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Darien Jacket

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Built for hard everyday wear, long trips and extreme adventure and endurance riding. Whether you are heading across town or across Siberia, this is the toughest most reliable single-layer textile jacket and pants available.

The Darien actually was the first armored textile jacket and pants made specifically for long-distance travelers and adventure riders, and today after more than 25 years of continuous improvements and careful refinements it still remains the benchmark for technical motorcycle trip gear.

With its unique single-layer construction there can be no shortcuts. Nothing is hidden under a lining. Hook and loop is used for positioning its comprehensive TF3 impact armor systems.

Darien's ride drier and more comfortably across a wider temperature and climatic range. The armor is easier to custom-position for fit or remove and replace as required. Emergency field repairs are easier, too. (Important if you're somewhere remote.)

Exclusive features include a tough abrasion-resistant Mil-spec 500 Denier Cordura® GORE-TEX® breathable/waterproof outer fabric, removable hard shell TF3 elbow and shoulder armor, generous 3M Scotchlite™ reflective areas, adjustable anti-flutter sleeve tabs, and removable magnetic collar clasps.

The Darien also accommodates optional TLTec fleece liners that fit perfectly inside this outer jacket. The liner's underarm vent zippers line up, and everything works together perfectly.

Those optional reversible TLTec liners are perfect on cool mornings and for all 'off-the-bike' wear, too. They fold into their own compact zippered pockets, and can be attached to your bike or worn on a belt like a fanny pack. With new construction, an optional zip-in liner zipper (#375) is available at no charge.

Available colors: black, grey, orange, hi-viz lime yellow, or tan. All Darien jackets come with black details. 36–56. Made in USA

Size 36 not available with the AirVantage Electric Liner.
Rare Earth Magnets: see Additional Information

Darien Features
Color Picker
Sizing Chart
Self Fit Calculator
Darien Jacket Owners Guide
TF Pad Removal and Replacement
Darien vs. Darien Light
Ode to Aerostich (Review on Peak Rider World)

Various alterations are available for the Darien Jacket to get that custom fit you expect from an all-purpose jacket.

A Note on New Sizing

Do you have an older Darien Jacket and are ready for a new one? Continual product refinements and incremental updates have also brought size adjustments over the years. This chart shows the current sizes compared to Darien Jacket sizing from garments produced prior to 2013. For any sizing questions contact Customer Care at 800.222.1994

Darien Jacket Size3638404244464850525456
2008-2013 Darien Sizing36384042444648505254
Alpha Numeric DarienSmallMediumLargeXLargeXX Large

Hassle Free Sizing Exchange

If you happen to need a different size, return the suit and we'll ship out a replacement free of charge (applies to domestic ground shipments only).

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Sam Whitehead from American Iron Magazine reviews the Darien Jacket, Darien Pants, and Combat Touring Boots

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There are four rare earth magnets to remove:

  • One (about the size of a quarter), inside the jacket on each side of the upper chest/collar,
  • One (about the size of a dime) at each end of the collar - removable from a small pocket with a hook and loop closure.

Important Information Regarding Rare Earth Magnets


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About as Tough as They ComeReview by LateToTheGame
I'm perhaps not the best reviewer for the Darien. I've only had mine 2 years, and it's only done a few thousand miles of not that difficult riding. Bear that in mind as you read this.

The jacket is long, adjustable for fit at the waist and arms. The main zip, in fact all the zips, are burly and feel quite sturdy. There are two large chest pockets, an interior pocket, a right forearm pocket, and two lower body pockets that I seldom use. The 3-ply Gore-Tex fabric slides nicely over inner layers, so minimal binding. The Cordura outer fabric is stiff and bulky, but feels tough. Sewing is first-rate.

Coming to this jacket from years of climbing and skiing jackets, the Darien felt bulky, big, stiff, sleeves not long enough... Having ridden in it for a couple seasons, it works very well for what it is - a motorcycling jacket. The sleeves are cut just right for reaching to handlebars, the cuffs close over under-cuff gloves well, yet nicely accommodate longer gauntlets outside. the body is sized to swallow the pads at shoulders, back, elbows. The pockets store the stuff you feel you need to hand. I have yet to ride the Darien in a serious rain, but Gore-Tex and featuring suggest it should do well. The zippered vents at the back and under the arms give good ventilation, at least up to 80 degrees. Past that I usually reach for a ballistic mesh summer jacket. Have to try it this summer...

