Modifing Aerostitch Darien Pants for more venting...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by HighTechCoonass, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I want to add some vents at the knee (or the thigh area). I was thinking getting a seamstress to add some waterproof zippers. I know they are Gore-tex and the thread holes would need to be sealed.... I will dig around for zippers.... Your thoughts please...:ear

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    This is what I am going with.....
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  2. Hipster

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    Send a PM to inmate AnnieGS, she does alterations and has a lot of experience with Areostitch gear.
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  3. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I sent her a PM.... I may get it done either way. Now the quest to find the right zipper!
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  4. L.B.S.

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    Please report back with your findings, and possible details of what you end up doing! :1drink

    I have a pair of AD-1's (which are very similar I believe) I would love to add some nice big waterproof-y vents too. :D

    Do the Dariens have the waterproof zipped pocket on the right thigh like the AD-1's? That zipper is pretty cool. Hasn't let in a drop in lots of visciously nasty storms I've suffered through. Whatever that one is, I can give a hearty recommendation as to it's effectiveness for me.
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  5. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Rockywoods.com will have them. Would be an advantage to have a cover flap but one could be constructed over the slit made for the zipper. It's also an advantage to have a perforated fabric internal baffle as well, also could be constructed. But yeah, lots of sewing holes to seal. I still think it would be worth it.

    This is my biggest reservation for this brand, so what a great idea. Pix and post following your mod please. :clap
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  6. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Nope! they don't have the waterproof zips... we need 2 closed ends... 10-12"

    http://www.rockywoods.com/Hardware-Zippers/YKK-Water-repellant-Zippers

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    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I don't think you'll find two closed ends. Zippers are either open or closed end, but are easly converted by sewing an open end, and cutting to fit. If both ends are closed you'll have to source them the exact right length too.

    Anyway, sounds like you're the expert, so carry on. I've only done dozens of projects with zippers, not a pro.
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  9. Hetzel88

    Hetzel88 cycles is a mean toy

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    You will need rear exhaust vents as well if you want to flow some air through.
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  10. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I bought a 12 inch closed end and will have the "open" end sewn closed...if that make sense.

    I keep the sides open for venting....
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    $20+ each.... $50 total with shipping ... ouch!
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  11. SpaceManSpiff

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    Interesting!

    The zippers on my 'Stich Transit jacket are Riri's that look like the ones you ordered (except the teeth aren't orange)...and they work well so far.

    :lurk I have considered the same thing myself, so I am very curious to see how this turns out!
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  12. aprilian

    aprilian Can I change this?

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    I tried that but the hip pads block the airflow and if I open it up far enough, the pads flap out. How about sewing the equivalent of a Tom the Tailor Zip-r-Strip for each leg made out of mesh? http://tomthetailor.com/zip/ If anyone creates one of these, I'd be interested. The only caveat is that the length of the zippers varies with the length of the leg, making a universal fit impossible.
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  13. Bronco638

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    Hip pads?
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  14. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Very interested -- please report back.

    It would be sooooo neat to finally be able to fart in Dariens... :eek1
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    aprilian Can I change this?

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  17. ezwicky

    ezwicky Been here awhile

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    hi, i was doing a search on "darien " and "hot" and stumbled on this thread. for the original poster, how did your venting modification turn out? i am considering darien pants and venting is a huge deal for me.

    thanks,

    -eric
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