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    Whenever the weather's wet.

    When the skies unleash an unexpected deluge, seek shelter in the Outdoor Research Men's Foray Jacket. It's just as at home cruising around Brooklyn as it is on the Appalachian Trail, and the Gore-Tex Paclite 2L membrane and stuff-sack pocket make it so lightweight and packable that there's no reason to ever leave it at home. Huge side vents prevent you from overheating as your explore your surroundings, while a regular fit allows room for layering if the weather turns chilly.

    • A packable, dependable rain jacket for trail and city
    • Gore-Tex Paclite offers lightweight protection from the elements
    • Side vents ensure easy temperature regulation
    • Stuff-sack pocket makes it easy to bring on any adventure
    • Regular fit and adjustable hood and hem for comfortable layering
    • Item #ODR00RJ

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Paclite 2L, [face fabric] 50D polyester
    Seams
    fully sealed
    Fit
    regular
    Length
    hip
    Center Back Length
    31in
    Hood
    adjustable
    Pockets
    2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
    Venting
    TorsoFlo (hem-to-bicep)
    Claimed Weight
    [large] 15.8oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, casual, hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Great Outdoor Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I have owned this jacket for two years. It is light-weight, but provides great protection from rain and wind. On cold-windy days, I combine this with a down, hybrid hoodie, which provides great protection from wind without the bulk of a heavier coat. Easy to pack, and looks great. One of my best outdoor investments used all 4-seasons in temps above 20 degrees.

    Fantastic Hard Shell

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Everything you need in a hard shell: fully adjustable hood, waterproof, durable, breathable and fantastic additional ventilation options, this thing lets you tackle all kinds of mountain conditions. Plus, it doesn't have that hard, crinkly feeling that some other hard shells out there have.

    Fantastic Hard Shell

    Great Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I've only used this jacket a few times, one of which i was motorcycle riding through a rain and hail storm and i stayed completely dry underneath. Ir fits and looks great. I would recommend.

    Looks good doesn't function very well

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    This jacket fits very well and looks good. It's comfortable in any setting. With that said it doesn't accomplish its main objective very well which is keeping out moisture. Basically immediately after some moderate rainfall water was absorbed and the jacket felt much heavier. Overall it keeps the moisture out and never was completely saturated but it definitely allows some moisture to get in or at least be absorbed by the fabric.

    Early vote - Top notch

    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 205lbs

    It's not been soaked yet, but it's performed perfectly in light rain. Love the full side zips and hip-belt compatible pockets. Great waterproof zippers. L fits just right at 6', 205 lb, long-waist. I appreciate the extra length to cover my tail and preventing bunching up under the hip-belt of pack.

    Six Months of Use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 215lbs

    PROS:

    Ventilation.

    Elasticated wrists with Velcro adjustment. Basically a "set it and forget it" feature.

    Lightweight.

    Great hood.



    CONS:

    As stated in other reviews, the face fabric does absorb some water (see attached photo). but I have never gotten wet despite frequently wearing my Foray for hours in the rain.

    No wire port in the chest pocket.

    Zippers are pretty sticky. That being said, nothing in my pockets has ever gotten wet.



    SUMMARY:

    I like it. If you are looking for a piece of life support equipment for serious outdoor endeavors, I don't think this should be your first choice. But if you are like me and simply need a durable jacket that will keep you dry and shrug off the wind when you are near civilization, give OR's Foray a shot.

    Six Months of Use

    I exchanged a shell directly through OR about a decade ago for this same reason. They said it was a common problem with that particular material. It’s disappointing to see this still being a problem so many years later. It certainly lessens the impact of the “research” part of their name.

    With that said, I upgraded jackets during my exchange process and, more than 10 years later, it’s still going strong and is still my primary downhill ski jacket.

    Rain & Snow

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    Really digging the Foray, especially the venting options due to the hem to bicep zippers. Started using this as a ski-tour shell, but was impressed with the durability of the face fabric so am now using it as a resort jacket as well. Equally packable and durable.

    Will soak water and then weighs in

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 68lbs

    Sizing is a bit larger but NOT an issue at all.

    I loved this jacket for few days (10-15 days), but DWR wears off very easily.
    I went through the process of clean, tumble dry and check no help. Then I applied DWR and than it would stay only for 1-2 uses.

    Thanks to the returns policies (seller / OR), was able to return even after few months.

    Sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 143lbs

    Sticky zippers. Jacket seem to get wet in heavy rain, but still kept me dry. Lightweight and packable into its own pocket. Nice.

    All around

      I used this on a trip hiking and camping and shopping around towns and it was good for every occasion. It packs down really small and is really quiet. The hood adjustability is perfect. The fit is really nice, it’s not tight, but you’re also not wearing a poncho. It’s a great every day rain jacket.

      Love this jacket

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 190lbs

      I have used this jacket for skiing, fishing, backpacking and concerts. It breathes well with the huge pit zips and is a great all around shell. To be fair I haven't been caught in any heavy prolonged rain so I can't speak to the performance in that situation.

      I usually have a layer or two below it, so the large is perfect for me. If I wasn't layering I would probably go a size smaller.

      Great Jacket

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: xxl
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 210lbs

      Works as advertised. The waist to pit zips are so good when it's wet, but you're warm/hot; these allow it to work like a poncho with sleeves. The smaller sizes seem to run true, but not the men's xl. My husband had to move up to xxl in order to fit a light puffy or a fleece underneath. He is 6'2" and 205 lbs. I'm 5'4" and 110 lbs with long arms, and the men's small is a generous fit.

