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Featured by its full-length side zips, the Foray is a capable multi-sport shell. As Seattleites, Outdoor Research has had plentiful chance to test downpour coat plans, and we like what they've thought of in the Foray. This do-everything shell is lightweight enough for climbing and hiking yet extreme enough to stand its ground for spring skiing. The characterizing highlight is the particular side zips that open up the coat, improving breathability while likewise adding some weight to the blend. Underneath we separate the Foray's water and wind insurance, breathability, weight, sturdiness, fit and estimating, and the sky is the limit from there. To perceive how it piles facing the challenge, see our article on the best downpour coats.

Outside Research Foray
Cost: $215
Weight: 15.2 oz. (men's medium)

Waterproofing: 2L Gore-Tex Paclite

What we like: Multi-sport highlights and claim; huge side vents are incredible for dumping heat.

What we don't: Annoying switches and expensive for a Paclite shell.

Rating: (4.5/5)


Water and Wind Protection

After a bunch of wet-climate climbing trips and stormy days fly angling in the Pacific Northwest, I found that the Outdoor Research Foray offered a lot of assurance from the components. The 2-layer Gore-Tex Paclite development withstood long stretches of standing knee-somewhere down in streams with a persistent sprinkle overhead, and the DWR covering kept on beading water on the outside of the coat, keeping me dry. While the moderately lightweight plan of the Foray can't rival rock solid elevated hardshells regarding climate security, it gave all the stronghold I was searching for.

Outside Research shrewdly equipped the Foray with various highlights to secure everything the climate gets ugly. Notwithstanding the solid 50-denier Gore-Tex Paclite material and DWR covering, the Foray includes a water-safe front zipper and chest pocket to keep dampness under control. Also, the two hand pockets are secured by a similar Gore-Tex Paclite material found on the remainder of the coat, which kept my things dry. At long last, the hood's fixed creases, three alteration focuses, and pleasantly measured overflow battled off frightful downpour squalls. With a powerful list of capabilities in general, the OR Foray performs well in wet and blustery conditions.


Like other 2-layer Gore-Tex Paclite downpour coats, I found the Foray to rapidly overheat during moderate movement (note: from my experience, coats with redesigned Paclite Plus offer improved breathability). In case you're buckling down, the Foray's covering can feel moist against the skin, particularly contrasted with models like the Arc'teryx Zeta LT, which uses a delicate touch Gore C-Knit sponsor. Having said that, the enchantment of the Foray lies in its full-length side zips, which keep running from the base sew to bicep. These enormous vents enabled me to dump a huge amount of warmth rapidly while on the trail, more than any hardshell I've at any point utilized. So while the texture itself can't exactly coordinate the breathability of increasingly premium choices, the side zips certainly help compensate for it.

Weight and Packability

Tipping the scales at 15.2 ounces on our scale for a men's medium (the recorded weight is 16.3 ounces), the Foray is heavier than most other 2-layer downpour coats. For correlation, prevalent choices like the Marmot Minimalist (14.9 ounces) and Black Diamond Liquid Point (15 ounces) somewhat undercut the Foray and quit any pretense of nothing or next to no as far as highlights. What's more, when set against stripped-down models like the Arc'teryx Zeta SL (10.9 ounces) or Patagonia Stretch RainShadow (10.8 ounces), it's anything but difficult to see exactly how corpulent the Foray truly is. While I adored the full-length side dashes for dumping heat, they do add a great deal of weight to the general bundle.

In spite of its strong weight, I was intrigued by the Foray's packability. The coat stuffs into the left-hand pocket, which highlights a simple to-utilize two-sided zipper and convenient clasp, and measures around 10 inches in length and 7 inches wide. Be that as it may, I favored folding the coat into its hood. Utilizing this strategy, the Foray turned into the size of a huge burrito and effectively fit into little and enormous packs the same.

Fabricate Quality and Durability

There's a ton to like about the Foray with regards to manufacture quality and sturdiness. My outerwear takes a genuine beating during fly angling undertakings. I'm regularly pitching through riverside shrubberies and thistles looking for that ever-tricky nectar gap, and doing as such on various events while wearing the Foray brought about right around zero indications of wear. The shell is free of any tears, and in spite of its messy appearance, it works simply like new. The 50-denier polyester texture has an intense and generous feel, the creases give no indications of fraying or delaminating, and the majority of the zippers work faultlessly and keep on working effortlessly. While it can't coordinate the hardwearing idea of a husky hardshell, it feels strongly more hearty than other lighter-weight downpour coats.

