Tough fabric but the styling falls short
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 2
A tough pant but with a few key design flaws! I wear these pants A LOT for work and play but I wish the design was a little more flattering. Yes, the fabric will 100% pill from abrasion, but that never bothered me much. A zippered thigh pocket is nice but falls short of being large enough for a phone. On the bright side, the OR Ferrosi's have a drawstring cuff for cinching the ankles, which is clutch when summer heat approaches.
The biggest con to the design and fabric choice is that the calf and ankle cut is too wide. The movement-mirroring fabric tends to sag out a lot on the lower legs and tend to have a permanent bell-bottom look instead of the more sleek, tapered cut that the Men's Ferrosi pants showcase. When hiking or climbing outdoors, the saggy material gets caught on brush or stumps. Even worse, when it's warm out, the baggy and oversized material traps heat at the calves causing discomfort instead of breathability.
Another key design flaw is that the back pockets tend to fail instantly due to the stitching design. Instead of individual pockets with a bit of extra material, these are sown directly to pant material. Meaning that instead of saving weight, the first time you climb into a wide chimney or scoot on your bottom to rig a rappel on some desert tower, boom, the stitching blows out and you have two useless back pockets. Mine lasted two full days before I destroyed them climbing. While on the fourth pitch of a big line in Red Rocks, my ID and credit card fell out of my back pocket that unknowingly failed due to the stitching design. Luckily, they were trapped in the cuffed ankle and I managed to snatch them before they took a bigger ride.
I saw the men's version of these and they look way better and I might just order those the next go around.