Outdoor Research Foray (2012)

The Foray is one of the coolest-looking models tested, with pit-zips that run all the way down to the hem – something you don’t often see on lightweight jackets. But weight is kept to a respectable 420g thanks to the extremely light fabric. The hood is good – drawcord adjustment all round and a high chin guard – but the peak’s a bit floppy to be effective in wind-driven rain. The storm flap’s also a bit lightweight for a torrent, with just two small Velcro tabs at the collar and hem. The jacket has sizeable, well-positioned, mesh-backed hip pockets, which double as vents, and a small Napoleon; as well as a zip-fastening inner that doubles as a stuff sack. It feels slightly baggy in the sleeves.

Sizes: S-XL
Fabric: Gore-Tex Paclite
Weight: 420g
Women’s version: No
Contact: 0191 296 0212; www.outdoorresearch.co.uk


Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012