Highlights: Side Zips and Hood

As depicted over, the champion element on the Outdoor Research Foray is its full-length TorsoFlo side zips, which expand the standard pit zips right to the base trim. When completely unfastened, this makes a poncho-like opening for amazing venting on the trail—they give an incredible method to dump abundance heat while as yet holding a for the most part waterproof inclusion. While wearing a pack, the side zips and their tempest fold are perceptible under the hipbelt however don't make weight focuses. One prominent trade off to this framework, in any case, is that the alterations just influence the territory behind the zipper's base stop—the snap string just covers the back of the fix. This outcomes in a marginally uneven look, with the front side of the coat smooth and the back grouped up. It is anything but a major issue, yet we were constantly mindful of the marginally odd fit.

The huge hood and numerous modifications on the Foray work admirably of fixing out wind and downpour, yet the hood's back drawcord switch left me disappointed more than once. On the off chance that you're a set-it-and-overlook kind of individual, at that point there's no compelling reason to stress. However, on the off chance that you're similar to me and continually tinkering with alterations, at that point you'll likely be comparably irritated. To put it plainly, it's hard to squeeze and slacken the back snap.

Outside Research Foray (hood snap)

Fit and Sizing

I requested my standard size medium and found that the Foray to fit somewhat baggier than the Marmot Minimalist and Arc'teryx Zeta SL downpour coats, however I don't see a need to measure down. The coat is exceptionally practical with or without a midlayer coat underneath. The Foray has a long back length on account of a noteworthy drop fix, which gives some additional inclusion on the off chance that you intend to take the shell for some spring skiing—we did, and it works extraordinary for periodic use as long as you needn't bother with a powder skirt.

What We Like

Balanced plan and list of capabilities that function admirably for an assortment of exercises.

Remarkable full-length side zips work admirably at dumping heat.

Great water and wind insurance.

Outside Research utilizes an eco-accommodating PFC(EC)- free DWR covering.

What We Don't

At 15.2 ounces, the Foray is heavier than most other 2-layer downpour coats available.

The Competition

Our general impressions of the Outdoor Research Foray are sure, enough with the goal that we rank it mid-pack in our round-up of the best downpour coats. Contrasted with our top pick, the Marmot Minimalist, both use Gore-Tex Paclite, the OR marginally exceeded the Marmot on our scale, and the side venting framework makes it increasingly attractive for those in a hurry. In any case, the Minimalist has a super-spotless structure and premium feel that can't be topped. At last, the two coats should keep you dry in many conditions, however the Marmot has progressively regular intrigue, is marginally lighter, and about $25 less expensive.

The Foray's presentation misses the mark regarding the premium Arc'teryx Zeta SL ($299), however so does the cost. Both are charged as climbing driven coats and use Gore-Tex materials, yet that is the place the likenesses end. The Zeta SL weighs essentially not exactly the Foray (4.5 ounces to be accurate), the updated Paclite Plus material feels less damp against exposed skin, and it packs down a lot littler in size. I additionally like the trimmer attack of the Zeta SL (for additional, see our top to bottom Zeta SL survey). Then again, the Arc'teryx is $75 more costly than the Foray, doesn't highlight pit zips or vents, and is the more particular alternative in general.

For $60 not exactly the Foray, REI's XeroDry GTX offers a comparable 2-layer Gore-Tex Paclite shell total with three pockets and a profoundly flexible hood. You do surrender the Foray's liberally measured side zips, which work superbly of removing heat, however many will see the 3.5-ounce weight investment funds as justified, despite all the trouble. In any case, while the XeroDry absolutely looks great on paper, we have worries about its exhibition in exceptionally wet climate—an ongoing overwhelming tempest in the Grand Canyon left one of our analyzers drenched while others remained dry. Along these lines and the Foray's balanced intrigue, it's our decision over the XeroDry in many examples.


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