Outdoor Research Foray rain jacket for men is an extremely durable and lightweight piece of clothing, suitable for backpackers, hikers, climbers, and for any other outdoor activity, regardless if it is in freezing or high temperatures. The jacket is completely waterproof, fully seam-taped, and very breathable.
Where to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
Outdoor Research Foray rain jacket for men is a 2-layer type, with Gore-Tex Packlite technology. This jacket is not the lightest in this category of rain jackets, but there are reasons for its (average) 16 oz (463 g) weight. Those include a durable fabric and useful zippers, see more below.
Note that there exists women’s counterpart of this series, under the name Aspire jackets.
The hood is a bit unusual roll-away type, and it has an adjustability stretch cord with a toggle on the back. You also have a similar adjustability around the face, independent on the two sides.
The hood is helmet-compatible and equipped with a brim on the front. Its nice features are visible in the picture below.
On the cuffs, you have velcro tabs on one side and elasticity on the opposite side. This is a combination which I like most.
On the front you have a full-length two-way zipper, without an external storm flap (not my favorite type); but it has an internal storm flap instead. The chest pocket is with the zipper of the same structure.
On the sides, you have two mesh pockets, and you should know that the jacket packs into its own left pocket. This is a feature seen in many other rain jackets presented in this site. You will see this in the video below.
YKK AquaGuard water repellent zippers shield from the wind, rain and snow. They are equipped with very useful pieces of plastic which help using the zippers with gloves.
Here is a short promotion video of Outdoor Research Foray jacket for men, please have a look:
There is the usual adjustability cord on the hem, with clips on both sides. On the sides, you also have zippers that go all the way up to the armpits. This is known as TorsoFlo vent system, you can see it in the picture above. It provides an excellent ventilation but also allows the hip belt of your pack, or the belt of your harness, to pass under the jacket.
This is quite a unique feature of this jacket, and this makes it better ventilated than any other jacket presently available on the market.
So why did they do this? The true purpose you realize when you put your backpack. In normal jackets, its belt practically closes any air flow from below because it presses the jacket around the body. However, with this clever construction, the belt can be put under the jacket wings so you have a completely free air flow from below.
This is a very clever poncho-type construction, you will be able to see it in the videos below.
Summary of technical specifications and features
- Weight: 16.3 oz / 463 g (L).
- GORE-TEX with Paclite technology 2L, 100% polyester 50 D plain weave.
- Fully seam-taped.
- Fully adjustable hood.
- YKK AquaGuard double-separating center front zipper.
- Internal front storm flap.
- Double-sliding TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zippers.
- Zippered Napoleon pocket.
- Two zippered hand pockets.
- Left-hand pocket doubles as stuff sack.
- Hook/Loop cuff closures.
- Standard fit.
Pros & cons
This jacket is a bit heavier than others, but see what it offers. The weight definitely comes from the long zippers on both sides in its TorsoFlo construction. But I do not mind those extra grams in exchange for such a great ventilation design. Here is my summary:
See my detailed rating below, and feel free to add your own.
Rating breakdown for Outdoor Research Foray Rain Jacket For Men
User Review( votes)
Comparison with other brands
I give only those features where there are differences. Those that are common for all brands (breathability, waterproofness, etc.) are not added.
|Roll away hood||no||no||yes|
|Internal mesh liner||yes||no||no|
|Pit zips||no||yes||yes, very long|
|Stows into its pocket||yes||no||yes|
I give the highest rate to the Outdoor Research Foray jacket because of its all features and quality. Though I love to have an internal mesh (like in the case of Columbia Watertight) and an internal pocket (again Columbia Watertight). But you might rank those jackets differently.
To conclude this text about Outdoor Research Foray rain jacket for men, this is a bit expensive jacket but it is designed to last long. So this is an investment in a piece of equipment which will serve you for many years. If the price is not an issue you should not think twice. No jacket presently available on the market can give you a better ventilation combined with a complete protection from rain. Its design is such that you can easily add some extra insulation fleece under the jacket. With this, you will be able to use it in all seasons.
Note that there also exist Outdoor Research Foray pants for men, a nice piece to combine with the jacket, so please have a look.
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And here is one more video: