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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
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Price:  $129 List | $58.03 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Lightweight, affordable, stretchy, durable, breathable, dries fast, packs into stowable pocket
Cons:  Not the most weather protective, baggy fit, pockets aren't accessible with a harness
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Mary Witlacil and Penney Garrett  ⋅  May 7, 2020
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63
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#12 of 14
  • Weather Protection - 30% 5
  • Breathability - 30% 7
  • Mobility - 25% 7
  • Weight - 10% 7
  • Versatility - 5% 5

Our Verdict

The Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded is a competent jacket with excellent features and a very approachable price tag. It offers fantastic breathability, 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 and movement — there's almost no reason to not have this piece as part of your wardrobe. It's not the best choice if you think you'll run into inclement weather as it's quite thin and light, though layering either under or over is an option. If you need something simple and well-suited for long hikes, peak-bagging, squeezing up chimneys, or finessing dihedrals, this fits the bill.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

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

Performance Comparison


You won't have to worry about shuffling up rockfaces in this competent and durable layer.
You won't have to worry about shuffling up rockfaces in this competent and durable layer.

Weather Protection


While the Ferrosi provides a decent wind barrier, its lightweight material isn't ideal for inclement weather. In our water tests, this layer soaked through pretty quickly — it was leaking and had noticeable drips of moisture inside the jacket within less than 10 seconds. At the one minute mark, it reached total failure, becoming wet around the shoulders (and that was with the hood up!). The Ferrosi does have a decent amount of resistance for light sprinkles and spray, especially on the Cordura-reinforced shoulders and forearms. It also dries very quickly, which is something we like to see. As long as you're keeping your heart rate up, you will have little problem staying warm in cooler weather.

As far as wind, the Ferrosi handles decently well, though it is not the most wind-resistant and is also not the warmest of the bunch. That being said, the hood is generous, and the overlapping thumb loops keep gusts out even when not in use, a nice attention to detail.

This layer wetted out quickly in our shower test  though it does well in the wind.
This layer wetted out quickly in our shower test, though it does well in the wind.

Breathability


This is an excellent layer for breathability. The material is thin, and the pockets are mesh-lined for added ventilation. It isn't as comfortable next-to-skin as some other models, but we never felt stifled or sticky. All in all, this layer is a great 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 natural activity-fits for this jacket.

When hiking on a sunny spring day in the desert you need that perfect balance of protection and breathability. The Ferrosi does just that.
When hiking on a sunny spring day in the desert you need that perfect balance of protection and breathability. The Ferrosi does just that.

Mobility


Mobility is another category where the Ferrosi shows its value and grabs an admirable score. With stretchy fabric and a generous fit, this is a great layer for getting your move on. The hood is ever-so-slightly restrictive with a helmet on, but not bad. Some climbers and backpack-wearers don't like baggy jackets, preferring a slimmer cut and fitted design for under-harness/pack strap neatness. But if you like a little extra room for layering underneath, the Ferrosi may be ideal. Given the four-way stretch of the fabric, the Ferrosi never impeded movement or kept our reviewers down.

Moving in the Ferrosi is easy  you can almost forget you have it on.
Moving in the Ferrosi is easy, you can almost forget you have it on.

Weight


This thin and light jacket earns another decent score in the weight metric. The Ferrosi weighs 11.5 ounces for a small, which is somewhat on the lighter side of options in our review.

Light and stretchy  this is a great layer for all things adventure.
Light and stretchy, this is a great layer for all things adventure.

Versatility


This is a 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, quick-drying, lightweight, decently weather-protective, helmet-compatible, and offers UPF 50+ sun protection. The shoulders and forearms are reinforced with abrasion-resistant Cordura. The thumb loops don't chafe, and they overlap to 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. That being said, the stow-away pocket commands some serious real-estate when clipped to your harness, and the clip loop is among the least robust of the jackets that have this feature. Style-wise the Ferrosi is fairly boxy and baggy and has an overall sportier look, but it's durable and comes in fun colors.


Value


This jacket is a great value for what you get, best for anyone who wants a durable layer they can thrash without spending a fortune. If you need something simple, lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and well-featured, then look no further. The Ferrosi handles equally great in granite off-widths and as a wind-layer on warm days while skinning up to backcountry ski.

The lightweight and packable nature of the Ferrosi make it a great value for travel and adventure alike. Seen here in an older colorway - we've been testing this jacket in all its iterations for years!
The lightweight and packable nature of the Ferrosi make it a great value for travel and adventure alike. Seen here in an older colorway - we've been testing this jacket in all its iterations for years!

Conclusion


Solid, consistent performance meets an outstanding price point with the Ferrosi Hooded. This is a fun jacket with good features that provides protection from the sun, wind, and sprinkles while breathing and moving with ease. It's light and packs down small and has great versatility for what it is — all at a very fair price.

Fun and functional  the Ferrosi is a solid contender for your swing-season wardrobe.
Fun and functional, the Ferrosi is a solid contender for your swing-season wardrobe.

Mary Witlacil and Penney Garrett