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DarienLight Jacket

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An ultralight Darien Jacket and Pants would make a great urban riding tool (...we said to ourselves). So we build them just this way, using a tough, HT200D Nylon GORE-TEX® fabric. This lightweight Cordura-like material is far tougher than ordinary nylon fabrics of similar weight offer about a third less abrasion resistance than the regular Darien's stiffer 500D Cordura fabric.

On the other hand this lighter weight version provides so much more ease and comfort it's better for many kinds of rugged outdoor activities beyond motorcycle riding.

The Darien Light really comes into its own for commuting and general riding, especially in atrocious weather where it will flat-out work better than whatever you now wear.

The unlined Darien Light Jacket and Pants wear dryer and comfortably across a wide temperature range. Its many integrated features have been rider-proven to work better on all kinds of rides in all kinds of weathers.

The Jacket is a lightweight yet hard-as-nails protective system for your upper body that lets you ride in safety and comfort, regardless of harsh conditions. It's light, tough, simple, and practical because that's what works best.

Exclusive features include tough HT200D GORE-TEX® breathable/waterproof outer fabric, removable hard shell TF3 foam elbow and shoulder armor, generous 3M Scotchlite™ reflective areas, adjustable anti-flutter sleeve tabs, and removable magnetic collar clasps.

A Darien Light jacket also accommodates a range of optional removable TLTec fleece liners that fit perfectly inside it's breathable/waterproof shell. These liner's vent zippers line up perfectly and fit, feel and work like they were made for a Darien. Which they were.

The optional liners are worn separately beneath an outer Darien Light Jacket they are also perfect alone on cool days for off-the-bike wear. They fold into their own compact zippered pocket 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.

An optional back pad attaches to all Dariens with pre-installed hook-and-loop. Colors: black, grey, red, hi-viz lime yellow, tan, or cobalt blue. All Darien Light jackets come with black details. 36–56. Made in USA

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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).

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

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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.

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Customer Reviews (34)

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AwesomeReview by Louis
This jacket is awesome. I rode with this and my ADR1 pants in torrential rain for an entire morning late last fall here in New England. I remained completely dry. With the Kanetsu heated liner I also remained wonderfully warm. (Posted on 2/18/15)
Hi-Viz for All!Review by Chuck
Looking for greater flexibility in warmer weather, and requiring Hi-Viz since I work on a military base I had few options for my tall frame. I opted for the Darien Light in Hi-Viz Yellow. The picture on the web site doesn't do justice to the yellow, appearing more mustard, but the jacket is without question YELLOW! Since I am 6'-3" and have long arms, I started with a size 48 and had the sleeves lengthened several inches below the elbow. The features of the jacket that set it apart from others is the advantages of having an unlined gore-tex shell. I have plenty of mid-layers that I don't need more to come with a jacket (unlike most competitors). The DarienLight has great serious adjustability not found in most other jackets. I particularly like the waistband adjustment, the gigantic pit zips, the magnetic collar closure, and the two-way heavy-duty zipper. I'm amazed how many motorcycle jackets don't have a two-way zipper. I also fold up the front flaps of the jacket in order to sit on the bike comfortably. To accomplish this I unzip from the bottom to just below the waist adjustment and fold the excess flaps up and under. The tension from the waist belt helps keep it in place. I tried swapping out the TF3 elbow and shoulder armor for less bulky TF5 armor but found that the there was just too much fabric flapping around after the switch. The jacket is designed to accommodate the bulky armor so back it went!. A few negatives but not deal-breakers: the DarienLight material is so thin, that the outline of the velcro attachments points for the back pad on the inside are clearly noticeable on the outside. Those edges were the first to pick up dirt. I would like to see longer velcro strips on the arms for tighter elbow adjustments, since I would cinch them further if I had more velcro on which to attach the velcro straps. I didn't ride with the back protector last season, but will be ordering one for this season. I had one in the past when I sported a Roadcrafter jacket, and I felt more secure having that additional protection. The back protector will take up some of the extra room I have in the torso area. The jacket is pricey, but consider a jacket's importance to our safety and the dollars we have already invested in our bikes and other gear. (Posted on 2/8/15)
Best Jacket owned to date! Review by Bob 1811
I purchased the High Viz Darien Light jacket about a year ago. Having previously purchased other Aerostich products, including Darien pants and combat light boots, I had confidence in the quality and workmanship but was very concerned about the discomfort associated with a long break in period. To my surprise, the jacket was comfortable out of the box and was nice after one machine washing. I have worn the jacket in temps from the 90's (never used my vented jacket this summer) down to the 30's (with heated liner) and it has met my needs. I have ridden in torrential rainstorms and have remained completely dry, although the pockets filled with water; lesson learned, pockets aren't waterproof. Despite that I highly recommend the jacket. (Posted on 12/19/13)
For bikes of all types - including pedalReview by John
I use this jacket for commuting on my KTM 690 Duke occasionally, but most often on my bicycle.

