbows, and spine
Prior 2 piece suit = Belstaff large with armor in shoulders, elbows, and spine
Yamaha FZ1 2005 in deserts, the mountains, and near the coast
My Belstaff had an insulation layer built into the suit. I could see behind me in my front mirrors and my neck was protected from the wind.
Before you read on, let me say that I like this suit more than I dislike it and that I am happy to be wearing it. I bought it because several road dogs I know swear by them. I am just trying to add some details that I would like to have known when I was reading about the suits…not to malign the jacket.
The Darien was a little longer in the sleeves and in the body, which was not a problem. The barrel of the body, however, was MUCH roomier than my Belstaff. This was strange at first. I put on my standard layers to see how it felt. It was still bulky and VERY stiff. Washing the suit does soften it up.
The jacket collar is lower than my Belstaff and open, which means that I have to wear a gaitor and that it is breezy. Not only that, but it presses into my Adam’s Apple. My Belstaff had a neck wind block snapped onto to it.
The jacket zipper was always a problem, but after a washing it improved. It is still a hassle. Is this because it is a little lower than it should be for my height and not a design error? Could be.
The big pockets are great for gloves and stuff. The suit is SUPER durable. I like the arm sleave zippered pouch.
The spine pad hits my seat and pushes on my helmet, so I will probably have to live with that or cut it to my body size.
The shoulder pads block my mirror view, so I bought mirror extenders. This did not really help, so I can no longer really see behind me like before.
My prior suit was black and insulated, but this black shell is MUCH hotter than my other suit. It is breezy, so that helps. And, it does have zipper vents.
My final notion: this is a fantastic, high quality jacket. I just do not like the zipper, the wide shoulder pads that block my view, and the open collar style. The zipper and shoulder issues could be merely a function of personal fit. The collar is about preference. Good luck.
(Posted on 11/12/10)
- Cant beat it!Review by David
- Had my Hi-Viz Darien for 6 years and approximately 100k kms of riding in the US and Europe in all seasons. Last few years I have started spending many hours in the jacket doing Iron Butt rides and it is probably the strongest testimony to the quality of the Darien that most of the IBA riders I have come across, ride in 'stiches and many in the Darien. On the heat thing - as long as you are moving, the jacket has fantastic ventilation - I rode in Italy in 36 degrees C for a week with no issues as long as I was moving. Hi-Viz never really was that hi-viz compared to jackets that are out now - really just a yellow jacket, but despite my early disappointment with the colour, I have grown to love the dirty yellow as a more subtle colour. Wash it twice a season with the TX products and it always comes up looking like new for a few weeks. The armour padding is starting to loose contact with the velcro inside the jacket and it looks like it is losing some of the goretex liner so will probably send it for repair to the folks at 'stitch before too long. If you have gone as far as to read this and the other reviews, you will be buying one soon - and believe me, you will not regret it. (Posted on 11/12/10)
- On road off roadReview by Mark GL1800/R1200GSA
My Darien has six years and over 67000 miles both on pavement and off. I live in northern Wyoming and have used it from the mountains of Montana to the desert of Big Bend national park in Texas. With an electric liner and a Heat Gear type T-shirt I have remained dry and comfortable from 32F and snowing to over 90F and humid. I have and will only use the Hi-Vis Yellow. From the moment I put it on I gained at least two feet of space between myself and the on coming traffic on Two lane roads! Meeting a Pickup on a short blind corner you can actually see the front tire turn away. The safety factor from the visual impact is undeniable.Yes I get the " I thought you were a fireman" but so what woman like fireman and after a while it gets a worn in look that tells other riders you've been around.
The jacket is stiff when new. Throw it in the washer a couple of times and it will soften up. I have always used Nikwax tech wash and their wash in waterproofing and still remain dry in heavy rain.
With all the pads in place including the standard back pad the Darien feels heavy when you pick it up but I have never noticed the weight on either of my bikes when riding and it seems no heavier than other very high quailty jackets with all the pads I've looked at.
My jacket has never had a problem with any zipper or zipper pull and the main zipper is two way that lets you adjust the bottom to fit any bike. I like the adjustable elastic cord at the bottom for a snug fit at the hips. All of the velcrow is still in good shape. I added a piece to a front pocket to attach my heat controller that works great.
I have a 50 chest and no neck so the sholder and back pads were a little long for me but it was easy to trim them with a pair of sissors and with the velcrow adjustment you can get them just right.
The collar irratated the back of my neck in warm weather with only a T-shirt on. I solved that with a silk scarf from a local cowbow shop. Aerostich sells one. I use mine all the time it's cooler in the heat and warmer in the cold.
The Darien is my go to jacket it is very high quality well though out and works great for goldwing touring and GS adventure riding. I love all the pockets and would recommend it to any serious rider.
The Darien will work at any reasonable temp. but like others have said it gets hot above 85F-90F. I to would like to see a Darien lite mesh non gore-tex I could transfer my pads to and use with a cooling vest on those really hot days.
After six seasons my jacket shows a little wear as it should but is still in very good condition and will give me many more miles of protection. when it does wear out I will buy myself a new one for sure. (Posted on 10/17/10)