Men's Ferrosi Hoody™

Style# 55531OR

Editors' Best Buy Award Fall 2015 – Outdoor Gear Lab

Like magic, the Ferrosi Hoody is never too hot but always blocks shiver-inducing wind and light rain on an exposed belay high off the deck. The highly breathable, single weave stretch woven soft shell construction offers ample stretch for smooth movement and tough, abrasion-resistant protection for rough and rugged alpine and rock environments.
Standard Fit


Agate/Hot Sauce




  • Water Resistant
  • Wind Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Quick Drying
  • Lightweight
  • Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Fully Adjustable Hood
  • Single-Separating Front Zipper
  • Zippered Napoleon Pocket
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Left-hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Key Clip
  • Drawcord Hem
  • DWR-Coated Zippers


Fit: Standard Fit

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

Center Back Length: 29 ¾” / 76 cm (L)

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 13.6oz / 384g (L)

Customer Reviews

4 - not quite 5 star climbing jacket (Review by Adam )

My favorite jacket for high energy and bad to mild-weather days. I was worried about the waterproofness for climbing so I'll give you my personal experience. While climbing in Italy we got caught exposed on the wall in a 3-4 hour rain storm - nothing crazy, just a steady light-medium rain. I was wearing a dry-fit t-shirt, light fleece and my Ferrosi. By the time the sun came out my jacket was soaked through, fleece damp, and dry-fit and skin totally dry. After about an hour I was dry again and never had to take my shell off. That's why I love this jacket because I didn't have to bother carrying a hardshell as long as your moving.

I think this would be a 5 star climbing jacket if the neck went slightly higher, the pockets were a bit higher so they sat at or above your harness. And then my biggest peeve is the elastic draw-cord placement is right were your rack goes on your harness so I often clips draws/cams to it inadvertently.

Otherwise I love this thing. I'm 5.10 160 long arms and a Medium fits perfect with room for a fleece under.

(Posted on 4/13/16)

Best All Around (Review by Chance)

This is the perfect shell piece! Lightweight and breathable with excellent rain protection. Only slightly wind resistant but more importantly very breathable. I take it with me on every trip because of its versatility.

(Posted on 3/23/16)

Infinitely Versatile (Review by Chris_K)

Love this thing- great in light rain, inside, outside, pretty much anywhere.

I can't get enough of it and the stretchy fabric makes it easy to move around.

(Posted on 3/17/16)

Pavement to Peaks, Ferrosi nails it. (Review by Eli)

If Beth Rodden's endorsement wasn't enough for you, then try the jacket for 2 days and you'll be convinced.

On the pavement, I use this piece for everyday wear and bike commuting in the PNW, it handles wind superbly and deals well with the Portland, OR mist. In all-out rain it sheds water well for a bit, but like all softshells wets out. Fortunately, it dries out quickly so I'm not starting soaked on a ride home. Breathability is excellent!

The Ferrosi has become my go-to for fair-weather winter pursuits, handling high-output snowshoe-trips, backcountry skiing, and early spring summit pushes (with good layering) with amazing versatility. It's fabric is sturdy enough to handle occasional brushes with skis, ice axes and crampons when I'm prepping/carrying gear and deals well with rock scrambling abrasion. Somewhat surprisingly, it's an amazing alpine performer!
I've also used it for sport climbing on Smith Rock "sandpaper" rock and some granite as well and you can't tell that it's scuffed its way up the rock.

After over a year of hard wear it's only showing the slightest bit of wear and pilling (under the arms, primarily). The one place it tore is from a bike crash that left a larger scar on my elbow underneath the jacket than it did on the jacket itself.

This jacket has proven itself to be of use in literally every outdoor activity I partake of... In short, if you're a person who goes outside at all, buy this jacket.

(Posted on 3/15/16)

Great Soft-shell for versatile layering (Review by Nat)

I've had this jacket for about a year now, and have been through enough conditions to write a review finally. I've used it with a t-shirt in cool windy temps, 50-60F and it works really well, kept off light drizzle, enough wind blocking to keep the chill off during breaks in movement etc.

