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
- Sizing Tool
- 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)
- 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)
- Almost perfectReview by WyoJoe
- Used these on a recent 1000 mile plus trip and they delivered as advertised. Temps on the trip ranged from the low 40s in the Snowies and Sierra Madres and hi 80s crossing the Great Divide Basin. In addition, they I stayed dry and comfortable in the several showers that I ecountered. One complaint is the lack of heat shielding (even as an option,) brief contact with exhaust melted completely through the fabric -- a significant oversight given that hot engines and exhaust are often found on motorcycles! Over all a good but flawed product...YMMV (Posted on 7/7/10)
- Not badReview by Erik Hoover
I picked up a pair this Spring to match my Falstaff jacket as a replacement for my 1-pc Roadcrafter. They're much more comfortable than the RC and the increased temperature range is as advertised. They keep the wet out and held up remarkably well in a recent low-speed wipeout too.
My only complaints are about the fit -which is okay, but not quite right. I have a 30" inseam and yet needed to get longs in order for the knee armor to be in the proper place. A coworker had a similar problem when he got his Dariens too. I suspect that the AD1s have better fit but the fact that they're made overseas and aren't available in the lightweight Cordura turned me off.
Lightweight AD1s made here in MN, please! (Posted on 7/2/10)
- no hot shieldReview by easyrider
- My Darien pants have been great except for one problem. Just below the right knee, my leg occasionally touches the hot air cleaner of the bike resulting in a melt through near hole. A heat shield patch would be a great addition. (Posted on 4/30/10)
- my sentaments exactlyReview by john but not forgotten
like all the other reviewers, i cant say anything bad about my D-lites, except,
does this body armour make me look fat? (Posted on 4/17/10)
- Great all-weather, all-season pantsReview by Jesse
I've been wearing my DarienLight pants for over a year and a half now. They are my standard gear for ALL my riding. (I commute daily on a motorcycle, and typically ride about 15k miles a year.)
I live in the northeast. I've been comfortable in the DL pants in temps as high as 100F, and down to 17F! In the hot weather, I'll throw them over shorts. In the cold, a regular pair of jeans is more than enough to keep my legs warm. The DL cut the wind effectively, obviating the need for electrically heated pants even in the coldest temps I encounter.
In terms of durability, the DL have held up great. Recently, one of the zipper handles broke and Aerostich mailed me a replacement, for FREE, with installation instructions. This is tough gear, backed by a company which thoroughly supports it, without question.
(Posted on 2/18/10)
- Throw away the chapsReview by Happening Bob
- These are the best pants by far. The fit is great , and don't feel like a plastic bag like the other rain suits. 10 rating (Posted on 11/13/09)
- Worked Better Than AdvertisedReview by Keith
- The big test with my khaki DarienLight suit was a summer tour from Louisiana to Colorado and back. I encountered two days of rain, broiling heat, and temperatures as low as the high 40s. The DarienLight outfit carried me through all of it comfortably and with little fuss. The pants fit just like jeans and the ventilation of the jacket is excellent...even behind a windshield. Highly recommended... (Posted on 9/24/09)
- My wife and I have owned ...Review by Daddy T Danielson
- My wife and I have owned our Darien Light pants for about 9 years now and they are very well made and comfortable. They are the best rain and windpants I've found in 37 years of motorcycle touring. Lightweight, compact, easy to get on and off and you don't bear a close resemblance to the Michelin man, especially with the pads out, as with many bulky foul weather items. We give the Darien Light pants an A+. (Posted on 9/8/08)
- I very much like my Darie...Review by Larry Clapp
I very much like my DarienLight pants. They do present a storage problem when not worn. Pack up volume is high; will use up an entire saddle bag.
Still the best I have found, I prefer them over my leathers do to quick on and off and far more comfortable in hot weather riding. (Posted on 7/16/08)
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.