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When the rain falls, the fish rise...
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The only thing worse than being cold, is being cold and wet! Don't miss the fish of your life simply because it was too rainy outside and the couch sounded better. Suit up in the goretex forray jacket and brave the storm all day long!
Huge vent zips
The best thing about this jacket is the arm vents with full side zips. I love this feature. It is awesome when it is incredibly wet, but little muggy, or if you are just burning up. I am a true medium at 5'10" 160. I used this jacket in a size medium and it was a pretty ideal fit. The arms were a little longer and had a bit of room in the arm pits with some extra material, but I can really overlook that with a jacket I am using for rain protection. If I were to use this as a technical shell for ice climbing and or mountaineering, I might want something a little more form fitting and less baggy to reduce the risk of it getting caught on ropes, slings and ice tools. Other than that this is an incredible jacket and I don't think it will disappoint if using it for rain gear.
Just what you need. Nothing more..
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had the Foray Jacket for over a year and love it! This jacket offers everything I need and nothing more, which makes it a great ultra light solution to even the roughest weather. The lateral ventilation offers a great way to access under layers while offering ventilation when the heat gets turned up. The Gore Tex Pac Lite is very breathable and perfectly dry, even after a lot of abuse.
The only critique I have is that the hood is a bit small if you are wearing a helmet. The hood still fits a helmet, it just doesn't offer much room for movement.
As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes
Great Fit & Sealed Zippers
This was the perfect gift for my super picky father in law! It fit him well in his usual size (large) and had enough room for a 200 weight fleece underneath. He loved the sealed zippers and the fact that you can pack the jacket into the interior pocket without much trouble. I also thought the full length side zips were a unique feature compared to other similar Gore-tex jackets at this price.
Great jacket at a great price
I just got back from a 6 day/5 night trip in the Wenatchee Valley of the Cascades. I bought this Gore-Tex jacket specifically for the trip, unsure of what weather we would come across. On day 2, we hiked up Spider Gap in 30 degree weather, snowing/freezing rain/hail/rain and 40 mph winds. This jacket was a life saver. It kept me completely dry and warm. I loved the full side vents as they helped make it more comfortable with my pack strap. I also used it a lot to help cut the wind over the next few days. When we got back to Seattle, I used it on our SUP session in West Seattle. Comfortable and easy to move around it. I highly recommend this jacket for the price.
how durable is this jacket? Could it with...
how durable is this jacket? Could it with stand sliding down a snowy mountain?
I have skied in this jacket a bunch, and it holds up well to the occasion tree branch encounter. However, it is a little on the thin side and the stretch isn't there--stretch for mountaineering purposes is a huge advantage. I'd either consider the Axiom still--slightly heavier weight than the Foray with stretch--or the Furio if you absolutely need to cut costs for some reason. The Furio has Pac-lite weight through the body of the shell but Pro-shell through the shoulders where you need extra-rugged protection the most.
Don't cut costs. The Axiom will function ever $$ worth you spend on it and will not disappoint you. It is the best lightweight mountaineering shell we make--read the article about it as Outside Magazine's Gear of the Year 2012.
I bought this jacket because I tend to perspire a lot when hiking. I field tested about 4 or 5 of the "faux goretex" brands for under $100, which did not breath adequately and left me drenched on the inside. I got this jacket for $130 and I love it!! Well worth the extra $. I tried it on a number of hikes and not only is it beautifully waterproof from the outside, it really breathes from the inside. And it weighs almost nothing.
Soggy Day on the AT
no ... they don't make a short sleeved version ... I was moving fast and feeling the heat so I rolled em up.