Working the swing shift, the Hi-Vis Yellow makes the 10PM ride home less nerve-wracking. It has even stopped a SUV driver from pulling out of a parking lot into my path during the ride to work, although I was ready to stop if he didn't.

Unlined because I sweat heavily even with temps in the upper 40's while pedaling. On the Duke, the railroad shirt is heavy enough for comfort in the same temps.

I moved my Bohn back protector from my old Roadcrafter one-piece to the Darien Light, and my hip pads from the Roadcrafter to my Darien Light over-pants. Hopefully the crash protection will never be tested, but it's there just-in-case. It isn't cold enough to wear the gray over-pants on the bicycle. Living in central Arizona, blue jeans should be heavy enough this winter for bicycling.

I'm glad I bought the Darien Light jacket and pants.
(Posted on 10/29/13)
Darien Light jacket built to lastReview by Rod
I scraped up my money and bought a black Darien Light jacket in 1999, and it's been the only jacket I've worn ever since for long cross-country trips and everyday wear. And I think it's still got a few years of life left in it. After 14 years there is some delamination of the material showing and a little wear and tear in places, but it still keeps me bone dry.

Over the years the good folks in Duluth have made some zipper and zipper pull repairs for me, but that's all it has needed, except for the occasional washing and recommended treatment.

The jacket has never leaked, even in spring and summer Midwest thunderstorms and downpours. In hot weather, opening the wrists, pits and back vents is like turning on air conditioning--as long as you're moving and the air is flowing through. When it's hot, hot... layering with a wet t-shirt or evap vest has helped--as long as you're moving.

