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.