Nobody likes the prospect of a rainy trip, but let's face it: they happen. And when the rain starts coming down for hours at a time, you might start to feel that the razor-thin, super-small, ultra-light rain jacket that was so comfortable in your pack might not offer the kind of protection you're starting to yearn for. That isn't to say that it's not waterproof - rather, just that you might want some room to layer up, to store items, to pull your hands into your sleeves and out of the rain. The Outdoor Research Foray is a slightly relaxed-fitting jacket that you can really take shelter in during a long rainstorm, and still pack it away afterward thanks to its GORE-TEX Paclite fabric.
With an average weight of 435 grams (15.4 oz), the Foray may weigh a little bit more than those eight-ounce ultralight pieces, but that weight pays dividends in comfort. In addition to its roomy fit, the Foray features OR's signature hem-to-bicep TorsoFlo pit zips, which allow you to wear the jacket more like a poncho (and over a backpack hipbelt) for plenty of airflow on steamy summer days.
Burly enough for backcountry skiing yet light and packable enough for multi-day treks, the Outdoor Research Men's Foray Jacket keeps you sheltered when the weather turns wet and stormy. Gore-Tex 2-layer shell fabric lends guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection while the TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zippers allow you to vent out poncho-style on steep sections of trail. Plus, the entire jacket can be stuffed into its own front pocket, so you'll always have space to bring it along.
Outdoor Research's Foray Jacket is the perfect companion on long haul excursions. Its lightweight GORE-TEX fabric shrugs off rain and wind while maintaining high levels of breathability and durability. Full hem-to-pit zips allow you to dump excess heat at a moment's notice so you never lose your cool. When the clouds finally break you will be thankful for how little room this jacket takes up in your pack.
Updated for 2013! Offering fully-featured 3-season protection, the durable, lightweight Outdoor Research Men's Foray Jacket keeps out wet weather and offers maximum breathability. Fully-taped, GORE-TEX Paclite fabric takes the wear-and-tear of the trail while lightweight yet durable construction make this jacket a good option for year round, foul weather protection.
|Avg. Weight (oz./g):||16.3 / 463 L|
|Avg. length:||31 in.|
|Center Back Length:||31 in / 79 cm|
|Clothing Fit:||Regular Fit|
|Fabric:||GORE-TEX® 2L, 100% polyester 50D Paclite Technology|
|Fit:||Standard Fit, Center Back Length: 31"|
|Item Weight:||15.4 oz|
|Material:||Fabric : GORE-TEX 2L, 100% polyester 50D Paclite Technology|
|Number of Pockets:||3|
|Other:||Hem to Bicep Zippered Torso Flow Vents|
|Pockets:||Zippered napoleon pocket; Two zippered hand pockets; Zippered internal chest pocket|
|Shell Material:||GORE-TEX 2L 50D Paclite Technology (100% polyester)|
|TorsoFlo:||Superior ventilation adjusts with hem-to-bicep or hem-to-pit zippers to meet changing conditions.|
|Weight:||(Size Large) 15.4 oz.|
|Weight [with packaging]:||Small: 1 lb, Medium: 1.05 lb, Large, X-Large: 1.1 lb, XX-Large: 1.15 lb|
|Outdoor Research Foray Pants||$159.95 - $160.00|
|Outdoor Research Foray Rain Jacket||$199.00|
I have the older version of the Foray that is gore tex paclite. I love this shell. $90 on SaC for a sub 1 lb. gore tex shell is tough to beat. I am 6' 175 lbs. with broad shoulders and I got the Large. It is baggy for sure, but I live in Denver so I use it in the winter a lot and it allows lots of room for layering. I wear a Patagonia down sweater under it and I still have baggy armpits. Looks like they made the hood bigger this year to accommodate helmets, but I wouldn't choose this thin shell for activities that require helmets as you are likely going to rip the lightweight material. I have been very careful with it since it is a thin material, but so far- no issues. Love the poncho style vents for backpacking in the summer. If I could afford it, I would spend more for a more breathable shell for backpacking, but I am very satisfied with the year round performance of this bargain gore tex shell.