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Ferrosi Short

There's a reason the Ferrosi line from Outdoor Research wins editor choice awards and contains some of their best selling items in the entire catalog-each piece is meticulously designed for all-around performance, whether you're peak bagging in the Cascades or maneuvering single track in the Badlands. The Ferrosi Short are no exception to this stellar line and if there's one pair of shorts to keep in your closet or pack in your carry-on they certainly won't fall, well, short.

Water- and wind-resistant fabric create a durable softshell for any surprise (or expected) weather and if they do encounter rain, the nylon/spandex combo dries quickly so you can get back to charging with hardly a switchback-I mean setback. Two inseam lengths and a soft waistband offer total comfort for long days in the saddle or on the wall.

  • Go-to short for long days in the saddle or treks to the heart of the Amazon
  • Nylon exterior protects from rogue tree branches on overgrown trails
  • Two inseam sizes for mobility on trails or protection in harnesses
  • Soft waistband prevents chafing from heavy packs on long days
  • Quick-drying material ideal to recover from river crossings
  • From the best-selling Ferrosi softshell line
  • Item #ODR00V9

Material
86% nylon, 14% spandex
Fit
[7in] standard, [5in] slim
Length
[7in] mid-thigh, [5in] short
Inseam
7in, 5in
Pockets
2 front, 1 cargo
Waist
belt loops
Fly
zipper, button
UPF Rating
50+
Claimed Weight
(8) [7in] 6.2oz, [5in] 6.6oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, bouldering, casual, flatwater paddling, hiking, river fishing, river paddling, sport climbing, stillwater fishing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 5

Quick drying, easy to pack

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
6
Height
5` 5"
Weight
135 lbs

Recently wore these in Zion hiking both The Narrows and normal dirt trails - they were great for both but especially the river hike. These dried in minutes after walking in waist deep water and didn't ride up or wedge. They have great stretch, nice deep pockets, and are lightweight. No issues with the fit. I'm sure they'll be a standby hiking short for sure.

>Rating: 4

Really wanted to like these but.....

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
6
Height
5` 7"
Weight
135 lbs

First- great fabric! I am now going to shop for a pair Ferrosi pants. Agree with other reviewers and glad I sized up to a 6 because my normal size 4 would not have fit. However, I felt like there was too much buckling in the fabric around the thighs/zipper area. And the 5 inch shorts were fine in length until I moved a smidge then they started to ride up immediately. I'm 5 ' 7".

>Rating: 4

So close!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
6
Height
5` 9"
Weight
135 lbs

These shorts were so close to being perfect! The material is great - super lightweight and dries very fast. I love the length - not too short or long. Deep pockets and comes in great colors. But I have to agree with others in saying that the fit in the waist line is a little off. I am normally a solid size 4 but sized up to a size 6, and it is still too tight in the waist and bum area. I am already pretty small in size, so I can imagine these shorts would cause some issues with other women as well. Definitely size up with these, and hopefully that will fix the sizing issue. Other that that, these shorts are great and perfect for hiking/backpacking!

>Rating: 5

Ferrosi fit

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
2
Height
5` 2"
Weight
100 lbs

I am pretty small, so the size 2 was the right size for me. Super light, very comfy, breathable and stylish. Gotta look good first ! :0) !

>Rating: 4

Good-but room for improvement

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
12
Height
5` 7"
Weight
170 lbs

I bought these shorts for backpacking. I have used them for a couple short trips and several day hikes. Overall, I've been pretty happy with them-but I think they could improve in some areas. Pros: The fabric is great. It is very lightweight and has some stretch to it, but still holds it shape pretty well. After about 3 days of wear, you notice it's a tad bit looser, but really not much. The soft inner lining in the waist band is very nice. I really like the construction of the pockets. The back pockets are sewn on the exterior, so there's no weird bunching when you sit/stand/wash. They are a good size. The ones on the front are quite deep and will hold a large phone with no problems. I like the zippered leg pocket too. They dry super fast, and are pretty stain resistant. Even after doing a good deal of ground sitting, they washed clean. The length is great Cons: I found the fit odd. I originally bought a 10, but had to exchange it for 12. The waist was OK, but they were wayy too tight in the thighs & bum. The 12 is still a little snug in the thighs/bum, and a bit large in the waist. I would say that I have an athletic/curvy shape. They do have a drawstring, but its made of an elastic material, and it is just too stretchy to be of any use. Overall, they are pretty good. I'm not sure that I would buy another pair at the price, because of the fit issues. I think if they could improve these areas or if you are a more slender body type, they will be great.

>Rating: 5

Like a Glove

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
6
Height
5` 7"
Weight
140 lbs

The stretch, it's amazing. These shorts are so comfortable that I could live in them forever. The fabric is lightweight and perfect for summer. I appreciate the room in the pockets and the details like the drawstring. These do run a small, I sized up one size from my normal.

Thank you Sara! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 4

Size up!

