Versatile softshell pant.
- Abrasion- and wind-resistant fabric stands up to the elements and is stretchy for smooth movement while scrambling or climbing
- Brushed tricot lined waistband keeps things comfortable
- Multiple pockets house the day's wares
- Gusseted crotch and articulated knees enhance mobility
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I have 32" waist and purchased the 32 and it fit perfect. It should be noted that these are slim fitting. I prefer to use these rock climbing and hiking. They are not restrictive at all and I think I could do the splits in them if my body would allow it. They are abrasion resistant but this just means they don't tear as easy as other thin synthetic fabrics. I have taken them up several multi-pitch granite climbs and I have noticed two tiny snags (one on the knee and the other on the butt). I consider that pretty good because I knee jam a lot and my buddy completely ripped the seat off of his mountain hardwears. The pockets can be a little tight; however, you will never lose anything out of them while climbing. The flat waist on these pants also seems to work well with harnesses and hip belts. I never have to re-adjust at all while hiking. I like the adjustable cuffs because it keeps you from stepping on your pants while climbing or belaying. Overall, these pants are a go to for me when climing and hiking on chilly days.
I'm 6'1" & 165 lbs with a 31" waist. I bought these in a size 32 waist, regular inseam and also in the long inseam (from another site). The waist measurement is way off (like previous reviewer states), I was totally swimming in these. The regular inseam was too short and the long was way too long. The quality, feel and features of the pants are all excellent leaving me bummed that I have to send them both back. OR needs to either get the sizing right or offer odd sizes (like 31") like other brands.
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.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I bought these pants, my original intent was to use them as a 3 season softshell pant for hiking/biking. They are so versatile, however, until I find that they are perfect for backcountry skiing, snowshoe mountaineering, and any aerobic activity you can throw yourself into. In cold weather, simply layer with a thicker base, as the pants work well as shedding wind, water and rocks. The pants stretch well and move with you, and the fit is spot on. I'm 6' 185 and wear a 34. I would definitely recommend!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Just got these today and they're already my favorite new pair of pants...love 'em! Sized a bit large compared to regular pants/jeans, but that's okay... Plan to use these working out, hanging out, traveling and hiking...excellent!
I have a 31'' waist and thought the 32''ers would work. But they were too loose. In fact they measured closer to a 33'' waist. So I returned them. The rest of the pant (fit, material construction was right on!). What a shame. Also the pockets should have a slant instead of being a more 'straight across' harder to access cut. Next year you can get it perfect OR!
How wind-resistant are these pants?
Fairly wind-resistant. I don't have a MPH rating for you, and though they're thin, this material does wonders at blocking wind. I have the ladie version in a pant, capris and jacket and love all three!!!
Wind resistance is very good, especially for the relative thickness of the material.I will always pick these pants, unless there is a combination of really low temps, high winds, lots of precipitation, and potentially long periods of being exposed above treeline.
I love these pants so far. They have a super comfortable light softshell feel and are so classy they could be climbing or to a wedding. The pewter color looks sweet, I'm 5'8" 32 waist, and the medium is slightly loose in the waist, but a belt or harness keeps them up. The pockets are a little shallow but manageable. So far, no tears.
I'm not one that cares about the technical details of clothing as I think all too often companies make whatever bogus claim is trendy at the time. However, I am 100% about function. If a piece of equipment is too heavy, doesn't breath properly, or simply doesn't function as it should, it gets the axe. For the last couple years, I have been experimenting with clothing systems for backcountry skiing and am now fully convinced that what we do is an aerobic activity on par with cross country skiing or running. For the 'up', our clothing should be lightweight, water resistant, and highly breathable. Anything more might as well be a big black plastic garbage bag.
Enter the Outdoor Research Ferrosi jacket and pants. These pieces were originally intended for spring climbing as lightweight softshell protection for wind and scattered storms but I find that they are perfect for backcountry skiing. Particularly in the Wasatch where the weather and storms are typically dry, some of the heavier technical shells are superfluous. I typically start out with a short sleeve technical T-shirt with the Ferrosi Jacket and will often only wear this to the summit. It breaths incredibly well yet provides ample protection from wind/light precip. The pants are also highly breathable, stretch to provide free movement, and are cut the way pants should be. Incredulous, I have seen friends out this spring using heavy Goretex pants when the sun is shining and the temps are predicted to be in the "we probably shouldn't be skiing range".
Please understand that I believe that Goretex and heavier layers have their time and place. I always carry a puffy or some form of more protective layers...in my pack. I'm just saying that I've been there, miserably sweating like a fat ass, when there was an alternative.
So, if you can relate to any of the above, check out the Outdoor Research Ferrosi line. It's affordable with the jacket retailing for $125 and the pants for $75. And, you get some spring/fall climbing duds at the same time.
I live in these pants. They are super comfortable and will not restrict your movement at all. From alpine rock to a wedding (why not?) these pants do everything you could ask for.
Now also available in long lengths, OR's Ferrosi Pants just keep getting better. Stretchy, breathable and lightweight--yet stylish enough to impress at the Mountain Room Bar--these are my absolute favorite pants for rockclimbing, as well as for everyday wear. Check 'em out!