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Review: Aerostich Darien Light Pants

Jan 15, 2014 View Comments by

Aerostich Darien Light PantsThis is the second pair of Aerostich Darien Light Pants that I’ve had. The first set was purchased at the end of the last century (or thereabouts) and withstood well over a decade of regular use. They were (and are) great pants to wear over a pair of slacks, and they’re cut quite conservatively. From twenty paces, the tightly woven HT200 Denier Nylon GORE-TEX looks a lot like regular pants with a little extra space in the knee area for padding. This makes them perfect for the commute to work or situations where you’d rather not look too much like a Power Ranger. Zippers on the outside seam make them easy to take on and off, and a built in belt along with a pair of adjustable fasteners let you grow into them, if you know what I mean (wink wink, nudge nudge, donut donut). A strip of reflective tape running upward from the bottom of each leg and a couple of Velcro fastening strips are the only real giveaways that these aren’t black slacks.

Two jean style pockets in the front are good for smaller things, and the newer models feature a small overlapping flap along with a bit of Velcro fastener to help prevent stuff from tumbling out. Their location makes them less ideal for bulkier items like smartphones when riding sportbikes, but they’re okay on other bikes with more relaxed seating. A single pocket in the back completes the basic storage. They’re waterproof as well, so they’ll put up with a sudden rain shower, and they pack up small and light when you need to put them away.

For me, they’ve been a great pair of riding pants, not just to work, but also on trips, and nine times out of ten have been the pants that get the call when riding or touring with a two-piece setup. They are not vented in any way, so they do get warm in the depths of summer. However, my experience has been that even fully vented/perforated pants get warm on the bike since, as much as they are flowing, they are also letting in hot air from the engine. A lot of this is bike-dependent.

If this new pair is anything like the last—which are still in admirable shape except for a tiny, dime-sized rip in the seat—it’ll be another ten years or more before you get another review from me.


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You know that little boy who stares at you, mouth agape, as you ride by? That was me, thirty-plus years ago. I merged two of my passions, motorcycles and photography, when I became a contributor to RoadRUNNER.