Saturday, June 25, 2016

#ORInsightLab Review: Men's Ferrosi Shorts

This round of #ORInsightLab has me very excited to try out what Outdoor Research has given us testers to review.  The first feature review is the Men's Ferrosi Shorts.  The Ferrosi collection has long been heralded as a fan favorite from OR.  With its lightweight, soft shell, breathable fabric, it's no surprise about the popularity of this line of clothing.

As a rock climber, restrictive free movement of clothing is important as well as staying cool during the summer months.  When I tested the Ferrosi 3/4 pants, I was impressed with the material.  The breathable stretchy fabric performed great on the rock.  I wasn't so stoked on the length of the pants though.  I'm a shorts kind of guy, so  I was very happy to see OR take the Ferrosi line right down to what I wear most.  I took the Ferrosi shorts for the test ride out on the some of the best problems in New England at Great Barrington.

Pressure Drop v10

These shorts performed better than I had expected.  They allowed free flow of movement and the stretch in all the right places.  The breath-ability and light-weightness of the fabric was perfect for hiking and climbing in the overgrown jungle like areas of Western Massachussetts.  The material even held up well to scuffs during top-outs on the abrasive gneiss type rock of the boulders.

These are very competitive with the performance of other shorts that I have worn for hiking and climbing.  I feel the Ferrosi shorts have a slight edge on the competition due to the very good breath-ability and light weight fabric.  The price seems high for shorts but are in the same price range as other name brand shorts made for these activities.  I'm giving these 5 sprays out of 5 for these shorts for their ability to not crush my stoke when the temps kick up out at the crag.

Disclosure:  The products received from Outdoor Research for the #ORInsightLab program are provided in exchange for honest feedback.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way by receiving such products.