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    Ferrosi Jacket

    Don’t let ripping winds pull you off your project. Instead, pull-on the Ferrosi Jacket from Outdoor Research and receive immediate protection from the elements to hone in on the crux move. Wind- and water-resistance define the technical aspects of this jacket which also provides sun protection and breathability for peak bagging and long alpine ascents. Only a few things needed improvement on the 2019 version of this jacket and OR delivered: sew lines are minimized for a more aesthetic look that easily transitions from summit to street, and key wear areas are now reinforced for more time in the mountains.

    • Softshell jacket for epic outings in the alpine
    • Material construction offers durability and breathability
    • Zippered pockets keep valuables secure when scrambling
    • Elastic cuffs keep sleeves in place on reachy routes
    • Jacket stuffs into pocket, carabiner loop clips to harness
    • Reinforced wear areas to promote longevity
    • Item #ODR00W0

    Tech Specs

    Material
    86% nylon, 14% spandex
    Fit
    standard
    Length
    hip
    Center Back Length
    30.5in
    Hood
    no
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
    Thumbholes
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    [large] 12.4oz
    Recommended Use
    casual, hiking, ice climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Good windbreaker/softshell

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: xl
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 230lbs

    This is a good jacket. calling it a softshell is a bit of a misnomer. It's like a nice windbreaker. Or if a windbreaker and a softshell had a baby. It's a good running jacket in spring/fall. It could probably layer well with other stuff.

    Woha Mamma, this thing is incredible!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    This jacket is very lite. Back in the day of banana seat bicycles and Evil Knievel, this might have been called a wind breaker. But this is not like any wind breaker I've ever seen. The fabric is very soft, pliable and stretchy. On those days when its a bit cool for just a shirt but not cool enough for a lined jacket, this fits the bill. It would also be easy to pack for travel or a day pack without bulk or weight. The construction looks exceptional and the style is superb. Easily worn on the town, riding a bike or outdoors. I was curious after watching and reading several reviews how a lite jacket could earn such high praise. I understand now. For what it is, it blows me away. It now enters my Hall of Fame with the Stretch Zion pants/shorts. Being in TX where lite jackets come in handy, I can see this jacket becoming one of my favorite things to wear.

    PS...Thanks to GearHead Caleb for recommending this jacket to me!

    Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    I got this as a gift for my brother in Florida. It's nice and lightweight piece that will block some wind. He uses it on the golf course a lot.

    Great lightweight softshell

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    I bought this to replace an old Patagonia Super Guide jacket, a piece I use for casual town wear as well as for layering in cold weather. The Ferrosi jacket is significantly lighter and softer, has essentially the same feature set, and costs less than the old Patagonia jacket. I've now used the Ferrosi for a month that included a 3 week trip to the UK. There I wore the jacket for both in town use and for days of hiking in the Scottish Highlands. Some impressions.

    Fit. I'm 6', 200 lb, 44" chest, long arms. The size L Ferrosi fits well as long as I don't layer heavily underneath. The cut has a bit less taper than, say, Arc'teryx, where I have to go XL to get a fit. The Ferrosi body length is good (just above my crotch, and the arms are plenty long. Nice.

    Features. Two hand warmer pockets and a chest pocket. No interior pockets. Bottom hem drawcord. That's about it. Oh, cuff ends have thumb loops; I thought this would be a useless feature, but the fabric is so soft that they actually work.

    Fabric. The Ferrosi fabric is a single-weave stretchwoven, relatively smooth outside, kind of nubby inside. Softer and lighter than double-weave stretchwovens I've worn. Very comfortable, fast drying, comfortable across a range of temperatures, and about as wind-resistant as heavier soft shells I've worn.

    Performance. I wore this with a T-shirt beneath for 60s - 70s (F) days jetting around London - comfortable, didn't overheat. I wore it standing on a rainy train stop in Highland Scotland, and for walking the hills there - good wind resistance, shed rain, dried easily when given a chance. And everything in between. A hard-working jacket that serves as semi-stylish and high-performance outerwear, or as a layering piece when conditions overwhelm.

    Update. I've now worn this jacket for a year. The water shedding is a bit less; so it goes with DWR. I could re-treat it if I cared a lot. The jacket still looks good. It's held its shape, the fabric has suffered little from shoving in packs, scraping through trees and off rocks, etc. The fabric still dries really quickly, which is nice. I think, after using through a cycle of seasons, that the Ferrosi softshell is not AS wind-resistant as some others that I've used. OTOH this jacket is lighter, softer, packs smaller than any other softshell I have. Let's face it, with stretch-woven material, wind resistance is on a scale, and at some point no softshell cuts it; you'll have to replace with a rain shell or other type of softshell. In winter that was my old Patagonia Ready Mix jacket - more wind resistance but less breathable.

    Bottom line: I still love it. Would buy another in a minute.

    Now I know why everyone loves it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I had a hard time understanding why everyone gushed about this lightweight jacket....until I bought one. Outdoor Research hit a homerun with this one. It's light but does a good job of blocking enough wind. But, at the same time it's breathable. It's just kind of this weird, in-between piece that's hard to describe in terms of versatility until you wear it. VERY comfortable as well! With a t-shirt underneath you're good on cool, sunny days above 50 degrees, and with a base layer(s) you could take this down to 30 or so. Not a hard shell, so it can't do it all, but one of those pieces that you'll never want to be without.

    Sizing: One of the reasons I love OR (this piece and all my others) is their sizing is spot-on. I'm 5'9", 175# (32" waist and 42" suit coat) and with other brands I usually swim in a large, or a medium looks like I'm trying way to hard. Not so with OR- their Large fits nicely, like it was tailored for me. It's trim without being restrictive. I've found this to be true with the Ferrosi as well as the Transfer jacket and hoody.

    Great active jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    This is a great lightweight softshell. It's fairly wind and water resistant, breathable, and the stretchy fabric moves with you, so it's pretty comfortable. I use it mostly for hiking and cycling and it works very well for both.

    Possibly the best feature is how light it is. For a softshell it weighs next to nothing and packs down pretty well for easy stowage when not needed. If I had to give a gripe about this jacket I would wish it were a tad more weatherproof.

    Overall, a great jacket for active pursuits.

    Versatile Breathable Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    I run hot and have trouble finding a windbreaker that doesn't roast me. Have used this one as an outside layer in a variety of temps from mid teens to 50's, hiking and snowshoeing. Very breathable, and works well with layers. No big problems with moisutre management during strenuous activity. Stretchy fabric enables excellent freedom of movement. Has a good degree of wind block protection too up about 15 mph. Packs nicely into its own Pocket. Only ding is the sizing. I usually get XL in OR gear. Had to upsize to XXL on this one.

    Love this Jacket!

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

    I am big fan of this Jacket. It's really lightweight and the fabric is flexible, but still strong. If you are looking for a heavier, tough soft shell, this probably isn't the one.



    The jacket fits me well. It's a slightly slender cut, but not fitted. I am 6'1 185 lbs and the large fits great. I can fit a mid weight Merino style quarter zip underneath it comfortably. It's well made and the stitching is strong. The edges around the zippers are welded and stiffer, so I have never had an issue with a zipper snagging. It comes with strong zipper pulls and the waist drawstring toggle is attached so you can tighten it down with one hand.



    Being fairly thin and flexible, the fabric sheds light rain ok, but by no means is this jacket meant to keep you dry in the rain. It's a great lightweight Jacket to pack along when hiking or to wear when drinking an IPA in the local watering hole. I am also a fan of the discreet logo that is not huge or in your face. OR does a good job with how they brand stuff. I am also probably bias since OR is a local Seattle company :)