- November 15 2011
Best Cycling Jacket Ever !
I've tried countless jackets and jerseys over many years .... and this is by far the best balance of breathabilty and wind resistance I've found. It's essentially a very thin soft shell. You can get similar offerings from other brands and all, but this fit is nice and trim, which the others are not. Huge plus for me, being tall and lean. I hope they make a similar jacket next year! There should be no complaints of open weave soft shell fabrics like this, as they are meant to breathe. If you want windproof, don't look for this kind of fabric, get a ripstop or barrier type fabric, but they will breathe nowhere near as well as this. Perfect for any high output activities. I've worn it up to the low 60's this fall and didn't sweat out at all, and I sweat a lot. So far I've worn it down to the low 40's too and it's perfect with just a baselayer underneath. OR makes great stuff, and their jackets always seem to fit me well. Very happy with them once again !
- September 3 2011
Stretchy Wind Protection
Finally, the package was here! Except... so light, this couldn't possible be my new jacket. It's from Altrec. Huh. I opened it up, and voila, the jacket was really that light! Seriously, light enough so as to not provide any protection whatsoever. Boy was I wrong. After putting this thing on, I can warn you that it fits a little small, but the stretchiness is the best of any garment I've ever tried on. It fits me very snugly, but stretches so much whichever way I move, that I don't even know I have the thing on. If you live in foggy or windy conditions, but your body heat is high like mine, this is the jacket for you. If you tend to get cold, you may want to wear another layer (like a fleece, etc.) under this one. I run hot, and tend to sweat if I wear anything that is not highly breathable. No problems here!
- October 23 2011
Not for me...
I was recently in the market for a new softshell, and decided to give this Ferrosi softshell jacket a try. I also ordered a Mountain Hardwear Offwidth softshell jacket around the same time. Well they both came, and they are vastly difference. The Ferrosi was very thin, very light, and very stretchy, so much so that it felt more like a zip up shirt instead of a jacket. I could totally understand how there would be a huge market and fan base for a jacket like this, however the Mountain Hardwear Offwidth was a little more along the lines of what I was looking for. Thicker material, more structured collar, better drape, stretchy but not flimsy feeling. This is the silkweight version of the light/midweight Offwidth. Great construction, great design, just not what I was looking for or expecting.
- November 6 2011
not bad, not great
the jacket fits well and is made of a nice quality stretch fabric that will move with you. pit zips would be a nice addition but the zippered pockets are what you'd expect. you would also expect that a wind resistant jacket would have elastic or some closure on the sleeves but this one doesn't. my biggest issue with this jacket is that while it's fairly wind resistant, it doesn't seem to retain very much of your own body heat.