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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 | $59.98 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Lightweight, affordable, stretchy, durable, breathable, good features, dries fast
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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  • Weather Protection - 30% 4
  • Breathability - 30% 9
  • Mobility - 25% 9
  • Weight - 10% 8
  • Versatility - 5% 8

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 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.

If you want to take a little step up and love climbing-focused features, be sure to check out the impressive Arc'teryx Sigma SL Anorak Pullover, our Editors' Choice for Warmer Weather. We also really love our Best Buy winners, the slim fitted Rab Borealis and the ultralight Outdoor Research Whirlwind Pullover.


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Pros Lightweight, affordable, stretchy, durable, breathable, good features, dries fastHighly breathable, quick-drying, harness and helmet compatible, stowable hood, durableVery lightweight, excellent mobility, highly breathable, great fit, affordable.Super breathable, great sun layer, excellent mobility, chest pocket doubles as stuff sack, thumb loopFull-legth side zippers, excellent fit, windproof, lined, thumbholes
Cons Not the most weather protective, baggy fit, pockets aren't accessible with a harnessNot very warm, only one pocketNot warm, only two pocketsNot warm, less durable than other options, hem adjustment piece is bulkyLess breathable due to windproofing, expensive
Bottom Line This lightweight jacket is highly breathable and stretchy with an arsenal of fun and useful features.This lightweight and streamlined pullover is a fabulously durable layer that breathes like a dream and dries lightning fast.This smart and ultralight softshell is extremely easy to move in and highly breathable - an excellent pick for the movement-minded adventure seeker.This thin pullover is perfect for when you just need that little bit of extra protection while standing in the sun, working up a sweat, or shimmying up a rock face.This innovative hoody ups the ante with great features like full-length side zips, fantastic mobility, and excellent weather protection.
Rating Categories Ferrosi Hoody Sigma SL Anorak Pullover Rab Borealis - Women's Whirlwind Pullover Ultimate V SO Hooded Jacket
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Specs Ferrosi Hoody Sigma SL Anorak... Rab Borealis -... Whirlwind Pullover Ultimate V SO...
Measured Weight - Size Medium (oz) 11.5oz 9.5oz 8.3oz 8.2oz 13.1oz
Material Body/hood: 86% nylon 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop, shoulders/forearms: Cordura 91% nylon, 9% spandex 120D stretch woven Aequora Airperm - 86% nylon, 14% elastane Lightweight Matrix single weave with 2-way stretch and DWR 86% recycled polyester, 14% spandex, 75D stretch woven 100% polyester
Lined/Insulated? No No No No Yes
Hood Yes, 1-way adjustable Yes, 2-way adjustable Yes, stretchy but not adjustable Yes, 1-way adjustable Yes, 1-way adjustable
Helmet Compatible? Yes Yes Yes, underneath Yes Yes, underneath
Wind Resistant? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, windproof
Water Resistant? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of Pockets (zippered unless otherwise noted) 3 (2 hand, 1 chest) 1 chest 2 hand 1 chest 2 hand
Adjustable Cuffs? No No No No Yes
Available Sizes XS - XL XS - L XS - XL XS - XL XS - XXL

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ferrosi Hooded 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


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

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. 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 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 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 impressive score. With stretchy fabric and a generous fit, this is a great layer for getting your move on. Some climbers and backpack-wearers don't like their jackets to be baggy at all, 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. The hood is ever-so-slightly restrictive with a helmet on, but not bad.

A little pre-climbing warm-up is no problem in the stretchy Ferrosi.
A little pre-climbing warm-up is no problem in the stretchy Ferrosi.

Weight


This thin and light jacket earns another excellent score in the weight metric. The Ferrosi in a size medium weighs in at 11.5 ounces, on the lighter side of options in our review. It 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 and adventure companion.
The lightweight and packable nature of the Ferrosi make it a great travel and adventure companion.

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. Style-wise this is on the sporty side with a baggier fit, but it's durable and comes in fun colors. The only thing that lessens its score in this category is the fact that it's not overly weather protective.

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 one of only two models 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 one of only two models in our review that offers this feature, and we love it.

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 it's not the most weather protective, for mild weather outings this stretchy piece is a solid purchase.

This layer is right at home on spring days where you want some protection from both the breeze and the sun.
This layer is right at home on spring days where you want some protection from both the breeze and the sun.

Value


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

Conclusion


Solid, consistent performance meet an outstanding price point with the Ferrosi Hooded. This is a fun jacket with good features that is protective from 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.

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