OR Ferrosi Jacket : For Men and Women

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Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody : Fit for Adventure

Men and women are going to love OR's Ferrosi Hoody as much as I do. It's the quintessential all-purpose jacket. And for folks like me living in a temperate climate, it's also an all-season jacket...I mean hoody.

As a 5'11" tall woman, I often end up wearing men's outerwear to get the torso and sleeve length I need. With OR's Ferrosi Hoody, I get the feminine fit I like and the full coverage I need. In fact, it's one of the best fitting jackets I own. No more boxy men's jackets for me.

A few years ago, Outdoor Research started designing women's jackets that were longer and leaner. The result: a slimmer silhouette that's flattering without being bell-shaped. (You know, those irritating little jackets that flare at the hem and curve in dramatically at the waist!) Another excellent design feature: the raglan-style sleeves that allow a custom fit through the shoulders and an easier time layering.

I love the sleeves on this jacket. They're long enough for my gangly arms and they taper perfectly to a most comfortable wrist band that's only elasticized on one side. No velcro fasteners!! Thank you, OR.

I never wear a hood except for every time I head out on a long walk or a short hike and it turns out to be colder, windier, or wetter than I'd expected. The Ferrosi hood is also ideal. It fits perfectly - snug enough to keep my head warm, not tight like a speed skater's hoody. I've never needed to adjust the fit, but I can with easy to use toggles.

Finally, what makes the Ferrosi my go-to jacket is the material. It's water-resistant, which comes in pretty handy here in Seattle. I almost always get caught in the rain, and the jacket does a great job of keeping me dry. I wouldn't wear it in a downpour, but it's performed really well in drizzles. It's billed as abrasion resistant, too, but I haven't really had a chance to rough it up (yet). I love the super stretchy material. I get a slim fit and total freedom of movement. Climbers and other folks who enjoy activities with lots of upper body movement will love the s t r e t c h, too.

I've been wearing this jacket mostly for power walks in windy, misty weather for a few months, and it's done a great job of protecting me from the elements. Over a short-sleeved merino wool top, it's all I need for temps down to the low 40s. I didn't even notice the offset zipper until a few days ago. That style, along with fabric guard under the top few inches of the zipper gives the jacket a super comfortable collar when zipped all the way up.

Materials: shoulders are 88% Cordura®/12% Lycra® with a DWR finish; body and cuff panels are stretch-woven ripstop nylon/Spandex®.

Women's jacket available in the colors and sizes XS-L. Men's jacket available in three colors, sizes S-XL.

Bottom Line:  The Ferrosi is a fabulous find. If you're looking for an every day jacket that's also great for exercising and all types of outdoor outings, you have found your match.-- E.D. (May 09)

BUY ONLINE: $125.00

Manufacturer's Site:  www.outdoorresearch.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.