There's no better jacket and I'm sure I'll buy a new one, if this one ever really wears out. (Posted on 6/14/13)
Darien Light - Perfect for AustraliaReview by Nigel from Perth
I just bought a Darien Light (jacket and pants) because my Darien "Heavy" (for want of another name - the 500 denier one) is really too hot for Australian summers, though, admittedly, great at other times.
I wish I had bought the Darien Light initially, as it is just perfect for all Australian conditions, especially with the Kanetsu liner for use in our only really cold places, the Alpine areas in Victoria and New South Wales.
I have used the "Darien heavy" since mid 2011 on some long trips around Australia in both winter (which is generally pretty mild in this part of the world) and summer (which is not mild, but pretty hot) though, as mentioned, the heavier weight Darien is too hot for comfort .
It accompanied me up the north of Western Australia in winter, and over to Sydney and back in summer, and has travelled about 40,000 km, though is still pretty stiff.
I floated the idea with Aerostich's marketing guys to put me on their advertised scheme of volunteers who will "run your Darien in for you", but they did not take me up on the offer.
But the Darien Light on the other hand is just the right weight and affords as much protection as I should ever need (fingers crossed) and is so much cooler, and also stows away in the panniers a lot more easily than the "Heavy".
I particularly like the quality of manufacture (superb) and all those useful pockets, as well as the all round comfort, especially around the neck.
This is a product that outperforms all the riding gear that I have ever had in the past.
I recommend the Darien Light to any Aussie who wants fantastic riding gear.
(Posted on 2/5/13)
Just Between Us Girls...Review by Bobbie
...and ok, smaller frame guys. At 5'6" and 145, I ordered a Hi-Viz 38 as recommended by the most amazingly great sizers at Aerostich. Off the hanger, I looked like Carol Burnett in the Scarlett O'Hara skit with the curtain rod shoulders. The TF3 armor was enormous on me which made the high neck an issue. Matt tackled my problem by suggesting a trade-out of the TF3 with the TF5 armor of the Transit Jacket. I paid the difference and with mad skills, (ok, took me an hour), finally got all the TF5 pieces (pads and pad sleeves) put in the right places. Ahhh. (and I also have new-found respect for all those stichers who work with these fabrics!) Now the jacket fits and protects. As with all men's stuff, hip space isn't included, but you can size up a bit for that problem if you can deal with the shoulder/elbow pad sizing with this fix. I love my Roadcrafter Suit (size 40) and love this addition when I just want a shorter jaunt. The Hi-Viz makes me feel safer too. The adjustable Waist Belt works neat to make it look less like a straightjacket and a bit more feminine as long as you've accounted for the straightline zipper sizing for your hips. Love the magnets for holding the collar in place if you don't need it high & tight. Thanks to Aerostich for helping me work through the issues. Hopefully, one day, they will have some gear that is specifically built for a women's frame...its great gear! Hope this helps. (Posted on 11/7/12)
Darien Light Review by Secondgear
I bought the Darien light hi-viz to go with my grey Darien pants (which I have loved) I have only worn the jacket twice - both at about 87 degrees. Very comfortable when moving. I know I will like it - I do keep my sunglasses on tho - pretty bright (as ordered). The collar is stiff - I was expecting this from other reviews. It is not very becoming to the female figure, and certainly not a fashion statement, BUT it is exactly what I wanted!! ..jacket that is highly visible, waterproof, cool & when layered properly will be warm. Many thanks. (Posted on 9/20/12)
How do I spell awesome?Review by Greg
I spell it D.A.R.I.E.N. that's how. I bought the standard Darien Light in Grey & custom Darien Light pants (extra 3"). Just got back from an 8 day / ~4000KMs bike camping trip around costal New Brunswick, Gaspé Peninsula and Saguenay Lac Saint-Jean. Encountered hot days, cold days, and heavy rain days. The jacket & pants performed flawlessly! I've owned MANY jackets & pants & I love not having to put on "sweat-box" rain gear any more!!! These have delivered me from infernal rainsuits, yahoo!! Don't know why I waited so flippin' long to get them. Loved having a large pocket on the front for maps, love the magnetized colar, etc. Only minor complaint would be to have the fleece windblocker liner a bit longer (I'm 6'4") to prevent lower back "windage". (Posted on 9/10/12)
Good StuffReview by Moto Photojournalist
I got the Darien Light pants and jacket while my roadcrafter went in for minor repairs after 108,000 miles. The roadcrafter is pretty hot in the summer riding around in the Mid-Atlantic area so I thought Id try the Darien Light suit. Ive ridden 2000 miles with trips from VA to upstate NY and VA to GA in the past two weeks. Ive been in heavy rain, really hot and really cool conditions and this suit is the best all around suit Ive ever owned.......hands down I'll replace it when I wear it out. Love it. (Posted on 6/15/12)
Best Jacket EverReview by George
I have had the Darien Light jacket for about three months and 7,000 miles. This jacket has worked flawlessly in temperatures from 25F to 95F. It has been in numerous rains including a couple frog-stranglers, and have remained completely dry. The ventilation is superior as is the design. I use the back protector also.