I had it up in alaska in the dead of winter, and was a perfect outer layer during active use in temps from -40 to -20. When sized for a athletic fit such as would be useful for climbing, it accommodated a light down jacket and heavy base layer underneath, making it suitable for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, etc in those extreme cold temps. I did find a decent amount of sweat frozen inside the jacket at times, which could be easily shaken off, but considering that breathability is extremely hard to achieve in those extreme cold temps, I was happy with the performance. It will hold back the loft in a down parka needed to be stationary in that environment, so it obviously would not work as an outermost layer in sedentary activities in extreme cold.

I recently used it as my primary shell during a winter attempt at Mt. Stuart in Washington. Temps were between 10 and 25F, with moderate humidity and light snow. The DWR, even after a year, was still going strong, kept the snow off. While trudging through waist deep powder on the approach, it was very breathable and allowed me to stay relatively dry despite the very hard workload, and cut the wind enough that even with only a silk weight base layer on underneath, I could take 5-10 minute breaks without needing to take my pack off and put on a belay jacket. Sadly the deep unconsolidated snowpack defeated our attempt to summit, but at least I was comfortable with this as my primary layer.

So far I have had no durability issues, or pilling. Granted, I only take this jacket out for actual technical outdoor activities, it doesn't get worn for day to day use at all.

(Posted on 12/30/15)

Well tested and loved (Review by T_B)

I have had two Ferrosi jackets over the past 5? years. It's a great jacket for rock climbing and cycling. If they made a fluoro version it would be the ultimate bike commuter jacket! It's the most breathable softshell jacket I've tried and Iove the stretchiness. Highly recommended.

(Posted on 12/15/15)

my go to jacket for everything (Review by big J)

this jacket rocks! i live in the desert southwest and the ferrosi hoody is my go to jacket for the fall winter climbing season and everything in between. its super durable for groveling in chimneys, is the perfect weight for the desert fall and winters. i can wear my down jacket over it for cold belays. the stretch is just right and best of all is the fit. i'm 6'6", 215 with long arms and it fits like a glove. thank you OR for sizing things for the big fellas. keep it up!

(Posted on 12/10/15)

Great all around soft shell (Review by Daniel)

This jacket quickly became my go-to outer layer. It breathes really nicely for accents, but cuts most of the wind. I now use it for climbing, hiking, ski touring, going to my kid's soccer game, etc. however, in winds greater than 20mph, the hood will start flapping against the side of your face somewhat unpleasantly.

(Posted on 10/19/15)

not worth it (Review by steveclimber)

The idea is definitely there. Its a fantastic idea, they just didnt quite pull it off. like samsung vs apple. samsung has great ideas, but apple makes the ideas work. What I like most is the feel of the jacket: lightweight, no sound at all (Its a softshell) and I also like the fit, for the most part. The hood does not fit correctly unless you are wearing a helmet, and OR should have thrown on a cinch tab on the back of the hood to pull it back. especially at the price they charge for this jacket. The ferrosi jacket was my go to for alpine climbing this summer, and it still is, i just have to DWR it before every trip or freeze my butt off. All in All, Im excited to see the next version of this jacket and hopefully they will fix those mistakes. If you do buy this jacket, buy the Nikwax wash in DWR... You will need it!

(Posted on 7/28/15)

two words (Review by Alex)

Oh yeah! (Although the hood does not have enough neck-length for us bigheads.)

(Posted on 6/5/15)

Great jacket for cool days and nights! (Review by John)

Just got my Ferrosi Hoody today and put it on soon as I walked out of the store. I can see this jacket going everywhere with me. Fits great and it works as advertised as I found out today as the temps were in the 50's with the windchill around 42 here North of Atlanta. Love that it compresses down to nothing so it'll fit in my camera bag for those chilly morning/evening shoots. Thanks OR for a great piece of clothing.

