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    Whenever the weather's wet.

    Burly enough for backpacking yet light enough for city use, 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.

    • Highly packable, lightweight shell for trails and cityscapes
    • Gore-Tex Paclite maintains waterproof, breathable protection
    • TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zipper allow ample ventilation
    • Adjustments at hood, hem, and cuffs secure the fit
    • Item #ODR1130

    Tech Specs

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

    Tech Specs

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    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.

    Thank you for writing. Please, would you send it back to us? Please reach out to warranty at OR, and I am in Seattle now and will talk to the product development folks about what's going on. If we don't get to see the product, it's difficult to really address the issue. Thank you so much for writing!

    Leta
    OR Rep

    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.

    Thomas, my apologies for the late reply. I hope that you were able to warranty this with OR. They will absolutely take care of you! Not sure about what's going on regarding the waterproofness... I am at OR now for a sales meeting and will ask the product folks.

    Thank you,
    Leta
    OR Rep

    Versatile

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    If you're seeking a durable rain jacket with great ventilation, the Foray is the obvious choice. It will keep you dry through all kinds of pouring and blowing rain, and offers more ventilation than any other jacket. It is fantastically versatile; if you feel like you want the full-length ventilation zippers, save some weight and check out the Marmot Minimalist or Arc'teryx Beta SL.

    Really wanted to like it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    So I really really really wanted to like this jacket. I live in a sub-tropical area that demands a jacket that care really breathe AND keep the rain off.

    I bought the first jacket. I finally got to test it one day on the way to work. From when I got out of my car and got to my desk, I spotted areas wetting out on my left arm. The rain wasn't even what I'd call a downpour, more of a drizzle.

    I contacted OR about it, got a new one (just in time for a trip to the Olympic Coast). I was planning to backpack down the coast for 4 days...I had to cut it short by a day. It rained the whole first day...my new jacket wetted out...and got to my baselayer. I was wearing wool so it wasn't all too bad but I was disappointed with this failing gear. By the second night, I was under an emergency blanket while waiting for my baselayers (yes, plural) and jacket to dry out.

    Talked to OR again (who are GREAT) and have come to an arrangement. I think OR is great, their design is great. This jacket seems to be an anomaly. Folks swear by their older Forays. But this one was just disappointing. Other reviews say it was a bad batch...but if you look at the dates of these reviews...they spread over a somewhat lengthy time span. Why have they not pulled all the "bad batches" yet?

    Foray pants were great- but the jacket, again, the torsoFlow zippers and the lightweightedness of the jacket made it a real winner....but performance just didn't live up to the hype.It may be great for Seattle itself...not sure about the peninsula.

    Great lightweight hardshell

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    I have used this for two seasons as my winter shell layer and have loved it. It fits a little large allowing layers to go under. It has proved to be waterproof through snow as well as rain.

    Keeps me dry, but...

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

    So this jacket has been great. It has kept me dry, as expected for the price. The zippers seem to be watertight, despite the lack of storm flaps. It breathes well also.

    Only one problem, it "wets out". I'm not sure if this is normal for goretex paclite. This is after a very light rain.... Hoping OR rep can provide insight...

    In response to the Leta's, an OR rep, response; This jacket has not been worn hard. Heck, it was only 3 days old when it performed the exact same way in AK. A brand new jacket should not need to have additional DWR applied. Also, this jacket has not been washed, or dried. I will be contacting OR directly :-(

    Keeps me dry, but...

    GoreTex bleeding is not uncommon now... I have a Arcteryx Alpha FL in GoreTex Pro and it bleeds the same way after a light rain. It's the new gen EPA friendly DWR. If you ever retreat any DWR coating with a spray product, the new type now is water based instead of the older "stouter" ,waxy ones.

    I find it funny how this was flagged as "very unhelpful and patronizing". I suppose Outdoor Research would disagree, as they replaced the jacket under warranty after admitting it should not wet out as picture. Haven't had a chance to test the new one.

    Lightweight, waterproof...awesome!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    Love this jacket! Great fit and simple styling. Kept me dry in Iceland...and it was rather wet. Took a couple tumbles and no tears or wear marks so it seems to be durable as well! Always happy with OR products!

    Not very waterproof

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I had high hopes for this jacket, but it just isn't very waterproof. It beads decently for 5-10 min in moderate rain, but then wets out very quickly. Additionally, moisture will get through in heavy rains if outside for an extended period of time.

    Durability is also a concern. The high wear areas (shoulders, pockets, cuffs) lose their DWR repellency very quickly, after only a few uses. Nikwak somewhat restores them, but not well.

    Only bright side is OR has great customer service. When they heard about my complaints, they sent me a new jacket. It has the same problems. At least I could sell that one to recover some of the money...

    Torso Flow!!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    this jacket is awesome!!! I love the TorsoFlo of the jacket!! I usually break out into a sweat wearing jackets while adventuring but it was so nice to unzip the sides and get some air flow to the mid section.

    Awesome, affordable Gore-Tex protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    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.

    Great review, thanks. I just picked up this jacket a couple of weeks ago (also on good sale price) but haven't used enough to review. What I can say is that the Taos (mine says clay)color is a lot nicer in person.

    Not a fan

    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    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
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 205lbs

    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

    I know I am a little late to comment, I notice your review in around that time. I got a Foray jacket last year, around November 2015. I found that my jacket not only wetted out quickly in the rain but there was one spot in the should that would not only wet out much faster but soaked through in less than 20 minutes. Making me inner layers wet. I wonder if there was a bad batch, thank goodness OR has a awesome warranty.

    Fun in Yosemite

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    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
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    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

    Will the hood fit over a climbing helmet?

    Dave - It will, but just barely. Not designed for that, but rather for general use hiking, backpacking. For a sure fit over any hood, try the OR Furio. Burlier, and definitely a helmet compatible hood. More expensive, and really worth it for that use!



    Let me knwo if you have any more questions,



    Leta

    OR Rep

    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