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.
Same idea and specifications as regular Darien pants except made with tough-but-light HT200 Denier Nylon GORE-TEX® fabric. Perfect for summer street or dual sport riding. In even waist sizes 30–46 regular and long. Black, Grey or Tan.
- Sizing Guide
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- Darien Pants Owners Guide
- TF Pad Removal and Replacement
- Darien vs. Darien Light
- Aerostich Darien Pants (Review on West America)
Various alterations are available for the Darien Pants to get that custom fit you expect.
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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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Customer Reviews (19)
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- Aerostich Customer ServiceReview by customerservice
- Sorry about the delivery delay this summer (2013). The reasons were due to making some changes in the sewing area to help insure high quality and good service. Delivery times are now getting back to normal. These pants should either be in stock now, or will normally ship from new production within a week to ten days. -Customer Service. (Posted on 9/17/13)
- Poor Quality ControlReview by hansong
Having used a Darien jacket and pants for the past 10 years I decided to try Darien Light pants.
Placed the order; received the order; fly zipper not joined at the bottom, so back they go for repair.
Called to ask when to expect them back: five to six weeks. What the Hell? Oh, they're new, eh? Well, how about two weeks? You're not happy with that schedule? What's wrong with you?
The Aerostich approach to correcting their error is a little leisurely for my tastes. Ordering riding gear from Aerostich in summertime seems to be a crap shoot. I can only hope there aren't any other problems with the pants I didn't notice on first inspection. (Posted on 7/30/13)
- Great Fall - Winter - Spring pantReview by Richard
- I purchased the Darien Light pants to wear on days when the temp is 50 or below. I wear insulating layers underneath depending on the temperatures. On the few rides I have done thus far, I am impressed with the quality of the ergonomic fit and the warmth. The armor in the knees is much appreciated extra insulation. The Gore-Tex fabric lets the moisture out and I have stayed completely dry - and warm. Not a wet feeling warm that is possible with non breathing fabrics. (Posted on 11/15/12)
- DarienLight PantsReview by Joel
I live in the Northwest, and DarienLight Pants are perfect for this damp and cool climate. On rare days when it does go above 80F (hot here means low humidity), they are still comfortable with jeans underneath. On wet days, they have proven to be completely waterproof. I wear these on my commute to work, about 25 miles round trip.
These pants are quality made, are waterproof and comfortable. I fully recommend.
I’m 5 foot, 11 inches tall, and normally wear 32-34 waist jeans (e.g. Gap jeans: 32-32 Loose). I ordered the 34 Long, Black, and they fit perfectly.
(Posted on 6/24/12)
- Great GearReview by Cranberry
- Aerostich is a pleasure to deal with. I have 2 pair of darien light pants that I carry one in each bike. They are the best wet weather pants I have ever had and I have had many. They are comfortable and not hot so you do not sweat your ass off in the hot summer rains. Great on cool days to keep the chill off. Most of all very easy to get on and off. Try them you will like them if you do much riding you won't leave home with out them. (Posted on 5/8/12)
- My new leggingsReview by Kurt
- I feel like my mom dressed me. When I walk they swish like the wind and everyone can hear me coming.. They might be a little short because when I sit on the bike, they ride up a little too much. The jury is still out! (Posted on 12/16/11)
- Medium Review by edo
- I am 6'-0", 165lb, 34" waist. These Medium pants have enough adjustments in the waist to make them smaller for a nice fit over skinny underwear.. The crotch is a little low in relation to the waist and binds the top of my thighs when I lift my leg over the seat. Picky? Maybe. They are light , don't flop around at speed and fold up to a small bundle. Since they are Aerostitch, they perform beautifully and are very well made with top quality material. The best there is. (Posted on 9/8/11)
- Bicycle Butt approvedReview by ducatirdr
I have a hard time finding pants that fit my bicycle racing lower body. Most Euro-fit riding gear is made for little girlie man legs. Ha ha. My waist is a 34 but my thighs and butt need more space. The Darien Lights fit perfect even over my dress pants. My nearly hour long commute today in temps approaching the high 80's had me comfortable but I wouldn't want to experiment with stop and go traffic with those temps.
Last weekend they got a test of how water proof they are and passed the test. The only negative is that for being "Light" they feel heavy and stiff. I can't imagine what the regular pants first feel like. I'm happy with this purchase and recommend them to anyone. (Posted on 8/18/11)
- Great pants, just not for me.Review by Captain Stewart
EVERYTHING at Aerostitch is great quality in design and materials. My problem: the cordura material slides around on my stock BMW seat. Maybe a waxed cotton Darien Light pants would go well with the Falstaff jacket and not be as slippery?
Aerostitch accepted my return with no problems. I do not mind paying shipping to shop for those things that become special tools for my motorcycling. The arbor pants were keepers! (Posted on 8/12/11)
- Perfect ProtectionReview by Paul
I spent 14,000 miles in my Darien pants this summer, and there are only two things I would change. First, I'd make them with a diamond gusset in the crotch, because after a while every motorcycle seat starts scooting you forward, and a gusseted crotch would offer a little more room in a sensitive area. Secondly, I probably will get a pair of gray Dariens when these wear out, because the black is hot on a sunny day.
Like I said in my review of the Darien jacket, the single-layer Gore-Tex construction makes these pants as cool as they can get. I tried a pair of "vented" pants with a nylon lining holding the protective pads in place, and they were so hot I couldn't stand them. The Darien pants may not be airy-cool, but they are the best protection you can get in Gore-Tex pants, and they kept me dry in some horrific thunderstorms. I might put on something else on a day trip, but for serious long distance riding, these are the pants to wear. (Posted on 10/6/10)
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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.
Which Pants? Darien vs. AD1 vs. Utility...Regular vs. Light
AD1 pants fit me a little better than Darien pants. Their rise is less, so the waistband rides a little lower, and it’s slightly curved, which I also like better. The AD1’s included belt is a 1.25" Aerostich money belt, versus the stronger 1.5" side-release-buckled belt on the Darien pants. And compared to the Darien pant the AD1’s knees are ‘bent’ a couple of degrees more, which is nice for bikes with a little more rear-positioned footrests. The radius of this bend is a little bigger, too, so there is a bit more space for knee pads. Darien pants fit and feel a lot like Khaki's or regular pants and AD1's fit and feel a little more like jeans.
Up to about 70ºf I wear my AD1 Lights over regular jeans or khaki pants. When it’s warmer they go over Aerostich cotton riding shorts…which we sew right here, too. The new Utility Pants fit like the AD1's, and have all the function, protection and styling of those, but without the full-length side-zips, belt, or reflective on the leg adjustment tabs. You can slip them on and wear them all day, whether logging hundreds of miles or just riding across town to run errands. Remove the TF3 kneepads and these super-tough pants are practical as everyday off-bike wear, too.
The AD1, AD1 light, Darien, Darien light and Utility pants fit some women better with a 'Hip-Seat Ease Alteration' (#263), which adds more curve and room. Also named 'Gail's Gusset' this $75 alteration (new construction price) helps all of these pants fit better, feel better, look better and wear more comfortably on bodies with more shaped hips. See Alterations for more info and a diagram. Please contact us if you have questions about any product or available custom alteration.