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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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Darien JacketReview by Ben
I received my new Darien jacket only two weeks ago and haven't had the chance to use it yet due to snow. Feels, looks and fits great though. Anxious to try it out...come on spring. (Posted on 3/11/19)
Jacket for all conditionsReview by LateToTheGame
I previously posted a general review on the Darien. This past weekend's tour I finally got to (?) test the jacket in the rain. Weather was humid (!!), temps climbed to the mid 80s. Not a good time to be wearing Gore-Tex shell gear, but as long as I was moving I stayed on the comfortable side. I would have been more comfortable in my summer mesh jacket, but that wouldn't have worked well for Part II of the weekend weather - the thunderstorm that caught us a half hour out from our destination. With the heat I had all the vents wide open, and I wasn't about to stop and close them even for a 20 degree temperature drop and heavy rain - we're 30 minutes from our hotel. I pulled up the front zip and kept going. And stayed pretty dry actually. When I got off the bike at the hotel, to an audience of drinkers on the covered patio, I felt dry and comfortable, at least until I took off the helmet. Very pleased.

The rest of the weekend was sun, 80s, humid. I was never overheated, OK never seriously overheated, and quite comfortable as long as I kept moving. Nice.

That's the Darien. You can stay comfortable and safe in whatever weather happens over the days or weeks of your ride. (Posted on 8/20/18)
Great Product Review by Buck
I really liked the jacket. It got broke in on a 4000 mile trip out west. I was hoping to hit rain to test the waterproofing, but had 100 degree weather instead. As long as you kept moving with the vents open it did a good job. It's great to have all the pockets, we were on our way home and I found two I didn't know about. All the products purchased from your store have been fantastic. (Posted on 7/26/18)
30.000+miles in less than 2 yearsReview by Nicolas
I live in Colombia, the land of the Darien Gap where this suit got its name. Colombia is the second rainiest country on earth so you can imagine how important is a reliable all weather jacket here.
I have used it on a daily basis for the past two years. It performes as expected. I have gone through thunderstorms, Hail storms (ouch), pouring rain during several hours. When going off road I can easily remove the armour so I can use my next to skin protection such as Knee braces and chest protectors.
It is a great Jacket and I love it. I think of myself as an abusive user and I live in a coutry with extreme weather conditions, this jacket endures them all.
On the not so nice side I would like to say the Hi Vis Color fade away after several washes, The stains form smog are impossible to remove, the Velcro begins to look all mushy. All of this after several washes. It does not look so nice when it is old. Also, after 25000 miles the jacket and pants began to leak through the seam seals.
I am planning on buying the same jacket again, it bums me out to know I cannot buy it without protections since I already have ones.

After 28.000 miles or 1.5 years began to leak because the seam seals began to leak
Hi viz Color fades to a lighter yellow
Does not look nice when Old... My friends laugh at my jacket telling me it looks dirty even if it is taken right out of the washing machine.
Smog stains are impossible to get rid of
You cannot buy the jacket or pants as a standalone piece without armour.

The best jacket for heavy rainstorms for the first 1.5 years (about 28.000 miles)
HUGE pockets, you can fit gauntlets inside
Extremely well vented for a waterproof jacket
Protection is easy to remove
Well built, good materials and craftsmanship
(Posted on 3/31/18)
Crash testing a Darien JacketReview by Crash test Dummy
I’m in my 39th year of riding. I took 13-years off after having my head run over by a 67’ Chevy in 1976. I returned to riding in 1990. Since then I have accumulated over 500,000 motorcycling-miles, most of them commuting. I have the dubious distinction of having crashed motorcycles (memorably) four times. Because I was wearing gear, I could have walked away from every crash including the head-run-over crash (thank you Bell and your Bell Star 90) but I thought my neck might have of been broken so I chose not to move.

The third-crash (in the Darien) was a tank-slapper that threw me off at about 40mph. I call it driver error as I chose to take my hands off the handle bars of a 90’ Concours. I was instantly on my left hand, ass and left elbow. The reason I took my hands off was to zip up the Darien’s sleeves. The left sleeve, being unzipped slid up my arm when my elbow hit the street. Two things happened because the sleeve wasn’t cinched. One, my elbow came off the elbow pad and was ground down a little more than a tenth of an inch leaving a “quarter-sized” perfectly shaped disk of raw meat. And two, the female snap at the cuff (the one meant to secure the fleece liner, that was not installed), cookie-cut and the friction with the street, cauterized a spot on my skin about two-inches from my wrist.

I had always considered my Aerostich a one and done product; it would need repair after a serious get-off. This would be just like an air bag going off; it is disposable. The denim jeans I was wearing were abraded but no holes. This should not be seen as an indictment of the Darien as I can in no way be certain that all my body hit the ground with the same impact. My left (Held) glove palm lost all the stitching on the palm-heel pad (which incidentally happened in a race track highside and a backroads 50mph low side as well [I told you I was a motorcycle crash-test dummy].) Held makes really good (eye wateringly-expensive) gloves so the damage to the gloves helps calibrate the abrasion to the Darien.

Would I buy another Darien? No. I bought a Roadcrafter Ultralight. Commuting to a white collar job meant arriving ready to work. With a Roadcrafter the only clothing change was boots for dress shoes. For years I tried changing out of a two-piece leather suit (and sometimes rain suit). Then I moved up to the Darien jacket and pants. This was comfortable especially when I sewed in a zipper from jacket to pants (surprised Aerostich doesn’t do this). But when I wore out the Darien, I went to the Roadcrafter Ultralight. This was so much easier to get on and off. And just like the Darien, waterproof even with the naked bikes I now ride. I must replace zippers once and a while and re-seam seal about every 30 to 40 thousand-miles but remember at a minimum I removed and donned it twice a day for 250-days per year, shoot, my turn signal switch wore out faster; yes I use my turn signals religiously and those that don’t are assholes.

As long as the Roadcrafter suit is tightly-zipped and velcroed it should protect you in a pretty long slide. The lack of abrasions means healing up from broken bones faster. Using all the armor available from Aerostich means fewer and less grievous bone-breaks. Nothing is going to protect you from the breaks in a quick stop except an air bag vest, stay tuned, I just got one of those. (Posted on 3/30/18)
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)

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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