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Darien Pants

Darien Pants #155

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Peru, Bolivia and Argentina Review by Macho Pichu
Took them out of the box and straight to South American for a trip. Comfortable, dry in the rain, warm with long underwear underneath, OK in the heat and very good when another member of our group wearing the same pants met the pavement up close and personal--no harm at all to the rider and a few scuffs on the pants. I'm sold on them. (Posted on 2/6/12)
Awesome Pants Review by Will
I've had the High-Viz Darien Pants for the last 3 weeks, and it was just in time for the rainy season in my part of the country. I'm only 5'8" but I still ordered the longs and I'm glad I did. With boots on they sit perfectly about 5 inches from the ground. The quality and construction, especially around the seam sealing, is excellent. I switched over from the Roadcrafter pants and have yet to experience the wet crotch (due to zipper fai)l even with several very rainy days. The only issue might be the size of the knee pads - they are huge. If you are on the fence, get off and buy the pants. (Posted on 12/16/11)
Don't wait switch your stich Review by Duck Dodgers
Having owned a Roadcrafter for 7 years, I know "Stich" quality and quirks. I lost 40 lbs and it was time to up grade. I pondered a new RC 1 piece, a 2 piece, or mix and match.

I chose the Darien set up this time. Or should I say fate chose it for me. I did not want BLACK pants, I did not want multi-colored space dancer pants. I wanted a light to medium colored pair of riding pants that were rugged, water proof and were not a billboard for the manufacturer.

So Grey Dariens were chosen. I live in the central valley of California so HEAT and Cold-fog are issues.

So on day one, I easily put on my Dariens over my boots. Size was spot on. I took off on my fully unfaired Bonneville, after the FOG in the nieghborhood cleared only to get caught by drizzle, fog and 42 degree weather. Dariens and Jeans were enough. I stopped for lunch and removed my Darien Jacket (Red the faster one) and had lunch in 71 degree weather.

I left for home and as dark and drizzle settled in so did the comfort of the pants. New, no binding or pinching. As I wound my way home on the farm roads with tractor debris in abundance I can also add "Mud proof" to the description.

I will report a NEGATIVE: new pants and a wet Beadrider were a slippery combo.. I'll report back in 20k miles once the new sheen of those bullet proof Dariens eases up.

I thought I would regret moving from a 1 piece Roadcrafter to Dariens. NOPE... SWITCH your STICH.

(Posted on 11/26/11)
Another Pair Review by wviands
My first pair of these pants lasted four years with no issues. There really isn't anything wrong with them but I got fatter so I needed to get a bigger pair. I'm a daily year round commuter in Maryland so I hit the road in temps from 30F to 100F, rain or shine. Yes, they're warm in the summer but the protection is more important than some perspiration. I went down once in the rain at about 20 mph and slid on my side for about a hundred feet (oily road) and the only damage was a small hole in one pocket due to keys. No complaints about these pants. (Posted on 9/2/11)
Hot in the Ozark Mountains Review by Kinghawg
I wore them for the first time last weekend. Temps in the high 90's. I had golf shorts on underneath but may have been more comfortable with blue jeans. And, I would guess a color other than black might help. I'm sure that they will work great when it cools off a bit but it's going to be a challenge to wear all the gear all the time when it's summer in the Ozarks. (Posted on 8/29/11)
Not for me Review by TB
I've had a Darien Jacket for years. I thought I'd try the pants and just could not make myself like them. They're black, absorb heat, but the zipper lets air in. They're slippery on my seat and I slide around too much. I sold them to someone else who loves them. Now I'm in BMW leather when it's cold and Rukka when it's not. I've found that I don't like the zipper up the leg thing. (Posted on 6/23/11)
Sturdy, Durable, and Rad pants Review by lobojon
You could see my Darien jacket review for some other information.

The pants are a little breezy compared to my Belstaff. It is a shell after all. The side zippers are great for me since I wear 8” lace up boots. They are very roomy for additional layers and are very comfortable. The belt and zipper are great for wearing around like pants. The ankle adjustment strips improved insulation. I also like that I can chose where to attach the hip pads. It took me a few attempts to locate a suitable location while riding.

Wash it to loosen it up a little if it is too stiff.

Get these pants. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 11/12/10)
Great Gear Review by Matt
I have had them for about 200 miles now. Just got to work, 20 mile commute in 36 degree temps. I like these pants, warm and the fit is excellent. Leg adjustement is good. I wish they folded up better with the knee pads, but other than that I look forward to many miles with them. (Posted on 10/20/10)
Impressed so far Review by Pat Kaz
I just got these pants in last week and got to test them during a thunderstorm this morning, made it to work with a soaked jacket and gloves but my jeans were bone dry, other than a little dampness at the cuffs (probably because I wasn't wearing gaiters) I look forward to many miles in these pants. (Posted on 9/8/10)
Great pants Review by Marius E.
I ordered the Darien pants with optional curved hip pads (#1053). The quality and protection is top notch. I wear blue jeans underneath. The crotch area is tight with the optional curved hip pads, so you may want to go up a size for added comfort if you order the curved hip pads. The knee pads were too high on my knee caps when sitting on the bike, so i adjusted them to fit my knee caps properly. With the side zippers up, I can maneuver the Darien pants over my Aerostitch Combat Touring Boots (#480). The lower leg segment fits perfectly over the boots and there is a snap button on the bottom. I ride in 90+ degree weather in Florida and have no problems with overheating. Actually, the pants protect my inner lower legs from engine heat at stops. There is no flapping of the pants at highway speeds (70-80 mph). I was completely dry in a constant downpour. I had no distractions in the rain and was comfortable in the Darien Jacket and pants. The comfort gets better each time you ride. When storing, I hang the pants by the belt on a hanger with 2" shoulder notches and allow them to hang dry. I definitely recommend the Darien pants to anyone. The price justifies itself with the quality, durability and protection. Thank you Aerostitch! (Posted on 12/14/09)

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Which Pants? Darien vs. AD1 vs. Utility...Regular vs. Light

AD1 pants fit me a little better than Darien pants. Their rise is less, so the waistband rides a little lower, and it’s slightly curved, which I also like better. The AD1’s included belt is a 1.5" Aerostich money belt, versus the stronger 1.5" side-release-buckled belt on the Darien pants. And compared to the Darien pant the AD1’s knees are ‘bent’ a couple of degrees more, which is nice for bikes with a little more rear-positioned footrests. The radius of this bend is a little bigger, too, so there is a bit more space for knee pads. Darien pants fit and feel a lot like Khaki's or regular pants and AD1's fit and feel a little more like jeans.

See the comparison...

Up to about 70ºf I wear my AD1 Lights over regular jeans or khaki pants. When it’s warmer they go over Aerostich cotton riding shorts…which we sew right here, too. The new Utility Pants fit like the AD1's, and have all the function, protection and styling of those, but without the full-length side-zips, belt, or reflective on the leg adjustment tabs. You can slip them on and wear them all day, whether logging hundreds of miles or just riding across town to run errands. Remove the TF3 kneepads and these super-tough pants are practical as everyday off-bike wear, too.

– Mr. Subjective

"The Darien and AD1 pants fit a little different…The Darien's fit like khaki 'Docker'-type chinos and dress pants. They have a straight waistband and a higher rise than jeans. The AD1's have a lower rise and a slightly conical waistband that is angled a bit lower in front. So these fit more like old-school denim jeans. I slightly prefer the AD1's fit."

- Mr. Subjective.


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