Alaskan mosquitoes, No Problem
Hail in North Dakota, No Problem
Tornado with driving rain in North Dakota, No Problem
All I can say is WOW! Twenty years ago and twenty different suits ago, I wish I had found Aerostich. The DarienLight worked from Pennsylvania to Prudhoe Bay, AK.
I could not believe it was cooler than my mesh jacket at 98 degrees. Just move the air up the sleeves and out the neck and back and let evaporation cool you.
Layer up in the cold or use electric.
The best part, no stopping to put on rain gear or under liners, if it starts to rain.
This is the best gear.
PS, I try my best to not slide down the road without my wheels under me, I can not attest to the survivability of the suite or body under it.
Thank you so much for making my motorcycle riding expierience that much more enjoyable. Up here in the midwest this jacked is wearable all 4 seasons. Great rain jacket and alone with vents open warmer weather also. The blue liner works great as a stand alone jacket. The only bad things this jacket has made most of my other outer wear obsolete. (Posted on 11/4/10)
I spent 14,000 miles this summer wrapped in Darien Light jacket and pants, and after that experience I won't ride any multi-day trip without them. The only thing not waterproof on the jacket is the neck and arm holes, and there's plenty of wind protection with everything zipped up tight. My total upper body comfort was the Darien Light and a Kanetsu electric vest. This combination should take care of any combination of cold and wet you can still mange to pilot a bike through.
In hot weather, the single layer Gore-Tex material of the Darien is key. All these jackets with an internal liner, even if it's mesh nylon, only serve to trap air and increase the heat level. Open up the vents, the arms and neck of the Darien jacket, and you'll be as cool as you can get while still wearing a protective outfit.
Two months of riding convinced me. This is my favorite gear. (Posted on 10/6/10)
Used these on a recent 1000 mile plus trip and they delivered as advertised. Temps on the trip ranged from the low 40s in the Snowies and Sierra Madres and hi 80s crossing the Great Divide Basin. In addition, they I stayed dry and comfortable in the several showers that I ecountered. During hot summer weather the gray color made riding on sunny days more comfortable than standard black H-D motorclothes. Great job Aerostich! (Posted on 9/30/10)
The final test of this jacket was a three week over 5000 km. trip from Holland to Denmark and then by ferry to Iceland for a big inland all-road trip. Temperatures were between 30 and 90 `F, we had heavy downpours and a lot of wind. In every circumstance the jacket performed well and after my bike and I submerged in a glacial torrent both the jacket (and the Darien light pants) dried up amazingly fast. That's what I liked most about the combination: no liners and other fancy stuff that need ours of dry time after being soaked by all these deep river crossings. Less is more!
The jacket is perfect for travelling with all these pockets and an outstanding collar. The only minus is the lack of two completely waterproof pockets for cigarettes or passports and the lot.
Truly, any all season rider could not help but love this jacket. It's the best windbreaker and the best light-weight insulator I've ever used. Used with a hoodie or mister rogers instead of a liner yields excellent comfort and versatility (yes, I often ride an H-D). The jacket stands up to some of the meanest, whipping wind and rain, yet breathes well enough to not leave me clammy when el nino pops up. The neck sizing is great because it's large enough to seal and hold securely with a sweater and shampa layered underneath. absolute dynamite. The jacket does require a significant investment of patience regarding break-in. I have never in my life cursed so much at a garment. Initially I found the jacket to be THE most recalcitrant piece of moto gear ever, with the (big) exception of the screwed up zipper change on the alpinestars gtx boots a few years back. Thomas nailed it on the cuff zipper, but mine too will work out fine. The only two things I have left to add is regarding the excess length of backpad, which creates a "scarecrow" effect. This is totally fixable, and does not detract from the excellence of the jacket. On my wishlist is the missing bicep hook & loops for those "light days". Your customer forever, Chris (Posted on 5/7/10)
Ever since I bought the Darien Light Jacket along with the pants I wish I had saved all the money I had spent on leather gear. Others can tell you how great they are, but until you get it you will never know. There warm when it is cool out, cool when it's warm out. How do they do it ? My friend was so impressed with my Darien Light Jacket that when we went on a trip to the North Shore we stopped in at AeroStich. He tried one on and he was sold. With the zip out liner and all the zipper vents. Look at it of being a 3 in 1 jacket. Rain-Warm-Cold weather Wear. Great Job AeroStich.......... (Posted on 11/13/09)
I picked up my Darien light for the warmer months.
I ride year round in all types of weather. I found the jacked to be the same quality I expect from all high-end gear. Over all fit and finish was great.
The only concern I had with the “Light” was the amount of protection I may be giving up.
I was in Oregon on Interstate 5 with a light rain falling.
Coming around a nice right hand sweeper I lost the front end and low-slided at
The impact of a low slide is not too great and there was no “impact” damage. However, I slid on wet asphalt for just under 60 yards.
The jacket held up to perfection. The only “burn” through was on the right side shoulder with the padding underneath.
I was also wearing Darien pants. After the slide was over I got up and walked away without a mark on me.
I no longer have any concerns about the sturdiness of these jackets.
In short, highly recommended and the jacket did its job.
My Darien Light is great for those warmer days, allowing a good flow of air while maintaining adequate protection. Worn with the AD1 pants- great on an english summer's day - you never know when the rain will fall :) (Posted on 10/16/08)