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- Product Review (submitted on November 26, 2011):
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.