Outdoor Research Ferrosi Softshell Pant - Women's
Outdoor ResearchFerrosi Softshell Pant - Women's

Ferocious in the Ferrosi.

Outdoor Research made its Women's Ferrosi Softshell Pant with lightweight, durable, and highly breathable fabric for extra comfort during your hiking and rock climbing adventures. Its low-profile waist fits smoothly under a harness, and its tricot waistband reduces chafing as you climb. The articulated knees bend and flex easier when you're scrambling on the approach or stretching for a difficult toe hold.

  • Weather-resistant pants ideal for long approaches and alpine climbs
  • Softshell fabric is breathable, stretchy, and water-resistant
  • Smooth waistband practically eliminates chafing as you climb
  • Articulated knees and inseam gusset promote mobility
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Strangely Baggy

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 2/Reg

I'm short, and fairly straight in terms of my body type. I put these one and expected the 6+ inches of extra fabric at the hem. But, starting mid thigh these just balloon outwards. I could probably fit 2 of my calves at least in the pants where they hit.

Super weird, super unflattering. The cinchy part at the bottom becomes useless. Overall, unless there's like an X-short size, these won't work. Returned.

Fabulous product!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 8

I've worn these hiking the hills on cool 40 degree days and worn them under rain pants for field work. I love that the fabric doesn't chafe or restrict movement. Even when damp when worn under a rain pants they are still comfortable to wear and dry fairly quickly once the rain pants come off. The fleece waist band is very comfortable and enhances the fit. I'm not thrilled about the cotton external drawstring but it works well enough.
I'm seriously thinking of buying another pair of these and getting rid of all the other synthetic field pants I have!

Best pant ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two pairs of these pants now, and they are my go to for climbing, hiking, outdoor excursions. Nice stretch, can add a base layer underneath, zippered pockets, and the drawstring at the ankle makes these the best all around adventure pant I've ever owned. You definitely want these!

Thank you for the great review, Lauren!

Leta
OR Rep

Comfortable Softshell Pants

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

I needed some more fall and winter hiking pants, so I bought 2 pairs of the Ferrosi pants because I knew how great the fabric felt and how well the Ferossi line overall performed.

These fit true to size to slightly large and run long. There is no short or long inseam to choose from, so I had to get a regular. I am 5'4 and the regular was too long. The Ferrosi pants thankfully have a drawcord hem in the bottom to cinch them and keep them from dragging the ground.

They have performed really well so far this fall, as I have hiked in them in 40 degree weather and in some rain. They stayed dry in a light rain shower and were very breathable. The Ferrosi pants would also be great for climbing because they are very stretchy and abrasion-resistant.

Thank you so much for the review, Ashleigh! I LOVE my Ferrosi everything!

Leta
OR Rep

Absolutely love these

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 8

Bought a pair of these online without trying them on and absolutely LOVED them for hiking in the Dolomites in Italy. The pants fit loosely, allowing for long underwear in cooler temps. A side pocket on the left thigh for my smartphone allowed quick access for photos. The waist has two snaps (better than buttons) and can be drawn tighter with strings. I wore these pants for all but one day hiking, and simply washed them in the sink as needed. Once home, I reached for these OR pants as a go-to comfortable pair of pants for life in Boise.

Deborah, thank you for the stellar review! Please be sure to try the other styles we have in this fabric - you will love them as much as you do the pants! Ferrosi capris, shorts, skirt, hoody!

Enjoy!

Leta
OR Rep

Love the Style, but WAY TOO BIG

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 4

Last year, I purchased the OR Ferossi shorts in a size 4 and fell in love. The material is water resistant, rugged, and I got a lot of great wear out of them.
Naturally, my next train of thought was to grab the pants in the same style. I was sure I would fall in love just as deeply.

I couldn't be more wrong. The sizing was a definite issue. Whereas the shorts provided a little room in the hips, these completely slid over my butt with the button fastened and the cord tied. I doubt I would be a 2 and quite frankly, I'd rather just return the pants.

I don't know if I received a fluke product, but these will be going back. I still love OR, but these pants are not for me.

Pro-Tip: grab two sizes to save yourself some time & return the one that doesn't fit. These pants are worth a shot, but the sizing isn't consistent.

Thanks for the feedback, Michelle. I havent heard of sizing irregularities, but will check in with OR about this. Thank you for the heads up!

You are right on about the Ferrosi material - such a good active weight! Great stretch, and then you have tons of styles to choose from! Hopefully the next 4 you get will be right on!

Thank you,

Leta
OR Rep

RAD PANTS! Please make a 16??

  • Size Bought: 14

They were stretchy enough to zip, but too tight to keep. I wear a 14 or 16 depending on the brand, often a W because: Junk-in-the-trunk. So I tried the 14, and I can tell they are cut for an active use, which is AWESOME. The stretch in the fabric is incredible, and overall fit/cut is much more modern than so many other high-waisted-diaper-looking pants. The rise is a little lower, the waist band made to be perfectly flattering standing or bending, and cut with enough give for ladies with a little extra junk and/or muscle in the thighs and butt. I also like that they aren't baggy in the crotch because that generally leads to unnecessary chaffing while hiking. I just wish they made a 16. The search continues.... hard to say if they run true to size since the chart only goes to 12. For reference my hips are about 45 and natural waist about 33, and the 14 was a bit too small.