Big Bang for the Bucks
Awesome jacket!! Love the fit which is "athletic" through the arms and chest. If you consider yourself burly, barrel chested, rotund, or just F'n BIG ... the Foray is definitely not cut for you. I'm 6'1", 188 with broad shoulders. I wear a 42R in a sport coat and the large fit me pretty well leaving just enough room for a couple of close fitting layers. The jacket is well ventilated with the pit zips going to the hem. It's Gore Pac Light so it breaths pretty well and packs down and inside of it's own pocket. Pockets are placed high enough to clear a harness or hip belt. Clearly it's not as durable as Gore Tex Pro Shell but unless you're rolling around in the scree, it should serve most people well. I'm new to OR after buying a bunch of MH. I saw this on sale and bought it but I would be happy to own it at full price too.
Update ... did a 12.5 mile loop on the AT on Good Friday. Temps were mid 60's and rainy. Moving hard and fast, I built up a lot of condensation inside this jacket. Thankfully the pit zips run to the hem and you can open this up but Gore Pac Light is not the most breathable so you have to manage this otherwise you'll end up soaked anyway ... from sweat not rain. I rolled the sleeves up and opened the zips all the way and it worked fine but if it's above 70 degrees and you're moving fast ... plan on being wet one way or the other.
This jacket works great! Used it for the first time and it performed perfectly. It is a little large but that will help with layering. I had trouble operating some of the zippers and the cap adjustment with one hand but I had never practiced and it is brand new so I expect that improve greatly. The requiring of two hands is the only reason I did not give it 5 star. I read most of the other reviews and agree with all the good qualities listed. I walked through a bush that had 1 inch thorns and didn't even realize it until my buddy told me about it later (he walked around it) and I didn't tear or damage the jacket at all. I would think the plant was a little tougher than snow but I'll let you decide.
I'm 5'8 and only 145..like a twig. Which...
I'm 5'8 and only 145..like a twig. Which size do yall recommend?
I've never tried on this specific jacket, but the few OR jackets I've tried fit me in small. I'm 5'10" 140, twiggish as well.
I'm 5'8" and 150 currently, usually 140/145 and I DO have this jacket and and OR Mentor. The Mentor is a med, a little baggy but makes a good winter shell since its pro-shell. The Foray I have is a small and fits even better. Its a little hard to layer over a thick puffy but for a fleece or say nano puff its great. You also need to consider where you like your sleeves to stop. With the medium I can pull my hands up in the sleeves and keep them dry in the rain, but the small stops just past my wrist. Also, with a medium you have more coverage down past your waist. Those are things to consider but I recommend the small.
I am 6'1", 180lbs and the large fits me with plenty of room for layering. It just depends on what you want to do in this jacket. If you want some room for layers, I would get the medium. But if you don't want too much room get the small. I also own some gore-tex that fits close to the skin, and it definitely gets wet faster than this jacket. More room also allows for less condensation.
Outdoor Research Foray Jacket
Since I've bought my new Outdoor Research Foray Jacket, I've been snowboarding with it 3 times and have put it through everything from rain, wet snow, and a sunny day at the mountain. I absolutely LOVE it! It keeps me warm and dry when needed and when it gets too warm, the side vents cool me down quickly (normally just a ski lift ride up).
I would recommend this jacket to any one into skiing/snowboarding or if you're just looking for a all-weather jacket to keep you dry and warm.
Does the hood tuck away when not in use?
Does the hood tuck away when not in use?
No it is fixed in place. You could use the cinch cords to minimize its profile.
There is a velcro strap on the back inside collar that you can roll it up into but it doesn't zip into the collar like the Revel does.
I have had this jacket for just over a year now... I have never had one problem with it. Living in Yellowstone four months of the year, this Jacket has been put though some rough conditions, and it passes by my accounts.
I love that it opens up like a poncho, my current daypack doesn't have a rain fly and with a little twine and some engineering, i 'ponchoed' this jacket over the pack in more than one real bad down pour and it worked absolutely great.
It fits like a true large, it sheds water and wind, and rolls up real tight. The pockets are big enough for whatever you want to carry. And with only medium weight underwear top, i can snowshoe in this jacket all day in January.
