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Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody - Women's Review

This lightweight jacket is highly breathable and stretchy with an arsenal of fun and useful features.
Best Buy Award
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Price:  $129 List | $128.95 at MooseJaw
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Pros:  Lightweight, affordable, stretchy, durable, breathable, good features
Cons:  Not the most weather protective, baggy fit, pockets aren't accessible with a harness
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 20, 2018
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RANKED
#4 of 11
  • Weather Protection - 30% 6
  • Breathability - 30% 9
  • Mobility - 20% 8
  • Weight - 10% 8
  • Features - 5% 8
  • Style - 5% 6

Our Verdict

The Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded is a competent jacket with excellent features and a very approachable price tag. We graced this layer with one of our Best Buy awards because it performed solidly across the board, was fun to wear, and won't come anywhere near to breaking the bank. It offers excellent features like comfortable thumb loops, a pocket that doubles as a stuff sack, and reinforced material on the forearms and shoulders. On top of all that it has excellent durability, breathability, and movement — there's almost no reason to not have this piece as part of your outdoor gear arsenal. The Ferrosi isn't the best choice if you think you'll run into inclement weather as it's quite thin and light. It's also a bit boxy fitting and sporty, so it probably won't be first on the list to double as a date night jacket. But if you need something simple and well-suited for long hikes to squeeze up chimneys and finesse dihedrals, this will do the trick.

For an even more feature-rich and technical jacket, be sure to check out the impressive Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Hoody, our Editors' Choice for Fast and Light. We also really love the equally affordable but better-fitting Rab Borealis, our Best Buy for Climbing.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded performs solidly and admirably for a very accessible price. It's highly breathable with great mobility, making it a natural choice for sweaty, high-exertion activities.

Performance Comparison


Simple and functional  the OR Ferrosi Hooded is a great lightweight shell at a very nice price.
Simple and functional, the OR Ferrosi Hooded is a great lightweight shell at a very nice price.

Weather Protection


While the Ferrosi provides a decent wind barrier, its lightweight material isn't ideal for truly inclement weather.


In our water tests, this layer soaked through pretty quickly. It does have a decent amount of resistance for light sprinkles and spray though, especially on the Cordura-reinforced shoulders and forearms. It also dries very quickly, which is always something we like to see. Its wind resistance is quite good. As long as you're keeping your heart rate up, you will have little problem staying warm in chilly weather. The hood is generous, and the overlapping thumb loops keep the wind out even when not in use, a detail we noticed and appreciated.

This layer provides just enough of a barrier for windy days and chilly temps  especially if you're working up a sweat.
This layer provides just enough of a barrier for windy days and chilly temps, especially if you're working up a sweat.

Breathability


This is an excellent layer for breathability. The material is thin, and the pockets are mesh-lined for added ventilation.


We never felt stifled or sticky in the Ferrosi Hooded. It isn't as comfortable next-to-skin as the Rab Borealis, but all in all, this layer is an excellent choice for high-exertion activities where you need a bit of protection. Running, hiking, biking, climbing, and anything else that works the cardiovascular system are all natural activities for this jacket.

When hiking on a chilly-but-also-humid day we needed that perfect balance of protection and breathability. We were very content in the Ferrosi.
When hiking on a chilly-but-also-humid day we needed that perfect balance of protection and breathability. We were very content in the Ferrosi.

Mobility


Mobility is another category where the Ferrosi Hooded shows its value and grabs an impressive score. With stretchy fabric and a generous fit, this is a great layer for getting your move on.


Some climbers don't like their jackets to be baggy at all, preferring a slim cut and fitted design for under-harness neatness. (The Rab Borealis is a great example of such a jacket.). But if you like a little extra room for layering underneath, the Ferrosi may be ideal. The hood is ever-so-slightly restrictive with a helmet on, but not bad.

The Ferrosi has some great features for climbing  including fantastic mobility. While we prefer the fit of the Borealis  we were still really happy with this layer overall.
The Ferrosi has some great features for climbing, including fantastic mobility. While we prefer the fit of the Borealis, we were still really happy with this layer overall.

Weight


This thin and light jacket earns another excellent score in the weight metric. The Ferrosi weighs in at 11.4 ounces, among the lightest options in our review.


Only the Rab Borealis and Psiphon FL weigh less. The Ferrosi also has a pocket that doubles as a stuff sack, the perfect combo for bringing up multi-pitch climbs where every ounce counts.

The lightweight and packable nature of the Ferrosi make it a great travel companion.
The lightweight and packable nature of the Ferrosi make it a great travel companion.

Features


This is a very feature-rich softshell, especially for the price! The Ferrosi has a list of great features that make it very well-suited to outdoor adventuring.


It's stretchy, breathable, and quick drying with UPF 50+ sun protection, lightweight, decently weather protective, and helmet-compatible. The shoulders and forearms are reinforced with abrasion-resistant Cordura. The thumb loops don't chafe and overlap, so they keep cold air out. The hem is drawcord adjustable. There's a key clip, and — our favorite — a pocket that doubles as a stuff sack ready to be clipped onto a harness.

Our one complaint is that the pockets aren't accessible when wearing a harness, an oversight that really surprises us since so many of the other features are geared toward climbing.

While many jackets can tuck inside a pocket  most of them - for some reason - don't include that essential little carabiner loop to make the jacket truly harness-compatible when stowed. The Ferrosi is the only model in our review that offers this feature  and we love it.
While many jackets can tuck inside a pocket, most of them - for some reason - don't include that essential little carabiner loop to make the jacket truly harness-compatible when stowed. The Ferrosi is the only model in our review that offers this feature, and we love it.

Style


The Ferrosi had to get a lower score on something, or it was in danger of having too big an ego. Granted, this category is entirely subjective, so take it for what it's worth — not much.


We like this layer just fine, but it's pretty sporty looking. The fit is on the baggy side, which isn't the most flattering. While it doesn't matter how fashionable you look on top of a mountain, extra material can get in your way. It's annoying when you're working hard and navigating a harness or backpack.

Here you can see the looser  baggier fit of the Ferrosi Hooded. While this is fine and can be beneficial for layering  it also means there's more material to get in the way.
Here you can see the looser, baggier fit of the Ferrosi Hooded. While this is fine and can be beneficial for layering, it also means there's more material to get in the way.

Best Application


This sweet little layer is best for anyone who wants a durable jacket they can thrash without spending a fortune. The reinforced arms and shoulders make it a good candidate for climbing and canyoneering adventures and the breathable material means you'll be comfortable on your approach hike as well. While there are a few minor fit issues with the Ferrosi, and it's not the most weather protective, for mild weather outings this stretchy piece is a solid purchase.

This layer is right at home during a breezy hike along the rocky Mediterranean shoreline.
This layer is right at home during a breezy hike along the rocky Mediterranean shoreline.

Value


This jacket retails for just $130, a great value for what you get. If you need something simple, lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and well-featured, then look no further.

Conclusion


We bestow a Best Buy award when solid, consistent performance meets an outstanding price point, and the Ferrosi Hooded is a perfect example of this in action. While there are a few tiny things we would change regarding the fit, overall this is a solid jacket with good features for a very fair price.

The Ferrosi isn't the most fitted or weather protective layer  but it is great for anything where breathability and mobility are paramount.
The Ferrosi isn't the most fitted or weather protective layer, but it is great for anything where breathability and mobility are paramount.


Penney Garrett