Overall, the Darien feels like the jacket you put on when you expect to end the day several hundred miles from where you are now. You can wear it commuting, but really comes into its own on the open road. (Posted on 3/2/18)
Fantastic!Review by Dennis
Design, materials and workmanship A+
As good as it gets - love the Aerostitch products. (Posted on 2/5/18)
Happy Customer After Many Miles!Review by Kelly
I ride an R1200RT. I purchased my HI-VI Darien Jacket in 2009 and have about 170,000 kms racked up. This is paired with the AD-1 pants. I have ridden in temperatures ranging from 0°c to 35°c. Between the windstopper thermal liner and the venting (heated grips/seat) I have always been comfortable. Riding all day in the rain with heavy showers off and on can be a test for any jacket but the Darien has always kept me dry. I do the standard Niki-wash and Niki-wax treatment as recommended and this works perfectly. I haven’t had a crash with the jacket to this point and don’t care to give it that test but I feel confident I will be as protected as I would in any other jacket.
I am presently in the market for a new jacket and have been doing extensive research into what is available. I want a jacket that will keep me dry 100% of the time (no waterproof liner please!), protect me in a crash, vent well, HI-VI, and reasonably priced . I do a lot of long distance riding so require a good quality jacket. After reading many reviews on other jackets priced higher/lower, and hearing feedback on motorcycle website forums, the main complaint with the Darien it that it doesn’t look as cool or that it looks like an astronaut jacket. Not too bad if that is the main complaint! People love the look of a classic car because they can recognize the make, model and perhaps the year as soon as they see it. When you see a Darien jacket you know it is a “Darien Jacket” as soon as you see it….it is a classic!
I am about to replace my old Darien with a new Darien jacket in March before the riding season starts. Thank you to the Aerostich team for continuing to make a good quality product.
(Posted on 1/8/18)
The BestReview by Sid
Probably the best garment I have ever owned in ANY style of clothes. Fits great, looks great, very durable! Order one size larger if layer during winter. I'm not going to get specific, but the Darien jacket and pants are simple the best, period. (Posted on 11/11/17)
Wish I'd Done It SoonerReview by Lothar
I typically ride around 20,000 miles a year. So I am no stranger to heavy rain. I was satisfied with the gear I was using before. I acquired, partly out of curiousity, partly due to recommendations from a number of other long distance riders, Darien pants and a Darien jacket. I really can't describe it. It's just designed better than anything else I've tried. From fit, to little custom tailoring things, to huge functionality features. I've always been okay with long trips in the rain or cold, embraced those trips, actually. I've never been happier, more comfortable, or drier. I wish I'd done it sooner. If I didn't like the gear, I'd be quick to tell you that s well. I must admit, it's just heaven to ride in. (Posted on 8/30/17)
Cool jacketReview by Brent
I used this coat in the first part of February paired with a heated jacket and walla perfect combo for cold weather! I also own a Falstaff jacket and love it also. I love the rare earth magnets in the collar, a nice touch. Simply the best stuff on the planet so spend the money and get the best! (Posted on 2/13/17)
Review after one year of useReview by David
My initial impression was not good. It is very stiff. The armor is as hard as rock in cold weather. The hand-warmer pockets are set too high to be useful. The felt color lining does not come down far enough to offer comfort against the neck. The storm flap in front will not stay shut below the waist when seated on my bike. The main front zipper is not rubber coated and can scratch your tank if you’re not careful. So much Velcro; in places heavy duty snaps would make more sense and offer more security (e.g., the front storm flap). It will not zip to my Aerostich Utility pants (which is standard on nearly all other brands and a very welcome feature). It does not come with back armor which added an additional expense (it seems ridiculous not to wear back armor in a motorcycle specific jacket). When I purchased it I thought I should probably return it. For whatever reason, I decided to risk the investment and give it a chance.

After a year I have really grown to love this jacket. I feel very well protected by the substantial armor and it has kept me dry in driving rain and even hail. After about five-thousand miles it has broken in nicely and it fits and feels very comfortable. With the additional Darien fleece liner over a base-layer it is reasonably warm. I guess I’ve adjusted to its peculiarities and can live with its (in my opinion) shortcomings. Lastly I’ll say that Aerostich has always provided ridiculously outstanding customer service! On balance I’m glad I took a chance on it.
(Posted on 12/29/16)
Why did I wait so long?!Review by Mark
I have had my Darien jacket 3 years now, with about 36,000 miles on it. Everything still works perfectly, and it is entirely, completely, incredibly waterproof. I used it for downhill snow skiing for the first time last week, and it works great for that as well. I just wish I'd bought this a few years earlier and didn't waste time on two other brand-x jackets that were only waterproof for a week or two. (Posted on 12/27/16)
Darien Suit reviewReview by John
Have been riding in the NE with this suit year round for the last 2 years. It is the only suit I use. I do own a mesh Alpinstars jacket but have not used it since buying the Darien gear. Cool enough in the heat and humidity of summer in New England and I can layer effectively under it in the winter. I have had no leakage in the rain and the zippered vents allow for enough air flow in the heat. I have the HiViz jacket which I think does help you be seen well. If you want a one suit does it all outfit then this suit is a good choice. I have no buyer's remorse in making this purchase. (Posted on 10/21/16)
Longtime Roadcrafter Owner Review of DarienReview by Rich
I have owned one Roadcrafter two-piece for 23 some-odd years, and have ridden all over the North American continent. I decided to try the Darien jacket and AD-1 pants.
Overall, same high quality, same excellent customer service, so I won't go into that. The Roadcrafter is still the champ at getting on and off; best for commuting. The Darien/AD-1 combo works better for me on long tours. Much more water-proof than the Roadcrafter (albeit mine is over 20 years old). I like the sleeve closures better on the Darien, as well as the collar. So far it seems to me the Darien/AD-1 combo is better in hot-humid conditions than the Roadcrafter.
Nits: The AD-1 pants are a royal pain to get into and out of, especially when wearing CBT's. That may improve with time, but it's then when I miss the Roadcrafter's slick lining. Also, the leg zippers on the AD-1's seem a bit under-designed for the task. Not the usual Industrial-Strength zippers of the Roadcrafter. Since the Darien has no lining, the temperature range is a bit narrower. I can go down to 62 in the Roadcrafter without layering, but in the Darien anything below 70 starts to get chilly. However, for most riding conditions in the Pacific Northwest where I live, a pull-over sweatshirt will take me down to 55 degrees with no problem. I do note that when I do use my electrics with the Darien, I have to crank it up higher than with the Roadcrafter.
To sum up, I will still use my Roadcrafter for daily commuting and Sunday putts, especially if I will be meeting up with friends for lunch and such. But for my sojourns to Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and other neat places, it's the Darien/AD-1 combo from here on. (Posted on 9/28/16)

