Men's Ferrosi Shorts™

Style# 242972OR

The Ferrosi Shorts™ are the ideal hiking and backpacking soft shell shorts: lightweight, rugged, wind resistant and highly breathable, with ample stretch for smooth movement during long strides. Outdoor Research Athlete Ambassadors and employees invariably turn to these soft shell shorts for hiking, backpacking and more.
Standard Fit


Sage Green




  • Water Resistant
  • Wind Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Quick Drying
  • Lightweight
  • Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Belt Loops
  • Button and Zipper Fly
  • Low-Profile Waist Fits Under Harness
  • Brushed Tricot-Lined Waistband
  • Front Slash Pockets
  • Zippered Thigh Pocket


Fit: Standard Fit

Fabric: 86% nylon, 14% spandex, stretch woven

Inseam: 12" / 30 cm (L)

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 8.0oz / 227g (34)

Customer Reviews

These guys get it right (Review by christopher)

Best shorts hands down Like i am wearing nothing at all. I am not a shorts person, so when i have to wear them I grab these, they fit nice look good and make my calves look phenomenal. I don't know how you do it OR but you are killing it. The wast doesn't dig with a hip belt and they move freely when sweaty an wet.

(Posted on 1/5/17)

Good shorts (Review by Ivon)

Great fabric. I bought them because I love the pant version. Do know, they are a little long. If you like showing thigh on top of peaks- these aren't for you.

(Posted on 12/31/16)

Most Awesome Shorts (Review by Joe)

These are by far my favorite short, whether walking, hiking or working I wear one of my three pairs most everyday during shorts season which runs for about eight months in Ontario. The fabric stretches and breaths decently well and dries quickly when wet. They are casual yet you can dress them up with a nice shirt. I'm looking forward to buying more this spring.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Bar none, my favorite piece of clothing (Review by Dustin)

I bought a pair of these in a discontinued color on Amazon on sale. I loved them so much I went back to OR and got two more. They truly are my go to's all summer long. They're super comfortable and lightweight. They can handle any activity on involved in, bike riding hiking, climbing, hanging out on the river. At the end of the day of snowboarding, I take off my shells and put these on over my long johns. They look great no matter how many times I wash them and I've scuffed them pretty good on rocks or in the river, snagged them on trees, no damage. They are the perfect Colorado summer/springtime shorts.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Colors? C'mon OR (Review by IresqU)

Love 'em, love 'em....but blue is the only color? C'mon OR, fly your freak flag with some imagination; we will buy 'em.

(Posted on 8/2/16)

Great Performance! (Review by Mike)

I received these shorts to review for the #ORInsightLab program. These shorts performed amazing. They fit very well and had all the stretch where it was needed while at the crags. Climbing in them was great. They were great at keeping me cool. They are one of my go-to shorts for when the heat kicks up here in the northeast.

(Posted on 7/15/16)

Great shorts (Review by Hoser)

Just received an order and so far I like everything I have worn. I wore these Ferrosi 12" shorts while camping and they are great. They are light, the fit feels good, and comfortable. Length is good also as I like shorts a little longer; not 3 inches above my knees. Went on a short hike and the shorts were light and not binding. I cannot say enough about the water repellency. On the river, I grabbed my daughter as she was trying to swim and went in the water half way up the shorts, when I got out, they were dry and the water rolled right off. For longer periods of time in the water I am sure they will not repel as much but they dry really fast. They also repel fish blood really well, no stain as I wiped it off with water when fishing, good to go. So far so good! I look forward to wearing them all summer for everything.

(Posted on 5/31/16)

Fantastic (Review by JEAN MICHEL)

These are the best shorts I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. Their versatility is unbelievable. Trim enough to wear to a garden party, yet stretchy enough to enjoy in active sports, not to mention they dry quickly.

Pockets are nice and roomy. They are the ultimate jack of all trades, master of all!

(Posted on 8/5/15)

Nice Shorts (Review by Jim R)

Shorts look good and construction is solid. Light and comfortable for long trail days or short runs. Seem to run a little large. I have a 34" waist and the 34's are just large enough to need a belt. I'll order 32's next time.

