I just wanted to give a quick update:
I got the call from AeroStich that my Darien Jacket and AD1 pants were ready to be picked up. I took off work just a bit early and rode the hour over to Duluth, MN to the factory to get them.
First impressions are that they are VERY high quality pieces of riding gear and if I ever go down I'm going to be glad I have them on.
Both the Jacket and the Pants fit very well (alterations were made when I ordered them) and the Jacket has a several well placed straps to make sure it fits properly. The Jacket also has more pockets than I will ever be able to use or keep track of what I put where. The Jacket is still pretty stiff and is obviously going to take some time to break in and soften up a bit. Guess I will just have do some more riding right?
The Pants are designed as an over-pant and go on pretty well, even with boots on. I had my bulkier Carhart pants on today, and it had to pull the legs of my jeans down just a bit once I got the AD1's on, but they fit very well, don't bunch up the jeans while riding, and have a very good overall feel to them
It was cooling down outside when I turned for home (mid 50's and cloudy) and with just a sweatshirt and the Jacket on I was a bit cool when I finished riding the long way home. That being said, I think that means the Jacket will be cool enough to wear most of the summer and AeroStich makes a fleece liner (and electric liner) that I am sure will make a big difference. I didn't get a liner yet, as I have several fleece jackets that I can wear under the Jacket.
I can put up some pictures if anyone wants, just let me know. The Hi-Viz is definitely bright. Bright enough in fact that my riding buddy joked "how often do you have to change the batteries in that thing"
I also took the chance to look at several of their Tank Bags while I was there. They let me grab 3-4 of them, go out to my bike and check how they would fit. I think the Wolfman Explorer Lite is going on my to-get list. It fits the tank very well and should hold everything I want in there.
Last edited by Slow-Steady; 09-13-2012 at 09:38 PM.