Quality Pants that fit and "work"

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 12

The fit is perfect, they look good, move well, are light weight, and are so typical of the quality product that Outdoor Research makes.

Great for colder days and full coverage

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

I got these in a a size ten. I find that there is enough room for the back and thighs. The waist fits loose with enough room to move around in. I ordered the mushroom color wich is always flattering with my outdoor research pants. I've climbed in these outside. I love to wear these when it's a bit too cool for shorts. At the ankle there is some stretchy cord for tying up the extra fabric. The pants are very stretchy but do not grow bigger the more you wear them. They stay wrinkle free and water doesn't soak them. I love these!

Absolutely Love them

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 4

Love them so much that I have 4, all different colors. They have a nice stretch to them. Great for climbing or just whatever. They would be perfect if they offered "short" sizing, as the legs are little too long for my height, but they do OK due to the drawstring elastic on the pant cuff.

Love Them but Could Love Them More

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 4/Reg

I am 5'7" but most of that is in my legs (I think my inseam is 32"). I got two pairs of these pants the Cairn and the Black both in size 4/reg. Both pairs are slightly too short but the Cairn is definitely shorter than the Black (they are supposedly the same size). Also different between the two, the black have the embroidered Outdoor Research logo on the back of the calf while the Cairn is on the waist. The embroidered logo is really itchy on my leg unless I wear tall socks under the pants. Both pairs are fairly tight on me through the thigh and hip area but then I have to make good use of the drawstring at the waist to they don't fall down.
Even with a few sizing drawbacks the pants are great. I use the black ones for work (actual outdoor research!). I do a lot of fisheries field work and often wear them under heavy rubberized raingear or waders. They provide a nice, quick dry layer that doesn't get bunched or uncomfortable under other gear. They are relatively water resistant and surprising fish slime resistant as well. I use the Cairn pair as my hiking pants while backpacking and they have yet to let my down. The provide a full range of motion and nice quickdry comfort on the trail.
Overall, I love these pants but could love them even more if the sizing was a bit better for my body.

Size too large

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 8/Reg

Good pant, soft, but size is different from the size chart. The waist's too large for my wife. In size chart, 8 is 71cm, however, it's measured as 84cm almost..........

So happy!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 12

I'm a girl with thighs and I was so afraid that these pants were going to have to be sent back. No chance, they fit perfect. The drawstring at the waist is really nice. I wore these pants hiking in Arches, Bryce and Zion, in and out of water, from sun, rain, and wind
they kept me comfortable every step of the way. Ordering another pair!

Hey Cheryl! Welcome to the Backcountry Community!

Hey Cheryl, Leta with OR here... I agree 100%! I love these pants. Now, would you like to have your mind blown? Try the Ferrosi Capris! Those are amazing! Enjoy!

Leta

Love these pants Love these pants

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I am between a size 2 and 4 and the 2 fit perfectly. I loved the color (brown) and the feel. I was torn whether or not to keep them, but I was not looking for a boot cut ,so I returned them.

Love these pants

  • Size Bought: size 2

I loved the way these pants fit and were effortless to move in because of their stretch. I REALLY wanted to keep them but the bootcut leg was not what I was looking for. I am 5'4" 113lbs and the size 2 fit perfectly.

The Miracle Pant

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I am 5'11", about 170, and I carry most of it around the hips. I ordered a size 12 LONG and they are the most comfortable, perfect-fitting pants I own. They are a snug fit for me, but they loosen up as you wear them, especially on the trail. The stretch is incredible and the drawstring was a great idea. The material is incredibly thin and it is not very forgiving, but I don't care, because what they lack in discretion, they make up for in comfort. They are not warm, so in the cold months I wear thick tights underneath. The waist band has a wide fabric band on the inside that disperses the pressure in such a way that doesn't give me muffin top. These pants have belt loops, a thigh pocket (along with four other zip-closure pockets, and adjustable ankle elastic. They've been very water resistant to my testing and fulfill basically every demand I have for my active pants. The only thing that leaves me disgruntled is that I only ordered one pair and I can't find them in long anywhere!

Do these pants have a UPF rating/protection?

Best Answer

The majority of OR's pants have a UPF rating of 50+. Though its not listed here, im sure these have a similar rating. No chance of getting sunburned though these pants in my experience.

Love them!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These pants are fantastic for hiking, climbing, just about anything. I just spent two weeks on a climbing trip, and wore them everyday. My search for this type of pant is over:) The only issue I have is the size. I read reviews before I bought them regarding size and I bought a size 4, I'm 5'4 inches, 124 lbs, generally a size 6. They are definitely on the too large size and I wish I would have bought a size 2. They are still fantastic, just a bit too loose everywhere, especially the waist, but the draw string helps with that. I would recommend them.

what is the inseam length on the Ferrosi...

what is the inseam length on the Ferrosi softshell pant??

Hello, thanks for the question.

Here are the inseam measurements which I pulled from the OR website.



XS: 29.5"

S: 30"

M: 30.5 "

L: 31.5 "

XL: 32.5"

ODR does it again!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I have had a few Outdoor Research products and am never disappointed. These pants were no exception. They are lightweight but feel durable. They don't ride and bunch if you are rockscrambling during your hike. I wear a size 8 and these fit perfectly. They look fantastic on! The drawstring waist is a nice addition for comfort as well.