- Product Review (submitted on September 14, 2010):
Well, I have a 100K on my Darien Hi Viz Jacket and same for the pants. unfortunately, the waterproofness has begun to disappear. I've used the wash in waterproofs with it and they held for awhile, but sadly it is pretty much gone. Pants leak in the strangest of places, like where your backside makes contact with the seat. Very odd.
Jacket and pants were awesome for the first 60K - 70K miles before little leaks started appearing, but the tech washins took care of that. The top left pocket, under the Darien tag gets caught in the zipper of the larger pocket below it and hangs the zipper, plus ripped the pocket on inside, so i can't keep my keys there anymore.
Guess I am about due for another. Probably won"t go with Hi-Viz, tired of Fireman comments. Do agree with hot day comments above 95 and humid, you are going to hurt if you get stuck in traffic, you need the airflow. Cold weather - down to 10-15 degrees and survived over an hour and half commutes to or from work. But I ride a Goldwing with heated seats, leg warmers, heated grips and toe warmers. Wore the fleece with an additional fleece jacket underneath it. Wore ski mittens for hands and hiking boots. was fine.
I ride year round in Northeast and commute 140 miles round trip each day, so I rack up the miles. I've been using a mesh jacket recently, Speed and Strength, my brother in law purchased it for me, tired of seeing me on his Harley Dyna Wide Glide in my fireman's outfit when I'd ride his bikes in San Diego.
Now that the seasons are starting to change, I'll need my Darien again, but I'll pack a rain suit to go over it until I get a new one.
I definitely miss the pockets of the Darien when i wear the other jacket, nor do I have to worry about weather changes. The Speed and Strength mesh jacket has a zip in liner for weather protection, but you get slimed from it, doesn't breath. Really liked the weather protection and air flow from the Darien, one jacket does it all.
Maybe Santa will put one under the tree for me. Going with Gray this time to match the Black Goldwing with Silver Chrome. Too bad I couldn't get a grey and black combo Darien, now that would be sweet.
May even try the electric liner, love to see some comments posted on them.
Happy riding, Darien is the way to go, served me well all these years, plus sent it back for reseaming - it was free, plus they upgraded all the armor for free too. You can't beat it. Other than LL Bean, I don't know who else stands behind their gear like Aerostich. Good riding with your purchase and Enjoy the Journey. Now get out there and ride, that's why you bought it.