(Posted on 7/8/15)

Great material but sizing runs large (Review by Jason)

I really like these since they are comfortable for just about any activity. Quality is decent but seen some stitching start to unravel on the butt. Double stitched so hanging in there. Biggest gripe is that I'd say I'm around a 33. I ordered 32 based on reviews and find that if I'm wearing these multiple days in a row they tend to sag (especially if I'm carrying any weight in the pockets). Probably should have ordered a 30 and stretched them out.

(Posted on 6/25/15)

Stain/Water Resistant (Review by martin)

I love these short. Stretchy, very very comfortable and they repel stains and water very well! Must get these.

(Posted on 6/10/15)

Wicked awesome shorts (Review by Jeremy)

Just like the jacket, they are the bees knees. I rarely take these off in the summer as they are pretty much all you need for any adventure. Columbia River Gorge waterfall hiking: Go in the water come out with everything wet but the shorts (DWR is solid). Moab, breathable and airy. Bonus: The pockets are stretchy enough to hold a good sized camera lens if it comes down to that. Sadly, like the OR pants I own, the waists seem VERY generous.

(Posted on 8/10/14)

Awesome shorts, long inseam for the style. (Review by Will)

First, if you hover between sizes, do yourself a favor and size down. They're stretchy shorts so if they feel perfect out of the dryer or in the fitting room, they will definitely become annoyingly loose if you're wearing them for more than just a day (backpacking, etc.). Also, I find the inseam too long as nothing annoys me more than having a hem tickling the back of my knee, so I cut off the bottom inch and a half and wear sweet soft shell jorts. You may not care.

Anyways, these are my favorite shorts and I am finally laying to rest my first pair after 6 seasons of field use. The zipper on the side pocket has finally died (maybe from picking up too much trash on trail). I love them so much that I might just sew the pocket shut and continue to use them in the non-work setting. Besides being fast drying, super stretchy (awesome for rock climbing and hiking up steep, rocky terrain), and lightweight, they are also ultra-durable. I have thought the fabric was going to tear for the last 3 seasons and it hasn't. Even extended contact with granite has left them without any holes. They certainly don't look new any more, but they are still solid which is where it all counts in the end. I can't speak highly enough of these shorts. It would totally be worth the money to get them hemmed if your length requirements are similar to mine.

(Posted on 7/19/14)

Men's Ferrosi Shorts (Review by By Pat H)

Thise shorts really move. I love the fabric for things that require flexibility. I have the pants too and really like them. I have the 30 and they are not tight. I am 5'9" and some may think they are a little long. They'are what you want when you're trying to get a leg up.

(Posted on 8/15/12)

Men's Ferrosi Shorts (Review by By mtcyclist)

These are great shorts and could easily be excellent shorts. Like the Ferrosi pants, the front pockets need to be 1-2 inches deeper. Unlike the Ferrosi pants, the back pockets on these don't have zippers or even a velcro flap so they aren't very secure. Unlike the pants these have reasonable belt loops which is really nice. The thigh pocket is just the right size for my Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone but that is about it. A good size bellows style cargo pocket on the left thigh would be really nice. Overall I really like these shorts and wear them a lot for hiking, backpacking and casual wear. With just a little effort, these could be five star shorts.

(Posted on 7/9/12)

Men's Ferrosi Shorts (Review by By meado)

I love these shorts. Dont really play golf anymore, but you could get away with wearing them on a hoyti toyti golf course. They are great for athletic activities, hiking, biking, climbing, spring skining under your shell, or winter if you can do shorts then. I have found myself putting them on almost every day. I have never owned anything like them and would gladly add another pair.

(Posted on 5/8/12)

Men's Ferrosi Shorts (Review by By Mike)

I've worn these for two summers almost every day. My wife is sick of me wearing them. But they are the most comfortable shorts I own. I have an older pair that is green and I wish I could find this color again. White and grey are a little boring. These shorts stretch to move with you, breathe really well, and are nice and light. Perfect for hiking and climbing. I also mountain bike and bike commute in them a lot. I do wear a lightweight belt with them and they stay up for me. I got mine on sale but the retail price is a little steep.

(Posted on 3/31/12)

Men's Ferrosi Shorts (Review by By CDT)

I found my shorts seriously falling off after a couple hours with a pack on (my pack was pushing down mind you). Also the sizing is awkward for me. I wear a 36, not a 35, so the short were a hair tight. 38 would be way too big. Other than that they were excellent. I wore them all the time. Excellent for anything that require mobility (climbing).

(Posted on 12/9/10)

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