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Sheds spring showers, blocks cool breezes.

Spring is in the air, so it's time to put away the bulky winter jacket and pull out the Outdoor Research Men's Ferrosi Jacket. This water-resistant jacket sheds light spring showers, and it blocks cool alpine breezes when you hike for late-season turns. The nylon/spandex softshell fabric breathes exceptionally well when you're working up a sweat, and it allows for maximum mobility with its movement-mirroring stretch. In addition, DWR coated zippers block outside moisture from seeping into vulnerable zipper seams.

  • Switch out your winter jacket for this one when it warms up
  • Water-and wind-resistant stretchy fabric fights off the elements
  • Regular fit moves as you do and has room for a tee underneath
  • Adjustable hem and stretchy cuffs add weather protection
  • Multiple pockets stash sunnies, phone, wallet, and keys
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Best Damn Softshell out there. Period.

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

Hands down, my favorite softshell. Always my go to piece for all my adventures.

Good windbreaker/softshell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: xl

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.

Hey Daniel - Like your analysis about if a softshell had a baby! I think what you are used to when you hear "soft shell" is something that is bonded and multi layer. Not this one. It is literally a soft shell (ie, "stretch woven") and nothing else, which makes it incredibly versitile as a layering piece, as a wind breaker, as an all around jacket. Enjoy!

Leta
OR Rep

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

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!

Hey Mike - stoked you love your Ferrosi! I appreciate the banana seat bike and Evil Knieval references! I STILL have my Schwinn Sting Ray from the 70s, banana seat and all... complete with ball gear shifter in front, before they took it off for "safety" reasons!

You should know that OR does TONS of products in Ferrosi. Please check out Ferrosi shorts, pants, convertibles, crag pants... all killer products..

Thank you for the great review!

Leta
OR Rep

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

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.

Dennis - this is a fantastic review. Excellent detail - thank you! I am wearing my women's Ferrosi Hoody today in Salt Lake City... about 55 degrees. down jacket would be too much. Ferrosi fabric is perfect.

Thank you again!

Leta
OR Rep

Now I know why everyone loves it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

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

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 :)

Had to add on thing to my earlier review. I actually bought another one of these because I love them so much. The latest version has some small updates to the previous version. There are now thumb holes at the end of the sleeves. They are done well and are not noticeable if you are not using them. They changed the chest pocket a bit by covering the zipper. The pictures on this listing show the newer version. Just when I though I couldn't love it more, they go and make a couple small, but very effective updates. I hate to admit it, but I now own the jacket in Black, Coyote, and Dusk.