Ok, I’ll admit it. My closet is filled with soft shells and Gore-tex jackets. As a matter of fact, too many choices, but I am realizing that the jacket I reach for the most is my Ferrosi Hoody made by the folks at Outdoor Research.
I am finding this the jacket that I get the most use out of in year round activities. The Ferrosi is a lighter weight breathable soft shell fabric with shoulders and arms made of cordura and lycra. The rest of the jacket is a blend of abrasion resistant, ripstop and spandex. This equates to a thinner but durable soft shell jacket that moves with you. The Hoody is water repellant and wind resistant and really breathable.
The Ferrosi has a decent zippered radio pocket on the chest and two zippered hand pockets. The front zipper is offset at the neck to prevent rubbing on the chin.
My only negative points are that I am not really a hoody kind of guy. The hood did come in handy however last fall while climbing in the desert when the afternoon winds came up and my hat was back in camp. The weight of the jacket is just an ounce shy of a pound (427 grams) which, in my opinion, is a tad on the heavy side for shells, buts that’s a minor point given the versatility of this jacket.
I use this jacket ski touring, rock climbing, mountain biking and also for everyday use. I have had a lot of use on my jacket and it still looks good.
I chose this jacket for our 2010 guiding staff as it is a durable, functional Jacket with a pretty darn, good price point. Check it out!