An aerobic softshell for high-output activities.
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This shell is so useful and so effective! I use it for everything: sport and alpine climbing, hiking/backpacking, wearing around town, and even motorbiking! It's durable enough to wear shimmying up cracks and chimneys and stylish enough to wear in town. At 11.2oz, it's not the lightest, most packable shell on the market, but arguably more versatile and durable than something lighter. It is, however, light-weight enough that I took it with me to Thailand in lieu of other jackets?and it proved it's value there too as it's not too hot, but adds just the right warmth when needed and blocks wind so well. I often replace it for my rain jacket too since it has proven effective to keep me dry in light rain storms. Love the stretchy fabric and side zip pockets (they are big enough to hold anything I want). At 5'3? and 135lbs, I got a medium, which is pretty baggy, but still looks good and has plenty of room to layer, which was important for me. For a more fitted look, I'd go with the small. The length is good for staying put underneath a harness to block wind too.
spring ski touring, multipitch rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running and skate skiing. It's that extra subtle layer which helps cut the wind, and provides a bit of warmth. Once the body starts heating up it breathes well. The fabric is durable to abrasion and withstands many many washings.
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Soft Shell Collection
Searching for a do-it-all soft shell for year-round adventures? A favorite of Ambassador Athletes and Outdoor Research staffers, the stretchy, durable Ferrosi soft shell Jackets, Pants, Shorts and Hoodies cut the wind, shed light precipitation and allow excess heat to easily escape. Ferrosi apparel is ideal for dawn-to-dusk rock climbing objectives, day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips, and highly aerobic backcountry skiing and snowboarding tours.
I'm a mixed climber in the winter and rock climber in the summer. If it's not raining...i'm wearing my ferossi hoody. I love how my jacket allows for total movement with no restriction. With its stretch fabric, in any direction, I can climb freely without hesitation. It's light, fast, and packs down nice and small for storage in my climbing bag. I think it's my favorite piece for taking the edge off on a colder day. Even in the summer, because of how well it breathes, I can sport this piece and still feel comfortable.
This hoody is a great Spring/Fall layer--perfect for wind and light precipitation while breathable enough to shed excess heat when you do start warming up. I find that I rarely take it off after heating up because the lightweight softshell material breaths SO WELL!!!
The other thing that shocked me--OR is not known for their fit, but they're starting to change it up because this jacket is cut to flatter a woman's curves. Well done OR. Well done.
This piece is killer. For climbing, hiking, running, and such. The fabric is durable, breathable, and stretchy. The fit is perfect in the arms, the hood, and the length works well with a harness. I don't leave home without this piece when it's a tad chilly. I keep a chap stick in the arm pocket which has come in surprisingly handy. Buy this piece, and you WON'T regret it!
I recommend this layer to all my clients and climbing partners. This layer is lightweight (one of the lightest softshells on the market) Cordura at 14.1oz, cuts the elements when your active, and is breathable. I take this layer on every expedition, multi-pitch climb, ski tour, trek, alpine ascent, or ski descent. It is a key layer in my system.
I really like the cut and how if fits under my harness, has a breast pocket, and two side pockets.
I like how my body can thermo regulate while using this peice.
The durability of the product is fantastic. The frequency I use the Ferrosi is best tells how much I like this in my quiver; after 3 years I have used it over 300 times.
Great light weight layer, especially if it looks like some showers on the horizon. True to size. I am 5'2", 120 lbs & the small fits perfectly. I could have maybe gone smaller but I want to use it for layering.
I am wearing it today - really cute and very technical. The stretch is awesome, the durability of fabric is solid and you can layer it as well. I am psyched to have this in my outdoor arsenal!
Can anyone attest to this for trail running? I havean OR light weight rain jacket - awesome, but I am looking for something to use to trail run in the snow - suggestions?
Awesome for colder trail runs. It breathes really well and will shed snow - preferably colder snow - very well. I use this nordic skiing on days when its above 25 degrees. You could use it for colder days as well - just layer accordingly. I love this jacket for summer high alpine mtn biking as well...spring skiing. It really is awesome.
What does the inside of this jacket feel like?
I want to get a feel for how warm it would be. (i.e. does it have a fleeced interior? or is it more like a pure shell with little to no insulation?)
It's a pure shell. There is no insulation in the Ferrosi. This thing won't insulate you, but it will help to cut the wind. If you're looking for a warmer softshell check out the OR Mithril Stormshell.
There is no bonded microfleece or insulation, just the single layer of shell fabric and it is quite lightweight. I would say it is just slightly heavier in feel than a windbreaker, but it also feels much more abrasion resistant and stretchy than any windbreaker I've had. There is just enough room to layer with a Polartec powerstretch or 100 weight fleece, if you wanted to wear it in cooler conditions, but the jacket itself isn't going to provide much warmth beyond shielding you from cold winds. Hope that helps!
How high are the pockets on this jacket? Are they accessible when wearing a harness/pack?
Hey Andrea. The pockets are not accessible whilst wearing a harness/pack, unfortunately. That being said this hoodie has enough redeeming qualities that I will heartily recommend it. It's likely my favorite garment from OR.
The pockets are half covered when wearing my pack and aren't really usable for much. They are just about right (i.e. not pack-friendly-high) for casual handwarming duties at the crag or on the street. Pockets are lined with mesh to hep with venting, but they also allow a bit of wind in from the hem if it is howling. Hope that helps!
As soon as the snow started to melt in the mountains, this has been my #1 go-to jacket for all my activities: rock climbing, hiking, and even heading out to dinner with friends. It is lightweight, yet bomb-proof... the perfect middle ground between a windshirt and a softshell. The fabric is comfortably stretchy and the cut is flattering. I used to be a lightweight windshirt person, but after ripping too many of them, I'm now sold on the Ferrosi for nearly everything.