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Your Outdoor Research Ferrosi Pants aren't going to flash that route for you, but they will make your day at the crag all the more comfortable. Ideal for hiking and climbing, these softshells sport a quick-drying wind-and water-resistant ripstop construction that protects you from variable weather, with a design that features a comfortable stretch and articulated knees for free movement on the wall. OR stuck a zippered pocket on the thigh for easy access when you've got a harness on, and the lightweight construction feels breathable on warm days but protects you well on windy spring climbs as well.
- Durable softshell pant with free movement for hiking and climbing
- Tough ripstop fabric provides abrasion resistance on rough rock
- Wind and water resistance offers protection from changing weather
- Movement-mirroring stretch and articulated knees enhance mobility
- Zippered thigh pocket offers harness-compatible storage
- Drawcord adjustable cuffs help seal out updrafts as you climb
- Item #ODR00W2
What do you think about this product?
October 30, 2019
My Go-To Pant
From climbing to backpacking and sometimes even trail running, I take these things everywhere. The reason I like them so much is because of their breathability. I stay pretty active on most of my trips, and these things wick sweat away like nobody's business. I've worn them as sun protection while trekking across the deserts of Southern Utah in 95 degree heat and found them to be surprisingly adept at keeping me cool and dry. Obviously it was still hot as hell, but the fact that I didn't have to take them off speaks volumes in and of itself. While they'd never provide enough warmth for a snow-excursion at rest, as long as I'm staying moderately active I've found them to work great in cold temperatures. I used them in a moderate snow storm on the way up and down a local mountain in temps as low as 15 degrees. Their DWR finish shed snow easily and kept me dry and I found them to be surprisingly wind resistant given their insane breathability. They also offer plenty of stretch to climb in or even wear while doing some early morning yoga outside your tent. They also pack down quite small and are very lightweight. I haven't tested the thigh pocket with anything bigger than my iPhone X, but that fits comfortably and doesn't effect the mobility of the pants at all. My one complaint is that the waistband stretches out over time. You can get around this pretty easily with a belt, but for future version either an elastic waistband or integrated belt would be an easy improvement on these.
October 16, 2019
Comfortable and Lightweight!
I recently had the opportunity to try these pants out for the day and immediately bought a pair the next day! By far some of the most comfortable pants I've owned, it feels like you're nothing! I wear these pants all the time and you can wear them for most occasions, not only are they crazy comfy they look great too! As with other OR gear, these are super high quality. I feel like OR has stepped their game up in recent years with better quality products! Even for being lightweight, these feel very durable and feel like a solid product. You wont be disappointed with these pants!
September 7, 2019
Great fabric, sizing issues
I've owned several pairs of the Ferrosi pants. They're my favorite lightweight summer climbing and hiking pants. This review is of the most recent version (2019). The fabric is still awesome. Lightweight, stretchy, breathable, and durable. This is where they shine. The rear pockets no longer have zips. I'd prefer zipped pockets on technical pants to prevent losing stuff. But that's not a deal breaker. The front pockets have always been a bit shallow. I'd prefer them to be slightly deeper for modern phones. My biggest issue is the sizing, which is why I only give these 4 stars. I normally wear a 32 in all pants/shorts. On my previous Ferrosi pants, the 32 was always a tiny bit big in the waist, but not too bad. I always wore a lightweight belt just to keep things nice and snug. If anything I wish OR had snugged up the waist a bit so I didn't have to wear a belt at all times. Sizing down would have been tough as the smaller sizes were tight in the hips and thighs. They went the opposite way. These pants are absolutely huge in the waist for a 32. I have a ton of extra room around the waist. I can easily pull them down around my knees even when they're buttoned! Consider sizing down in these. Don't just order your old size without trying them on. Otherwise, they're still great pants.
July 9, 2019
These pants are comfy! Great range of pockets to use with a harness or not. The bottom pant leg adjustability is great. I like a longer pant leg so I can still wear them with sandals and just tighten them so I don't step on the hems. Super breathable and thin. Fairly weather resistant. Great for anything, anytime!
June 16, 2019
Comfy, fast drying, terrible durability
Purchased a pair for scrambling and wanted something that was light, wind resistant, comfy, and durable. It hit the mark on everything but the last part. Wore them summiting the Middle Sister in June and sitting on down on the cinder crap piles in the saddle left noticeable tears in the seat. Brushing against some cinder crap up towards the last 500ft resulted in more tiny subtle tears. It is doubtful they’d last a season of central Oregon scramble adventures.
June 22, 2019
Hey Eli, Thank you for the review. The durability is what it can be for the lightweight aspect of these pants. That is a key benefit of these pants, but there is some sacrifice in abrasion durability if that is what is most important to you. For a pant that offers something a bit more efficient in durability, you will be sacrificing light weight features. A totally valid option here would be the OR Voodoo Pant. The Ferrosi Pants are best for hiking, travel, and more light-durability adventures. The Voodoo gives a greater degree of durability with a more dense fabric. Thank you, Leta OR Rep
June 14, 2019
Relaxed fit , comfortable and practical
I have a couple of the short version of these pants as well as the long. They run just a slight larger. ( I’m 5’11 and 158 lbs). Size 30x32 fit me perfect and OR finally added a 32 inch inseam this year (formerly, 30x30 was only available). The material is durable, flexible, and light , great for warm climates.
June 18, 2019
So glad they're working out for you! Thanks for the notes on the fit.