      Rated highly, performs poorly

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

      I purchased this jacket based off the great reviews that it carries and its unique design. However, after wearing it outside in moderate to light rain for the first time today, the jacket performed poorly. The sleeves and most of the front wicked water really well. However, the shoulders and patches through the front and back of the jacket almost instantly wetted out. It seems that the material has a spotty covering of waterproofing (I'm not totally sure how gore tex is made). All of the other features of the jacket are great but it seems to have some quality control issues. Perhaps I just got a bad jacket and most are going to be great.

      Best bang for your buck.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      Like most Gore-Tex products, you buy them with the immediate knowledge of being "Waterproof" and generally with the steep price tag. This fits the bill if you are trying to get a good Gore-Tex, waterproof jacket on a budget. The full length side zips are awesome if you want to access underneath the jacket without having to unzip from the front and if you just want to tuck away your hands in a storm. I wore this during a 8 mile loop hike at Silver Falls, OR. Went under several waterfalls and the water would fall right off the jacket, the full zips were nice to dump some extra heat and overall was a great piece for the day. The 50 Denier face fabric is highly abrasion resistant and will take some heavy abuse for years to come.

      I'm 6' - 165 lbs and went with a size Large because I wanted a little more room. It fits great with layers underneath and also just by itself.

      Great jacket, would highly recommend it.

      If you have any questions,

      email me: wbowen@backcountry.com or give me a call at: (801) 204-4571

      Best bang for your buck.

      Great lightweight jacket

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 165lbs

      I bought this jacket for fishing in Alaska last year and love it. Used it for 4 months fishing in some down pours and early snow during trout fishing on the Kenai. Jacket worked perfectly. Used it on a couple hunt trips to Prince of Wales too and still performed as advertised. Definitely a great jacket for the money if you can get it on sale. I would buy it again.

      Not waterproof At All

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      I originally got this jacket two years ago. After a few months of moderate use, I noticed that it was wetting out quickly and letting water in through the sholders, so I contacted OR. They told me to wash it with Nikwax Techwash, which I did but that didn't help much. After this, they were nice enough to send me a new jacket under warranty. Great service!

      Unfortunately, the second jacket fared the same. After only a few months of casual use, it would wet out at the shoulders completely. In about 10 minutes of moderate rain, my shoulders would be wet beneath the jacket! A year later, the problem has only gotten worse and now the entire jacket wets out quickly.

      If you just want a jacket for casual use, get something cheaper like the Marmot Precip that will perform just as well. If you want a real hardshell, spend an extra $100 for something like the Arcteryx Beta LT (which now I own and love). Just don't waste your money on this one. I'm practically an OR model with how much OR gear I have, but this is the one item that has disappointed me from them.

      Great for Splitboarding

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 150lbs

      I'm 5'10" 150 lbs and I bought the large and it's a little big around the chest on me, but then again I should probably hit the gym. I don't mind the extra space since I use it as an outer layer and sometimes have a puffy on underneath. Sleeve and jacket length is perfect for me. Also the cinch cord on the waist and hood do a great job of keeping it tight.

      I've mainly been using the Foray for splitboarding and storm days in bounds. I've owned it a little over a year now and have been really stoked on its performance in both rain and snow. It is so lightweight, and packable which is why I chose it for touring. I actually just learned yesterday that it packs into the left hand pocket for easy storage in the pack! Can't believe I went all last winter without knowing this! Check out the picture.

      In some other reviews people have expressed disappointment with water bleeding through, and I believe that is due to the Gore-Tex membrane. Over time the fibers don't repel water droplets that well, and they will bleed into the material like one reviewer's photo shows. The water won't actually permeate through the membrane, but it pulls heat off your body through the membrane and feels cold and gives you this unpleasant damp sensation. I recently learned that to prevent this you need to wash the jacket and then tumble dry on low. The drying is the critical part here. Somehow it helps the fibers stand up again and reactivates the DWR. This is true for all Gore-Tex outerwear! Read about it here https://www.gore-tex.com/support/care/washing-instructions

      I have been really happy with the Foray and OR in general. With their infinite guarantee you know they will take care of you.

      Great for Splitboarding

      Some issues..

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this jacket mainly for backpacking, a jacket in town and even occasionally work. I have had this coat for about a year. I never expect a jacket to be totally water proof if you're spending all day in the rain (except for serious shells where you are spending some $$). Definitely had some soak through faster than expected. Especially around pack straps, which is to be expected. Recently the ventilation zipper on the left side pulled off after getting warm on a hike leaving my whole left side exposed to the rain. I wouldn't consider myself aggressive with me gear so I'm not sure what happened....

      Leaks like a Sieve

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Like, wow. $250 CAD for a jacket that can't take more than 30 minutes of rain is pretty absurd. I love that it fits well and doesn't look like I'm wearing a trash bag, but if it can't keep me dry in the mountains that's not much good is it? A few days into the mountains, that kind of failure can kill a person.

      Gave it a second shot after returning one a year prior, nope, still major manufacturing defects present. Don't know what they're doing to the Gore-Tex but it's bad.

      Didn't live up to expectations

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 6'0"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      I had two jackets. The first jacket's zipper didn't work and I exchanged it for another jacket of the same kind. The second jacket wasn't waterproof.

      Overall, this jacket was comfortable and fit great, but it was not waterproof at all. The surface of the jacket had initial water resistance, but the water eventually soaked through the surface after about five minutes.

      Very disappointed with this jacket.