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Don't let wet weather stand between you and your next alpine foray.

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.

  • Two-layer Gore-Tex shell fabric provides guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection
  • Fully taped seams and water resistant zippers keep wet conditions out
  • Standard fit allows you to move freely and leaves space for insulating mid layers
  • Fully adjustable hood cinches down for a snug fit in gusty weather
  • TorsoFlo Hem-To-Bicep zippers allow you to vent out poncho-style when you start to beak a sweat
  • Adjustable cuffs and drawcord hem keep weather out and warmth in
  • Zippered chest pocket keep essentials safely stowed and close at hand
  • Two front pockets warm up cold hands
  • Entire jacket can be stuffed into the left hand pocket for compact packing

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5 5

OR Foray Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I both the pants as well as the jacket. Amazing gear from OR as always! Did an 8 day Mt. Kilimanjaro trek and both performed extremely well.

5 5

Unique pit zips

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

In the NW I find myself often hiking in light rain. So the shell keeps my dry but I getting soaking wet in sweat anyway so who cares. This is the only shell that I know that has zippers on the side from the bottom ALL the way up past the armpits. It basically turns into a poncho. That offers a ton more venting than your typical pit zip.

4 5

Solid All Arounder

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I really like this jacket. I've worn it in a few different environments from offshore ocean racing on a sailboat to the green mountains skiing in some stink. It's help up especially when i've paired it with decent layers. I'd recommend it to anyone that's not going to live in it. If you can't get out of the rain to shake it off, i might go with something else though.

1 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is listed as "guaranteed waterproof" yet the very first time I wore it in the rain, it leaked. I wasn't soaked but some water definitely got in, especially through the seams on top of my shoulders which got the wettest.

In keeping with what a previous review said, the outer fabric didn't bead water off at all it just soaked it right up. Makes me think the jacket doesn't have a DWR treatment. I suppose I could do my own DWR treatment but call me crazy, when you spend nearly $200 on a "guaranteed waterproof" Gore-Tex shell, you'd expect it to come with a decent DWR treatment.

Really disappointed with this jacket. Hopefully Backcountry will take a return.

If Backcountry doesn't, all Outdoor Research gear carries "Infinite guarantee" - Guaranteed Forever, as they put it.

2 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this shell for a couple years and I have to say that it stinks. It doesn't leak, but it doesn't bead water in heavy rain at all. this is called "wetting out" its when the water saturates the outer fabric. This destroys the breath-ability of the jacket, because the Gore-Tex will not breath through drenched fabric. So it might as well leak because after an hour of uphill summer hiking in the rain you will be completely soaked with your own sweat.
I've tried to reapply DWR and it doesn't take it. Its almost like the weave is too widely spaced for the DWR molecules to do their thing and repel water which is weird, and I don't like it.

Do you have an older version of this jacket? If so do you think that the newer ones won't wet out/will take DWR treatments.

Also, the jacket should have a lifetime warranty goretex so you can just get a new one.

It was an older version, it had a Gortex Paclite membrane. The problem I had with this jacket was not the membrane. So unless OR changed the outer shell I don't see it being any different.

Sorry it took so long to reply I didn't notice the post.

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Don't let the heavy rain send you running for the trailhead...The big boys come out after the downpour! Foray jacket keeping us dry

Outdoor Research Foray and Aspire Jacket

Men's Foray Jacket and Women's Aspire Jacket
The lightweight, waterproof, breathable Outdoor Research men's Foray Jacket and women's Aspire Jacket are GORE-TEX shells with all-season features, and provide solid protection when heavy rain sets in for the long haul. Waterproof and extremely breathable GORE-TEX fabric shrugs off the wear-and-tear of the trail, while TorsoFlo side zippers allow poncho-style ventilation when body heat needs to escape. These backpacking and hiking jackets work as hard as you do, but pack down tight once the weather breaks. Tested by the IFMGA test team and refined in accordance with their feedback, the Outdoor Research Foray Jacket and Aspire Jacket are ready to repel even the most inhospitable wet weather.

Why would OR feature this Gore-Tex rain jacket in a desert? Don't you have some rain forests up in Oregon or Washington ? Or come over to the East Coast. It rains here all the time.

4 5

Great Shell

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.