65910FR - OR - Ferrosi Shorts - Derek Hansen
- Aug 23, 2010THANK YOU! Here is my Field Report.
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24 Aug 2010
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
During this phase, I went on an additional 6 day hikes and 3 overnight
backpacking trips totaling 36 extra miles (58 km).
Here are some highlighted trips:
July 1-3 ~ Fremont Indian State Park, central Utah. This was a car-
camping family reunion in an amazing location. Most of us used
hammocks to camp. During the day, I participated on a few day hikes
with the pack. Elevation roughly 6000 ft (1829 m) and daytime
temperatures in the high 80s F (27 C) with lots of wind.
July 16-17 ~ West Fork of Oak Creek, Coconino National Forest,
Arizona. I convinced a co-worker to do an S24O trip (less than 24-hour
trip) into the Oak Creek Wilderness area. Immediately after work, we
drove down to the canyon and hiked up the creek about 4 miles (6 km)
and hammocked in the canyon. The elevation was level at 5400 ft (1646
m) and the overnight low was in the mid-60s F (16 C). We were up by 4
AM and back on the trail and back to our car, passing folks just
rising for the day.
Aug 7 ~ Cedar Breaks, Utah. A few day hikes with my wife. The
elevation was over 10,000 ft (3000 m). We encountered a few sprinkles
of rain (the tail end of a thunderstorm) and temperature of about 40 F
Aug 13-14 ~ Fisher Point, Coconino National Forest, Arizona. Another
S24O trip just outside Flagstaff. The 9-mile (14.5 km) trip took us
through skunk canyon (6600 ft/2011 m) and up to the top of Fisher
Point (7000 ft/2134 km). We pitched our hammocks on the edge of a
cliff. Overnight low was 48 F (9 C).
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
Fremont Indian State Park
These shorts have really done well. I have worn them almost daily at
home and for all my outdoor trips, including backpacking, hiking, and
trail running. Besides being a little bit big around my waist, these
are my favorite shorts to wear right now. They have a nice feel, they
glide easily against my skin, and they breathe well.
During my family trip to Fremont, we went on a few day hikes in some
very hot, arid areas. The shorts felt cool and I was so grateful to
have them on this trip. On one hike, we went down into the valley and
crossed a major river. You wouldn't know it was there except for this
patch of lush, willow-chocked are in an otherwise desert terrain.
Water that splashed on the shorts beaded up and shed easily.
I had a similar experience of shedding light water during my hike down
the West Fork of Oak Creek, just south of Flagstaff, Arizona. The
trail was oddly humid for Arizona and I felt like I was back in
Virginia as we trekked through leafy vegetation and ferns. We had to
cross the creek multiple times and every-so-often I would stop and
dunk my head for a quick cool-down. The shorts breathed well and kept
the light splashing off with no soak-through.
A photo of me sporting my Ferrosi shorts while backpacking to Fisher
Point near Flagstaff, Arizona.
My wife and I went on a "honeymoon" trip to Cedar Breaks with our 3-
month-old and went on a few day hikes. The elevation was over 10,000
ft (3000 m) and a storm front had moved through before we arrived,
bringing a lot of rain and cooler temperatures. It was cold enough
that my wife and I had to layer up. I slipped over some thermals I
brought, but we decided it would look better if I put them on under
the shorts instead of over them. The shorts were roomy enough for
layering and worked perfectly for the hike.
FIELD USE SUMMARY
These shorts have been wonderful. They shed light water easily,
breathe well, and feel great. The shorts are roomy, and besides the
size being a little large for my waist, they fit great. For a make-
shift belt, I've used a webbing strap from my hammock while I hike,
and remove it when I sleep in the shorts.
PRO--I still love the fit and feel and the water repellency.
Please return in approximately two months for my field report.
I would like to thank Outdoor Research and BackpackGearTest.org for
providing me with the opportunity to test this product.
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