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Spring has sprung.

When snow recedes above the tree line and spring flowers bloom, replace your winter jacket with the Outdoor Research Men's Ferrosi Hooded Jacket. This water-resistant jacket sheds light spring showers and it blocks cool alpine breezes when you hike for late-season turns. The nylon/spandex softshell fabric breathes well when you're working up a sweat, and it allows for maximum mobility with its movement-mirroring stretch. Tough stretch Cordura on the shoulders and arms stands up to brushes with rock faces and ski edges. In addition, DWR coated zippers block outside moisture from seeping into vulnerable zipper seams, and the zipper is offset at the collar to prevent chafing.

  • Nylon, spandex stretch body and hood
  • Nylon Cordura, spandex stretch shoulders and lower sleeves
  • Zippered hand pockets, Napoleon pocket
  • Left hand pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • DWR coated zippers
  • Standard fit
  • Key clip

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Could anyone tell me if this jacket is noisy? I intend to wear it as a layer while photographing wildlife, and cannot use any fabrics that whisp or crinkle when moving or when my arms brush against my sides.


Best Answer

Hi Susurrus,

I have the hoody and love it! It's in no way noisy or crinkly. No loud fabric or dangling zippers. They may make a slight "whisp" but no more than any other soft/quiet material.

Feel free to reach out to me directly.


Hey there, I totally agree with Ben - I have this jacket and it is a softshell, so its supple and not crinkley. Great great choice, and in my opinion, this is OR's most versitile jacket. You will love it!

OR Rep

5 5

Basically Awesome

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: L

My guides on Rainier all had one. I was skeptical since the material seemed so thin and flimsy, yet they all swore by it. I gave it a shot and... wow.

Breathes like a t-shirt but blocks *most* wind. Seriously, it seems impossible given how thin and light this thing is but IT WORKS. Also surprising how burly the material is, because nothing seems to hurt it (rocks, trees, and incidental contact with pointy things like pons and tools). And it's super light and packs tiny into its own pocket, and pops out not wrinkly. OR has some remarkable fabric here.

It will wet through in decent rain or if you're leaning against a seep, but other than that, snow and light sprinkles will bead off.

The hood fits great when worn without a hat for running in windy, wet weather, and it seems like it will be too snug for a helmet - wrong! It's so stretchy it fits perfectly over a helmet, fully zipped, without being too snug against the chin.

The fit is perfect - athletic builds (read: have a chest and arms) will appreciate the stretch. It moves with me perfectly and the arms are long enough that they don't pull away and the jacket doesn't ride up above your waist when reaching. The hem cinches too, which also helps keep it in place. I love that there are no fiddly wrist adjustments - they're snug but not tight, just perfect.

The only conceivable downside I can think of is that the hand pockets get covered by a waist belt or harness. But it has a chest pocket, and my legwear or pack is where I put most stuff anyway so it doesn't bother me.

It is useful for seemingly every scenario, and I bring it on every hike, climb, or camping trip. Fits great, looks great, is great. I simply can't say enough good things about the Ferrosi. Get one - when perfect gear comes along, you have to snag it.

Hey there - I couldn't agree more! Ferrosi is my favorite! I have the hoody, the pants, the shorts, the capris - the fabric seriously kills it. And for your technical scenario, it is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

OR Rep

5 5

Looking forward to Winter

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I really enjoy this jacket. I bought to fit in as a year round jacket. Lightweight for summers in the mountains. And then a great layering piece under my shell in the winter.

It's pretty form-fitting and I have a pretty long torso, so I found this to ride just a little high on me, but I still enjoy it nonetheless.

4 5

Looks good, very light weight

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm 5'9", 175 lbs -- Large fits perfect.

Good quality, looks, and comfort. All the basics of a lightweight softshell. I've only used in light rain and it seemed to do the trick, but really don't think it would stand up to much real moisture (doesn't claim to either). My primary use is as a light jacket for active use: running, hiking, and general outdoor stuff.

The only thing I'd caution is that this is simply a very, very, light softshell. You will need to couple it with a base layer if you want any real warmth out of it.

4 5

So far so good

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 158 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Only a couple off uses so far, but i will say that the fit, for me, is spot on. I am 5'11" and 158 lbs with long arms and often have to go to a large jacket for that reason. This is a medium and the sleeves are just the right length. I also have pretty wide shoulders and the fit is good there as well. Have not tried over climbing helmet yet but have the feeling it might be snug despite excellent stretch, though I do have a big melon..... Upcomng two weeks in Colorado/Utah should put it to the real test.

OK..couple of weeks in Colorado and Utah backcountry skiing and mtn biking during a VERY wet period and I can say that all is good. Sheds rain pretty well for such a lightweight piece, great stretch and super great breathability. Looks like it will be a go to staple...

