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Old 10-02-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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Aero Stich Darian pants hip armor?

I have a pair of Darians for a couple of years now and really like them except in hot humid days, but my main complaint is the hip armor which is really clunky, I can't wear them on my 77 Guzzi Lemans with the hip pads because they are very constrictive, even on my Buell Ulysses whens it's cold it makes it hard to throw a leg over. Is there another kind of armor with a little more give or thinner?
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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I used the hip pads from my old FirstGear HT II Over-pants. They work great for me. YMMV.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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On my AD1 pants,

I use these hip armor pockets
http://www.aerostich.com/aero-tf5-hip-pad-sleeves.html

Sas-tech (aerostich calls it TF5) hip armor or BMW NP armor (which is what I used because I had a pair laying around) slips right in. Much less bulky!
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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I used the MSR hip pads (http://www.ktm-parts.com/mm5/merchan...A#.UkxNRtLrxR9) when I had my Darien and AD1 pants. The sleeves are included and come with velcro built-in, so that they can be easily attached to the pants.

The original Aerostich TF3 hip pads were very uncomfortable/restricted movement and looked hideous.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:12 AM   #5
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #6
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:13 PM   #7
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The Aerostich pads for my AD1 pants are worthless. They're worthless because they're so bulky and uncomfortable that they stay on my shelf. I may buy that D3O set though. How do they compare to the Aerostich ones in terms of bulkiness?
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #8
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The last three pants I bought have all had bulky, stiff, annoying CE hip armor. Every one of them have had the hip armor removed and tossed into a box in the closet. Having been tossed off the bike and had bruised hips I decided to compromise on the last set and install 12mm (1/2") memory foam pads in the pockets. Not CE, but it's OK enough and better than nothing.

Aerostich sells memory foam pads. If they don't work you can always cut your own. McMaster-Carr will sell you memory foam by the square ft - just specify the durometer rating.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:33 PM   #9
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The Aerostich pads for my AD1 pants are worthless. They're worthless because they're so bulky and uncomfortable that they stay on my shelf. I may buy that D3O set though. How do they compare to the Aerostich ones in terms of bulkiness?

The D30 pads are another form of memory foam. They feel stiffer than the normal CE pads, but mold to body shape better. My KLIM Latitude jacket and pants came with CE closed cell pads. I felt they were too stiff and bulky feeling. I replaced the elbow, shoulder, and knee pads with D30 armor. It was a noticeable improvement in comfort. They're a little bit bulkier than the CE armor, but they're more pliable and softer when worn. The CE pads always feel stiff. The D30 pads feel stiffer initially when putting the jacket on, but feel softer when wearing. I can't say anything about the hip pads as I had to use custom 1/2" memory foam pads to replace mine.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:55 PM   #10
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The Aerostich pads for my AD1 pants are worthless. They're worthless because they're so bulky and uncomfortable that they stay on my shelf. I may buy that D3O set though. How do they compare to the Aerostich ones in terms of bulkiness?
I too thought that the Aerostich (TF3) hip pads were worthless for the same reason. Those D30 hip pads are smaller/thinner (and thus vastly more comfortable) than the Aerostich ones. IIRC, they are about the same size as the NP hip pads in my Rallye 3 pants.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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I've found that if I only unzip the sid zips up to the velcro flap on each hip the hip armor isn't that much of pain.
In fact until this thread came up I didn't really even give the hip pads much thought.

I did size my pants up one size over my pants size and wear suspenders with them.
This combo worn over heavy weight jeans, work great for me.

I do wish the bottom of the pads was secured to the pants like the top is.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:02 PM   #12
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The D30 pads are another form of memory foam. They feel stiffer than the normal CE pads, but mold to body shape better. My KLIM Latitude jacket and pants came with CE closed cell pads. I felt they were too stiff and bulky feeling. I replaced the elbow, shoulder, and knee pads with D30 armor. It was a noticeable improvement in comfort. They're a little bit bulkier than the CE armor, but they're more pliable and softer when worn. The CE pads always feel stiff. The D30 pads feel stiffer initially when putting the jacket on, but feel softer when wearing. I can't say anything about the hip pads as I had to use custom 1/2" memory foam pads to replace mine.
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I too thought that the Aerostich (TF3) hip pads were worthless for the same reason. Those D30 hip pads are smaller/thinner (and thus vastly more comfortable) than the Aerostich ones. IIRC, they are about the same size as the NP hip pads in my Rallye 3 pants.
Thanks for the feedback guys. I will probably give these a try. I'm happy with the D3O in my Klim jacket, so I'd imagine I'll be happy with their hip armor.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:09 PM   #13
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I swapped the huge, unwearable Darien hip pads with some thinner ones from a pair of First Gear HT overpants.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:07 PM   #14
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Try the firstgear hiprotec pads.

I've lowsided in these enough times and they get my seal of approval.

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Try the firstgear hiprotec pads.

I've lowsided in these enough times and they get my seal of approval.

Hi Keiji,

Can you provide a link to those? How did you attach them?

Thanks!
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