(Posted on 3/28/15)

Ferrosi Hoody ROCKS! (Review by Mountain Gorilla)

I have been nothing but impressed with this jacket but today put things over the edge... Wore the hoody up Mt Washington today. ~20deg F, 25mph winds, with heavier gusts and a few flakes in the air. I wore the hoody above treeline with nothing but an Ibex t-shirt and Patagonia cap 3 base layer underneath. The Ferrosi proved to be wind resistant enough to take me all the way to the summit and back. I did use the hood, over a ball cap and it was rock solid and comfortable! The hoody never wet out and never left me asking for more. Bought a size up to ensure layer-ability and am psyched with the extra length and extra room for layering underneath - it's roomy enough for this but not super baggy. Get one and you'll get happy!

(Posted on 3/21/15)

Great look and feel! Choosing size. (Review by Gus)

Just got this jacket delivered and was very excited to unpack it a few minutes ago! Hence have not yet tried it out in the field but the look and feel is great and I cant wait to use it for some hiking, backcountry skiing and some light paddling!

Was a little bit uncertain about which size to choose having read some different reviews before I ordered and wanted to share my impression. I am 6 1 (186 cm) and 172 lbs (78 kg) and was choosing between the large and medium and in the end ordered the medium. The fit is great and I tried it on layered with a fleece jacket as well as with a light down vest and both worked great and still left some flexibility.

(Posted on 3/18/15)

All good except.... (Review by SunDog)

I have jacket and pants. Like both very much and have become my go to for rock climbing. Just add long johns and you have a nice temperature spread. I use the jacket for ice climbing in dry conditions. However they pile badly. Hence 3 stars. Other than that durability issue these are money. Only other critique I have is that the pants fit...a...little...closely if you catch my drift. Some might call them butt huggers but hey cowgirls will love you.

(Posted on 3/3/15)

Flawless! (Review by Aaron)

No it isn't water proof, and no it isn't windproof, but it does a pretty dang good job at both, and for the breathability it is second to none! For hot days and cool nights backpacking or spring skiing this is my go to jacket! For how light it is and that it packs into its own pocket, this jacket is impossible to beat. I wear this or my Axiom jacket everyday almost year around or at least have it readily accessible!

(Posted on 12/11/14)

All - round favorite (Review by Mobetta)

I pack this jacket with me whether skinning, sailing, mtb, hiking or whatvever. It is very light and I can "ball" it up and stuff in a backpack. Seems to dry quickly. 5-7 / 145, the size small fit well with a baselayer anything thicker makes it tight in the armpits. I have the version with the offset zipper. If I were to get another one would probably get the straight zipper version. super product OR

(Posted on 10/15/14)

Stellar piece of gear (Review by Jeremy)

The Ferrosi Hoody is my go to year round. From skinning up Rainier to misty trail runs, and cool desert nights, this jacket has been with me all across the country. It also looks pretty good come the evening expedition for food and a beverage.
Breaths just enough. DWR is just enough. Mobility is excellent.
Get the shorts too, you won't be disappointed.

(Posted on 7/19/14)

Hands down my favorite jacket I've ever owned (Review by Brendan)

I have worn the Ferrosi Hoody on multi-pitch climbs, trail runs, bike rides, mountain bike rides, hiking and backpacking since 2011. It's the perfect lightweight soft shell for mountain weather in the Rockies for everything except skiing!

(Posted on 6/8/14)

Instant favorite (Review by Nick)

This hoodie at first seemed a bit too lightweight, but when I wore it out on a run I realized it's absolutely perfect for high energy activities in moderate cool/rainy to warmer weather.

It's easy to throw on when you're out on in the sun, because it provides perfect cover with the hood up, which is also nice not to need to bother with sunscreen. It crunches up super tight, so it can be in a day pack just in case without adding extra weight or space.

To top it off, it moves with you to the point where it feels almost like part of your body. Instant favorite, well worth the purchase.

(Posted on 6/4/14)

Great jacket... with one serious flaw (Review by b1rdcat)

I am a huge fan of this jacket. It does everything advertised - It's super comfortable, and looks great. I would recommend it to anyone...
with one note:


The design team at OR should take into consideration, the zipper pulls on the current iteration have a texture that catches on the fabric and causes pilling (especially around the pocket).

Luckily, this issue is easily resolved by removing/changing the zipper pull.

That's all :)

(Posted on 2/18/14)

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