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Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« on: November 01, 2016, 08:32:41 pm »
I did a search and didn't find this topic since 2014. 

I'm on my second two piece Aerostich Roadcrafter suit in 35 years.  The first lasted about 20 years until I out grew it, and the second is now 17 years old and getting very old and faded, plus I've burned a hole in the right leg on a hot exhaust.  Both suits were red with black ballistics, and both greatly faded. 

I'm now considering a replacement suit, probably an Aerostich again, but I'm open to other ideas in the same price range. I could get another two piece Roadcrafter but I'm considering the Darien jacket and pants.  I like two piece suits because of their versatility. 

Has anyone had both suits and can give thoughts and advice?  I like to wear riding suits over street clothes.  Any other manufacturer offer something similar in price and versatility? 

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 09:27:08 pm »
Have you looked at Moto Port?

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 09:40:31 pm »
Have you looked at Moto Port?

No I haven't, but will now. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2016, 10:51:13 pm »
Have you looked at Moto Port?

No I haven't, but will now.

I have not used either, just a lot of research about both, I went to Reno about a month ago and tried on a few Aerostitch suits .like both of them, but plan to go to the MotoPort factory before I buy a suit to look them over.

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2016, 05:13:44 am »
I love my one piece stitch, but in a two piece set i went with KLIM, the badlands pro set. its good gear, waterproof gortex laminate like the darien,  after much research and looking at threads on advrider  I went with the klim the consensus is it offers better venting on the jacket and lots better on the pants. its only a year old with maybe 10k miles on it but its good so far. another thing was i could find it on shelves and size it to fit me.    I take a 48 suitcoat  but wear a 44 vest  my shoulders are way wide so fitting stuff can be challenging.

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2016, 11:45:18 am »
After looking at other possibilities I'm still leaning toward an Aerostich suit.  I like it that they can repair the suits if needed.  I'm really down to deciding between another 2 piece Roadcrafter or the Darien jacket and pants.  I'd like to hear from anyone who's had both of these and their experience. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2016, 06:04:31 pm »
Just placed the order for a Hi-Viz Darien jacket and black AD-1 pants.  Right at $1000!   But, amortized over 10-20 years of use it's cheap. 

I asked the person on the phone about the main difference between the RoadCrafter and Darien and they said "the way it fits".  Guess I'll find out. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2016, 08:04:01 pm »
I've heard good things about the KLIM.

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2016, 08:07:52 pm »
I've heard good things about the KLIM.

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Yes, me too, and I've seen them at rallies for sale and on bodies.  They look great, but cost more, and I don't think KLIM has a repair capability like Aerostich does.  Can't really go wrong with either. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2016, 08:35:39 pm »
Just placed the order for a Hi-Viz Darien jacket and black AD-1 pants.  Right at $1000!  But, amortized over 10-20 years of use it's cheap. 
:iagree: Good post.  I hard to learn the hard way -- buying all kinds of rain gear and mesh gear  and winter and summer and then none of it lasted and none worked really well and then having to carry all that extra cr@p and not to mention the dreaded...Stop under a bridge and hop on one foot trying to put on rain gear---Never again!

I have had the AD-1 pants for many many years. They are truly rain proof. I wear them dirt biking too and in deep mud with 4x4 quads. I love those pants. In hot weather I wear just LD riding shorts and the  AD-1 pants are actually nice and cool because I can vent them and the padding keeps the material off my skin. One pair of pants for year round and for all weather!!  That is the way to go.
I recently bought a Klim jacket but I still have my Aerostich jacket. Excellent gear for all seasons and all weather!
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2016, 08:46:19 pm »
Excellent testimony Mike!

Yes, 30+ years ago I discovered Aerostich and left all of the other gear at home in a box in the attic.  It's great to ride with a Gortex suit, boots, and gloves.  When the rain starts you just keep going.  Thank goodness most of the guys I ride with also have this setup so we don't have to stop for them to hop and around a get drenched while putting on a rain suit.  I also have several friends that have had some amazing "get offs" and only had some bruising while wearing an Aerostich suit, and then the suit was sent in for repairs and is good as new. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2017, 04:35:35 pm »
Received the suit before Christmas and had my first ride with it today.  I'm very pleased.


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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2017, 05:35:27 pm »
Received the suit before Christmas and had my first ride with it today.  I'm very pleased.




So what are your thoughts about the difference in fit between the RoadCrafter and the Darien, now that you've had both?
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2017, 09:57:54 pm »
Differences?  They are different. 

The Darien and AD1 pants are supposed to be "waterproof", where the RoadCrafter is "water resistant".  The RoadCrafter is easier and quicker to get on and off.  The Darien and AD1 are better suited to a more upright riding position, where the Roadcrafter does better with sportier bikes and their forward lean.  The Roadcrafter is lined and the Darin and AD1 are not, saving about $300.  I always wear clothes under my suit so being unlined was not an issue.   :)