June 13, 2019
The entire Ferrosi line from OR is incredible breathable and comfortable for your most dynamic, demanding outdoor activities. These shorts are no exception. I recommend them for anything from hiking to climbing and anything in between. Note that if you have thunder thighs, you should size up about an inch at the waist.
June 23, 2019
Thank you for the review, Matt! Enjoy! Leta OR Rep
June 5, 2019
No ordinary britches
I feel like I have been graced by pants gods
June 23, 2019
LOVE this! short and sweet! Happy Trails! Leta OR Rep
June 1, 2019
Hardly Notice Wearing Them
I swear these things are like a second skin. They move well due to the nylon and spandex construction, breathe well, have 3 zippered pockets (1 on the left, 2 in the back), and crush it on hikes/climbing/adventures of all sorts. I wear these climbing, hiking, and I'm taking them to Peru for adventures too. I'm impressed how well they've held up against scarpes and brush too. I can be anywhere between a 30 and a 32 and a 30 is perfect here. I wouldn't say size down for sure, but that's my experience.
June 23, 2019
Hey Ben, we also make those odd number sizes: 31, 33, 35! Enjoy your Ferrosis! Leta OR Rep
May 31, 2019
These pants are very lightweight, comfortable, and stretchy. They breathe very well making them a great option for summer hiking/climbing when you want a longer pant to protect the legs. These pants are durable, the ripstop material is strong and won't be phased by branches or from the wall when you are climbing. They are so stretchy that even the hardest yoga positions wouldn't be an issue. They are water resistant and have a nice side pocket with a zipper to keep the phone safe on a climb, along with the traditional pockets. I am 6'0 175 and usually wear a 32x32 and a 32x32 worked just great for me.
June 23, 2019
This is a sweet pic and a great review! Many thanks, Tyler! Leta OR Rep
May 29, 2019
So light, you'll think you're naked
The Ferrosi Hoody is made of some magic stuff - super light and breathable, yet highly wind resistant and durable. It is also stretchy making it comfortable during high activity... so what does any of that have to do with these pants? The Ferrosi pants are incredible. They are impossibly light - so light you'll forget you're wearing pants. They are super stretchy and thin, and move incredibly well, yet remain amazingly protective and abrasion resistant. Again, this fabric is some magical stuff. But it works.
June 23, 2019
Thanks so much for the review, Icychap! Enjoy! Leta OR Rep
April 29, 2019
These pants feel noticeably thinner and lighter than the other pants I wear for climbing/hiking. I mostly wear Kuhl renegade or Prana stretch zion, I love these OR pants, they are very breathable, comfortable, and lightweight bought a second pair after buying these on a whim.
June 23, 2019
Awesome, many thanks Andrew - Leta OR Rep
April 3, 2019
Best softshell pants - light, stretch
Very comfortable, true to size, light weight, stretch, nice cut Best for spring/fall/summer No complaint
June 23, 2019
Many thanks, Heng! Leta OR rep
January 28, 2019
loved the "crag" version of these, unfortunately the updated version is much larger, longer and baggier, and would be too hard to tailor. Returned them before wearing. Oh well, I'll keep wearing my shredded pair.
June 23, 2019
Crag version coming back in 2020!!! Leta OR Rep
December 16, 2018
This pant is breathable, light, quick drying. It will help keep the sun off my legs while keeping me cool in the summer (I don't like wearing shorts). I wear this pant around the house, gym, and hiking. I will definitely take this pant for traveling as my only pant. I wear this pant almost daily now unless I'm going to work or going somewhere "nice". In colder weather below 40, I would wear a base layer underneath to keep my warm. The only problem I have is sizing. I'm 5'7" and weigh 150-155 lb. Everything I wear is a size 31. This pant is not offered in 31, so I ordered up thinking this pant would shrink a little after wash/dry. Unfortunately, a 32 was way too big around the waste and never shrank. It looks really baggy on me. Some people like that, but I like the fit closer to my body. Although my 32" is doing well physically, I think I want to buy a size 30" for my preferred fit.
December 12, 2018
First choice pant
I love the fit and function of these pants. They're light enough for late summer in the desert. The thigh pocket holds a phone perfectly. I have several pairs and they're my go-to until it's time for insulated snow pants. Climb well, hike well, dry quickly. I wish they hadn't shrunk the hand pockets on the newest generation, but it's not enough of an issue to change my rating.
November 23, 2018
A little large for my liking
As always I love the ferrosi material and can never recommend the products of this line enough. But I have found that these pants tend to run large and had to return my first pair that I ordered in the same size as my others pairs of pants, I was swimming in these, I also ended up with a leg length that it too much for me. I would give it another chance in the future and just make sure that I order a shorter leg length
September 26, 2018
Another win for OR
If you’re like me, and value comfort, function and style, then these pants are for you. It’s awesome to be able To go to the office, present at meetings, and then do a 10 mile trail to my campsite in the Ozarks all in the same day and without changing pants! Need another pair. I did have to return the pair that I originally bought in my normal size (36Wx32L) as the length was at least 4” too long. As usual, BC made that a totally painless process.
September 12, 2018
Nice lightweight softshell pant
Nice lightweight softshell for warmer weather when you need a long pant for some abrasion protection. Total freedom of movement. Have used summer bush whacking in the northeast and were perfect. Plan to also use on my property doing yard work when I need to cover up for tick protection. Bought a second pair. Also own the OR Prusik pant which are nice but intermediate thickness fabric.
July 25, 2018
Strange front pockets
I had read reviews and down research on the pants, though the front pockets were too shallow for traveling and putting materials in that I needed. The pants are well designed and the material is great. If you don't mind small front pockets, then you could get these pants.