I purchased the Darien Light pants to wear on days when the temp is 50 or below. I wear insulating layers underneath depending on the temperatures. On the few rides I have done thus far, I am impressed with the quality of the ergonomic fit and the warmth. The armor in the knees is much appreciated extra insulation. The Gore-Tex fabric lets the moisture out and I have stayed completely dry - and warm. Not a wet feeling warm that is possible with non breathing fabrics. (Posted on 11/15/12)
I live in the Northwest, and DarienLight Pants are perfect for this damp and cool climate. On rare days when it does go above 80F (hot here means low humidity), they are still comfortable with jeans underneath. On wet days, they have proven to be completely waterproof. I wear these on my commute to work, about 25 miles round trip.
These pants are quality made, are waterproof and comfortable. I fully recommend.
I’m 5 foot, 11 inches tall, and normally wear 32-34 waist jeans (e.g. Gap jeans: 32-32 Loose). I ordered the 34 Long, Black, and they fit perfectly.
(Posted on 6/24/12)
Aerostich is a pleasure to deal with. I have 2 pair of darien light pants that I carry one in each bike. They are the best wet weather pants I have ever had and I have had many. They are comfortable and not hot so you do not sweat your ass off in the hot summer rains. Great on cool days to keep the chill off. Most of all very easy to get on and off. Try them you will like them if you do much riding you won't leave home with out them. (Posted on 5/8/12)
I feel like my mom dressed me. When I walk they swish like the wind and everyone can hear me coming.. They might be a little short because when I sit on the bike, they ride up a little too much. The jury is still out! (Posted on 12/16/11)
I am 6'-0", 165lb, 34" waist. These Medium pants have enough adjustments in the waist to make them smaller for a nice fit over skinny underwear.. The crotch is a little low in relation to the waist and binds the top of my thighs when I lift my leg over the seat. Picky? Maybe. They are light , don't flop around at speed and fold up to a small bundle. Since they are Aerostitch, they perform beautifully and are very well made with top quality material. The best there is. (Posted on 9/8/11)
I have a hard time finding pants that fit my bicycle racing lower body. Most Euro-fit riding gear is made for little girlie man legs. Ha ha. My waist is a 34 but my thighs and butt need more space. The Darien Lights fit perfect even over my dress pants. My nearly hour long commute today in temps approaching the high 80's had me comfortable but I wouldn't want to experiment with stop and go traffic with those temps.
Last weekend they got a test of how water proof they are and passed the test. The only negative is that for being "Light" they feel heavy and stiff. I can't imagine what the regular pants first feel like. I'm happy with this purchase and recommend them to anyone. (Posted on 8/18/11)
EVERYTHING at Aerostitch is great quality in design and materials. My problem: the cordura material slides around on my stock BMW seat. Maybe a waxed cotton Darien Light pants would go well with the Falstaff jacket and not be as slippery?
Aerostitch accepted my return with no problems. I do not mind paying shipping to shop for those things that become special tools for my motorcycling. The arbor pants were keepers! (Posted on 8/12/11)
I spent 14,000 miles in my Darien pants this summer, and there are only two things I would change. First, I'd make them with a diamond gusset in the crotch, because after a while every motorcycle seat starts scooting you forward, and a gusseted crotch would offer a little more room in a sensitive area. Secondly, I probably will get a pair of gray Dariens when these wear out, because the black is hot on a sunny day.
Like I said in my review of the Darien jacket, the single-layer Gore-Tex construction makes these pants as cool as they can get. I tried a pair of "vented" pants with a nylon lining holding the protective pads in place, and they were so hot I couldn't stand them. The Darien pants may not be airy-cool, but they are the best protection you can get in Gore-Tex pants, and they kept me dry in some horrific thunderstorms. I might put on something else on a day trip, but for serious long distance riding, these are the pants to wear. (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. One complaint is the lack of heat shielding (even as an option,) brief contact with exhaust melted completely through the fabric -- a significant oversight given that hot engines and exhaust are often found on motorcycles! Over all a good but flawed product...YMMV (Posted on 7/7/10)
I picked up a pair this Spring to match my Falstaff jacket as a replacement for my 1-pc Roadcrafter. They're much more comfortable than the RC and the increased temperature range is as advertised. They keep the wet out and held up remarkably well in a recent low-speed wipeout too.
My only complaints are about the fit -which is okay, but not quite right. I have a 30" inseam and yet needed to get longs in order for the knee armor to be in the proper place. A coworker had a similar problem when he got his Dariens too. I suspect that the AD1s have better fit but the fact that they're made overseas and aren't available in the lightweight Cordura turned me off.
Lightweight AD1s made here in MN, please! (Posted on 7/2/10)