My only regret is not having purchased this jacket years ago. I look forward to many years and many miles of use. (Posted on 6/7/12)
Darien LightReview by Lyal 650
I went up to Areostich s open house in 2011 and first of all had a great time meeting everyone that was present.A interesting tour to see first hand how items are hand built.Bought a prototype Darien Light, good move! My gals a seemstress and did some minor hemming to "complete" a great jacket.Took it on a trip around Minnesota and it went from 80 down to 40s and raining.I was amazed how a "light" was so effective! Gotta get the pants next, riding 40+ years and the best gear is made right HERE!Thanks! (Posted on 3/27/12)
First and LastReview by Gunner
I purchase the Darien Light jacket and pants after reviewing what others had to say about these products. This is the first riding suit I have ever used and it will be the last. I don't think any other products could surpass the quality and fit and finish of this riding gear. I bought the jacket at the factory and ordered pants to be sent to me later. The pants color didn't exactly match the jacket so they asked me to send the jacket to them, postpaid, so that they could get a perfect match, which they did. Great customer service. I will buy other products from Aerostich in the future for sure! (Posted on 3/14/12)
Great Jacket! Wonderful Company!Review by Jack
Received this Darian Light Jacket for my birthday from my wife. I decided I wanted a different color. Called Aerostich. Done and Done. Turns out when you need service there are people on the other end of the phone. Good people, who listen! What a novel idea.

