- Product Review (submitted on February 6, 2012):
I received the Darien jacket and matching pants as a Christmas gift, so at this point I only have about 6 weeks and 500 miles worth of experience with the products, but so far, I am quite impressed. I commute 40 mi RT each day and weekend rides. My bikes are a mix of sport-bikes and dual-sports. Short of ice, I ride everyday. This gear is comfortable on all of my rides, all of the time--it is just straight up top shelf stuff.
I am somewhat embarrassed by the number jackets and pants I own (everything from full one-piece leathers to mesh touring gear). So, needless to say, I went over the jacket and pants with a fine tooth comb right out of the box. With all of this "software" in my possession, I have a pretty good idea of where to look for weaknesses and potential problems. This stuff just seems bloody bombproof to me. I have ridden it in the rain, snow, and sleet and everything from 17F (this morning's commute for example) to 60F and have remained warm and dry (using optional fleece liner jacket). I especially like the high collar during cold mornings as it keep the chill out (I had been using a fleece neck-warmer, but this just solves the problem straight away). Jacket is a bit stiff, but I suspect this will soften a bit with age. All of the pockets are awesome. I put my iphone in the optional clear plastic arm pouch that fastens to your forearm so I can see when I have a message or just wish to check the time (at red lights of course). My only little quibble is that I wouldn't mind more vertical movability for the knee pads in the pants, but that is pretty minor. This stuff is not inexpensive, but, I like the fact that it is made in America and you get what you pay for! It is top shelf stuff. I have no desire to check its crash resistance, but from prior incidents with other apparel, I can tell sufficient attention to detail in likely problem areas seems great.