The Outdoor Research Foray Jacket is likely the most versatile jacket in our review - thanks to its Gore-Tex Paclite fabric, a bomber construction, and a unique and useful venting design. This design might appear gimmicky at first, but after real-world testing, all of our testers grew to love its functionality. The Foray features two huge side vents (they aren't really "pit-zips" in the traditional sense because they are much more significant) that did a fantastic job dumping heat and moving moisture.
This award winner kept us as dry as any other jacket when getting a spray down with the garden hose; both the hood and adjustable wrist cuffs sealed out any driving rain. While we have found Paclite fabric to be one of the more breathable ones, the Foray's large separating pit vents ventilate the jacket like no other. This "TorsoFlo ventilation system" can be unzipped entirely down to the waist hem, and can even be separated poncho style for maximum airflow. We awarded the Outdoor Research Foray a Top Pick due to its ventilation, excellent features, and overall versatility.
While we love the Foray's combo of great features and durability, it is slightly heavier in comparison to our other rain jacket award winners. Our Editors' Choice winner, the ultralight Arc'teryx Beta SL, forgoes underarm ventilation and delivers exceptional breathability at a third of the weight. Our Best Buy winner, the Marmot PreCip delivers decent performance and versatility at half the price. However, if you're into the Foray and want a full-body kit, head over to our review of the Foray pant.