The Darian Light Jacket is what I have been looking for. More than enough pockets and where you want them. The Jacket is well made. I've been wearing it on rides here in Colorado with a heated jacket liner and long sleeve t-shirt. Comfy in even below freezing weather. I also own a one piece suit from another company that is just too hard to get in and out of and a 2 year old jacket also from another company that has already seen better days. This jacket has replaced both. Should have listened to those who had one and bought this first. If you are going to get one jacket for long trips, you can't go wrong with this one. (Posted on 3/5/12)
Best I ever ownedReview by Rudy
i have been riding for 35 years with different brands of jackets and always settled. then i bought the Darien Light and love it so much i bought a second as a back up and the Darien pants. i have ridden in -10 degrees C in the jacket with the liner and pants and never felt uncomfortable at all. it is water proof as i was searching for thunderstorms to ride through as this is my way of testing the gear. awesome i still have my two jackets and pants and have sold my other gear. guess now it's time to order some gloves. (Posted on 1/20/12)
Right JacketReview by Kujo
After looking at jackets of all brands, I was frustrated the European manufacturers were consistently narrow in the shoulder and long in the sleeves. Aerostich was recommended by a serious rider. The sizing chart placed me in a 42 and when it arrived with liner it was perfect. I am 5'9" / 170 lbs. Yes, it was stiff on arrival with a high collar that felt restrictive at first. After four hours of riding in 38 degree F weather, the jacket is starting to soften and it is truly wind proof and very warm. Will put many miles on this jacket. (Posted on 12/20/11)
Peak Performance All Down the LineReview by Joseph
I already owned a Falstaff and love it but needed something for temperatures 80 and above. I thought the Darien light would be the perfect adjunct to what I already thought was a perfect jacket. The tan color is very smart and visible in daylight without being garish. The whole jacket looks and feels great. The material is light, breathable and waterproof. And the venting! The Darien beats any other jacket cold on hot and very hot days. Open the sleeves and let them channel the air in and around you and out the side and back vents -- cools better than anything I've ever worn. And you never have to worry about a sudden shower. Now it's mid-October with temperatures in the 60's and the Darien's still comfortable. So I guess it's my Falstaff to handle anything from November through March, and the Darien for April through October. I'm covered, literally and in every way. (Posted on 10/18/11)
Darien Light JacketReview by Warren
This is a fantastic jacket. I returned the first one because it seemed too big and loose. I went down one size from what I normally wear and now I'm very happy. The collar is tall and stiff at first but it's breaking in and I'm learning how to handle it in warm weather. The collar works great in the cold as it keeps your neck warm. I love this Darien Light because the outer shell is waterproof, unlike many other jackets that have only an inner liner that's waterproof. The jacket uses good armor which is easy to remove for washing purposes. The crown jewel of the jacket is the venting. You've got the under arm and back vents but the ram-air that is attainable up the sleeve cuffs (when expanded) is what really pumps the air through this jacket. The cuffs can be zippered down and the velcro tightened up for a comfortably snug fit when it's cold out, however, when the sun comes out just loosen all that up and let the sleeve cuffs ride over your gloves and get ready for the A/C! So by opening the cuffs, the under arm and back vents plus turning down the collar and unzipping the top portion of the jacket you've got the cooling of a mesh outfit, only this one is waterproof. I highly recommend this jacket. It works well from cold to hot outside temps. It costs but it's worth it. (Posted on 10/6/11)
Darien Light Jacket (Hi-Viz)Review by Warren
I first bought a size 44 Darien Light jacket since I wear the same size in the Roadcrafter one piece suit. The jacket seemed too big and too loose for me and the collar stood up and was difficult to deal with. I sent it back then looked forever for a good jacket that had an outer waterproof shell like the Darien but could never settle on anything. I then decided to give the Darien another try and ordered a size 42 in Hi-Viz. This is a fantastic jacket! This one fits better and I still have plenty of room to layer up underneath. The collar was a bit stiff in the beginning but I've learned how to turn it down better and I think it'll break in over time. There are so many great things about this jacket. First, the outer shell is waterproof so you don't have the outer shell loading up with water as when using an inner waterproof liner. The armor is easy to remove when washing the jacket. There are plenty of pockets and the venting is great. This jacket will work in a very wide range of temperatures. You've got the back and under arm vents, but what's really great is the sleeve cuffs can expand quite large which allows ram-air to go up the sleeves and throughout the jacket. This jacket mostly eliminates the need for a mesh jacket in the hot summer. The venting is that good when moving. And that collar I thought was too tall? Well, it's great when the weather gets cold and your neck is good and warm. (Posted on 10/6/11)
What they saidReview by johnzero
Yea, it's like they said. This is just a great jacket for riding. There are at least three ways to regulate the flow of air into the inside of the jacket - the snugness of the cuffs, the underarm flaps, and the back vent. Between those three, it's a very versatile jacket, cool at 80 and a pretty good start for staying warm at 40. Lots of pockets exactly where you always wished they were, and velcro straps in enough places to allow you to get a great fit. Leathers are sexy as hell, but this is like wearing the right tool for the job. (Posted on 9/20/11)

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Lightweight Gear: General Protection Considerations

Naturally, you want any crash outcome with as little injury as possible. If your garment is destroyed in the process, fine. Like a spent car airbag or crumplable auto-body sacrifices itself. Many experienced riders feel it's better to have something lighter and more comfortably everyday-wearable, even if it means replacing or repairing the garment after experiencing a significant incident.

Aerostich lightweight gear is intended to provide ‘just enough’ for whatever kind of accident scenario can be reasonably foreseen. So there’s a double-layer seat on all suits and pants, and two layers everywhere else one might apply higher abrasion pressure during a spill. Beneath the elbow/shoulder/knee areas there’s also a curved plastic shell over the energy-absorbing impact material. All ‘light’ Aerostich gear also contain a hidden layer of tougher 500D Cordura, located just behind each armor section.

Still, ‘Lights’ are best for moderate speeds. Personally I am ok with them to about 65 mph, rationalizing I’d probably hit the pavement at less because of braking prior to crashing. For riders who spend a fair amount of time at 70 mph and above, which means a lot of freeway time, we still like 500D Cordura garments better. But also note we’ve received many reports about good outcomes after higher-speed crashes in 'Lights'…and zero reports they performed worse than expected. –Mr. Subjective, 2014

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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

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