No problems yet, and i do not foresee any.
Great PacLite shell for the price
I like I'm sure many others snatched this off SaC for 90$. This is my first PacLite jacket and I'm quite happy with it. I own 2 other Gore-Tex jackets and I can tell a difference in breathability without a doubt.
Also having the Gore-Tex lifetime guarantee is nice as I have known people to get jackets replaced/refunded several years after purchase with no hassle.
From what I understand Outdoor Research also has a very good warranty as well.
Onto the jacket, the material is fairly light I believe it's 40D. The jacket is very comfortable and an XL fit me perfectly (I'm 5'11" 215lbs).
The jacket is completely waterproof as you would expect from Gore-Tex. The breathability is good but not as good as the DryQ Elite jacket I own.
Also I found the inside of the jacket would occasionally stick to my arm when I was working hard.
The TorsoFlo venting is same as Mammut uses in it's Ulimate Hooded Sofshell jacket.
Meaning it can be worn like a poncho or just used a normal pit zip. The zippers are somewhat stiff but they also did not leak and stayed where I put them which is nice.
As previous reviewers said the DWR works great and I have yet to get the fabric to wet out.
The pockets although a little high are still very usable. I've read you can stuff the jacket into one of the interior pockets but I'm not sure how.
For 90$ the jacket is hard to beat if your looking for a light weight waterproof/breathable.
First Gore Tex jacket and I'm in love
Grabbed this off SaC for $90 and am incredibly pleased. As luck would have it as soon as it came in I was off to the beach for the weekend. It was insanely windy, I had on a light nike hoodie and the wind cut through pretty bad. Threw this bad boy on top and couldn't feel a thing. As soon as I got back home it poured for 2 days. I was soaked from the waste down, everything else was nice and dry. The water just beaded up and rolled off. I love this thing, especially for what I payed. Also, the hood is nice and big and actually covers my forehead, unlike most jackets I've had.
I'm 5'11" and 135lbs. i have a runners build, bought the small and it's got some extra room for layers and the sleeves are a bit long, overall good fit though.
Got this for a snowboarding trip to Europe.
Pos: was waterproof and took up no room in my bag
Neg: ripped after falling 1 time on snowboard. Had my sunglasses in one of the pockets and apparently falling in snow is too much for this jacket
Is there a boy's or women's version of...
Is there a boy's or women's version of this jacket? I'm 5'3" and 120lbs, and I think the men's small would be way to0 big. Debating between this and the North Face Venture or something similar -- need a waterproof, breathable rain shell with venting and a fully adjustable hood for cycling/commuting. Thanks.
The women's version is the OR Aspire.
buy this not that!!
the most versatile peace of equipment iv ever used!!
water proof like a dry bag, breathable like a flees but durable like a cart-heart jacket
im 6 foot 3 inches and i bought this jacket in a XXL so i could fit a puffy jacket under it and it fits perfectly in every way !!
breathable like a t-shirt, durable like a Carheart, water proof and packs easy
this July i went on a 28 day backpacking expedition in the Talkeetna mountains in Alaska. after about 4 days of hiking up a stream with no rain we got high up in the mountains and thats where this jacket got put to the test! for the rest of the trip i was constantly wearing this jacket as a rain and wind layer.
this jacket preformed great under every condition Alaska thew at it. my favorite part about this jacket is the ventilation zippers which dont have any webbing so if your hands get so cold u cant even hold the map u can just slip your hands in to get warmed up. something else i love about this jacket is its breath ability. the backpackers rule is usually to hike in a base layer or mid layer even when is raining. but in Alaska if you hike in a t-shirt and shorts while its raining chances are the temp is less then 40 degrees and your guna get hypodermic fast. with this jacket all u need to do is ware a light weight shirt under it and your good to go for hours of physical and mental exertion. i am also a skiing fanatic so this season i am excited to test this jacket out on the hill.