- Product Review (submitted on November 12, 2010):
- Had my Hi-Viz Darien for 6 years and approximately 100k kms of riding in the US and Europe in all seasons. Last few years I have started spending many hours in the jacket doing Iron Butt rides and it is probably the strongest testimony to the quality of the Darien that most of the IBA riders I have come across, ride in 'stiches and many in the Darien. On the heat thing - as long as you are moving, the jacket has fantastic ventilation - I rode in Italy in 36 degrees C for a week with no issues as long as I was moving. Hi-Viz never really was that hi-viz compared to jackets that are out now - really just a yellow jacket, but despite my early disappointment with the colour, I have grown to love the dirty yellow as a more subtle colour. Wash it twice a season with the TX products and it always comes up looking like new for a few weeks. The armour padding is starting to loose contact with the velcro inside the jacket and it looks like it is losing some of the goretex liner so will probably send it for repair to the folks at 'stitch before too long. If you have gone as far as to read this and the other reviews, you will be buying one soon - and believe me, you will not regret it.