Riding Gear and Equipment
When I started riding, either Belstaff or Barbour suits were the “go-to” for serious riding whether in competition or touring. After that, I heard about Andy Goldfine’s Darien suit. Many of the motorcycle magazines reviewed it and it obtained high marks. My wife had just started touring with me so I ordered one for her. When I saw the quality of the product, I hung up my Barbour suit and acquired a Darien for myself. I used the Darien from 1996 until 2015. In all of those years, I was never wet in that suit. In 2015, I hit black ice on the Blue Ridge Parkway and surfed down the road for about thirty feet. The jacket was messed up but repairable. The Darien pants were fine.
At that point, I decided to give BMW’s Rallye suit a try. I took it on one trip and, somewhere in Kansas, I decided it was too “fiddly” because of the rain liner and the external shell soaked up water like a sponge. Who wants to get up and put on a damp riding suit? I called my wife and she sent my wounded Darien out to me. Next, I tried Klim. I liked the venting and, for two years, it kept me dry. I even learned to put up with their pants that were as baggy as M.C. Hammer’s favorite trousers. After that, though, the suit started leaking. Yes, I did all the Tech Wash stuff but it still leaked. Finally, I bought a new Darien jacket and some AD-1 pants. They’ve been to Alaska three times and on at least that many trips across the continent. I’m done with trying the latest, greatest riding suits. I’m sticking with what I know will keep me dry.
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