Darien Jackets: The Executive Summary
These days there are many other kinds of enduro and 'adventure' armored-synthetic-fiber textile jackets available at price levels from $100 to over $1,500. But the original Darien and Darien Light jackets preceded all of them, and inspired more than a few of the most popular specific models. Since the outset Darien's have been subject to continuous refinements and updates so today they still provide functional performance advantages and set real benchmarks for this type of gear.
Beyond all the specific materials and design details, three fundamental things distinguish Darien jackets from others in this product category:
- No separate 'hanging' inner lining. This is a harder way to make an armored jacket, but the advantages are worth the extra effort. Without a lining the Darien wears cooler, flows air better and is lighter weight.
- Suit-sized grading. Ten available sizes with a smaller size-to-size interval means you get a better fit you can feel. S, M, L, XL, XXL graded styles offer only five or six sizes covering the same range. And some Darien fit alterations like custom sleeve lengths are also available on special order. Normally all Dariens are sold from inventory in stock in standard graded sizes (38, 40, 42, etc..), and are fully returnable/exchangeable.
- Made in USA.
THE ORIGINAL SINCE 1992
Aerostich Dariens are the original modern 'adventure riding' gear. They, along with cell-phones and GPSs, helped encourage this kind of riding. Dariens were introduced years before all of the internet adventure riding forums and print magazines existed. Pioneering Darien wearers shared their adventure ride stories, photos and ideas, inspiring many riders.
Early pioneers like Ed Culbertson, Helge Peterson, Greg Frazier, Chris Scott, Ted Simon (and others) relied on Darien gear because of its combination of protection, reliability, durability and comfort. Today, adventure riders choose to wear Aerostich Darien gear, because it remains the best.
Even among today's highly detailed, styled and teched-out adventure gear, the Darien stands out because it remains a lightweight, tougher, better fitting, simpler and more comfortable piece of equipment. It just wears and works better across a wider range of conditions. As always, Aerostich Darien jacket and pants are 100% hand made in-the-USA, too.
More than twenty years ago Dariens established new benchmarks for performance, fit and comfort. And since then we’ve continually refined them. Today’s Dariens are the best ever.
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.
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