Nobody likes the prospect of a rainy trip, but let's face it: they happen. And when the rain starts coming down for hours at a time, you might start to feel that the razor-thin, super-small, ultra-light rain jacket that was so comfortable in your pack might not offer the kind of protection you're starting to yearn for. That isn't to say that it's not waterproof - rather, just that you might want some room to layer up, to store items, to pull your hands into your sleeves and out of the rain. The Outdoor Research Foray is a relaxed-fitting jacket that you can really take shelter in during a long rainstorm, and still pack it away afterward thanks to its GORE-TEX Paclite fabric.
With an average weight of 15.3 ounces (435 grams), the Foray may weigh a little bit more than those eight-ounce ultralight pieces, but that weight pays dividends in comfort. In addition to its roomy fit, the Foray features OR's signature hem-to-bicep TorsoFlo pit zips, which allow you to wear the jacket more like a poncho (and over a backpack hipbelt) for plenty of airflow on steamy summer days.
Feature list from Outdoor Research
- Lightweight, waterproof/breathable 40D GORE-TEX Paclite fabric
- Fully seam taped, all-conditions protection
- Dual-pull adjustable hood
- Water-resistant pocket and TorsoFlo zippers
- Double-separating front zipper with external stormflap
- Double-sliding TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zippers
- Zippered napoleon pocket
- Two zippered hand pockets
- Zippered internal chest pocket doubles as stuff sack
- Elastic cuffs with hook/loop tabs
- Dual drawcord hem adjustments
- TorsoFlo: Superior ventilation adjusts with hem-to-bicep or hem-to-pit zippers to meet changing conditions.
- Additional Information
Material Nylon Properties Uninsulated, Waterproof, Windproof