Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket – Gear Review

“Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability”

-Edsger Dijkstra

L11

This jacket has been a mainstay in my ski touring equipment for the last few years. Here in the Sierra Nevada the skin track usually involves slathering on a layer of sunblock and some lighter layers. The OR Ferrosi perfectly balances your need to stay warm in that mountain top wind – and – to dump that heat your body generates as you climb. It’s my favorite touring layer.Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 6.45.56 AM.png

Hooded Ferrosi Jacket Specifications:

Fabric: 86% nylon, 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop body and hood, Cordura® 91% nylon, 9% spandex 120 D stretch woven shoulders and lower sleeves

Center Back Length: 29 3/4” / 75 cm

Weight: 13.9oz / 393g Avg. Weight for size L

 

I tend to run hot and sweaty when I work out and have come to really love the lightest and most breathable gear for skinning. The OR Ferrosi jacket walks that line between offering excellent breath-ability for aerobic pursuits – that also blocks just enough wind and weather to keep you out of the elements.

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One of the best features of the Ferrosi Jacket is the stretchy nature of the fabric. I have really put this jacket through the ringer when it comes to abuse; whether bushwhacking through relentless manzanita  or scrambling over rock, this jacket has shown virtually no wear and tear.

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Hood approach…

L17

 

Selfie collection of me and my Ferrosi!

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This jacket goes great with Sapporo Classic
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Blurry selfie on top of Mt Hood

In review, I love this jacket! Pro’s and con’s include:

Pros:

-lightweight

-wind blocking

-water resistant (still beads slightly)

-easily washed (after every tour)

-packs small and light (packs into chest pocket)

Cons:

-no pit vents or venting options

….I can’t think of much else I would change about this jacket. I love the hooded jacket as I often wear a baseball style cap for most tours and adjust for cold or wind with hoods. I am a huge fan of Outdoor Research and find their gear to really hit the sweet spot on quality and cost. Check ’em out and get your own Ferrosi at Outdoor Research.

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Headed up Lassen

 

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