Outdoor ResearchForay Jacket - Men's

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
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: xxl

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.

Thanks for the review and feedback on the fit!

Thank you Helena! Enjoy! We do make a women's version, called the Aspire. Notes for next time. :-)

Leta
OR Rep

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.

John, I hate hearing that. OR will 100% cover you with their warranty. Absolutely shouldnt have happened, and yes, you got a bad one. Will you please allow us to make it right?

I am sorry I am only now seeing this review. My apologies on the delay.

Leta
OR Rep

Best bang for your buck.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

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.

Hey William, thank you for the review and photo! Killer!

Leta
OR Rep

Great lightweight jacket

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

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.

Hey Cory - thank you for taking the time to share this great review!

Leta
OR Rep

Unanswered Question

I'm 135 lb and around 5'7. would the Small be good fit or would it be too big? I would like to wear it also with a t-shirt underneath and I'm afraid it will be to baggy

Not waterproof At All

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

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.

I had the exact same experience.

How are you washing it? Detergents and fabric softeners will plug the Goretex pores and wet it out. NikWax Tech wash or sport wash soaps (not detergents) work well. Twenty minutes in the dryer restores the DWR finish.

Great for Splitboarding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

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

Great review Jimmy!

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

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

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.

Hey Charles, thank you for the review. and I apologize for the late reply! I am glad that the Foray is working for you and I am so confused why it doesn't work so well for others!

Thank you,
Leta
OR Rep

Really wanted to like it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

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.

Did you end up finding a jacket that worked for a similar price? I'm doing a similar hike for 2 days in September.

Thank you for this feedback, Stephen, and I am sorry for the delay. I will bring this to OR again. Not sure what's going on, but thank you for writing.

Leta
OR Rep

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

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.

Thank you for the review, Matt!

Leta
OR Rep

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

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!

Great review on a great jacket! Enjoy and Thank you!

Leta
OR Rep

Not very waterproof

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

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

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

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.

Couldn't agree more about your comments on available colors. Olive was great. Taos was great. The current colors are either drab or just uninspiring.