- Product Review (submitted on September 23, 2011):
The Perfect Riding Suit does not exist. I have a Darien jacket and pants which have served me well for 100K miles, from Prudhoe Bay (twice) to Unuvik to Ushuaia and back, as well as an Iron Butt 48 Plus One, but the lime green was fading and the suit showing signs of wear, so I broke down and bought a transit suit, jacket and pants.
Let me insert here that I live and ride a lot in Phoenix, so this suit is not going to be perfect for this kind of cook-stove weather. Nevertheless, I have ridden this suit for about 4000 miles, and am quite happy with it. Sure, it is hot when the ambient is 105 Fahrenheit, but there is no "perfect" in riding suits, or much else, for that matter. On a long ride, there is no room for several suits to adapt to the weather conditions, and a distance rider
I have not ridden all day in rain in this suit, but last week got caught in a gully-washer up in Jerome, AZ, and for the 15 minutes of heavy rain, I experienced no wetting what-so-ever. This suit is comfortable in most situations. I have a Widder vest and gloves, and will use those in conjunction with the Transit suit when temps drop, expecting to be just toasty warm and comfy.
This suit is quality, and it has met my expectations fully. I knew it would be "warm" in the desert heat, but am willing to suffer a bit of that in exchange for a suit that provides good abrasion protection, rain repellent features, excellent ballistics, and all around riding comfort.
I believe in ATGAT, and this suit makes it easy to conform to that policy.
I highly recommend this suit for serious riders.
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