- Zippered Napoleon Pocket
- Drawcord Hem
- Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
- Double-Sliding TorsoFlo™ Hem-to-Bicep Zippers
- Fully Seam Taped
- Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
- Two Zippered Hand Pockets
- Left Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
- Water-Resistant Full Center-Front Zipper
- Fully Adjustable Hood
Fit: Standard Fit
Fabric : GORE-TEX® 2L, 100% polyester 50D Paclite Technology
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 16.3oz / 463g (L)
- Good For Around Town... Doesn't Cut It In The BC (Review by juskuz)
So, here's a brief history...
I owned an older foray jacket that I really loved. It had waterproof zips under the arms and the outer fabric, while a little stiffer and noisier, performed well in the rain. I eventually got rid of it, purchased another brand of jacket, immediately missed the torsoflo zips, and went out and purchased the new Foray Jacket (current model summer 2014).
It's waterproof, but...
The thing that really kills me is the outer fabric. It's very soft, quiet, and has a nice matte finish. It looks great around town, but out hiking it wets out very quickly. Just walking from the car into the grocery store and you will start to see patches soaked through.
Now, the jacket remains waterproof... but any breathability that existed is gone, and the jacket starts to weigh significantly more. It also take a bit to dry it out. Not ideal for actually using it for backpacking.
Anyway... it's decent jacket for most people, most of the time. But if you're actually looking for something to use in the backcountry... you might consider something else.
(Posted on 6/13/14)
- 3 season dry (Review by beldarski)
The Foray Jacket has proven to be an exceptional addition to my backpacking gear. Have used the jacket in heavy and light downpours all along the Cascade and Coastal range in Oregon and Washington. The jacket is not as light as the minimalist but still a great packable item, waterproof and breathable, has fitting adjustments in the waist, wrists and hood and sealed zipper seams. For winter I go with a heavier "pro-shell" gore tex and more layers. Only additions or changes I would like to see is flaps over zippers and raise the pockets up so they are more useful when wearing a backpack. Great jacket and well worth the price!!!
(Posted on 4/27/14)
- Waterproof and Excellent 2-Season Jacket (Review by ActiveHiker)
Test Conditions: a)40°F with sustained 20-25mph winds gusting to 40mph and pouring rain (sideways rain of course with the wind); b)30°F with sustained 25mph winds and driving light snow; c)15°F with wind chill of 8°F and no precipitation; and d)50°F with light winds. I was lucky (?) to be able to test under all 4 of these conditions. The jacket performed well and as advertised, but I wouldn't call it exceptional performance.
It is certainly waterproof but does seem to leak a tiny bit at the seams - it's not enough to get you wet but I did notice trace-moisture on the inside where the seams are taped. I loved being completely dry in the driving, cold downpour. It is wind-resistant but definitely not windproof. At the colder temperatures I was wishing I had worn my old rundown but still-wind-proof shell. I really loved the breathability of the jacket - I was never too hot, even after strenuous exercise. But again, in the colder temperatures, I wish it retained more body heat – I felt like I was struggling to keep my body temp up and heat in. With temperatures that dip down to -20°F around here, I really can't see wearing this jacket in the winter - I'd need waay too many layers underneath and it does let the wind in. I like this as a 2-season jacket (from mid-Spring to mid-Fall) with appropriate layering underneath. I usually don't wear a rain jacket in the summer and choose to just get wet, usually because prior shells were just too hot. I can't wait to test this jacket in the summer rain - with its breathability, features like underarm zippers, etc., my guess is it will keep me dry without overheating.
Overall, I like this jacket and will change my expectations from a 4-season to a 2-season jacket. I was really looking for a 4-season shell but now I'm thinking I may have to keep my old shell around for the winter months (even though it's dilapidated and I look like a hobo when I wear it, it traps more body heat!). I also like OR's warranty and I can buy 4 of these or 1 Arc'teryx shell! I just can't see Arc'teryx being worth 4 times the price... Taking price AND performance into account, I give this jacket a 4 out of 5 rating. I am very happy with it…
(Posted on 3/13/14)
- Solid Performer (Review by Ed G.)
I have had the chance to test this jacket out in heavy rain and wind, as well as sleet and a big snow storm. It is solidly constructed, all of the hardware is excellent and functions flawlessly. My only complaint is that the torso flow zip to hem pit zips means the waist cannot be completely sinched down, as only the back has a drawcord.
I am 6' 230lbs and wear a 48 long suit coat, and generally XL tshirts, 36" sleeve dress shirts and the XL fits me well.
(Posted on 3/12/14)
- Put it through it's paces and color me highly impressed (Review by braincloud)
I have owned this jacket for about 4 or 5 years now. I purchased it as I needed a good light, waterproof shell for not only hiking/backpacking but also for walking the dogs around town on wet Seattle days. It has been a trusty addition to my coat collection (I have way too many jackets, but each serves a purpose I suppose) and generally is my go-to shell for most applications.
That being said, my Foray really impressed me on a recent trip to the Enchantments on a wet September weekend. My normal packout includes my Foray for light coat/rain deterrent as well as an OR Transcendent down sweater for warmth. Paired up, these two pieces of gear keep me warm and dry even when temps drop below freezing. In fact, this pairing is super versatile and will fit your needs for most conditions.
The weather was driving snow in the upper basin which turned to torrential downpour as we descended. 11 1/2 hours (not setting any speed records) later, we reached the parking lot at Snow Creek. 11 1/2 hours of being pelted with wetness and my Foray didn't complain once. No leaks, no dampness, nada. I couldn't believe it. Most waterproof jackets fail after a few hours of constant rain but not my Foray. I was dry as a bone (well, my torso was - I'd long given up avoiding puddles and let my smartwool socks keep my soaked feet warm in my hikers).
(Posted on 1/7/14)
- So Far So Good (Review by Mr. Cool)
I have owned the Foray Jacket for about a Month now and though it hasn't seen rain, I have tested it in the extreme cold and snow. It has been a great layer for taking out on hikes as there are three ways to vent this jacket, though I haven't needed to because it seems to be rather breathable. The Foray is great for around town, top of my pack when the weather is predicted to roll in, and might replace my BC ski shell due to its versatility and weight. I have been pairing the Foray with the Radiant hoody for hikes in the foothills and am very pleased, as I never seem to get too hot or too cold.
(Posted on 12/15/13)
- great versatility (Review by wellnesscoach)
Full length side zips make this great for changing conditions or activity levels. Handy hook and loop wrist sleeve adjustments make going over gloves or mitts a breeze while allowing for a nice tight windproof fit. Hood is adjustable in almost too many ways and front zips up to the level of your nose, really providing protection when the wind kicks up the powder. This is a great shell, shedding wind and moisture alike. It is heavier and not as compact as other minimalist OR shells, but makes up in versatility. I wear it as an everyday around town jacket as well.
(Posted on 11/25/13)