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Outdoor Research Foray Jacket - Men's

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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
    • Item #ODR1130

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (2-layer), [face fabric] 50D polyester
    Fabric Waterproof Rating
    guaranteed waterproof
    Fabric Breathability Rating
    guaranteed breathable
    Fit
    standard
    Hood
    yes
    Pockets
    1 chest, 2 hand
    Venting
    TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zips
    Seams
    fully taped
    Claimed Weight
    15.4 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, backpacking, alpine climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Awesome, affordable Gore-Tex protection

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

    I originally wanted the Axiom jacket, (ODR009B), but it was just out of my price range. However, the Foray is definitely the next best alternative. For 2 Layer Gore-tex, this jacket breathes and holds it's waterproofing well. The zippers on it are a little difficult to zip, though I guess that's expected with any jacket where the zippers are waterproof as well. The jacket also has plenty of room to layer with. If you're looking for an awesome gore-tex jacket without forking over an arm and a leg, the Foray is your best choice!

    Versatile, affordable, waterproof

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

    I've owned this jacket going on five years now. I'm a fisheries biologist, and in that time I've been in warm summer thunderstorms, blizzards, hail, sideways deluges, and strolling through town in a light sprinkle. It's seen regular use in the Cascades and Coastal Ranges of Oregon and California, the both the Eastern and Western Sierra Nevadas, afternoon summer thunderstorms in the Midwest, and in various trips around the country: I rarely go outdoors for extended periods without it in my pack. In my experience, it has worked very well as an outer shell in a layering system (don't expect it to be warm by itself) in the cold and as a easily packable shell for the odd alpine thunderstorm in the summer. It's very breathable (as far as jackets go), incredibly lightweight, the side-zippers offer excellent ventilation, and it has been completely waterproof since I initially purchased it all those years ago. It has kept me as comfortable as I can reasonably expect it to in any situation where I need to wear it. It fits me very well, too, whether or not I am layering up. In my estimation, it has offered excellent performance at a great value.

    Admittedly, I haven't worn many other GoreTex rain jackets to compare it to. Those jackets that I have tried were polyurethane (or other) treated nylon, or equivalent: I could see those being fine for around the town, but they ultimately have a track record of failing with any sustained back country use. Since I've purchased this jacket, I haven't needed to try any others. Other folks I have met, wearing different brands of varying cost, have had jacket-envy.

    The side-zippers, pockets and velcro (which I am most surprised by), have held up so far. That being said, the material is starting to fray, particularly the stitching towards the ends of the sleeves; it has picked up some grime and dirt from continued use, which has caused it to start "wetting out," as mentioned in a previous review (it did bead water earlier in it's life, and, as he mentioned, it is still waterproof); and it has probably picked up a particularly fishy odor. None of these are problems that I think a person can reasonably expect to avoid (given how I've used it) with a different jacket.

    Once I have to retire this jacket due to failure from regular wear-and-tear, I'll purchase another-- especially at its common sale price of $150.

    Edit:

    One additional thing worth mentioning that slipped my mind in the initial review is that the jacket does not seem particularly windproof. Worn by itself on a boat or in heavy winds, wind can cut through pretty easily.

    Also, Outdoor Research, please bring back the old Olive color. It's a good 'un. "Hops" ain't doing it for me. None of the new colors really are.

    Not a fan

    • Size Bought: Small

    Definitely not my go to jacket, but a jacket that does OK in the alpine. Has some suspect durability issues with the side zips. Has kept me dry so far this season. One of the most packable 4-season shells I have owned and has a reasonably durable outer fabric.

    Pros: Light, packable, sheds rain and snow well, a shell with side zips is hard to come by sometimes these days.

    Cons: Weak hood, side zips blow out easy

    Hey Ryan - Super sorry about the side zips. I have been selling that jacket for years and havent heard about that issue. Please know that if you reach out to OR, they will send you a new one. They really take care of their customers! We have more bomber Gore Jackets, but at this price, you definitely have to make some sacrifices. Still, the side zip issue is something that we will absolutely cover you on.

    Hope that helps,

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Versatile Jacket

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

    I got this Jacket hoping it could be versatile enough to wear snowboarding as a shell. With a couple of layers underneath it did the job and kept me dry on the North East slopes.

    It is worth noting that my pocket ripped and I had to exchange for another so I wouldn't say its bomb proof but if you don't abuse it, you can use it as a snowboard shell in addition to having a very good rain jacket for the other 3 seasons.

    I have the hops color which I love and looks great in pictures.

    Great All Around

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

    I got this jacket as an alternative to my lighter running shells for when I am doing extended hikes, winter snowshoeing and around camp over a down when there is rain or wind. First, I love the zippers. They are well sealed and never catch. It runs a tad large but fits perfectly over some base layers or warmer layers but I wouldn't use it for anything where I wanted to run or go fast. Perfect for hiking, slow skiing or winter ascents.

    Soak Through

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L

    Took this new jacket out for a 15 minute stroll in some fairly heavy rain. On return/exam, it appears the fabric may not have been treated consistently. Also doesn't seem to breath that well. I found myself getting sweaty just sitting at my desk with everything zipped up. Photo is of just one area inside the jacket, near the mid back, that soaked through, as I could only upload one. I was not wearing a pack. Fortunately, BC is covering return shipping on the exchange. :)

    Soak Through

    Peter, I am sorry this jacket dod not perform for you! I have never heard of this issue on this piece, but it's possible that something faulty happened with the Gore Fabrication process. The good news is that Backcountry warrantees this piece, and OR guarantees their product for LIFE - always. So we stand behind what we make. And of course, Gore does as well!

    Good news is you are covered, but please know this is not the norm for this jacket.

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Fun in Yosemite

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I bought the Foray to replace a Marmot Precip that leaked like a sieve. I spent a week backpacking in Yosemite and with only one day of the trip left, I still had no need to pull the Foray out. That changed the last day; we were expecting some light rain but got snow instead. I threw the Foray on and was really impressed on how well it kept me dry and with the great side vents I didn't get too hot either. It did wet out a bit under my backpack straps, but nothing like the Precip did. Over all I'm very pleased with the Foray.

    Hey Gregory - thank you for the great review. The Foray (And Women's Aspire) are 2 of our top selling apparel items. GREAT value for Gore PacLite, with loaded features. You should also consider the Foray Pant - this will give you a sub 2 pound Gore rainwear system.

    Enjoy!

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Rainless in Phoenix

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I was looking for light Gore-Tex shell and couldn't pass on this jacket when it went on sale. Initially I purchased the large thinking layering could make it more versatile; but the sleeves literally hung 6 inches past my fingers (and I am 6'2"). Exchanged it for a medium. The fit is better but still baggy. I feel like I could easily fit into a small. I kept the medium and took it up Mt. Humphrey's in October. The jacket kept me warm in the cold high-altitude wind and packed great the rest of the trek. Haven't had it heavy rain yet but so far happy with the purchase.

    Rainless in Phoenix

    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.

    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.

    WARNING FALSE ADVERTISING

    • 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.

    uck

    • 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.

    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.

    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.

      what size should I get L or XL? I am 6' 220 pounds, would like to layer underneath if possible. It seems like these are pretty baggy so I'm leaning on getting a Large