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Gear: Fashion and Style vs. Equipment

There’s a lot of ‘noise’ in the rider-gear market space the Aerostich Darien jacket occupies, about how ‘new and improved’ similar jackets are. Other companies making these kinds of jackets restyle them and revise them every year or two, telling riders that if three zippers is good, six or seven zippers is better.

What all the ‘noise’ amounts to is fashion and style being presented in the guise of technology which supposedly is rapidly ever-advancing in this area. Except armored waterproof textile jackets are not the same kind of technology as computers, or even motorcycles. Seven zippers are not better than three, if only three are functionally needed. What counts is ease of use, durability, fit and function. The pioneering of this type of gear was done by us twenty and thirty years ago. (Combining lightweight breathable-waterproof highly abrasion-resistant synthetic fabrics, seam-sealing, ergonomically more useful vents and pockets, reflective materials and energy-absorbing foams and plastics.)

Since then, just like added decorative stitching on branded ‘designer’ jeans turns a pair of useful, comfortable and durable work pants like Levi’s 501’s into a fashion, all the noise about new tech in jackets like the Darien is mostly fashion BS masquerading as technological improvements. It’s not real.

Classic black leather ‘zipper’ biker jackets have been popular world-wide for many decades. There are versions at many price points and in some circles this jacket has become a fashion cliché having little to do with actually riding a motorcycle. But for many riders it remains a great equipment choice that has changed only very slightly over the years — because it works so well. You’ll find the original versions of these jackets at Langlitz, Shott and several other pioneering leather companies. Similarly, you’ll find the original British waxed cotton Belstaff and Barbour rider’s jackets and pants still being produced in their original patterns because they remain excellent functional rider’s gear.

The ‘latest-greatest’ is usually more style and fashion based, and original equipment is nearly always more utility-tool based. It does not change from year to year any more than Levi’s 501’s. Many riders are unlikely to admit they are buying ever-changing fashion and style when they believe they are getting some kind of improved technology, but that is a truth. None of the regularly restyled ‘teched-out’ sportswear for riders comes in as many closely-spaced sizes as the Darien does, and none is as functional and equipment-y as a Darien.

The Aerostich Darien is the original advanced technology breathable-waterproof impact-armored synthetic (nylon) textile rider’s gear, and just like the above-mentioned other examples of specialized rider’s clothing, it is similarly more equipment than fashion. For historical reasons.

Dariens are available ‘off-the-rack’ in eleven closely-spaced graded sizes and six colors. Complete repair service and several optional fit alterations insure years of superior service.

Darien ‘Cutaway’ Hem Roll

The Darien is a ¾ length design – it’s just long enough to cover a suitcoat and is the perfect length for standing-on-the-pegs dual sporting and adventure riding. For all camping and other rugged outdoor activities, too. But sometimes it feels a little too long, especially if you ride a sport or sport touring bike with the classic lean-forward body position handlebars.

An easy solution for some riders is to roll/fold the jacket front hem up underneath the zipper. After a couple of times it becomes automatic. You don’t even think about it because it takes not even two seconds. Give it a try.

—Mr. Subjective, 2014

Darien ‘Cutaway’ Hem Roll Darien ‘Cutaway’ Hem Roll

MMM Product Review: Aerostich Darien Jacket

My love affair with the Aerostich Darien jacket was quickly developed and has been growing stronger with every passing riding season. It was my first real motorcycle related purchase and one that I have benefited from every since.

Within a few months of the purchase of my first real bike I was off in a far away land (Iowa) searching for towns that may or may not exist with fellow I've Been Everywhere Grand Tour riders. My Aerostich Darien jacket was about to take its first test. We experienced damn near every type of summer weather on this ride and by the end of the summer I had the frost and snow feather in my cap too. Dirt roads, random rain storms and gusting wind. But nothing would compare to what was coming. We had decided it was time to head home. After a good meal and some 'BS'ing we were on the road. Destination, Des Moines. Turn north and blast home.

About an hour south of the Minnesota border we ran into a wall of water. Not just a rain storm, a wall of water. Now being a new rider, I figured we would find the next exit and wait it out or at least let it die down a bit. We didn't even slow down... Continue to Full Review