5 5

Most Breathable Jacket I've worn

  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 190 lbs

I'm a pretty warm and sweaty dude. After i've been moving for a few minutes, i'm usually too warm in any layer other than a t shirt till about 0 degrees. This is the first jacket i've worn that i felt fairly comfortable running in on windy days or cold winter days. i still usually end up unzipping the jacket unless it's raining or really windy, but the ferrosi does a great job dumping heat.

I've used it on chilly bike rides (we have crazy spring time wind in flagstaff) and I also wear it hiking in the mountains for some sun protection, even if it's not that chilly. The jacket has resisted any wear and tear so far and has a lot of stretch to move with you.

it has repelled drizzle just fine, but i wouldn't use it during a real storm.

I think the sizing is great. normally mediums are too tight in the chest and larges have too much room in the gut and too much length in the arms, but large fits me just right.

this is a really versatile jacket that i've found myself grabbing for in situations where i previously would have been uncomfortable in any jacket.

4 5

Excellent shoulder season layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Fits really well. I am really digging OR's generally slim fit. The color and two-tone styling is incredible! Pockets are well placed, hood is really good and fabric quality is excellent. I wear this biking or climbing in California, and it breathes well for moderate activity. Look elsewhere for high intensity hiking or running. But at that level I usually am warm enough not to need wind protection.

Fabric detail- Water Drop

Fabric detail- Water Drop

The fabric on the Ferrosi jacket repels water and wind quite well, while remaining incredibly breathable.

Its like Magic!

is that the evergreen/hops color scheme? i love the color you have but it doesnt look like any of the options above.

3 5

The earlier version was a better fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I have the earlier version with the offset zipper at the neck. It's been my favorite light jacket for several years now. It fits me very well. The body is nice and snug athletic fit and the arms are long enough for my taller frame. Wanting a new one, I ordered this current version with the straight zipper. This new version fits boxy. A completely different fit. Body is wider and arms are shorter so they ride up all the time. Too bad. I've decided to return it. Would very much like to find the old version again. Anyone know where I might find a size large in black with the offset zipper?

On the contrary, this jacket is the most well fitting jacket I've ever had! :)

Fit is different for everyone. I have the older version and love it. It is still going strong after 2 years. I had to deal with some pilling and reaply the DWR. It is as good as new. I also got ferrosi pants which I equally love but the stitching is showing age. I think I'll have to stop glassading in them.

OR has moved almost entirely to 'American body' fit for their line, it's a shame but that's the market.

been eying off this jacket for some time...

been eying off this jacket for some time now, looks like this is the newer version (straight up zipper, not curved like previous model)
would a size SMALL fit my athletic build.
im 5'9, 158 lbs, 39 inch chest
i guess since its got good stretch i could go for the small ?

Best Answer

I suggest going with a medium based on your build. You could always get a small and a medium and return one.

went with the medium in the end, but was a tad too big.

5 5

perfect midlayer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The Ferrosi hoody is the jam for your outdoor pursuits! It's breathable and light weight, but just enough fabric and a snug fit to seal in crucial body heat. The hood is streamline and can fit under a ski or bike helmet if you are traveling light. There's a chest pocket to keep the cell phone easily accessible and warm in cold temps. Lastly, if folds down to a ball the size of your fist and tucks up in the left pocket stuff sack, to allow for more room in the pack.

5 5

Integral piece of my wardrobe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket always makes it on a trip with me where I'm going to be doing anything high intensity, winter, fall or spring. It's pretty thin, which I like because it gives me a lot of options for layering. It also breathes incredibly. I've never felt manky or sticky while running or climbing up steep terrain while I have this jacket on. It also blocks the wind beautifully which is so key in the mountains. Finally, it stretches so well that you barely feel like you're wearing anything.

Hugely recommended because of the great fit, breathability and thickness.

Integral piece of my wardrobe

What do you wear/layer under it when you do high aerobic activity?

It all depends on the temps outside, edwp761520, but I can often get away with just a Patagonia Cap base layer underneath if I'm really putting out a lot of effort in cold weather. If I was just hiking more lightly in cold weather, I would maybe need a micro fleece like a Patagonia R1 underneath.

In fall and spring, a t-shirt or lightweight base layer would be fine.

5 5

Best lightweight soft-shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I got this soft shell about a month ago. I have used it for b/c skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing. This is a great lightweight soft-shell. Super breathable and durable bet gives you the protection you need to stay warm while in the mountains.

I'm 6'1 and 165lbs and I have a size Large. Fits me good.

I'm going to buy Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody but have some doubts about sizing. I am 189 cm (6' 2") and 187 lbs. Chest measurement would be 41" and waist 37". I can't decide whether to buy L or XL size taking in concern I have to be able fit light fleece and baselayer underneath.
It would be great if you can give me some hints and help me to choose right size.

I'm 5'8", but have a 41" chest and this jacket fits me beautifully in Large, with a baselayer and fleece underneath. So I'd say go with the XL otherwise it won't reach your waist in height.