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
6
Height
5` 2"
Weight
130 lbs

I believe these shorts were very small. I had to size up two sizes before I found a pair that actually fit. I do love these shorts and how versatile they are. I'm stoked to be able to wear them out more. I use these to garden, hike, and climb in. They're perfect all-around shorts!

Many thanks Jennifer! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

YES STRETCH!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
2
Height
5` 4"
Weight
125 lbs

I'm all about being comfy. I wore these mtn. biking in Moab and they were perfect. Pretty breathable too! Need them in every color!

Thank you so much, Madison!! Leta OR Rep

>Rating:

Extra photo

Casual days or long hikes, they look good and feel great

Casual

:-) Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

Very Comfortable

Size Bought
8
Height
5` 6"
Weight
145 lbs

My girlfriend loves these and I wanted to share her thoughts: "Took these shorts on an afternoon of outdoor climbing and they were the best! Flexible around the waist and thighs. I also spilled beer on them and it rolled right off! (very water resistant)"

My

Thank you for passing this on, Ben!! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

Amazing for warm adventures!

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
4
Height
5` 6"
Weight
130 lbs

I gave these shorts as a gift. She usually wears a size 4 and a size 4 fit her well. She loves the shorts because they are stretchy, comfortable, breathable, and water resistant. They are great for hiking and climbing. The material is durable making them very rip resistant when it comes to rock climbing and hiking. The side pocket is great to stash your essentials on an adventure to ensure they won't get lost. I would recommend these shorts.

I

LOVE this photo!! Thank you Tyler! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

My go to shorts!

Height
5` 3"
Weight
125 lbs

I love these shorts! This is the third pair I've purchased. They are lightweight and extremely comfortable. The fabric feels breathable and not too restricting/stiff which I sometimes find in a lot of hiking shorts. Even though they are lightweight, they are so durable! I have worn these scrambling across red rock, climbing, and hiking and have not gotten any holes in them. I also really like the length. The side zipper is really convenient because I can keep my car key in it while out exploring and I don't have to dig around for it in my pack when I'm done and don't have to worry about losing it either. While these are intended for outdoor recreation, I think they still look good enough to wear around town. I don't bother going home to change to run errands if I'm wearing these. I haven't worn them in the rain but I think they'd be perfect if I knew there was a chance I could get caught in the rain on a hike. They feel quick drying and I can't wait to try them on a rainy day hike! I can either be a size 4 or 6, but the 4 fit me well in these.

Thank you so much, Hailey! Leta OR Rep

>Rating: 5

So comfortable!!!

I am normally a size 6, but I ordered a 4 after reading the reviews. They fit perfectly & are very comfortable. I am 5’6, 126 pounds. Definitely ordering another pair!

>Rating: 4

Not for her

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10 (normally 8)

Wife didn't like how these sat on her hips. She doesn't care for her shorts to sit high on her waist and even after sizing up, these still just didn't fit the bill. Great short and she said she loves the material and feel and would recommend them to anyone, just not for her.

>Rating: 5

Perfect summer shorts

Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
4
Height
5` 7"
Weight
135 lbs

These are super soft, lightweight material. I have both the gray and the black. I also have the long pants and knew to buy these a size smaller than my normal size. I love how they fit and are cool in the summer heat. I can wear them out with my hubby or doing yard work. They hold up well in the in the washer and I line dry them. Looking forward to a lot of summer days in these bad boys.

>Rating: 4

Great Shorts

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large

From my Moms perspective: I love these shorts. The inside of the waist has soft material so it wont rub when backpacking. The the stretch fabric makes them very comfortable. The gussetted crotch is a plus. The sizing runs a bit big. I normally wear a size six, but fit in a size 4. I think I'll buy a second pair in another color.

>Rating: 3

Sizing Is Flattering But Not Accurate

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Returned size 12
Height
5` 4"
Weight
168 lbs

I love OR products so these shorts sounded perfect for my fly fishing and hiking needs - comfortable, quick drying, and nice looking as a bonus. Even low waisted as they are intended to be worn, on this chunky female frame they are still a size too big. I bought size 12 and they were swimming on my waist. I reordered in size 10 ( don't wear size 10 in ANY other of my clothing) and they fit perfectly. Cant wait to hit the trail or water to try them out! Five stars if sizing was accurate.

>Rating: 4

Bought three....

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Fit is a bit loose, and goes about mid-knee. Material is comfy, durable, has a bit of stretch and is lightweight. Great shorts for hiking, backpacking and lounging...just about anything.

>Rating: 3

cut wider

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large

I picked these up for a friend and she found the cut to be a bit boxy and wider. For climbing these would be great but it's not the most flattering cut according to her.

>Rating: 4

great fabric & style

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Gave these as a gift, but fondled em before wrapping em up. Oh the fabric was incredible! I think it would wear & launder beautifully. The color was nice that you could prolly get em a bit dirty w/o looking too scruffy, when grabbing some chow after a fun day. I ordered my sister's size & she says waist bands are usually too large, this however had a very small waist band. They were returned for that sizing issue (wish they were my size).