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post #1 of 18 Old 01-27-2017, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Just got my new aerostitch darian coat today <this is to replace my klim coat that leaked .I find this is a much nicer coat than the klim ,not cheap to get to Canada, But what the hay ,I have their ad1 pants which are great. Made in USA not some third world country .If I can't buy made in Canada I buy American
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Love my AD1 pants as well, Darien jacket will come eventually......yes worth the money.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-27-2017, 10:05 PM
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I have a custom (longer arms) hi viz Darien jacket and grey Darien pants. Fantastic customer service. Some riders call the jacket a potato sack. So what. Its a true adventure jacket that is simple and just plain works. My mother was born in Hastings many years ago. I remember going to the Trent river to swim and fish. Hope to see the area again someday.
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I bought an Aerostich Road Crafter jacket several years ago and it is money well spent. Up front they are expensive but in the long run much less expensive than replacing lesser quality gear every couple of years. It as protected me in all types of weather, sliding down gravel roads and also rolling off a sidecar platform in a gravel parking lot. Jeans ripped, chunk of scalp missing Aerostich 100% intact keeping me from a hospital visit.

Not knocking Klim or the talent of the manufacturer but for the money I won't pay their prices knowing where its made.
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-27-2017, 11:10 PM
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I got a used, like new, Darien off ADV riders for $250 and a Darien Light, used, for $75 bucks. Mega score! Both came with all the pads. My first set of Darien died in a crash. Won them at a rally and the INS paid for the loss.
My Roadcrafter pants are on the 3rd set of leg zippers. Water proof this time. Pricey fix at $150 but after 10 years, what the hey? I won the Roadcrafter set at a rally too. i am such a slut!
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post #6 of 18 Old 01-29-2017, 01:55 PM
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I love my Darien. Third one I've owned in about 25 years. Still have my original one!

My current Darien I added three snaps to the front closure flap as the Velcro seemed to get weak pretty fast and would open in a cross wind. Snaps cured that.

I also added two snaps low-down in the back so I can fasten the bottom of my safety vest. I don't wear it often, mostly only in really bad weather/visibility situations, but the wind would blow it about half way up my back. Drove me nuts!

Added the Aerostich back pad, heated liner and longer zipper pulls for ease of access. One of the Darien's biggest selling points for me is how adaptable it is for my use. It can be altered, adjusted, repaired and modded to suit my needs and I wear it in all weather, every ride.

It is a big investment though and I no longer have the budget to try ( ie: take a chance on ) anything else.
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I've had two pairs of Darien pants cut off me in ambulances, so I guess that's some sort of weird endorsement?

However, with the price increases, I likely won't be getting another pair. They're just way too expensive for a relatively simple garment. Plus, Aerostich's knee pads are ridiculously huge, primitive blocks of uncomfortable foam.


In both cases the pants were only a bit scuffed (even though my leg was broken), and if the damn ambulance monkey would have just LISTENED to me, he could have had them off a lot faster and easier with no damage. Basically, the outside zippers go all the way up, then pop the snaps on each side and the pants come off like a diaper.

But as I've learned, a patient in an ambulance is just a hunk of meat with eyes. It's not expected to actually talk, let alone be listened to...

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Not too many other "likely none" "Gor-tex" riding pants that have full zippers all the way up both legs for the price of Darien or AD1 pants.

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I love my Darien. Third one I've owned in about 25 years. Still have my original one!

My current Darien I added three snaps to the front closure flap as the Velcro seemed to get weak pretty fast and would open in a cross wind. Snaps cured that.
I've got an old Darien jacket I bought used and the Velcro doesn't work well on the neck closure strap and the wrists straps. Did you put the snaps in yourself? Any chance you can post a picture?

Apart from the velcro issues it's a great jacket. It has much better air flow than my Klim Overland so it's more tolerable in hot weather.

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Velcro (Satan's Pubic Hair) is the one horrible thing about all brands of modern moto-gear. I've never seen the hateful stuff last very long, even on very high-dollar kit.

Anyway, visit your local fabric/hobby store and grab a kit of heavy-duty snaps that includes the installation tool. Figure out where you want them, and bang with a hammer. Simple. But practice first on a scrap piece of cloth.

Sometimes you have to poke holes in really tough fabric so that the tines on the snaps can dig in.

If you're really feeling hoity-toity, you can get a seam ripper and remove the useless Velcro patches first.
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