Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket Review

July 22, 2012
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
80
Weather Resistance
6
Breathability
7
Mobility & Movement
7
Comfort
6
Attention to Detail
6
Value
8

The Good

  • Very lightweight.
  • Exceptional packability for a softshell.
  • Available in hoody and pullover configurations.
  • Clean, understated styling.

The Bad

  • Thin fabric is more prone to picking than most softshell textiles.
  • Relatively poor weather protection for the category.
THE VERDICT

A summer-weight softy that can hold its own in the alpine realm, the Ferrosi is a great choice for all-around warm weather wear.

FULL REVIEW

The Ferrosi was the first softshell I’ve worn that was light and packable enough to consider taking on a warm weather backpacking trip, and I was tempted to award it a couple of bonus points for being my favorite urban jacket as well. In fair weather above 50F, the Ferrosi was nearly perfect. But while a DWR treatment and thoughtful seam-placement made for decent light rain-repellency, showers lasting more than a few minutes overwhelmed its thin defenses.

Fabrics
The Ferrosi’s thin, stretchy ripstop nylon had a crepe-papery appearance and feel that belied its sound functionality. While this is the lightest fabric I’d consider “softshell,” it provided just enough armor for full-contact rock climbing, and resisted weather surprisingly well for its apparent wispiness. Still, many users will appreciate the burlier Cordura reinforcements on high-wear areas of the Ferrosi Hoody.

Zippers
With well-appointed YKK zippers throughout, OR balanced light weight and solid functionality. Conspicuously absent were fobbed zipper pulls and zipper garages on pockets, and a windflap under the main zipper, though these were all acceptable omissions that did not compromise the jacket’s performance.

Finish and Initial Quality
I tore two stitches the first time I stuffed the jacket into its packing pocket, but I felt that intelligent fabric cuts and solid overall design made up for this minor construction flaw.

 

Update!
The OR Ferrosi Jacket has more in common with Active/Aerobic softshells than with the more Protective jackets we’ve tested previously. We have therefore re-scored the Ferrosi’s test results to reflect a refined testing system that will more accurately rate the pieces in this sub-category.

 


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