I went with the Darien because I don't ride sport bikes anymore and I wanted a waterproof suit.  So far I'm very happy with it. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2017, 01:00:43 pm »
I'm happy to hear your opinion.  :beerchug:  I bought a set off from the Emporium late last summer (RoadCrafter) but didn't have a chance to wear them (broke my foot).  I did get to try them on and was very happy with the fit.  I washed them and retreated them (water resistance)...hopefully they will be waterproof enough for me (doesn't rain very hard nor very much here).  They certainly felt comfortable enough for use on the Connie, though. :great:
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2017, 01:12:36 pm »
I'm happy to hear your opinion.  :beerchug:  I bought a set off from the Emporium late last summer (RoadCrafter) but didn't have a chance to wear them (broke my foot).  I did get to try them on and was very happy with the fit.  I washed them and retreated them (water resistance)...hopefully they will be waterproof enough for me (doesn't rain very hard nor very much here).  They certainly felt comfortable enough for use on the Connie, though. :great:

Over 32 years of Connie riding I've had two RoadCrafters and I've been very pleased with them.  My last Red Roadcrafter I bought in 2000 and it still works great, but it's faded and looks nasty.  17 years is pretty good for a $900 suit, the 2000 price.  In fact, My first roadcrafter bought in 1985 still works great but was red and also faded.  Oh, and I can't fit into the 1986 suit anymore.  I got bigger... 

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2017, 02:22:19 pm »
Love my 17 year old Darien jacket/pants. 

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2017, 02:23:24 pm »
Love my 17 year old Darien jacket/pants.

Is it getting ugly?  Yet? 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2017, 07:31:18 pm »
Love my 17 year old Darien jacket/pants.

Is it getting ugly?  Yet?


Not really... I have grey jacket/black pants. Only the 3M Scotch Brite is getting a bit run down. Both items gets an annual Nikwax wash and waterproof.  Had needed to have repairs done once or twice. Mainly zipper pulls and hook and loop issues.  Replaced the pants at 15 years due to Goretex delamination in the crotch due to walking a lot while wearing the pants (used them as rain pants teaching MSF classes for a season - expensive lesson)

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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2017, 07:38:10 pm »
Love my 17 year old Darien jacket/pants.

Is it getting ugly?  Yet?


Not really... I have grey jacket/black pants. Only the 3M Scotch Brite is getting a bit run down. Both items gets an annual Nikwax wash and waterproof.  Had needed to have repairs done once or twice. Mainly zipper pulls and hook and loop issues.  Replaced the pants at 15 years due to Goretex delamination in the crotch due to walking a lot while wearing the pants (used them as rain pants teaching MSF classes for a season - expensive lesson)

Yea, grey and black don't change much over time.  It's also great to be able to get repairs done and not have to replace the entire suit.  Also, guess I'll not use the pants as "walking" pants, and just for riding.  The only issue I had with my second Roadcrafter was the jacket zipper lost some teeth and I had this replaced for $80. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2017, 07:49:55 pm »
Love my 17 year old Darien jacket/pants.

Is it getting ugly?  Yet?


Not really... I have grey jacket/black pants. Only the 3M Scotch Brite is getting a bit run down. Both items gets an annual Nikwax wash and waterproof.  Had needed to have repairs done once or twice. Mainly zipper pulls and hook and loop issues.  Replaced the pants at 15 years due to Goretex delamination in the crotch due to walking a lot while wearing the pants (used them as rain pants teaching MSF classes for a season - expensive lesson)

Yea, grey and black don't change much over time.  It's also great to be able to get repairs done and not have to replace the entire suit.  Also, guess I'll not use the pants as "walking" pants, and just for riding.  The only issue I had with my second Roadcrafter was the jacket zipper lost some teeth and I had this replaced for $80.

BTW - I still wear the "bad" Darien pants to class or riding when no chance of rain.  I've spent less then $200 in repairs in 17-18 years I've had them. The higher initial purchase + repairs still feels more cost effective given the number of years of service.



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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2017, 08:08:06 pm »
Love my 17 year old Darien jacket/pants.

Is it getting ugly?  Yet?


Not really... I have grey jacket/black pants. Only the 3M Scotch Brite is getting a bit run down. Both items gets an annual Nikwax wash and waterproof.  Had needed to have repairs done once or twice. Mainly zipper pulls and hook and loop issues.  Replaced the pants at 15 years due to Goretex delamination in the crotch due to walking a lot while wearing the pants (used them as rain pants teaching MSF classes for a season - expensive lesson)

Yea, grey and black don't change much over time.  It's also great to be able to get repairs done and not have to replace the entire suit.  Also, guess I'll not use the pants as "walking" pants, and just for riding.  The only issue I had with my second Roadcrafter was the jacket zipper lost some teeth and I had this replaced for $80.

BTW - I still wear the "bad" Darien pants to class or riding when no chance of rain.  I've spent less then $200 in repairs in 17-18 years I've had them. The higher initial purchase + repairs still feels more cost effective given the number of years of service.

Yes, the suit is pretty cheap amortized over 17-20 years of service. 
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2017, 01:10:40 pm »
I consider it a 'beautiful patina' earned with lots of miles.   Some might consider it a badge of honor!


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Is it getting ugly?  Yet?
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2017, 01:50:15 pm »
Nice thing about the roadcrafters is ya can sell your old ones on ebay......for a pretty hefty price and offset the cost of the new one .
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Re: Aerostich 2 piece Roadcrafter or Darien Jack and Pants?
« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2017, 01:58:56 pm »
Nice thing about the roadcrafters is ya can sell your old ones on ebay......for a pretty hefty price and offset the cost of the new one .

They never really wear out, they just get "funky".   :))
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