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
What do you think about this product?
February 9, 2020
Packable, Breathable but Permeable
I've had this jacket for close to four years now and I've been through two of them. They've been to several Scottish mountain tops, and through some pretty miserable fishing expeditions. For what it is, the jacket performs well. Gore-tex packlite is not what I would call impenetrable, but neither is it a paper bag. It holds well for about 2 hours of sustained wetness, after that I'd call a bigger jacket. The membrane does not seem to hold up to serious wetness. I've tried nikwax coatings with only relative success. The reality is that the fabric is really focusing on too many things. It's breathable and packable, (you really can fit this thing pretty much anywhere) but at the expense of repelling rain like a plastic bag. Where it does perform well is wind breaking, I would recommend a long sleeve shirt and above for windy conditions. The jacket packs very well, and does breathes quite a bit for a rain layer. This is something that this jacket does very well on is breathability. You would be surprised at the amount of vent zippers that are on this jacket. I have done some trail running in the Foray and it breathes very well for what it is. The vents are a big part of that. This is a good high-exertion jacket. While I'm not a gram counter, I consider the Foray to be pretty light. There is also quite a bit of space between you and the jacket so there is plenty of room for layers. I've used it during a few cold weather trips and there's room for insulators. That being said it also does fit well, it looks good with or without layers; well played OR. In summary the jacket is packable and very breathable for a rain layer, however it is not gonna survive hurricane level rains. If you're like me and you don't need a jacket that will keep you dry through a CAT 5 hurricane, then this will probably serve you fine. My advice is to pair it to a soft-shell underneath if you expect real rain on your expedition. I would give this product three stars, but I gave the forth star because of how Outdoor Research has handled my issues with this jacket. I had problems with the first jacket, and Outdoor Research was really good about getting back to me. Both of the jackets I've owned I got through back country's steep and cheap and really have had a great experience. Cheers ya'll, happy trails and tight lines.
February 21, 2020
Hey Rufio, Thanks for the insight about both this jacket and working with outdoor research!
January 19, 2020
Great lightweight/ packable jacket!!!
Loved the jacket, great for warmer days. It is nice because it is super light and breathable, yet it still has the Gore-Tex capabilities.
January 9, 2020
If you're looking for a jacket that will shed water completely this is NOT the jacket for you. I purchased this jacket for an upcoming high peak winter hike in the Adirondack mountains. On the first wear, I wore it for 8 hours straight and encountered wet snow for several hours. I noticed the jacket wetting out after a few hours. By the end of the hike I took the jacket off and noticed moisture on the inside. I'm inclined to believe it was a mixture of the external water as well as some sweat. Regardless the whole jacket pretty much wetted out in areas that were exposed (everything but my back). I also followed the DWR instructions and through it in the dryer for 20 mins to activate the DWR as recommended before wearing. I see looking at other reviews that wetting out is a problem with this jacket. On the plus side, it is pretty breathable and packable. It is a thin material. I purchased the seaweed/2 tone color- I thought it was black and green but the black part is actually a darker green. I wear a size Large and the Large sits pretty good. 5'10" 200lbs. It is a looser fitting jacket, plenty of room for layering underneath. Anyway, I purchased the Gear Aid revivex DWR spray and wash so I hope after applying that the waterproofness will improve.
August 9, 2019
Great Outdoor Jacket
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.
August 12, 2019
Hey Richard! Great review! As you stated, this protective shell is ideal for layering with another insulating piece. Glad you like it!
July 9, 2019
Fantastic Hard Shell
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.
June 6, 2019
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.
May 30, 2019
Looks good doesn't function very well
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.
February 3, 2020
I mean, what you've described is accurate to how Gore-Tex is intended to function. There's an abrasion-resistant outer layer (usually water RESISTANT as well) that can allow rain in, but the rain is stopped at the gore-tex layer. There are usually 5 layers total of different material. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Goretex_schema-en.png
April 4, 2019
Early vote - Top notch
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.
March 21, 2019
Six Months of Use
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.
March 21, 2019
Love the feedback Lance! Thanks for the review!
July 20, 2019
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.
February 3, 2020
As I've said before, this is how Gore-Tex works. The Gore-Tex layer is NOT on the outside for obvious reasons. The outer layer can soak, but the water is stopped at the Gore-Tex layer. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Goretex_schema-en.png
December 15, 2018
Rain & Snow
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.
October 16, 2018
Will soak water and then weighs in
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.
September 26, 2018
Sticky zippers. Jacket seem to get wet in heavy rain, but still kept me dry. Lightweight and packable into its own pocket. Nice.
August 26, 2018
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.
August 16, 2018
Love this jacket
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.
March 4, 2018
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.
February 20, 2018
Rated highly, performs poorly
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.
February 3, 2020
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Goretex_schema-en.png The outer layer of the jacket is almost never Gore-Tex since it needs abrasion-resistant fiber. So the outer layer can sometimes soak if the water resistant coating wears off (or if there's heavy, constant exposure to water). The gore-tex layer (one of the inner layers) should in theory keep all water out however and allow sweat to transpire through.
February 13, 2018
Best bang for your buck.
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: email@example.com or give me a call at: (801) 204-4571
February 12, 2018
Great lightweight jacket
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.
November 26, 2017
Not waterproof At All
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.
November 11, 2018
Lol. The Beta LT is $475 and the Foray is $149 if you shop around.
November 7, 2017
Great for Splitboarding
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.