Not everyone needs a super lightweight, high performance ski jacket. Sometimes all you need is a well-fitting, high-performance and durable jacket that can withstand a variety of skis.
I slipped my arms into the soft, recycled lining of the Black Crows Ferus Mechanical Jacket and smiled. The cuffs have been sketched with slope lines from La Vallée Blanche in the Alps. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be doing off-piste skiing in France (this time). But I could embrace what Black Crows calls “a strong touch of style” with this Chamonix tribute gear.
After 9 years of making skis, in 2015 Black Crows started making ski wear. And in a relatively short time, the quality of its technical clothing has only improved.
I got my hands on one of the first samples of the new Ferus Mechanical Jacket 2L ($540) before the 2023 season. I tested the Ferus on three different ski trips across the American Southwest.
In short: This technical yet affordable women’s jacket offers an incredible fit with a durable shell for a wide range of conditions. It has light lining and insulation and is loaded with pockets (and other features). Its buttery smooth exterior is as stylish as it is protective. The insulation was also excellent, from balmy conditions to windy and cloudy days. It kept me warm and more.
Finally, the double pockets on the chest, the touches of color and pattern on the gaiters and the hood, the longer cut of the anorak – Black Crows combines its performance materials with an undeniable style.
Black Crows Ferus Mechanical 2L Jacket Review
Ferus Black Crows Jacket Specifications
- Materials: Exterior 56% recycled polyamide and 44% polyamide, lining 100% recycled polyester
- Insulation: 40g PrimaLoft Black Eco (80% recycled polyester, 20% polyester)
- Waterproofing: 20K/15K waterproof-breathability rating
- Pockets: seven
- Lester: 1033g / 36.4oz
- Price: $540
Fit and design
Designed for “comfortable all mountain skiing”, this ski jacket brings Black Crows quality to a wider market of skiers. It’s not just about performance apparel anymore. The Black Crows Ferus Jacket is a mix of modern anorak and traditional full zip styling.
I love the slightly fitted cut at the waist, the hidden kangaroo-style zipped pocket and the placement of the double chest pockets.
In terms of fit, this jacket is unique considering the cinched style at the waist, the anorak pocket, as well as the elastic at the back of the waist to adjust the fit. More typical of other ski jackets, there is also an elastic adjustment point on the back of the hood compatible with a helmet. And it has a zippered pocket for resort skiing.
As well as the design, there are plenty of what I would describe as more premium features in this jacket – think Lycra stretch sleeves with thumbholes at the cuffs, removable powder skirt, reflector RECCO and water-repellent YKK zippers on all pockets (the main zipper is fully waterproof).
Finally, we can’t talk about the design of this jacket without talking about the print on the inner lining. Soft pale blue, white and pink Black Crows colors accent a topographic map of mountains, peaks and glaciers outside of Chamonix, France.
The Ferus jacket earns some bonus style points here.
After testing, it seems that Black Crows has thought of everything with this jacket. At least for someone who likes a wide variety of all-mountain skis, it has plenty of what you’ll need.
But also, it has a really soft and comfortable interior, and a unique style. The jacket’s insulation (which Black Crows markets as “lightweight but effective”) insulated me well on cloudy, windy days of around 20 degrees. But it also worked for several Bluebird days.
But of course, its incredible fit and feel, the quality of the shell and insulation, and all the little touches are reflected in the price of this jacket.
Overall, Black Crows nailed the design with this jacket (and the women’s fit was spot on too – our 5’8″ tester wore a size M). The Ferus Mechanical is both comfortable and durable after weeks of repeated all-day use at Western resorts.